Local COVID-19 cases up 20%; hospitalizations down slightly

WELLINGTON COUNTY – COVID-19 cases are up this week across the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region, while hospitalizations are down slightly.


As of Dec. 7, there are 131 confirmed active cases in the region, up 20 per cent from 109 on Nov. 30.

In Wellington County, there are 37 known active cases, up 37% from 27 last week. About half of the cases (18) are in Centre Wellington.

In Dufferin County there are 10 active cases (down from 15) and in Guelph there are 80 (up from 63).

Health experts have previously stated the actual number of cases circulating in a community is at least five times higher than the confirmed case count due to changes in reporting/testing criteria.

WDGPH COVID-19 case data as of Dec. 7. 2022.



WDGPH’s website has not updated the number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized across the region since Nov. 28.

Hospital data obtained by the Advertiser shows there are 14 COVID patients hospitalized in the region as of Dec. 8 (down from 17 last week):

  • one between the three hospitals in Wellington County;
  • 12 at Guelph General Hospital (GGH); and
  • one at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.

Two of the hospitalized COVID patients are in an intensive care unit (both at GGH) – up from zero on Nov. 28.


On Dec. 7 public health considered 27.1% of the local population up to date with vaccination, which it defines as having received a vaccine in the last six months.

It recommends an additional dose for 59.8% of area residents, noting they are eligible for another dose and six months has passed since their previous dose. That leaves 13.1% without a dose.

In Wellington County the figures are 27, 57.9 and 15.1% respectively.


As of Dec. 7, a total of 192 deaths across the WDGPH region have been attributed to COVID-19, up from 189 last week.

Wellington County residents account for 60 of the COVID-19 deaths in the WDGPH region (unchanged).

Facility outbreaks

As of Dec. 6, there are active COVID-19 outbreaks at the following health care facilities:

  • Caressant Care Harriston (facility-wide), declared on Dec. 5;
  • Elliott Community Retirement Home (Ellington unit) in Guelph, declared on Nov. 30;
  • Elliott Community Long-Term Care facility (Fountain unit) in Guelph, declared on Nov. 27;
  • St. Joseph Health Centre Long-Term Care facility (unit 3N) in Guelph, declared on Nov. 25;
  • Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home (Oak Glen and Birch Dale units) in Aboyne, declared on Nov. 21; and
  • Homewood Health Centre hospital (Trillium 2 unit) in Guelph, declared on Nov. 24.