WELLINGTON COUNTY – The number of active COVID-19 cases in the region has risen by 30% in a week.
On Oct. 26, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) recorded 33 new cases – the highest regional total in some time (local cases are not updated on weekends) .
That brings active cases in the region to 70, which marks a 30% increase over the total on Oct. 19 (54).
The local increase comes as the province is also seeing a spike in new cases, notably in COVID-19 hot spots.
On Oct. 26 there were 851 new cases in the province, 662 (78%) of them in the Toronto, Peel, Ottawa and York regions.
That comes one day after the province recorded 1,042 new cases, which marked the first time the province has logged over 1,000 infections in a day.
Ontario health experts have suggested the recent surge in new cases could be the result of people disregarding protocols and attending gatherings on Thanksgiving weekend.
The seven-day average of new daily cases, which officials often use to provide a clearer view of trends, continues to rise and is now at an all-time high of about 878.
However, Ontario now has the capacity to collect about 45,000 tests each day, a figure that has risen significantly since the first wave of the pandemic.
Locally, as of Oct. 26, there are:
- five new cases, five active cases and zero hospitalizations in Wellington County;
- nine new cases, 19 active cases and zero hospitalizations in Dufferin County; and
- 17 new cases, 42 active cases and two hospitalizations in Guelph.
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