Regional COVID-19 cases now over 300

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region have risen to 312.

A May 5 update on the WDGPH website indicates there have been 27 deaths in the region and 135 resolved cases.

Broken down geographically, the stats show:

– Wellington County has 51 cases, 30 resolved cases and two deaths;

– Guelph, 116 cases, 55 resolved cases and seven deaths; and

– Dufferin County, 137 cases, 49 resolved cases and 18 deaths.

Public health’s institutional outbreak update on May 5 showed no change in Wellington County.

There remain three long-term care facility outbreaks in the county: Caressant Care in Fergus (one resident), Royal Terrace in Palmerston (one resident) and Strathcona in Mount Forest (one staff member).

Several Guelph facilities showed an increase in cases, while outbreaks were declared over at Guelph General Hospital (six patents, 16 staff), Homewood Health Centre (14 patients, six staff) and St. Joseph’s Health Centre (one patient, six staff, one death) were declared over.

Outbreaks at Wellington Terrace in Aboyne and Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville were declared over weeks ago.

WDGPH officials provided an update to county council on April 30 that indicated thousands of people in the region could die if physical distancing requirements are lifted too early.