WDGPH reports 163 new COVID-19 cases in region over weekend

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The number of new COVID-19 cases reported each weekend continues to grow in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region.

On Jan. 4 the health unit reported 163 new cases (for Jan. 1 to 3).

The update notes there are currently 395 active cases in the region, up 25% from 315 two weeks ago, and six people are hospitalized with the virus, down from 18.

This is the fifth weekend in a row new WDGPH cases have surpassed triple digits. Previous weekend totals were:

  • 128 on Dec. 28;
  • 133 on Dec. 21;
  • 117 on Dec. 14; and
  • 100 on Dec. 7.

Regional COVID-19 indicators such as case rate per 100,000 population and test positivity rate climbed to 112.6 and 4.9% respectively on Jan. 4.

Both have increased significantly over the last four weeks – the numbers were 63.4 and 3.1% on Dec. 7.

Thirty-four of WDGPH’s new weekend cases reported on Jan. 4 are in Wellington County.

The county now has one COVID-19 patient in hospital and 72 active cases:

  • 26 in Wellington North;
  • 15 in Centre Wellington;
  • 12 in Guelph-Eramosa;
  • 11 in Erin;
  • four in Minto.
  • three in Mapleton; and
  • one in Puslinch.

Confirmed active COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 4, 2021. (WDGPH image)


Wellington County’s seven-day average for daily cases – which is often used to indicate trends – has risen 84% over the last month (from 5.29 on Dec. 3 to 9.71 on Jan. 3).

The City of Guelph has the most cases in the region (80 new and 186 active, with three hospitalizations).

Dufferin County has 45 new cases, 85 active cases (54 in Orangeville) and two people in hospital.

Case data for Wellington County, Jan. 4, 2021. (WDGPH image)