27 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday as region announces proof of vaccination for coaches and volunteers
Waterloo Region Public Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase from the last few days when the number of cases was in adolescents.
This happened on the same day that the area’s medical officer of health, Dr Hsiu-Li Wang, issued instructions that anyone entering an indoor facility in the area for organized sports must show proof of vaccination against the disease. COVID-19 or medical exemption starting October 31.
This will include anyone 18 years of age or older who is a coach, official or volunteer.
This differs from provincial regulations under the Ontario Reopening Act, which requires people entering recreational facilities to be vaccinated, including parents who are there to observe; However, grant an exemption to “workers or volunteers, including coaches and officials”.
Wang said the move was necessary because often in sports there is close contact, heavy breathing and crowded indoor spaces. In addition, players, coaches and officials can spend a long time close to each other and masks are often removed during play.
“Since people such as coaches, officials and volunteers will have close and prolonged contact with young people who may not be vaccinated, extending the requirement of proof of vaccination to these people at sports facilities indoor use helps protect all participants and reduces the risk of transmission within these settings, ”Wang said in the statement.
As of Wednesday, there were six outbreaks in the Waterloo region:
- One at Woodland Christian High School in Breslau with six cases.
- One at JF Carmichael Public School in Kitchener with three cases.
- One in a food processor with four crates.
- One at a manufacturing workplace with four cases.
- One in a gym with two suitcases.
- One in a gathering frame with a case.
The region’s immunization dashboard showed that 89.5% of people aged 12 and older received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 84.7% received both doses.