5 COVID-19 outbreaks in Waterloo region schools, but community case rates are ‘fairly stable’

Five schools in the Waterloo region experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to public health reports.

The schools were:

  • Woodland Christian High School in Breslau with six cases across multiple cohorts.
  • JF Carmichael Public School in Kitchener with three cases.
  • Hespeler Public School in Cambridge with two cases.
  • Parkway Public School in Cambridge with two cases.
  • Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener with two cases.

None of the schools have been closed. There was also a day care center with an outbreak of three cases.

Dr Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s medical officer of health, said on Tuesday that outbreaks in local schools remained limited.

“The cases in school-aged children, for the most part, reflect the spread of the virus in our community at large,” Wang told regional advisers at a committee meeting.

“The best way to protect those under 12 who are not yet vaccinated is, one, to vaccinate everyone around them and two, to keep the spread low in the community.”

Overall, however, Wang said case rates in the Waterloo region have remained “fairly stable.”

19 new cases in 2 days

Waterloo Region Public Health reported 19 cases over two days as officials did not update the region’s dashboard on Monday due to the holidays. Nine cases were reported on Monday and 10 cases on Tuesday.

No new deaths have been reported.

The region’s immunization dashboard showed that 89.9% of people aged 12 and older received one dose of the vaccine while 85.5% received two.

Wang said there are around 77,000 people in the region who are eligible for vaccination but who are not yet fully immunized. In addition, 82,000 children under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

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