Man in his 60s latest COVID-19 victim in Waterloo Region: Public Health


Waterloo Public Health announced a COVID-19-related death in the area for the second time in a week.

“I am saddened to hear of another death where COVID-19 is thought to have been a contributing factor in our community,” Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s medical officer of health, said in a statement.

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“I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. The individual was a male in his 60s and had underlying conditions.”

The COVID-19 death toll in the region rises to 123 with Sunday’s news.

The agency also announced 61 new positive tests for the coronavirus on Sunday, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 3,019.

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There were also 55 people cleared of the virus, lifting the number of resolved cases to 2,555.










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There are still 341 active cases in the region including 21 people who are in area hospitals.

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On Sunday, the region announced that Wang had ordered St. Mary’s General Hospital to take over managing Village Manor in St. Jacobs after 19 residents and three staff members have tested positive in an outbreak that began on Nov. 14.

There are currently 24 active outbreaks in the area after two more were announced on Sunday.

One was declared at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener after a teacher and student tested positive.

The other was at Chartwell Westmount Retirement Residence in Kitchener after a staff member tested positive.

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Ontario reports 1,534 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

Two sports-related outbreaks grew by a case apiece after a 16th case was connected to a racquet sports-related outbreak and a seventh case was connected to a hockey-related outbreak.

Ontario reported 1,534 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 103,912.

“Locally, there are 490 new cases in Peel, 460 in Toronto and 130 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

Fourteen more deaths were also announced on Sunday, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,486.

*With files from Global News’ Ryan Rocca

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Australian coronavirus death toll rises after Victorian man in his 60s dies in hospital



The Australian coronavirus death toll has risen to 102, after a Victorian man died in hospital overnight.

“Our condolences are with the family and friends of this person at this time,” Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen said at a press conference this afternoon.

“The person was a man in his 60s who died in a Victorian hospital.

“The family wish for their privacy to be protected at this point so no further details will be given at this point in time.”

The state’s 19th death comes after a week in which Victoria has been home to the majority of Australia’s new reported cases.

New South Wales recorded its 50th coronavirus fatality yesterday, after an 80-year-old Sydney woman who was exposed to the virus at an outpatient hospital clinic died.

Victoria has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases since yesterday, including four returned travellers in hotel quarantine and six cases under investigation.

None of the new cases are currently linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak in Melbourne’s west, which sits at 111 cases including 67 staff.

But Dr van Diemen said it was possible investigation of the cases could reveal links to the Cedar Meats outbreak or another cluster at the Fawkner McDonald’s restaurant.

“As we’ve discussed, some of these results come in quite late at night, so it does [need] quite a bit of investigating to link that into the other outbreaks or known cases, so we’re just seeing what those investigations show us,” she said.

When asked about Victoria’s historically high number of cases believed to be community transmission, Dr van Diemen said it was because the state was “testing more”.

“We’re doing significantly increased testing compared to other states at the moment, so the more we test, the more we will find and we want to find these individual cases because we want to be able to put that ring around them and make sure there is no transmission,” she said.

“The harder we look, the more we will find.”

Victoria’s state school students in prep, year 1 and 2 as well as years 11 and 12 are due to return to classrooms from Tuesday.

When asked if Victorians using public transport should be using face masks, Dr van Diemen reiterated Federal Government advice that the majority of people would not benefit from wearing a surgical mask.

“Our advice on top of that for commuters is to be very vigilant, don’t use public transport if you’re sick, be aware of physical distancing and ensure really good cough and sneeze etiquette,” she said.

She said health authorities were working closely with the Department of Transport and unions to look at possible measures to support physical distancing.



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