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Four new COVID-related deaths reported in region

While the number of patients in intensive care has doubled to 10
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***Editor's note: The health department points out that due to changes in testing availability, case counts on its dashboard are an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID-19 in Waterloo Region. Local data is being provided on Fridays***

Four new COVID-related deaths were reported by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Friday -- two women in their 70s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s. It raises the local death toll to 440.

The number of patients in intensive care with COVID-19 has also doubled in the past week. 10 patients are in ICU. In total, 50 patients in local hospitals have the virus, an increase of five over last Friday.

Health officials also confirmed 368 new cases, putting the overall total at 48,876. The resolved case rate is 97.9 per cent.

The active caseload is 413.

In terms of variants of concern, the region's dashboard shows 228 of those cases (93.8 per cent) have been linked to the Omicron variant since June 26.

82 per cent of residents five and over in Waterloo Region are now fully vaccinated. Over 1.39 million doses have been administered to local residents, including over 305,000 third doses. 49.5 per cent of residents have received a third dose.

53.1 per cent of children between 5 and 11 have received at least one dose. 40.9 are fully vaccinated.

There are 20 outbreaks in the region. You can find the complete list of outbreaks on the region's dashboard.