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Two new COVID-related deaths reported in latest local update

While the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 has been cut in half
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Tubes used to put COVID testing swabs in

***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***

Two new COVID-related deaths were confirmed by Region of Waterloo Public Health in the latest update, released Friday afternoon. It raises the local death toll to 476.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have also dropped dramatically. As of September 23, there were 50 patients, as of Sept. 30, there were 24. Meantime, one patient is in intensive care with COVID.

269 new cases were also confirmed Friday, putting the overall total at 51,549. The resolved case rate is 98 per cent.

The active caseload is down slightly to 322.

82.1 per cent of residents five and over in Waterloo Region are now fully vaccinated. Over 1.41 million doses have been administered to local residents, including 309,587 third doses. 50.1 per cent of residents have received a third dose, with just over 14 per cent already having their fourth dose.

52.4 per cent of children between 5 and 11 have received at least one dose. 40.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

There are 16 outbreaks in the region. You can find the complete list of outbreaks on the region's dashboard.