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(UPDATE:) 144 people hospitalized in the region have COVID

One new death reported Thursday
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*EDITOR'S NOTE: It is important to know that all case count numbers provided by public health are understated as the province has urged most people who are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms to no longer get tested.

Region of Waterloo COVID update for Thursday, Jan. 27.

Hospitalized in Waterloo Region (people who are COVID positive in hospital, not necessarily admitted because of COVID): 144 hospitalized, 22 in ICU.

Vaccinations: 1,237,204 total doses given to Waterloo Region residents; 473,222 double vaccinated; 260,036 third doses given; 82.57 per cent of region 5+ fully vaccinated.

*Waterloo Region

Positive cases to date: 37,725

New cases: 213

Deaths to date: 347 (+1)

Active cases: 2,000 (-162)

Active outbreaks: 73 (-2)

Hospitalized: 144 (-4)

Tests completed: 733,808

– all data provided by public health