Joint Statement: There are increased COVID-19 case rates in Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region is experiencing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and outbreaks, believed to be due to the usual risk factors, combined with the spread of the Delta variant. Residents should assume that the Delta variant is circulating widely in Waterloo Region and that there are much higher case numbers of this variant than can be currently confirmed.
Individuals who are not immunized are most likely to be infected with the Delta variant. The variant will also spread easily in groups that are not following public health guidelines and are not immunized.
What we are doing:
What you can do:
The Delta variant is here and spreading rapidly in our community. However, we can stop the spread together and keep our case rates down by getting fully vaccinated as quickly as possible and following public health guidance and measures. If case rates do not decrease, we may not be able to move to Step 2 with the rest of the province. As vaccination offers the greatest protection against the Delta variant, we will continue to work with our partners at the provincial government to increase vaccine availability and capacity in our community.
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health
Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton for WRPS and Head of the Waterloo Region Vaccine Distribution Task Force