COVID-19 cases rise in Midwestern Ontario

A COVID-19 rapid antigen test. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / Eugene_Sim.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reporting 36 new infections Wednesday. There are at least 191 active cases. 12 residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. To date, 24 deaths have been reported due to COVID-19.    

Eight facilities are experiencing outbreaks. These include Grey Bruce Health Services – Wiarton Site, Rockwood Terrace Long Term Care – Durham, Errinrung Nursing Home –Thornbury, Errinrung Retirement Home – Thornbury, Parkview Manor – Chesley, Mapleview Long-Term Care Home – Owen Sound,  Summit Place – Owen Sound, Season’s Owen Sound. 

Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 40 new cases. Seven residents are hospitalized due to the virus. To date, 80 residents have died because of the virus. There are six active outbreaks in Huron Perth. 

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health reported 92 new COVID-19 cases, 11 of which are in Wellington County, where there are 214 active cases. 50 residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. To date, 42 Wellington County residents have died due to the virus. 

12 facilities are experiencing outbreaks, including Caressant Care – Fergus, and Caressent Care – Harriston. 

Ontario is reporting 608 people in intensive care with COVID-19 today — 367 of them on ventilators. The province says there are 4,016 people hospitalized with the virus.

Eighty-nine more virus-related deaths were logged today, which the province says occurred over the past three weeks, and three other deaths were recorded that happened more than a month ago.

Ontario isn’t reporting data on COVID-19 cases in schools, but 195 schools reported more than 30 per cent of students and staff were absent yesterday and four schools were closed.