Those hospitals impacted by the Ontario Health directive include Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Guelph General Hospital, Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s General Hospital, North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memories Community Hospital.
Until Jan. 17, the hospitals will provide only urgent, emergent and cancer surgical procedures for patients, as well as maintain emergency departments, inpatient care and essential clinics.
As of Jan. 5, Waterloo health officials have confirmed 27,704 total cases of COVID-19, and approximately 4,319 cases are considered active. There were 48 people in the region’s three hospitals who were infectious with COVID-19, and seven people in the intensive care unit. There have been 313 COVID-related deaths in the region.