Among those schools with reported cases of COVID-19 cases in students are Holy Rosary Catholic School, St. Gabriel, St. Benedict and St. Brigid. A staff member at St. Mary’s high school also tested positive for COVID-19.
Any contacts of these cases have been asked to self-isolate by the Region of Waterloo health unit or school boards.
By Sept. 27, staff working for the Region of Waterloo will be required todisclose their COVID-19 vaccination status. Those who are not vaccinated or do not want to share their status will need to take part in a rapid antigen testing program and undergo education on the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
Local healthcare officials are currently working to recruit and retain healthcare workers. However, Fairclough is worried local hospitals may have to start cancelling surgeries to make room for COVID-19 patients, as seen happening in Alberta.
As of Sept. 10, 87 per cent of eligible residents in Waterloo Region have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 80 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
As of Sept. 15, Waterloo health officials haveconfirmed 19,272 total cases of COVID-19, including approximately 292 deaths. Approximately 202 cases are considered active in the Region.