6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Guelph, active cases fall to 29

With the battle over masking in B.C. schools now in the rearview mirror, pressure is mounting on the next potential dispute concerning COVID-19 safety in the classroom: mandatory vaccination for staff. Grace Ke reports.

Guelph’s public health unit is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the city’s total case count to 5,041.

The latest data includes Friday to Monday morning as active cases fell by 13 over the weekend to 29 with another 19 recoveries.

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Total resolved cases climbed to 4,967 and the city’s coronavirus death toll remained at 45.

In Wellington County, 21 new cases have also been confirmed as the case count there reached 1,987.

Active cases have increased to 30 in the county with 14 new recoveries being reported. The death toll in the county related to the novel coronavirus remains at 38.

The Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic district school boards are reporting six cases among six schools in Guelph and Wellington County.

The University of Guelph has one confirmed case connected to the campus.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is including children turning 12 in 2021 in its eligible population for a vaccine.

That means 82.8 per cent of eligible residents are now considered fully vaccinated, while 86.9 per cent have received one dose of vaccine.

In Guelph, 88.4 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated and 92.4 per cent are partially vaccinated, while in Wellington County, 75.9 per cent are fully vaccinated and 79.5 per cent have received one dose.

Last week, just over 4,000 vaccine shots have been administered, including about 1,200 first doses, roughly 2,300 second doses and more than 500 third doses.

Third doses are being offered to specific high-risk groups, such as organ transplant recipients and residents of high-risk congregate settings.

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With students back in class, public health is publishing COVID-19 vaccination rates within the local high schools.

As of Monday, 78 per cent of secondary school students in the Upper Grand District School Board have been fully vaccinated, while 80.6 per cent have had two doses in the Wellington Catholic District School Board.

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