Waterloo region in Ontario reports 4 omicron variant cases, 9 sports teams at high risk – CBC

183 new COVID-19 cases on weekend, 43% in people 19 and under, Ontario region’s public health unit says

Dec 13, 2021

There are four confirmed cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant in Waterloo region, public health officials confirmed Monday.

As well, nine sports teams in Waterloo region now have suspected or confirmed omicron cases and there are more than 500 high-risk contacts, both inside and outside the region, associated with those teams.

The region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, said the majority of players on the hockey and baseball teams are in the five- to 11-year-old age group. She could not say if the four confirmed cases were in people in that age group.

“The large number of cases associated with these sports teams is further indication that omicron is likely already spreading rapidly and extensively in our community as it’s doing elsewhere in Ontario,” Wang said Monday in a media briefing.

“This is impacting schools and workplaces.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-region-covid-19-update-december-13-2021-1.6283986

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