Coronavirus: 16 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo Region

There are now 32 people in Waterloo Region who are believed to have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Waterloo Public Health.

The agency updated its website on Monday morning and included presumptive cases for the first time. The list includes 15 of those.

There are now nine people in hospital with coronavirus according to the list, including the first confirmed case in Waterloo Region.

A woman in her 50s was announced by public health officials on March 5. In that instance, a woman had returned from a trip abroad to Italy, officials say.

There were also three people added to the list who are either presumptive cases or have tested positive at Grand River Hospital.

Seven of the new cases acquired the disease through either close contact or while in the community.

The others were said to have picked up the disease while travelling or the cause remain under investigation.

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