After taking a break from the Christmas holidays, the Waterloo Public Health COVID-19 tracker was updated Sunday afternoon.
In more than three days, the area added 208 new cases of COVID-19 (69.3 per day) which increased the number of cases to 5,595.
At the same time, 228 people were cleansed of the virus (76 per day) to bring the total number of cases resolved to 4,824.
No new COVID-19 deaths have been reported leaving 159 deaths in the Waterloo region.
That leaves a total of 611 active cases involving 37 people in hospital and 12 in the intensive care unit.
Waterloo Public Health reported that there are currently 28 outbreaks in the area including dozens of young people being cared for at home.
New home emergencies spread across the region and include Pinehaven Nursing Home in Waterloo, Nithview Home in New Hamburg, long-term care at Forest Heights in Kitchener, Fairview Mennonite in Cambridge and Barnswallow Place in Elmira.
Other new developments include a shopping mall, a dental office, a food and beverage restaurant and the Franklin Public School in Kitchener.
Several explosions also included Chartwell Queens Square Retirement Residence in Cambridge, Columbia Forest Long Term Care in Waterloo, Sunnyside Long Term Care in Kitchener and Hillcrest Public School in Cambridge.
Two outbreaks have also been reported in local hospitals, including one on the fifth floor of St. Petersburg.
There are still two incidents occurring at local hospitals, one at SMGH and the other at C Kitchener Grand River Hospital in Medicine Unit 5N.