Healthcare workers do testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Region of Waterloo Public Health declared two new COVID-19 outbreaks on Monday as officials reported 40 new cases.

The new outbreaks were declared at a general office setting, where four cases have been identified, and at a food and beverage services workplace, where six total cases have been reported.

The region's online COVID-19 dashboard does not publicly name either place, but on Monday afternoon public health officials issued a public notice about a Portuguese restaurant where as many as 175 people may have been exposed to COVID-19.

In a follow-up email, a public health spokesperson confirmed that the outbreak was declared at Algarve Restaurant.

This is the second outbreak at a food and beverage workplace that the region has seen since the pandemic began, and the first outbreak declared in an office.

The latest outbreaks bring the total number of active ones to 11, while the number of new COVID-19 cases push the region's total from 2,352 cases reported on Sunday to 2,392.

The new total includes 2,061 resolved cases and 121 deaths, leaving 210 active cases. That number has increased significantly over the last couple of months – at the start of September, there were just 42 active cases in the region.

The region's other nine active outbreaks are:

  • The Village of Winston Park RH – Williamsburg: one case in staff
  • Forest Heights Revera LTC: one case in staff
  • Columbia Forest LTC – Breithaupt Unit: one case in staff
  • St. Andrew's Terrace LTC: one case in staff
  • Manufacturing/industrial workplace: eight total cases
  • Wedding event at meeting/event facility: 20 total cases
  • Avenue Road Public School: two total cases
  • Before-and-after school program: one total case
  • Conestoga – Doon Campus child-care centre: one total case