COVID-19: 10 new cases linked to Hamilton nightclub outbreak

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Published August 25, 2021 at 11:50 am

The outbreak of COVID-19 at Hamilton’s Sizzle nightclub has grown by 10 more newly confirmed cases on Wednesday (Aug. 25).

According to public health services data posted to the City of Hamilton website, the outbreak has seen 42 patrons of the Hess Village bar test positive for the virus so far.

Public Health Services declared the outbreak on Aug. 19 after nine people who visited the bar tested positive. It is currently the biggest active outbreak in the city at the moment.

Meanwhile, Hamilton is reporting 59 newly confirmed cases of the virus on Wednesday and no new deaths associated with the virus.

The number of active cases in the community is up to 463 and the number of active outbreaks is up to 10.

With the fourth wave upon us, Hamilton’s key pandemic status indicators are on the rise with the seven-day average of new cases up to 64 (from 60 on Tuesday) and the city’s reproductive value (the number of secondary infections generated by an individual with a confirmed case) is holding steady at 1.22.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 52 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 people are in local ICU units with virus-related illnesses.

Ontario is reporting 660 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as one more death from the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 525 of the new cases involve people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

The remaining 135 are among people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The minister says 283 people are in hospital due to COVID-19, 253 of whom are not fully inoculated or with unknown vaccination status.

She said another 161 people are in intensive care because of the virus, seven of them fully vaccinated.

The province says slightly more than 82 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received one dose of a vaccine, and just over 75 per cent have had two shots.

In Hamilton, as of Wednesday, 772,996 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, with 71.3 per cent of eligible residents having received two doses and 78.9 with one dose.

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