COVID-19: Active cases in Hamilton back up to more than 200

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Published August 11, 2021 at 6:42 pm

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Hamilton is reporting 38 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Aug. 11) as the number of active cases in the community climbs above 200 for the first time in weeks.

To date, there have been 21,904 confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic started and 404 people in Hamilton with COVID-19 have died.

According to public health data published on the City of Hamilton website, there are 209 active cases in the community, and six active outbreaks.

The seven-day average for new cases is up to 29 from 25 at Tuesday’s reporting, but Hamilton’s reproductive number remains below 1 at .97.

This number indicates the average number of secondary infections generated by an individual infected with COVID-19. A number above one indicates that the virus continues to spread in the community, while a number below one indicates that the spread has been brought under control.

At Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting, however, staff from the City’s public health services told members of the board that the community was likely in the early stages of the fourth wave as recent days have seen an uptick in the number of new cases.

The majority of new infections are among those who are not vaccinated or who have not received both their shots, public health said at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 324 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and three more virus-related deaths.

According to Wednesday’s report, 72 cases were recorded in Toronto, 31 in York Region, 30 in Peel Region, 22 in Windsor-Essex, 23 in Waterloo, 17 in Halton Region and 14 in Durham.

Of the 324 new cases recorded, the data showed 234 were unvaccinated people, 32 were partially vaccinated people and 58 were among people who were fully vaccinated.

To date, 19,998,744 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario with 81.14 per cent of those 12 years of age or older in the province having received at least one dose and 72.23 per cent being fully vaccinated.

In Hamilton, 750,369 doses have been administered with 77.5 per cent of residents 12 years of age and older having received at least one dose and 68.6 per cent fully vaccinated.

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