COVID-19: Active cases in Hamilton on the rise as city reports 46 new infections

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Published August 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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Hamilton is reporting 46 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community on Friday (Aug. 13) and no new deaths.

The number of active cases in Hamilton is up to 232 (up from 216 on Thursday) and six active outbreaks.

To date, 21,985 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton since the virus was first detected here in March 2020. The city’s death toll is 404.

The local case count has been steadily increasing in recent days and all indications suggest that the fourth wave is upon us.

The seven-day average for new cases is up to 36 from 31 at Thursday’s reporting. Hamilton’s reproductive number is back above 1 at 1.51.

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.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 510 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, with more than 80 per cent in people who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and four more deaths.

More than half of new cases are in people aged 20 to 39, according to the province.

The Ministry of Health said two of the deaths occurred more than two months ago.

There are 111 people in intensive care units due to COVID-related critical illness and Health Minister Christine Elliott said just three are fully vaccinated, though the vaccination status isn’t known for about half of the patients.

About 48,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered over the past day, for a total of more than 20 million.

In Hamilton, as of Friday morning, 753,839 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, with 77.5 per cent of residents having received their first shot and 68.9 per cent having been fully vaccinated.

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