COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in Burlington, Oakville, Milton; vaccines strongly encouraged

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Published December 17, 2021 at 3:15 pm

As we head into the holiday break for students, here’s a closer look at the overall situation of COVID-19 in Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Halton Hills on Dec. 17.

There were 201 new cases of COVID-19 reported across Halton bringing the active total to 755. In Burlington, there are 47 new cases, 145 active. Halton Hills has 40/176, Milton has 46/175 and Oakville has 68/259.

There are 11 outbreaks being monitored. An outbreak is declared when it’s likely a COVID-19 case was passed within the facility. One is at Maplehurst Correctional Facility in Milton, six are in elementary schools, two are in private schools and two are at sports and fitness centres in the community.

Across Halton, 87 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated and 89 per cent have at least one dose. By age group, the most highly vaccinated are 12-17 years olds with 94 per cent having received two doses. Excluding the 5-11 range, the least vaccinated group is aged 25-29 at 77 per cent.

The Halton Region Health Department is beginning to ramp up vaccine clinics again in light of the recent provincial loosening of booster restrictions. Beginning Monday, boosters will be available for everyone aged 18 and over and the waiting period has been cut in half, to three months since your second shot.

Expect long waiting lists during the ramp up period with availability becoming more wide-spread by mid-January.

Health officials agree the best defence against a severe case of COVID-19 remains vaccines, masks and social distancing.

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