COVID-19: Four outbreaks declared in Hamilton as city reports 79 newly confirmed cases

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Published August 27, 2021 at 12:15 pm

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Hamilton is on the rise as public health services declared four more on Thursday (Aug. 26).

Two summer camp programs, one at Today’s Family at George L. Armstrong Elementary School and the other at MJM Equestrian School, has seen a combined total of six attendees test positive for the virus, prompting the outbreak status at both.

Outbreaks at Mountain Hyundai on Upper James and at the YMCA Men’s Residence have seen an additional five people infected.

The total number of active outbreaks is now up to 15 (from 12 on Thursday), including the ongoing outbreak at Sizzle in Hess Village which added another five patron cases to its total as of Friday (Aug. 27).

Hamilton is reporting 79 new cases on Friday and no new deaths associated with COVID-19. The number of active cases in the community is up to 495.

The seven-day average for new cases is up to 69 in Hamilton and the reproductive value (the number of secondary infections generated by an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19) is up to 1.26.

Hamilton hospitals are also seeing an increase in the number of people with COVID-19 admitted to their facilities: 56 people are currently hospitalized here and 15 are in local ICU units.

In the meantime, Ontario is reporting 781 COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths from the virus Friday — figures they said include earlier deaths and infections.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 634 of the infected people are not vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status.

There are 158 patients in intensive care units across the province due to COVID-related critical illness as of Friday, including 87 people on ventilators.

Nearly 83 per cent of Ontario residents aged 12 and older have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received both shots.

In Hamilton, to date, 776,269 COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered with 71.7 per cent of eligible residents having received two doses and 79.2 per cent with one dose.

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