COVID-19: Hamilton Police confirm new case as local numbers rise, driven by variants

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Published March 22, 2021 at 1:41 pm

COVID-19: Hamilton Police confirm new case as local numbers rise, driven by variants

Hamilton Police confirmed Monday (March 22) that one of their members who works out of the East End Station has tested positive for COVID-19.

The member was last at the station on Friday (March 19), police said in a Tweet sent Monday afternoon.

“HPS is working with Public Health on contact tracing,” the Tweet said.

“All close contacts have been notified.”

On Saturday, Hamilton Police reported that one of their members who last worked at the Central Station on March 11 had also tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. J.E. Davey Elementary School in central Hamilton also announced over the weekend that due to their ongoing outbreak, they would be closed for in-person learning for at least this week.

This news comes as Hamilton is reporting more than 93 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 700 active cases of the virus in the community. This is the highest number of active cases locally since mid-January.

Much of the new cases are the result of the spread of COVID-19 variants.

According to Hamilton Public Health Service’s chief medical officer of health, 32 per cent of recently confirmed cases stem from variants.

In an update to the Board of Health on Monday, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson noted that while vaccination efforts in the city are gaining traction, so too are those variants of concern that are known to spread more easily.

“If these trends continue case activity levels in wave three will surpass those in wave two,” she said, noting that this third wave is building much more quickly than those previous.

Vaccination efforts, however, are ramping up as the city’s large-scale vaccination clinic out of FirstOntario Centre opened its doors Monday morning as the province expanded the eligibility for those who can receive the jab to those 75 years of age or over.

Up to 3,000 vaccinations a day can be administered through the new clinic.

To date, just under 70,000 COVID-19 doses have been administered in Hamilton.

For more information on Hamilton’s response to the pandemic and its vaccination program, visit the city’s website.

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