COVID-19: Hamilton reports 11 new cases as local death toll climbs

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Published August 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm

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Hamilton’s COVID-19-related death toll has climbed to 402 as of Wednesday (Aug. 4).

According to the City’s COVID-19 data posted to its website, one more person with COVID-19 has died as 11 more newly confirmed cases are being reported.

While local COVID-19 cases remain low, the City’s reproductive rate of 1.26 indicates that it is spread is still not under control.

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.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 16 (down from 17 at last reporting) and there are currently 132 active cases in the community.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 139 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and 11 deaths.

The Ministry of Health said that seven of those deaths happened between December and February, and are being added due to a data clean-up.

The new cases are based on more than 17,100 tests completed in the past day.

There were 26 new cases in Toronto, 19 in the Region of Waterloo, 18 in Peel Region, and 15 in York Region.

There are 108 people in intensive care due to COVID-related critical illness across the province and 76 patients are on ventilators.

Provincial data show 99.5 per cent of all COVID-19 ICU admissions from mid-June to mid-July were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, and nearly 96 per cent of related deaths were in the same group.

More than 60,094 doses of vaccines were administered over the previous day, for a total of more than 19.6 million.

In Hamilton, as of Wednesday, 737,502 vaccines have been administered with 77.3 per cent of eligible residents 18 years of age and older having received at least one dose and 67.7 per cent having been fully vaccinated.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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