COVID-19: Hamilton reports new record number of daily cases

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Published November 26, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) is reporting a record number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Nov. 26).

Seventy-one new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total to 2,868 with 2,412 (84 per cent) having been resolved.

The second-highest single-day increase was earlier this month on Nov. 4 when PHS reported 66 new cases. At the time, a spokesperson said the jump in cases was due to a delay in processing some of the data from the day previous.

Hamilton’s virus-related death toll remains at 81. No new deaths have been reported the last two days.

There are three newly declared outbreaks as of Thursday: one at Grace Villa where two residents have tested positive for the virus, another at Universal Precision Technology where four workers have tested positive and at Rehoboth Christian School in Copetown where a staff member and a student have tested positive.

There are currently 21 active outbreaks in the community and 368 active cases of COVID-19 locally at the moment.

According to data shared on the Ontario government’s website, there 26 cases of the virus among staff and students at 19 schools in both boards across the city presently.

There have been 129,419 COVID-19 tests completed at assessment centres in the city with an additional 24,827 completed at other facilities. In the last seven days, 2.5 per cent of COVID-19 tests had a positive result.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 20 people with COVID-19.

Ontario is reporting 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 21 more deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 572 of those cases are in Peel Region, and 356 are in Toronto.

Both regions are currently in the “lockdown” stage of the province’s pandemic plan.

Thursday’s numbers show that 556 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, an increase of 33 from the day before.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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