COVID-19: Hamilton sees active number of cases dip below 300

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Published September 21, 2021 at 1:10 pm

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The number of active cases in Hamilton has dipped below 300 as of Tuesday (Sept. 21) according to the city’s daily COVID-19 data update.

There are currently 293 active cases of the virus in the community, with Public Health Services (PHS) reporting just 19 newly confirmed cases on Tuesday and no new COVID-19-related deaths.

The data shows that there are now 14 active outbreaks across the city after two new ones were declared in the last day.

The average number of cases (7-day moving average) reported per day is 36 — down from 38 reported on Monday. Hamilton’s reproductive rate — the number of secondary infections generated by an individual with a confirmed case of the virus — is down to .92.

Hamilton hospitals are treating 41 people for COVID-19-related illnesses, with 20 of those in local ICU units.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 574 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and eight more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 434 of those cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Elliott said 330 people are hospitalized with the virus, with 303 not fully vaccinated. There are 179 people in intensive care units across Ontario due to the virus, with only nine of those people fully vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health said that 85.2 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 79.2 per cent have two doses.

In Hamilton, 82.1 per cent of eligible residents over the age of 12 have received one COVID-19 dose while 75.4 have been fully vaccinated.

These latest figures come as Ontario gets ready to implement a vaccine certificate system on Wednesday.

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