COVID-19: Number of active cases in Hamilton is on the rise as city reports 78 new infections

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Published August 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Hamilton is reporting 78 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Aug. 26) and two new outbreaks of the virus.

The total number of active outbreaks in the community has risen to 12 after one was declared at The Waterfront Centre, where four patrons tested positive for the virus, and another at Universal Precision Technology where five staff members tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak at a popular downtown Hamilton bar continues to grow with three more confirmed cases reported Thursday, bringing the total number of patrons with COVID-19 to 45.

The number of active cases in the community is on the rise with 489 (from 463 on Wednesday) at the moment and the seven-day average for new cases is also up to 66 (from 65).

Hamilton hospitals are treating 54 people who have been infected with the virus and 16 people with COVID-19-related illnesses are in local ICU units.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 678 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths from the illness on Thursday.

Of those cases, 537 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 141 are fully vaccinated.

The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals across Ontario surpassed 300 for the first time in more than two months, with Health Minister Christine Elliott reporting that 302 people are hospitalized currently.

Of those, 165 were being treated in intensive care units across the province.

According to Elliott, to date in Ontario, 20,605,405 vaccine doses have been administered. 82.5 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 75.5 per cent have two doses.

In Hamilton, 774,780 dose have been administered with 71.5 per cent of eligible residents having received two doses and 79.1 with one dose.

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