COVID-19: Number of active cases in Hamilton rises to more than 300

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Published August 16, 2021 at 3:15 pm

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The number of active cases in Hamilton has risen to 308 after public health reported 114 newly confirmed cases on Monday (Aug. 16), a number that accounts for all cases reported since Friday afternoon.

To date, there have been 22,147 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hamilton and the city’s virus-related death toll is 404.

The local case count has been steadily increasing over the past two weeks and all indications suggest that the fourth wave is well underway.

The seven-day average for new cases is up to 43 from 36 at Friday’s reporting. Hamilton’s reproductive number is above 1 at 1.51.

There are currently five active outbreaks in shelters and supportive housing facilities across Hamilton.

The number of people with COVID-19 being treated in Hamilton hospital is 29, with 15 in ICU.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting Ontario 526 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 353 of the infected people are unvaccinated and 60 are partially vaccinated. 

No new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported since Saturday in the province.

Elliot said in a Tweet that 108 people are hospitalized with the virus, and 119 people are in ICU due to COVID-19, but noted that this may not reflect the actual number of people hospitalized because some hospitals across the province do not report on weekends.

The province says it administered 40,907 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday for a total of more than 20.1 million doses.

Among Ontarians 12 years of age and older, 81.5 per cent have received one dose and 73.5 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

In Hamilton, 758,578 doses have been administered with 77.8 per cent of eligible residents (those 12 years of age and older) receiving their first dose and 69.6 per cent fully vaccinated.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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