COVID-19 numbers on the rise from Pickering to Clarington

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Published December 15, 2022 at 10:47 am

Hamilton residents who are 5 and older can now get the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine. It follows a recent Health Canada approval.
All Halton Region vaccination appointments scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills have been cancelled due to an expected winter storm. INSAUGA PHOTO

After months of declining COVID-19 statistics, the numbers for the deadly virus have begun to skyrocket in the wrong direction.

All underlying numbers are trending upwards in the December 4-10 reporting period, with two people dying from the virus last week.

New cases jumped dramatically from two weeks ago, going from 139 to 246, and hospitalizations rose from 26 to 36, with one patient in ICU. The per cent positivity rate spiked to 9.3 per cent (from 6.2 per cent) and the weekly incidence rate nearly doubled from 18.9 per 100,000 to 33.5.

Outbreaks in local hospitals, retirement cents and long-term care homes tripled from five to 15.

 

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