COVID-19: Outbreaks declared at two Hamilton care facilities

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Published September 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Hamilton is reporting an increase of 38 cases of COVID-19 in the community since Friday (Sept. 25) when local data was updated.

Hamilton is reporting an increase of 38 cases of COVID-19 in the community since Friday (Sept. 25) when local data was updated.

As of Monday (Sept. 28), there have been 1,141 confirmed cases in Hamilton since the virus was first reported here in March.

The City of Hamilton is also reporting that two outbreaks have been declared at two care facilities in Hamilton.

A staff member at St. Peter’s Chedoke and a staff member at Rygiel Supports for Community Living on the West Mountain have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

Hamilton’s death toll is 46, and there have been 997 cases that have been resolved, accounting for 87 per cent of overall case count.

To 76,676 COVID-19 tests have been completed at Hamilton’s Assessment Centres.

There are 98 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment, according to the data provided by the City of Hamilton.

Ontario recorded 700 new cases on Monday, most of them in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa. It is a record in the province for a single-day increase in the number of confirmed cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 60 per cent of the new cases are among people under the age of 40.

As the province reported a record number of new cases, mayors and chairs of the GTHA’s biggest cities met virtually Monday to discuss tackling the second wave of the pandemic.

A press release announcing the meeting said that a number of municipalities on the call indicated they were seriously considering further restrictions on restaurant capacity as part of a broader concern about the spread of COVID-19 in those settings.

This comes after Premier Doug Ford, last week, put strict limits on the number of people allowed to gather, and after bars and restaurants were ordered to reduce their hours to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“We encourage everyone to download the COVID-19 alert app on their smartphone and get a flu shot as soon as possible,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in the release.

“These simple steps can help lower our case numbers and avoid a catastrophic second wave. All of us remain the first line of defence against the spread of the virus and with everyone’s cooperation, we can help flatten the curve and get through this together.”

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