Hamilton hospital at 116% occupancy as city adds 519 new COVID-19 cases


Published January 5, 2022 at 2:24 pm

Hamilton reported 519 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 7,013.

Hamilton reported 519 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Jan. 5), bringing the total number of active cases to 7,013.

Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Hamilton Sciences (HHS) is reported that 151 people are being treated at its hospitals for COVID-19, compared to 146 the previous day. There are 25 individuals being treated in HHS intensive care units (ICU) compared to 23 the day prior.

Hamilton General Hospital is at 105 per cent occupancy — up from 99 per cent the previous day. Juravinski Hospital has gone from 111 to 116 per cent occupancy over the last 24 hours.

HHS is reporting that 471 staff are self-isolating, compared to 494 the day prior.

98 per cent of HHS employees are fully vaccinated and 14 individuals have had their employment terminated for not following vaccination guidelines.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is reporting that 79 people are being treated for COVID-19 at its hospital, compared to 74 the previous day. 11 individuals are in the ICU compared to 10 the day prior.

St. Joe’s hospital occupancy is at 91 per cent compared to 89 the previous day. ICU occupancy is 85 per cent.

281 St. Joe’s employees are self-isolating — up from 143 the day prior

97.9 per cent of the staff at St. Joe’s is fully vaccinated while three individuals are currently on unpaid leave for violating vaccination guidelines.

City of Hamilton vaccination numbers

79.6 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday with 84.8 per cent receiving at least one dose. 39 per cent of children between the ages of four and 12 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination percentage of the other age groups ranges between 84 and 99 per cent.

City of Hamilton vaccination stats

Unvaccinated Hamilton residents are being infected at 1.9 times the rate as the vaccinated, according to City data collected from Aug. 18, 2021, to now. The unvaccinated have also been 10.1 times more likely to be hospitalized and 17 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU. The risk of death among the unvaccinated is 7.3 times higher than it is for the fully vaccinated in Hamilton.

City of Hamilton vaccination stats

Provincial COVID-19 numbers

Ontario is reporting 2,081 people in the hospital with COVID-19 and 288 patients in intensive care.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 202 people in intensive care are not vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 86 people are fully vaccinated.

The province reported 14 new deaths from the virus.

There were 11,582 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday but Public Health Ontario notes that the true number is likely higher due to policy changes making testing less accessible.

The numbers come as a new round of public health restrictions takes effect in the province.

Students are learning remotely starting today, businesses like restaurants and gyms must close to indoor service and hospitals are pausing non-urgent surgeries.


with files from The Canadian Press

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