Hamilton records three more COVID-19 related deaths


Published January 26, 2022 at 11:48 am

(The Canadian Press)

Hamilton is reporting three new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday (Jan. 26) bringing the local death toll to 468.

Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) data posted on the City of Hamilton website, is showing 213 newly confirmed cases on Wednesday.

The city’s website, though, warns that the data does not fully reflect COVID-19 activity in the community as testing criteria has changed.

As of Wednesday, there are 76 people in local hospitals with COVID-19 (down from 83 the day previous) who were sent to hospital because of the virus, of which 12 are in local ICUs.

Hamilton hospitals

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is reporting that 127 patients who were admitted to their hospitals for other reasons have tested positive for COVID-19 and there is a total of 23 people in HHS ICUs with the virus (down from 24 since the day previous).

The health-care provider also reports that 324 of its employees are currently self-isolating (down from 345 in the last 24 hours) and its ICU capacity sits at 100 per cent (up from 95 per cent reported on Tuesday).

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is reporting that 67 people are being treated for COVID-19 related complications (down from 72 the day previous) of which 10 are in ICU.

There are currently 164 staff and physicians from St. Joe’s who are self-isolating and ICU occupancy sits at 107 per cent.

Ontario numbers

Ontario is reporting 608 people in intensive care with COVID-19 and 4,016 people hospitalized with the virus on Wednesday.

The intensive care figures are down slightly from the 626 people in ICU reported Tuesday, while hospitalizations rose slightly from the 4,008 reported the day prior.

There were 89 more virus-related deaths reported, which the province says occurred over the past three weeks, and another three deaths recorded that happened more than a month ago.

There were also 5,368 new virus cases reported, but Public Health Ontario has said the real case count is likely higher because of changes to the province’s testing policy.

Fifty-seven per cent of the province’s long-term care homes were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday.

Ontario isn’t reporting data on COVID-19 cases in schools, but 195 schools reported more than 30 per cent of students and staff absent on Tuesday and four schools were closed.

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