Hamilton reports 41 new COVID-19 cases as local virus spread appears to be slowing down

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Published September 23, 2021 at 1:02 pm

Hamilton is reporting 41 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Sept. 23) as indicators suggest that the virus’s spread is slowing in the community.

According to Public Health Services data posted to the City of Hamilton website, there are currently 276 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment, a number that has slowly gone down over the past couple of weeks.

No new COVID-19-related deaths are being reported locally on Thursday and the number of active outbreaks across the city is 17. Six of those outbreaks are at local schools.

Some key indicators of the virus’s spread suggest that the rate of infection in Hamilton is slowly lessening with the city’s seven-day average for new cases is down to 32 a day the local positivity rate down to 3.2 per cent.

The local reproductive rate remains below 1 at .92 (this number indicates the number of secondary infections generated by an individual with COVID-19).

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 39 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 16 or those in local ICU units.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 677 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and six more deaths.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 148 of those cases are in fully vaccinated people, and the rest are either not fully vaccinated or their status is unknown.

There are 193 people in intensive care units across the province due to COVID-19 – 12 are fully vaccinated, 12 are partially vaccinated, 106 are unvaccinated, and the status of another 63 people isn’t known.

Elliott said more than 85 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 79 per cent have both doses.

In Hamilton, 82.4 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of the vaccine and 75.8 per cent have been given both doses.

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