Hamilton reports new COVID-19-related death as community spread appears to slow

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Published October 13, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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Hamilton is reporting 13 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Oct. 13) and one new virus-related death was reported on Tuesday (Oct. 12).

As of Wednesday, there have been 24,883 cases in the community and 416 deaths of people who had contracted the virus.

While the virus continues to circulate in the city, Public Health Services data shared on the City of Hamilton website suggest that spread is coming under control.

The number of active cases in the community is down to 188 and the seven-day average for new cases is down to 30. The number of active outbreaks being reported is down to nine.

One indicator of the virus’s spread is its reproductive number which measures the average number of secondary infections generated by an individual with a confirmed case of the virus.

A number above 1 indicates that community transmission is growing. Hamilton’s reproductive number currently sits at .83.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 29 people with confirmed cases of the virus, with 12 in local ICUs.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 306 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and 12 more deaths.

That is the lowest number of daily new cases since early August.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 202 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

There are 153 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19 – 14 are fully vaccinated, six are partially vaccinated, 68 are unvaccinated, and the remaining 65 have an unknown vaccination status.

The province is reporting 269 new school-related cases Wednesday, though that represents cases logged between last Friday and Tuesday.

More than 87 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.5 per cent have both doses.

In Hamilton, 843,347 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, with 79.1 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated and 84.2 per cent with their first dose.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story contained data from the day before but has since been updated to reflect Wednesday’s data.

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