Hamilton reports one COVID-19-related death as two new school outbreaks are declared

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Published September 28, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Hamilton is reporting 23 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Sept. 28) and one new virus-related death, bringing the local death toll to 413.

As of Tuesday, Hamilton has reported 24,437 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 but of those, 94.2 per cent have been resolved.

The number of outbreaks in Hamilton area schools, however, is on the rise as public health declared two new ones on Monday: one at Ryerson Elementary School in downtown Hamilton where two students have tested positive and the other at Lincoln Alexander Elementary School on the east mountain where one staff member and two students tested positive.

This brings the number of active school outbreaks in Hamilton to 11 and the total number of active outbreaks across the community to 21.

Overall, the data provided by Hamilton Public Health Services on the City’s COVID-19 website, suggests that some headway is being made in keeping the spread of the virus contained.

The local reproductive number — the value that indicates the number of secondary infections generated by a person with a confirmed case of the virus — is down to .86. The city’s seven-day average for new cases is down to 44.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 466 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 11 new deaths related to the virus.

Of the new cases, 347 cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 119 are in fully vaccinated individuals.

The province said 20,454 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the last day for a total of more than 21.7 million.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 86 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have received one dose and nearly 81 per cent have two doses.

Elliott said 315 people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. She says of those in hospital, 278 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 37 are fully vaccinated.

In Hamilton, as of Tuesday, 823,299 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to eligible residents. Approximately 83 per cent of eligible Hamilton residents have been given one dose and 76.9 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

There are currently 180 patients in intensive care units across Ontario with COVID-related critical illnesses and 127 on ventilators.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 39 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which 14 are in local ICU units.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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