Hamilton reports record number of new COVID-19 cases


Published December 23, 2021 at 11:35 am

Hamilton is reporting a record number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Dec. 23) as the number of active cases in the community rises to more than 1,000.

Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) shared on the City’s website is showing 268 new infections on Thursday and no new virus-related deaths.

The only other day to come close to that many new cases in a single day was earlier this week, when on Tuesday (Dec. 21) there were a reported 257 new cases in Hamilton, according to the data.

The number of active cases in Hamilton now stands at 1,014 and there are 35 active outbreaks across the community.

The outbreak associated with a Grey Cup event held at the Corktown Tavern on Dec. 10 has grown to 24 cases — one staff member and 23 of more than 200 attendees have tested positive for the virus.

The city’s seven-day average for new daily cases is up to 166 from 140 earlier this week and its reproductive rate — the average number of secondary infections generated by an individual with COVID-19 — is up to 1.83.

Hamilton hospitals are reporting a slight increase in the number of patients being treated for COVID-19. There are currently 52 people being treated for virus-related complications locally, of which fewer than 10 are in ICUs.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 5,790 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a record number for the province since the start of the pandemic.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 440 people are hospitalized acirss Ontario with COVID-19. Of those, 304 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 136 are fully vaccinated. There are 169 people in ICUs across the province.

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