Hamilton reports record number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Published December 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Hamilton is reporting a new record number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Dec. 17).

According to data supplied by Public Health Services (PHS) there are 162 newly confirmed cases Thursday and four new deaths.

This brings those totals to 4,567 and 127 respectively.

The previous record number of newly confirmed cases was set earlier this week, on Sunday, when PHS reported 143.

Outbreaks have been declared at two of Hamilton’s long-term care facilities as well, bringing the total number of active outbreaks in those settings to 18 and 25 total active outbreaks in various settings throughout the city.

Hamilton’s weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population is 115, which could spell lockdown, or at least further public health measures, in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday, to help curb the spread of the virus.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 51 people with COVID-19.

According to data shared on the province of Ontario’s website, Hamilton schools are reporting 84 cases among staff and students at 44 schools across the city.

— with a photo from The Canadian Press

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