Hamilton surpasses 3,100 active COVID-19 cases; unvaccinated infection rate 3x higher


Published December 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Hamilton Public Health Services reported 3,189 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Dec. 29) after 540 cases were added.

Hamilton Public Health Services reported 3,189 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Dec. 29) after 540 cases were added.

79.2 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians are fully vaccinated with 83.4 per cent receiving at least one dose. 36 per cent of children between the ages of four and 12 are fully vaccinated. The vaccination percentage of the other age groups ranges between 84 and 99 per cent.

Vaccination status in Hamilton by age

Unvaccinated Hamilton residents are being infected at a rate three times higher than the vaccinated, according to City data from Aug. 18, 2021, to now. The unvaccinated are also 16.2 times more likely to be hospitalized and 35.2 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

Vaccinated vs unvaccinated rates in Hamilton

There are 94 COVID-19 patients at Hamilton Health Services (HHS) hospitals with 11 being in the intensive care unit (ICU). Occupancy at HHS hospitals is at 104 per cent and ICU occupancy is 95 per cent.

314 HHS staff members are self-isolating. 97. 8 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated and 13 individuals have had their employment terminated.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is reporting that there are 43 patients being treated for COVID-19 with four being in the ICU. Hospital occupancy is at 86 per cent. ICU occupancy is 70 per cent.

133 members of St. Joe’s employees are self-isolating. 97.9 per cent of the staff at St. Joe’s is fully vaccinated while four individuals are currently on unpaid leave.

Ontario reported 10,436 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the virus on Thursday.

The daily infection tally broke the record set on Christmas day — which saw 10,412 cases — for the most cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began in Ontario.

Provincial data show that 190 people are currently in intensive care due to COVID-19, including 104 people on ventilators.

In total, the province reported 726 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

A government website noted that 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit daily data and the number of hospitalized patients is expected to increase.

The province says 81 per cent of all residents aged five and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and 86 per cent have at least one shot.


with files from The Canadian Press

insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising