Hamilton up to 12 active COVID-19 outbreaks after starting week with four


Published October 22, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Hamilton is reporting 21 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday (Oct. 22) and no new virus-related deaths.

According to Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) data shared on the City’s website, there are now 12 active outbreaks across the community after the week started with just four.

The number of active cases across Hamilton is 174 and the city’s seven-day average for new cases is down to 24.

This week has also seen the community’s reproductive rate — the average number of secondary infections generated by an individual with a confirmed case of COVID — dip slightly from .91 earlier this week to .86.

Hamilton hospitals are currently treating 36 people with COVID-19, 11 of whom are in local ICUs.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 492 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 11 more deaths.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 325 of those cases are in people not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

There are 149 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19 –128 of them aren’t fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

In Hamilton, as of Friday, 853,187 COVID-19 vaccination doses had been administered with 80.3 per cent of eligible residents having both doses and 84.8 with one shot.

PHS data shows that the risk of a COVID-19 infection for an unvaccinated individual is 9.8 times higher than it is in a fully vaccinated person in Hamilton.

The data also shows that in the unvaccinated population, the risk of hospitalization due to the virus is 37.7 times higher than in the vaccinated population in the city.

More information on vaccinations in Hamilton can be found on the City’s website.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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