Hamilton’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 30

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Published May 20, 2020 at 7:17 pm

The City of Hamilton is reporting two more deaths in the community associated with COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 30 as of Wednesday (May 20).

The City of Hamilton is reporting two more deaths in the community associated with COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 30 as of Wednesday (May 20).

As of reporting on Tuesday, there were 27 deaths confirmed on the city’s website.

At the Mayor’s virtual COVID-19 media briefing later in the afternoon, however, Hamilton Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, confirmed that there had been another death Tuesday — a resident of The Rosslyn Retirement Home — bringing the city’s total to 28.

As it stands, there are 602 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton, which is up three cases from Tuesday. Of those, 595 are confirmed and seven are probable.

There have been 397 resolved cases, or 66 per cent of overall cases, in Hamilton.

There are currently 12 active outbreaks of the virus at long-term care facilities across the city and Hamilton hospitals are treating a total of 70 people for the virus — which is up from 55 on Tuesday.

Ontario reported 390 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 43 more deaths.

That brings the provincial total to 23,774 cases, which is an increase of 1.7 per cent over the previous day.

It includes 1,962 deaths and 18,190 resolved cases.

Earlier in the day, the province reported that the number of tests completed in the previous day was just 7,382 at a time when Ontario is trying to work toward 20,000 tests a day.

At the same time as fewer tests are being conducted, the growth rate in new reported COVID-19 cases isn’t going down, and Premier Doug Ford is warning that if there is a surge he won’t hesitate to re-enact restrictions.

— with a file and photo from the Canadian Press

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