Hamilton’s COVID-19 numbers improve slightly as ICU capacity hovers near 100 per cent


Published January 21, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Hamilton’s COVID-19 numbers improve slightly as ICU capacity hovers near 100 per cent

Hamilton is reporting 354 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday (Jan. 21) and no new virus-related deaths .

The number of active infections in the community has dipped below 10,000 to 9,950 for the first time this week, and the number of active outbreaks is down to 86 from the mid-90s the rest of the week.

According to Hamilton Public Health Services data posted on the City of Hamilton website, there are 91 people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and who were sent to hospital because of the virus, of which 18 are in local ICUs.

Hamilton hospitals

Hamilton Health Science (HHS) is reporting that 136 patients who were admitted to their hospitals for other reasons have tested positive for COVID-19 and there is a total of 25 people in HHS ICUs with the virus.

The health-care provider also reports that 416 of its employees are currently self-isolating and its ICU capacity sits at 97 per cent.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is reporting that 83 people are being treated for COVID-19 related complications of which 15 are in ICU.

There are currently 157 staff and physicians from St. Joe’s who are self-isolating and ICU occupancy sits at 97 per cent.

Ontario’s numbers

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 4,114 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 590 people in intensive care units as of Friday.

That’s up from 4,061 hospitalizations reported the previous day and a slightly lower number of people in ICU, down from 594.

The province also reports another 62 deaths related to COVID-19.

Ontario is reporting 7,165 new cases of COVID-19, though Public Health Ontario has said the number is likely higher because of a current policy restricting who can access tests.

More than half of the long-term care homes in the province have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

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