Hamilton’s COVID-19-related death toll climbs as city records 7 more fatalities


Published January 19, 2022 at 12:22 pm

Hamilton is reporting seven new COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday (Jan. 19) bringing the local death toll to 444.

Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) is also recording 399 newly confirmed infections in the community in which there are currently more than 10,000 active cases.

Data from HPHS also shows that there are currently 92 active outbreaks occurring at the moment in a variety of high-risk settings, including shelters, hospitals, long-term care, retirement and congregate care settings and group homes.

Hamilton Health Sciences

As of Wednesday, HHS is reporting that 69 people have been admitted to their local hospitals for COVID-19-related treatment, which is down from 78 the day previous.

The health-care provider also reports another 116 people have been admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the virus, compared to the 139 reported Tuesday.

Of patients at HHS with COVID-19, 23 are in ICU, where the occupancy rate is down to 98 per cent (from 101 per cent 24 hours earlier).

There are currently 550 HHS employees in self-isolation, an increase from 492 the day prior.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is reporting that 85 people with COVID-19 are in hospital with 14 of those in ICU, where the current occupancy rate is 93 per cent (down from 96 per cent 24 hours earlier).

According to St. Joe’s data, there are 157 staff members self-isolating at the moment.

Ontario data

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting that there are 4,132 people in hospitals across the province with COVID-19 and 589 people in intensive care – a decrease in hospitalizations from 4,183 the previous day, but an increase in ICU patients from 580.

There were 59 new deaths reported Wednesday.

Ontario reported 5,744 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.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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