Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout hits milestone as case counts rise

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Published December 2, 2021 at 12:21 pm

The Canadian Press

Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout hit a milestone on Thursday (Dec. 2) just as the number of cases in the community appears to be on the rise again.

As of Thursday, the City of Hamilton reported that more than 900,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered across the community with 83.4 per cent of eligible residents with two doses and 86.4 per cent with one.

The local death toll climbed by one to 420 on Thursday, with 30 newly confirmed cases being reported.

The number of active cases in Hamilton is up to 280 (up from 159 just two days ago) and 12 active outbreaks (up from nine earlier this week).

There are 14 people being treated for COVID-19-related illnesses in Hamilton hospital of which fewer than 10 are in local ICUs.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 959 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths from the virus on Thursday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 469 new cases are in people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 61 people have an unknown vaccination status.

According to provincial data, 155 people are in intensive care across Ontario due to COVID-related critical illness, including 85 people on ventilators.

There were four patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario hospitals as of Wednesday, including three people in intensive care.

The province says 87 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90 per cent of people have at least one.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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