Hamilton’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported exactly two years ago


Published March 11, 2022 at 8:44 am

It has been exactly two years since the City of Hamilton reported its very first COVID-19 case.

On March 11, 2020, it was reported that an oncologist working at Juravinski Hospital was the first confirmed case of the virus in the city.

At the time, the doctor, who was a resident of the Halton Region, had recently returned from international travel.

Since that time, Hamilton has recorded 49,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community, though that number is likely much higher given all the changes to testing requirements over the past two years.

The city’s virus-related death toll has since risen to 529.

It wasn’t until six days after Hamilton reported its first COVID-19 case that Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the emerging global public health crises.

When Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on March 17, 2020, Ontario was reporting 177 confirmed cases of the virus.

Since then, 1,119,564 cases of the virus have been confirmed across the province, and 12,638 have died as a result of COVID-19.

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