LATEST: Outbreak of COVID-19 at Community Living Hamilton facility reported

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Published July 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

The City of Hamilton is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 at a congregate facility on the mountain.

The City of Hamilton is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 at a congregate facility on the mountain.

On Thursday (July 16), the city’s COVID-19 website says that one staff member at a Community Living Hamilton residence has tested positive for the virus.

This is the first active outbreak at a long-term care or congregate care facility in Hamilton since June 10.

As of Thursday, there have been 869 cases of COVID-19 in the community since the middle of March. This is the same number of cases that were reported on Wednesday.

Of these cases, 860 are confirmed and nine are considered probable.

In terms of the number of resolved cases, that number is up to 803 accounting for approximately 92 per cent of Hamilton’s overall cases.

The numbers show that there are fewer than 25 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment.

Ontario reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and five new deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases now stands at 37,163, which includes 2,737 deaths and 33,061 cases marked as resolved. The number of resolved cases grew by 141, outpacing the number of new cases.

The number of people in hospital, intensive care and on a ventilator all declined.

The province said more than 26,490 people were tested for the novel coronavirus in the previous day.

Meanwhile, Ontario extended pandemic emergency orders until July 29. The orders cover the redeployment of health-care workers and temporary management of long-term care homes. They also prohibit price-gouging.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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