Outbreak of COVID-19 declared among Hamilton hockey team

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Published November 5, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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Hamilton’s COVID-19-related death toll has risen to 420 after the city’s Public Health Services (HPHS) reported one death on Friday (Nov. 5) and 14 newly confirmed cases.

An outbreak of COVID-19 has also been declared among a young Hamilton hockey team that plays out of the Mountain Arena after three players of the U13 Leafs Hockey Team have tested positive for the virus.

According to HPHS data posted on the City of Hamilton website, there are 133 active COVID-19 cases in the community at the moment and the number of active outbreaks is up to seven.

The city’s seven day average for new cases is 16 and the current local reproductive rate — the average number of secondary infections generated by an individual with COVID-19 — has risen above one to 1.07.

Hospitals in Hamilton are presently treating 32 people for virus-related illnesses, of whom eight are in local ICUs.

In the meantime, Ontario is reporting 563 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and five more deaths.

It’s the first time since Oct. 10 that the daily new case count for the entire province has cracked 500.

The seven-day average of new cases has been on the rise in the past few days, after falling since an early September fourth-wave peak.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 314 of the new cases are in people who aren’t fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while the other 249 are fully vaccinated.

The numbers of people in ICU due to COVID-19 remain relatively steady, and as of Friday, there are 129 people in intensive care units, with 117 of them not fully vaccinated or with an unknown vaccination status.

There are 23 patients from Saskatchewan in Ontario hospitals, with 22 of them in intensive care units.

Nearly 88.4 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and almost 85 per cent have received both doses.

In Hamilton, 864,048COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered with 81.6 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians having received both doses and 85.4 per cent with one shot.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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