Unvaccinated Hamiltonians 9.6 times more likely to catch COVID-19 than those with both shots: Data

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Published October 27, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Hamilton is reporting 10 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Oct. 27) and no new virus-related deaths as the number of active cases across the city continue to drop.

According to Hamilton Public Health Services Data posted on the City of Hamilton website, there are currently 117 active cases across the community and seven active outbreaks.

The local seven-day average for new cases is down to 15 (down from 16 on Tuesday) and the city’s reproduction rate — the average number of secondary infections stemming from an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 — remains well below one at .86.

Hamilton hospitals, at the moment, are treating 29 people for COVID-related illnesses, including 11 who are in local ICUs.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 321 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and nine more deaths.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 203 of those cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

There are 134 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19, and 16 of those patients are people from Saskatchewan. Elliott said 118 of the people in ICUs are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Nearly 88 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 84 per cent have received both doses.

In Hamilton, as of Wednesday, 856,943 COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered with 80.8 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated and 85 per cent of eligible residents with their first shot.

According to HPHS data, the risk of COVID-19 infection among the unvaccinated population of the city is 9.6 times higher than that of the vaccinated population.

The data also shows that the risk of hospitalization due to the virus is 36.4 times higher for residents who are unvaccinated than it is for those who have received both shots.

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