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COVID-19: Hamilton reports 14 new cases as another Ontario region reverts to modified Stage 2

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COVID-19: Hamilton reports 14 new cases as another Ontario region reverts to modified Stage 2

Hamilton’s Public Health Services is reporting 14 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city on Friday (Oct. 16).

This brings the total number of cases in the community to 1,480.

Of that 1,480, 47 have died and 1,249 (84 per cent) of local cases have been resolved.

According to the City of Hamilton COVID-19 website, there are belie ed to be 182 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment and seven active outbreaks.

To date, 94,915 COVID-19 tests have been completed at Hamilton’s assessment centres.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 712 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, along with nine new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 213 of the new cases are in Toronto, 135 are in Peel Region, 108 are in Ottawa and 62 are in York Region.

Elliott says 713 cases have been marked as resolved over the past 24 hours.

With the rise of cases in York Region, the province announced late Friday that it too would revert back to a modified Stage 2 for 28 days.

“In York Region, the number of cases and hospitalizations are currently trending upwards and further action is required to help stop the spread of the virus in this community,” a press release from the province said.

“From October 3 to October 9, 2020, York Region’s case rate increased by 49 per cent to 38.7 per 100,000 people, above the provincial average.”

The City of Burlington also made some adjustments to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by pausing all indoor fitness classes and limiting team sports to training only.

In a press release sent out by the City of Burlington, is said the city will continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health — which reported 46 new cases Friday — and as of Saturday (Oct. 17) they will be:

  1. Pausing all City of Burlington-run indoor fitness classes for Adult 19+ and 55+, including indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness
  2. Within City of Burlington facilities, activities are now limited to training only where proper physical distancing can be maintained. There will be no games or scrimmages until further notice

The province now has a total of 62,908 cases of COVID-19, including 54,004 that are considered resolved and 3,031 deaths.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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