The City of Hamilton announced Wednesday (Oct. 7) that they would be resuming regular virtual COVID-19 updates as the number of new cases continues to climb.
The first update with Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Emergency Operations Centre Director Paul Johnson and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson will be held Thursday afternoon and will continue on a weekly basis going forward.
As of Wednesday, there have been 1,244 cases of COVID-19 in the community since it was first recorded here in March 2020. This is 16 new cases since Tuesday’s update.
The number of resolved cases is up to 1,068, accounting for approximately 86 per cent of Hamilton’s total cases.
Forty-seven people in the community have died as a result of the virus, so far.
According to the City’s data, there are believed to be 129 known active cases in the community at the moment.
The opening of a new COVID-19 testing centre later this month was also announced Wednesday. The new centre, which will be located at Mohawk College, will open Oct. 23 and will be the new testing site on the Mountain when Hamilton’s drive-thru assessment centre closes this Sunday (Oct. 11).
To date, Hamilton’s assessment centres have completed 85,426 tests.
Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 583 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and one new death due to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 173 cases are in Toronto, 121 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region, and 70 in Peel Region.
Elliott says 60 per cent of Wednesday’s cases are in people under the age of 40.
The province says it has a backlog of 55,413 tests, and has conducted 43,277 tests since the last daily report.
It’s also reporting 111 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 69 among students. There are no new school-related cases in Hamilton being reported Wednesday.
That brings the number of schools with a reported case to 379 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.
— with a file from The Canadian Press