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COVID-19: Hamilton reports 42 new case, 3 deaths as Ontario hits new record



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COVID-19: Hamilton reports 42 new case, 3 deaths as Ontario hits new record

Since Friday, Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) has reported the deaths of five more people who contracted COVID-19, bringing the city’s toll to 78.

Over the weekend, PHS confirmed a man in his early 90s from Baywood Place LTC passed away on Nov. 19 and another man in his 90s from Hamilton Continuing Care passed away on Nov. 20.

On Monday (Nov. 23), PHS reported that a woman in her 80s who was a resident of Chartwell Willowgrove and another woman in her 60s from St. Joseph’s Villa (South Tower), both passed away on Nov. 22. A third woman in the community who was in her mid-50s passed away on Nov. 20.

The number of local cases is up to 2,743 after 42 newly confirmed cases were reported on Monday. Approximately 84 per cent of those cases (2,300) have been resolved.

According to data on the City of Hamilton website, there is believed to be 360 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment and there are 17 active outbreaks in settings across the city, including one at Alexander Place LTCH, which just last week had an outbreak declared over.

Data shared on the province of Ontario’s website shows that Hamilton schools are reporting 33 COVID-19 cases among staff and students at 26 schools in both boards across the city.

The number of people with COVID-19 being treated in Hamilton hospitals is up to 23.

Local assessment centres have completed 126,316 COVID-19 tests as an additional 24,365 tests have been completed at other facilities.

Ontario sets new record

Meanwhile, Ontario reported a record 1,589 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and 19 new deaths due to the virus.

Elliott said 535 cases were in Peel Region, 336 cases are in Toronto, and 205 cases are in York Region.

The latest figures came as Toronto and Peel Region entered the lockdown stage of Ontario’s pandemic protection plan.

It means that for at least the next 28 days, non-essential retailers can only offer curbside pickup, while restaurants are closed to all but takeout and delivery orders in the two COVID-19 hot spots.

Personal services have also been forced to close, but schools and child-care centres remain open.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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