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COVID-19: Hamilton up to 1,070 cases as province reports 425 new cases



COVID-19: Hamilton up to 1,070 cases as province reports 425 new cases

As of Monday (Sept 21), the City of Hamilton is reporting that there have been 1,070 cases of COVID-19 in the community since the first case was confirmed here in mid-March.

There have been no new deaths reported in the city since the last week of July, meaning the city death toll remains at 45.

The number of resolved cases in the community is up to 966, accounting for approximately 90 per cent of Hamilton’s overall cases.

There are 59 active cases of COVID-19 in the community at the moment.

Twenty-nine per cent of local cases that have tested positive in the last 10 days have been among those in the 20 to 29 age group.

Over the weekend, the province reduced the number of people allowed to gather to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, with room to allow for physical distancing.

In a statement released Monday, Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger threw his support behind the move to restrict the number of people gathering.

“Municipalities are in a precarious time and we must collectively remain vigilant in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus,” Eisenberger said in the statement.

“Community members are reminded to continue to adhere to the health and safety recommendations from public health experts, including the new size limitations to public gatherings, or receive substantial monetary fines.”

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 425 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with two new deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 175 new cases in Toronto, 84 in Peel Region and 60 in Ottawa.

She says 67 per cent of the new cases are in people under the age of 40. 

The province is also reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least eight among students.

The new cases bring the total number of schools with a reported case to 75 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.

The province says it processed 31,753 tests over the previous day.

—  with a file and photo from the Canadian Press

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