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COVID-19: Hamilton’s death toll continues to climb as another LTC resident dies



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COVID-19: Hamilton’s death toll continues to climb as another LTC resident dies

Hamilton’s Public Health Services (PHS) has confirmed another COVID-19-related death in the community on Thursday (Nov. 12), bringing the toll to 59.

The city’s latest fatality is a man in his early 90s from Village of Wentworth Heights who passed on November 10, a PHS spokesperson confirmed.

This past week alone, the local death toll has climbed by 11 and the victims have been residents of Hamilton LTCs, seven of whom were residents of Chartwell Willowgrove Retirement Residence in Ancaster.

PHS is also reporting an increase of 33 cases of the virus since Wednesday’s update, bringing the total number of cases in Hamilton to 2,295.

According to PHS data shared on the City of Hamilton website, 1,860 cases have been resolved, accounting for 81 per cent of overall cases.

There are no new outbreaks being reported, but several of the city’s active ones have worsened: at Chartwell Willowgrove, the number of cases is up to 59 (37 residents, 22 staff), St. Joseph’s Villa is up to 31 cases (21 residents, 10 staff) and Baywoods Place is up to 26 cases (15 residents, 11 staff).

The number of people being treated has risen this week as well with Hamilton hospitals treating 20 people currently for the virus.

There is believed to be 374 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment.

Thirty-eight per cent of COVID-19 cases (153) confirmed in the last 10 have been transmitted through close contact, while 29 per cent are associated with an outbreak.

Hamilton’s assessment centres have completed 117,099 COVID-19 tests so far and another 23,534 have been completed in other facilities.

In Hamilton schools, provincial data shows that there are 39 confirmed cases among staff and students at 26 schools.

Meanwhile, Ontario is again reporting a daily record of COVID-19 cases, with 1,575 new infections recorded Thursday.

The province is also reporting 18 new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 472 new cases in Toronto, 448 in Peel Region, 155 in York Region and 91 in Ottawa.

The province says 917 more cases are considered resolved, and the nearly 39,600 tests have been completed since the last daily report.

In total, 431 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 98 in intensive care.

Ninety-four long-term care homes are currently experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, with 695 active cases among residents and 435 among staff.

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 89,784, with 3,293 deaths, and 75,228 cases resolved.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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