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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at popular downtown Hamilton restaurant

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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at popular downtown Hamilton restaurant

An outbreak has been declared at a popular downtown Hamilton restaurant after three members of the staff have tested positive for the virus.

Radius, located at the corner of James South and Augusta, has been added to the growing list of Hamilton’s community outbreaks as of Thursday (Oct. 15).

As it stands, the City of Hamilton is reporting seven active outbreaks in the community at the moment. Radius is the second workplace-related outbreak declared in as many days.

On Thursday, the city’s Public Health Services reported an increase of 30 new cases, bringing the local case count to 1,466, with 47 deaths and 1,223 cases considered resolved.

According to the city’s data, there are 196 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment.

To date, Hamilton’s assessment centres have completed 93,096 COVID-19 tests.

As the number of cases continues to rise, the City of Hamilton plans to resume their weekly Virtual Town Hall meetings Thursday night.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, alongside Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, and Paul Johnson, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Director, will be taking questions from the community.

Residents can participate by sending questions to:

  1. Tagging @cityofhamilton on Twitter
  2. Sending an email to [email protected]
  3. By phone to (905) 645-3232 (during the show)

The Town Hall can be watched on TV or streamed via Cable 14, or on the city’s YouTube channel or listened to on CHML.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 783 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths related to the virus on Thursday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 239 of the new cases are in Toronto, 136 are in Peel Region, 127 are in York Region and 89 are in Ottawa.

She says there are 779 newly resolved cases.

Ontario has a total of 62,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 53,291 resolved cases and 3,022 deaths.

The province says it is has hired 100 new contact tracers to help track and isolate new cases of COVID-19.

And it plans to hire up to 500 more by mid-November.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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