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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Roma Bakery as Hamilton moves to yellow in provincial framework



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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Roma Bakery as Hamilton moves to yellow in provincial framework

Hamilton’s Public Health Services (PHS) has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Roma Bakery after two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

The outbreak at Roma Bakery brings the number of active outbreaks in the community to 16.

As of Friday (Nov. 6), there have been 1,999 cases of the virus in the community since March when it was first reported here, which is 27 new cases from Thursday’s reporting.

Hamilton’s death toll rose to 51 on Thursday after PHS confirmed three residents of Chartwell Willowgrove Retirement Residence in Ancaster passed away earlier this week. As of Friday, the number of cases associated with the outbreak at that LTC was holding at 46.

The number of resolved cases is up to 1,695, accounting for approximately 85 per cent of overall cases.

According to the data on the City of Hamilton’s website, there is believed to be 251 active cases of the virus in the community at the moment.

To date, 112,243 COVID-19 tests have been completed at local assessment centres.

Ontario’s numbers

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 1,003 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 14 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 300 cases are in Toronto, 280 in Peel Region and 125 in York Region.

The province said it has conducted 41,268 tests since the last daily report and has a backlog of 47,074 tests.

In total, 380 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 86 in intensive care.

Hamilton is in the Yellow

The provincial government also released a list Friday classifying each public health unit under the new red, orange, yellow and green risk level system – a change that will take effect at midnight.

Hamilton is will be in the yellow-protect level as of 12:01 am Saturday.

At this level, for instance, establishments must close at midnight and alcohol sales must cease by 11 p.m. Contact information for all seated patrons is a requirement and a seating limit of six persons to a table is in effect.

Also, the spacing between patrons in gyms and recreational facilities is increasing to 3m and recreational programs are limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors.

For more information on the province’s response framework, visit their website.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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