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COVID-19: Public health confirms deaths of 3 more LTC residents in Hamilton

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COVID-19: Public health confirms deaths of 3 more LTC residents in Hamilton

Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) has confirmed the death of three more people on Tuesday (Nov. 17), bringing the city’s COVID-19-related death toll to 70.

All three of Hamilton’s latest fatalities were residents of Chartwell Willowgrove retirement residence in Ancaster where an outbreak has seen close to 70 people test positive for the virus and resulted in the death of 12 people.

Two women, one in her mid-90s and the other in her early-80s passed away on Saturday (Nov. 14) and another woman in her early-80s passed away on Monday (Nov. 16).

Since November 5, the city’s death toll has climbed by 22, 21 of those deaths were among residents of LTCs dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.

There are 19 active outbreaks in the community at the moment.

On Monday, PHS reported 25 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases in Hamilton to 2,464, with 2,055 (83 per cent) having been resolved.

The number of active cases in the community is now down to 336 (from 371 on Monday).

In Hamilton schools, according to the data on the Province of Ontario’s website, there are 41 students and staff members at 28 schools across the city and in both boards who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Hospitals in Hamilton are currently treating 15 people for the virus.

Hamilton’s assessment centres have carried out 121,076 COVID-19 tests, with an additional 23,874 COVID-19 tests completed at other facilities.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 1,249 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, and 12 new deaths due to the virus. This is the 12th consecutive day that Ontario has reported more than 1,000 new cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 569 cases are in Toronto, 256 in Peel Region and 94 in York Region.

On Monday, Canada surpassed 300,000 total coronavirus cases since the outbreak began earlier this year.

— with files and a photo from The Canadian Press

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