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COVID-19: Two more residents of Hamilton LTCs have died

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COVID-19: Two more residents of Hamilton LTCs have died

Hamilton’s Public Health Services (HPS) has confirmed Tuesday (Nov. 10) that two more people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the city.

The latest fatalities are two women from local long-term care facilities dealing with worsening outbreaks of the virus.

The first, who passed away last Friday (Nov. 6), was in her 90s and was a resident of Chartwell Willowgrove LTC in Ancaster. The second was a woman in her 70s who passed away on Sunday (Nov. 8) and was a resident of St. Joseph’s Villa.

With these deaths, Hamilton’s COVID-19-related death toll climbs to 56.

The number of active outbreaks in Hamilton climbed by one on Tuesday to 20, after a staff member at Ridgeview Long Term Care Home in Upper Stoney Creek tested positive for coronavirus.

Hamilton is recording 34 newly confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday as well, bringing the total to 2,218 with 1,793 cases having been resolved (approximately 81 per cent).

Currently, Hamilton hospitals are treating 16 people for COVID-19 and the number of active cases in the community, according to the data supplied on the city’s website, is up to 367.

To date, local COVID-19 assessment centres have completed 115,048 tests.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting a record high of 1,388 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, and 15 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 520 cases are in Toronto (a record for the city), 395 in Peel Region, and 100 in York Region.

Elliott says there are also 72 new cases in Halton Region and 50 in Niagara Region.

The province says it has conducted 29,125 tests since the last daily report.

Toronto Mayor John Tory is considering new measures for his city to slow the rate of growth.

Ontario’s surging number of cases mimics what is happening in much of the rest of the country, with cases soaring and the number of people in hospital steadily climbing.

British Columbia reported nearly 1,000 cases Monday, after implementing tougher new restrictions in the Vancouver area over the weekend.

— with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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