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COVID-19: Virus claims the life of another Hamilton LTC resident as city reports 67 new cases

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COVID-19: Virus claims the life of another Hamilton LTC resident as city reports 67 new cases

Hamilton’s COVID-19 death toll continues to climb as the city’s Public Health Services (PHS) reports 67 newly confirmed cases on Monday (Nov. 9).

As of Monday, the local death toll climbed to 54 after a man in his early 100s who was a resident of Hamilton Continuing Care LTC passed away on Saturday (Nov. 7).

Over the weekend, when close to 120 new cases were confirmed locally, it was also reported that two more residents of Hamilton LTCs dealing with active outbreaks passed away — two women in their 90s.

There are currently 19 active outbreaks in Hamilton at the moment, including at Chartwell Willowgrove LTC in Ancaster where the number of cases has risen to 51.

To date, there have been 2,184 cases of the virus in the community since it was first reported here in March.

Of those cases, 1,764 have been resolved, accounting for 81 per cent of local COVID-19 cases.

There are currently 18 Hamilton schools reporting cases of the virus, according to data compiled by the Province. Twenty-four students in both school boards have tested positive for the virus and one staff member.

According to PHS data supplied on the City of Hamilton website, there are currently 364 active cases in the community at the moment.

Hamilton’s COVID-19 assessment centres have completed 112,724 tests so far.

Ontario’s numbers

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 1,242 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, and 12 deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 483 new cases in Toronto, 279 in Peel Region, 107 in York Region, and 74 in Ottawa.

The province says there are 84 people in intensive care, with 54 on ventilators.

More than 28,400 tests have been completed since the last daily update.

The latest figures come as the province says it is increasing testing, contact tracing, and hospital resources in Peel Region as COVID-19 rates surge in the area.

Elliott says three new testing centres and a mobile testing unit will be established in Brampton, Ont., to address increasing virus numbers in that city.

Elliott said the province is also providing 70 more contact tracers to Peel Region’s health unit, and funding for 234 additional hospital beds.

Peel Region is currently the only one in the red category of the province’s new COVID-19 restrictions system, meaning indoor capacity at local restaurants and gyms is capped at 10 people, among other things.

But Peel’s medical officer of health Dr. Lawrence Loh said Saturday that stricter measures were needed and called on residents to limit contacts to members of their household and essential supports.

Hamilton currently sits in the yellow category on the province’s COVID-19 system, which has been designated a ‘Protect’ zone, where public health measures are heightened and gathering limits are restricted.

— with a file and photo from The Canadia Press

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