Hamilton is reporting a record number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday (April 16).
According to Public Health Services (PHS) data shared on the City’s website, there are 247 new cases of the virus in the community, the highest daily increase in Hamilton since the start of the pandemic.
The number of active cases in the community is also at an all-time high of 1,309. There are currently 37 active outbreaks after seven outbreaks were declared over as of Thursday.
Two new deaths associated with the virus were also reported in Hamilton Friday, bringing the local death toll from COVID-19 to 343.
Hamilton’s hospitals are currently treating 120 people who have tested positive for the virus, a number that has seen a steady increase in recent days.
Ontario also set a new daily case count record, reporting 4,812 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, reaching a new peak for the second day in a row. Thursday’s total was 4,736.
Intensive Care Units across the province are treating 701 people for the virus with 480 people requiring a ventilator.
The province is expected to announce more public health measures later Friday in an effort to rein in surging infections.