Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger confirmed Tuesday (July 7) that Hamilton’s Santa Claus parade has been officially cancelled.
During a virtual media briefing, Eisenberger said organizers made the tough decision to cancel the event.
“Even Santa Claus has been affected by this pandemic,” he said, noting that this is just the latest in a long line of disappointing event cancellations in Hamilton this year.
He said that this is the first time in the parade’s 45-year history in Hamilton that they’ve had to cancel the tradition.
Despite this sad news, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
In a sign that we’ve turned a corner in the battle against COVID-19 in Hamilton, local hospitals, for the first time in months, are reporting Tuesday that they are not currently treating any patients for the virus.
According to data on the City’s COVID-19 website, 141 people were treated in Hamilton hospitals for the virus over the course of the last few months.
As of Tuesday, the City of Hamilton is reporting that there have been 856 cases of COVID-19 in the community since it was first reported here in March.
That is two more cases than last reporting on Monday.
Of those cases, 848 have been confirmed and eight are considered probable.
The number of cases that have been resolved is up to 776, representing about 91 per cent of Hamilton’s overall cases.
The numbers show that there are fewer than 90 active cases of the virus in the community, at the same time as there are no active institutional or community outbreaks being reported.
Hamilton’s COVID-19-related death toll remains at 44, a number that has been unchanged for weeks now.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two new deaths.
The total number of cases stood at 36,060, including 31,603 marked as resolved and 2,691 deaths.
The province also reported 177 newly resolved cases and 15,100 tests completed over the previous 24 hours.
The number of people in hospital because of the virus increased slightly, while patients in ICUs and on ventilators decreased.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said 23 of the province’s 34 public health units reported no new cases of COVID-19, and five reported five or fewer cases.
— With a file from The Canadian Press