Hamilton reports 240 new cases and four new outbreaks over weekend

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Hamilton public health reported 240 new COVID-19 cases and four new outbreaks over the weekend.

The city had 849 active cases of the virus as of Saturday at 3 p.m., down from 981 the previous day. Hamilton hasn’t topped 1,000 active cases since Jan. 13.

The city has 15 lab-confirmed and 1,081 suspected variant cases, up 61 from Friday’s report.

New outbreaks recorded over the weekend include the Ancaster Foot Clinic at 352 Wilson St. E., which currently has four patient cases, and Timothy Christian School, which is north of Mohawk Road East, between Upper Wentworth Street and Upper Sherman Avenue, which has one staff case — both declared on Saturday.

On Friday, a workplace outbreak was declared at the Royal Bank of Canada Winona branch in Stoney Creek, after two staff tested positive. The outbreak is linked to a variant of concern.

An April 1 outbreak at Hatts Off Girls’ Country Home in Dundas, which has one staff case not linked to a variant, was added to public health’s list of outbreaks on Saturday.

There are currently 42 outbreaks in the city.

Nine Hamilton schools — three public, four Catholic and two French — are currently in outbreak. About half of the outbreaks are linked to variants of concern.

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School, which is listed as having two outbreaks and 13 cases, is closed to in-person learning, according to a letter on its website. Students are expected to learn virtually until April 19.

Over the weekend, public health reported eight outbreaks declared over. They include: Greensville Elementary School, Westview Elementary School, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School, St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School, the Nesting Nook child care centre and a DHL Service Point at 9270 Airport Rd.

A variant-linked outbreak that shuttered downtown Hamilton’s Dr. J.E. Davey Elementary School was also declared over on April 3. The school, which has been closed since March 22, is expected to reopen on Tuesday.

A deadly outbreak declared March 12 at Juravinski Hospital’s F3 unit was declared over on April 4. The outbreak had a total of 54 cases — 38 patients and 14 staff — and eight people died.

In total, Hamilton has had nearly 13,300 cases and 321 deaths. No new deaths were reported over the weekend, but five deaths — three people in their 80s and two in their 70s — were reported by public health on Friday.

As of April 3, Hamilton’s reproductive number is 1.2 and the city’s per cent positivity is 3.8 per cent, both are the same as the previous report.

Saturday marked the first day of a provincewide shutdown announced on Wednesday by Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The shutdown is expected to last four weeks.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator