Hamilton reports two new COVID deaths, 40 new cases

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Hamilton reported two more local residents have died and two new outbreaks on Monday.

Based on The Spectator’s records, the new deaths appear to be one person over the age of 80 and one person in their 60s.

According to The Spectator’s records, the city reported a new death at Grace Villa long-term care, Hamilton’s biggest outbreak, which has now seen 26 people die. Total cases from the outbreak rose to 216, up by 20 from the weekend.

An ongoing outbreak at Shalom Village has now seen five deaths, according to the city.

Juravinski Hospital’s outbreak on several units has reached 85 cases and five deaths — an increase of two cases from Sunday and an increase of two deaths from when the city last reported the total on Dec. 16.

The Village at Wentworth Heights has also seen four deaths.

There are also two new outbreaks at public schools as of Dec. 20. Eastdale Elementary School and R.A. Riddell Elementary School have had two students each test positive. The city now has a total of 30 outbreaks.

The city reported 40 new COVID-19 cases, which the city’s medical officer of health attributed to a “technical backlog.” Dr. Elizabeth Richardson cautioned the numbers could change as the backlog clears.

The number of active cases have dropped to 951 from a record-high of 979 reported on Sunday. All the numbers are as of 3 p.m. on Dec. 20.

There are 42 COVID-19 patients at Hamilton Health Sciences, an increase of three, and 15 COVID-19 patients at St. Joseph’s, which is no change from the weekend. According to the city, 340 people have been hospitalized in total.

The city’s infection rate is 114 per 100,000 population, down from 129 on Sunday.

Hamilton’s lockdown began Monday, and the city will remain in the grey zone for at least 28 days.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator