Hamilton surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 cases

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Hamilton surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic on Friday.

On Feb. 19, public health reported 37 new cases, bringing the city’s total to 10,002. The number of active cases remained 290.

To date, 277 people have died. No new deaths were reported as of Thursday at 3 p.m.

There were two more hospitalized cases, bringing the total to 747.

The city’s reproduction number grew from 0.88 to 0.95 as of Feb. 18, just days after Hamilton reported the presence of the U.K. variant B.1.1.7 on Wednesday. That’s close to the rate — above 1.0 — at which exponential growth of the virus is considered to occur. But it’s already above the 0.7 threshold which provincial projections suggest for contagious new variants.

The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 remained at 39. In the last seven days, 1.9 per cent of COVID-19 tests came back positive, a slight drop from the previous two per cent.

Four new outbreaks were declared in Hamilton.

Carole Anne’s Place, a YWCA overnight women’s drop-in centre, was declared in outbreak as of Feb. 17 with one patron case, and Wesley Day Centre for vulnerable and at-risk individuals has two staff cases. Mission Services Men’s Centre on Wentworth Street North is in outbreak as of Feb. 18 with one patron case.

Three new cases were reported in the outbreak at Inasmuch House women’s shelter, with its first staff and two more resident cases.

Late Friday, Hamilton Health Sciences announced an outbreak in the M2 unit at Juravinski Hospital. Three patients and one staff tested positive in the rehabilitation and alternate level of care unit.

Cases grew at an ongoing outbreak at an elementary school near Mountview Park. St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Elementary School has eight cases as of Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., according to public health. However, Friday afternoon, the Catholic school board reported an additional case at the school for a total of nine.

The workplace outbreak with 44 staff cases at Mount Hope’s Canada Bread Company and the outbreak at Imagineer’s Early Learning Centre, a daycare on West 5th Street, were declared over as of Feb. 18.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator