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Coronavirus: Fortinos, No Frills employees test positive for COVID-19, Hamilton with 67 active cases

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Loblaw Companies Inc. has confirmed that two staffers at a Fortino’s in Ancaster and a No Frills on the Mountain tested positive on a “presumptive test” for COVID-19.

The company says the employee at the Ancaster location at 54 Wilson St. last worked on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and that Fortino’s was closed for “additional cleaning” on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the company says it has also “taken a number of steps to minimize risk including increased sanitization protocols and enforcing social distancing practices in the store.”

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Meanwhile, the No Frill’s employee last worked on August 15 at the store on 675 Rymal Road East.

The cases were the second and third at Hamilton-area groceries in a matter of a few days. Metro confirmed its own COVID-19 case tied to a worker at the Fennell Plaza location at 967 Fennell Ave. E.

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The employee at that store last worked Aug. 16.

Hamilton has 67 active COVID-19 cases

Hamilton public health says about 59 per cent of its new coronavirus cases in the last 10 days have come from people under the age of 30.

On Thursday, the agency reported that 28 per cent of its 32 recent cases came from residents aged between 20 and 29.

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The city has 67 active cases of the virus with roughly 72 per cent (32) of new cases in the last 10 days still under investigation with no source of the spread yet confirmed.

Since the pandemic, Hamilton has a total of 978 confirmed cases, which includes 45 deaths.

The city has no current institutional outbreaks as of Aug. 27.

Niagara Region reports no new COVID-19 cases

Niagara public health reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The region has 933 total cases as of Aug. 27.

The region has 20 active cases and one outbreak at a location in the community.

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Sixty-four people with COVID-19 have died in Niagara since the pandemic began.

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Halton Region reports 2 new COVID-19 cases

On Wednesday, Halton public health reported two new COVID-19 cases, one in Burlington and the other in Milton.

As of Aug. 26, the region has 22 active cases and a total of 959 cases since the pandemic began.

The region still has 25 deaths tied to COVID-19 as of Wednesday and no current institutional outbreaks.

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Haldimand-Norfolk reports no new COVID-19 cases

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The region has an overall total of 475 lab-confirmed, positive cases.

Officials say 419 of those patients have since recovered.

The region has 32 COVID-19-connected deaths, with 27 among residents at Anson Place Care Centre, a nursing home in Hagersville.

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There are currently has 25 active cases in the region.

Brant County reports no new COVID-19 cases

Brant County’s health unit reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

The region still has 160 confirmed cases as of Aug. 27, and five deaths since the pandemic began.

There are no reported outbreaks and the county has seven active COVID-19 cases.