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Coronavirus: Hamilton reports 26 new COVID-19 cases, four new outbreaks

Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Hamilton public health reported four new COVID-19 outbreaks in the city on Wednesday, with three at workplaces and one long-term care home in Dundas.

The workplace outbreaks are at steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, a unit of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, the Foot Locker location at Lime Ridge Mall, and roofing company Flynn Canada’s Stoney Creek location on Arvin Avenue.

Each of the businesses has two cases connected with their outbreaks.

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The outbreak at St. Joseph’s Villa involves a staff member who is not a front-line worker and had no direct contact with residents, the home said in a release.

“Any employee who has had potential contact with the affected staff member will be contacted by a member of the Villa management team for contact tracing purposes,” the release said.

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The statement also said some residents of its Cedar Grove (3-South) wing of the home were “presenting” respiratory symptoms including coughs and colds.

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“All symptomatic residents will be swabbed for respiratory illness, including COVID-19. This home area is now closed and all outbreak protocols are in place Villa-wide,” officials said in a release.

The home says admissions will be stopped unless approved by public health, and all short-term and temporary absences for residents will not be allowed, except for medical appointments.

Visitors have been banned from the facility for the time being. Virtual and window visits will be allowed.

Hamilton is dealing with 15 active outbreaks as of Wednesday at:
  • Two schools (Shannen Koostachin elementary school, Sacred Heart of Jesus elementary school)
  • Four long-term care homes (Dundurn Place Care Centre, Macassa Lodge, Parkview Nursing Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa)
  • Two retirement homes (Cardinal residences, Amica Dundas)
  • Two retail outlets (Kushies baby store, Footlocker at Lime Ridge Mall),
  • One woman’s shelter (Inasmuch House)
  • One restaurant (Radius)
  • One gym (SPINCO)
  • One manufacturer (ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, a unit of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada)
  • One builder (Flynn Canada Ltd.)

The 81 cases at SPINCO involve 48 members, two staff, and 31 secondary cases connected with people who had contact with someone who went to the gym. The outbreak at Radius restaurant on James Street South has also grown to six COVID-19 cases, of whom all are staff.

Canada Post confirmed a single case with a staff member at its Hamilton Depot on Tradewind Drive in Ancaster. The employee was last at work on Oct. 16. The positive test was revealed to the agency on Oct. 20. The facility is still operating following a cleaning on Tuesday night.

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Hamilton reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

Hamilton public health reported 26 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing the city’s total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 1,585.

Officials say 41.2 per cent (84) of the city’s 204 new coronavirus cases in the last 10 days have been among people under the age of 30.

Hamilton has 150 active cases as of Oct. 21 with six people receiving hospital care.

The city has had 47 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.

Halton Region reports 25 new COVID-19 cases, new outbreak

Public Health Halton reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and another outbreak at a retirement home.

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The region has had 1,897 cases since the pandemic began.

Burlington accounted for 12 of the new cases reported. The region has 91 active cases as of Oct. 21 and 535 cases since the pandemic began.

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The new outbreak involves two people at Amica Georgetown in Halton Hills. Public health says one of the cases is a worker at the facility, the connection between the home and the second case has not yet been revealed.

Halton now has seven outbreaks in the region at five long-term care homes (Village of Tansley Woods LTC and Cama Woodlands in Burlington, as well as Revera Northridge, Post Inn Village and Chartwell Waterford in Oakville) and two retirement homes (Village of Tansley Woods and Amica Georgetown).

The outbreak at the Village of Tansley Woods involves 39 people in total with 30 resident cases, six staff cases and three cases under investigation that have not yet been connected with residents or staff in the home. Three people in the facility died in October from the outbreak.

Chartwell Waterford has 20 cases tied to 17 residents, one staff member and two others connected to the home. The facility also reported a death on Friday. No details were made available by Halton public heath.

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The region now has had 30 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began, with 11 in Burlington and 11 in Halton Hills.

Public Health Halton says 39.2 per cent (117) of its 298 cases in the last 10 days were among residents under the age of 39. Burlington accounts for 124 of the total new cases in the last 10 days with 37 (29.8 per cent) under the age of 39.

Niagara Region reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Niagara public health reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the region’s total number of cases to 1,294 since the pandemic began.

There are currently 81 active cases as of Oct. 21.

The region has 68 virus-related deaths since March.

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Niagara has four outbreaks connected with the coronavirus at two retirement homes (Pioneer Elder Care in St. Catharines, the Meadows of Dorchester in Niagara Falls) and two nursing homes (Millennium Trail Manor in Niagara Falls, Rapelje Lodge).

Since the pandemic was declared, 42.8 per cent (554) of the region’s 1,294 cases have occurred in people under the age of 39.

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Haldimand-Norfolk reports three new COVID-19 cases

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) reported three new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The region has an overall total of 508 lab-confirmed positive cases.

Officials say there are 10 active cases as of Oct. 21.

Public health says 34 per cent (173) of all cases in the region involve people between the ages of 20 and 39.

The region has one outbreak tied to two staff members at the Caressant Care long-term care home in Courtland.

Brant County reports two new COVID-19 cases

Brant County’s health unit reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The region has a total of 225 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

There are 19 active cases as of Oct. 21 and no cases receiving hospital care.

The region has five deaths tied to COVID-19 infections.

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Public health says 38.2 per cent (85) of all cases in the county involve people between the ages of 20 and 39.

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The region has one institutional outbreak at Hardy Terrace long-term care home in Brantford.

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