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Hamilton smashes single-day record with 268 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

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There are 268 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Thursday in Hamilton.

That’s a new record, according to Hamilton Public Health’s daily statistical update, topping Wednesday’s revised total of 257. Prior to that, the largest single-day increase was 238, in April.

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Public health’s latest figures also show the city is back over 1,000 active cases for the first time in several months.

There are 10 more cases linked to a Dec. 10, Grey Cup-related event at the Corktown Pub, raising the total to 24 and making it the largest of the city’s 35 active outbreaks.

Local COVID-19-related hospitalizations are also on the rise, increasing to 52 in total, compared with 43 on Wednesday and 33 on Tuesday.

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Hamilton Health Sciences says it has 42 COVID-19-positive patients, five or fewer in intensive care on Thursday.

Ten patients are admitted with the virus at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, three of them in the ICU.

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St. Joe’s has also further tightened its visitor restrictions, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, and in response to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Visitors are no longer allowed for patients staying in the hospital less than seven days, with limited exceptions.

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