17 more inmates at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre have COVID-19

The outbreak at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre has grown to 27 cases, and all of the new cases reported on Monday are among inmates. 

Hamilton's rate of new cases per 100,000 people rises to 52

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Cases among inmates at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre increased by 17 on Monday. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The outbreak at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre has grown to 27 cases, and all of the new cases reported on Monday are among inmates. 

There are now 19 inmates at the jail with COVID-19, according to data from the City of Hamilton. That's 17 more people than the two inmates who were reported as having the virus on Sunday. 

There are also eight staff with the virus. CBC News reached out to the Ministry of the Solicitor General about the outbreak and how it's being contained. 

The ministry reiterated its statement on the outbreak from last week, which said that inmates who are testing positive for the virus are placed under "droplet precautions and isolated from the rest of the inmate population while they receive appropriate medical care."

The ministry said each facility has an individualized pandemic plan in place, which was prepared in consultation with local public health. Voluntary testing of inmates is ongoing.

As of Monday, there were 55 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the city. Hamilton has seen 10,167 cases since the start of the pandemic, of which 9,367 are resolved and 371 are active. 

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There have been 278 people who have died. 

The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population has been on the rise over the past week, and now stands at 52. Last Wednesday, the figure was at 41. 

As of Feb. 19, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is treating 16 patients with the virus. Hamilton Heath Sciences are caring for 36 COVID-19 patients as of Monday. 

There are 21 outbreaks. 

One more person linked to the Salvation Army outbreak at 94 York Boulevard has tested positive. There are 26 people with the virus, including 24 residents and two staff. 

There are now two residents linked to the Mission Services Men's Centre outbreak who have tested positive. 


The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS), in partnership with the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU), are administering first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to BCHS staff and physicians.

There have been 6,015 vaccine doses administered in Brant so far. Long-term care and retirement home patients were among the first people to receive those vaccinations, along with some staff and essential caregivers. 

Between Feb. 18 and 21, first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered to 682 BCHS staff, according to a media release. More clinics are being scheduled this week, based on vaccine supply.

BCHS says staff and physicians have been triaged into a four-stage framework based on their risk of exposure to the virus. Appointments are offered randomly within the sequencing groups. 

To date, the BCHS says all staff in groups 1 and 2 have received calls for vaccine appointments, and it will move on to group 3. 

The county of Brant, and Brantford, have 46 active cases according to data online. There were two new cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 1,442 cases since March and 12 deaths. No one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

A total of 1,384 cases have been marked as resolved.


The counties of Haldimand and Norfolk have recorded 1,407 cases throughout the pandemic. There are 23 active cases.

There have been 39 deaths that are considered COVID-related, and 1,340 people who have recovered. 

There have been 4,107 doses of the vaccine administered. 


Niagara reported nine new cases of the virus on Monday. One more person has died, bringing deaths in the region to 366. 

The region has seen 8,478 cases over the course of the pandemic, including 259 that are active and 7,853 that are resolved.

There have been 9,251 doses of the vaccine administered in Niagara. 


The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 31 on Monday for a total of 9,254 so far.

Data indicates 214 of those cases are active and 8,850 are resolved.

Seven of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,375 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 31 active cases in the city. 

There have been 190 people who have died after being infected with the virus across the region, of which 49 were in Burlington. 

As of Friday, there was 23,934 doses of the vaccine administered across the region. 

Six Nations

Six Nations of the Grand River has recorded 41 active cases of COVID-19 as of Feb. 22. There have been 259 total cases, and 215 are resolved. Three people have died.