New Hamilton outbreaks include retirement homes, men's shelter
Niagara region reports 15 deaths since Friday
There are three new outbreaks in Hamilton, including two retirement homes and another men's shelter.
One staff member has tested positive at each of retirement homes — Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence and Amica Stoney Creek — as well as at the Good Shepherd Men's Shelter on Mary Street.
There are three other shelter locations currently experiencing outbreaks, including the Good Shepherd Men's Shelter Cathedral location, the Mission Services Men's Centre and Good Shepherd Women's Services.
CBC News previously spoke to doctors who were concerned about the impacts of shelter outbreaks, and said more people had been sleeping rough out of fear of contracting the virus.
Last week, the City of Hamilton said in a media release that it would be reopening the isolation shelter at the Bennetto Recreation Centre to ensure there was enough capacity for people experiencing homelessness who tested positive for the virus.
The city said the Bennetto shelter would have a maximum of 25 spaces for those referred to the location by shelter and health officials.
It was opened in March 2020 but decommissioned in the summer. An isolation shelter is currently being run by Wesley, and has 11 beds. Shelter staff self-isolate at home.
City staff confirmed that Bennetto is ready if needed, but will only accept patients if the Wesley shelter reaches capacity.
As of Sunday, there are 80 new COVID-19 cases in Hamilton and 741 active cases.
Hamilton has seen 8,691 cases since the start of the pandemic, of which 7,569 have recovered and 232 people have died.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is part of the recently declared outbreaks this past weekend. Seven people have tested positive as linked to an outbreak on the sixth floor of its satellite health facility.
One staff member has also tested positive at Sisters of the Precious Blood and Extendicare Hamilton.
Three more residents at Alexander Place Long-Term Care Home have the virus. That outbreak has infected five residents and two staff. Victoria Manor's outbreak also grew to include 19 residents and five staff.
One more staff member has the virus at Villa Italian Retirement Residence and Kingsberry Place Seniors Residence.
Rygiel Supports for Community Living in West Hamilton now has eight people infected, including three clients and five staff.
A worker at the Shoppers Drug Mart on 1183 Barton St. E. has tested positive, according to the database of parent company Loblaw. They last worked on Jan. 18.
A Shoppers Drug Mart in Dundas also had a staff member test positive for the virus. The worker last worked at the store, 101 Osler Dr., on Jan. 21.
Brant and Brantford have reported seven new cases of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours.
There have been 1,304 confirmed cases in the county so far. Of those, 48 were active on Sunday and 1,249 were resolved.
There are five people currently hospitalized. Seven people have died.
The Brant County Public Health Unit says 2,552 vaccinations have been administered.
Fifteen more people in Niagara who were infected with the virus have died since Friday. There have been 261 deaths in the region.
Niagara reported 91 new cases on Sunday. The region has seen 7,287 cases over the course of the pandemic, including 1,509 that are active and 5,517 that are resolved.
The region has administered 3,184 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, according to Niagara Region Public Health.
A worker at the Real Canadian Superstore in St. Catharines, located at 411 Louth St., has tested positive. They last worked on Jan. 16, says the Loblaw databse.
The database also says workers at Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Grimsby have tested positive.
Two workers at the 150 Main St. E. store tested positive. They last worked on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.
An employee at the 42 St. Andrews Ave. location also has the virus. They last worked on Jan. 22.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 46 on Sunday for a total of 8,005 so far.
Data indicates 490 of those cases are active and 7,363 are resolved.
Twelve of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,089 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 126 active cases in the city.
One more person has died since Friday. There have been 152 people who have died after being infected with the virus across the region.
The counties of Haldimand and Norfolk have recorded 1,271 cases throughout the pandemic. There are 143 active cases.
There have been 38 deaths that are considered COVID-related. There have been 1,085 people who have recovered.
Six Nations of the Grand River has recorded 12 active cases of COVID-19 as of Jan. 23. There have been 140 total cases. One person has died.