4 more deaths, 162 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hamilton

The city has recorded a total of 5,826 cases during the pandemic. Of those, 1,317 are active and 4,292 resolved. Twenty-nine outbreaks are ongoing.

29 outbreaks are ongoing, including one at Hamilton General Hospital

An immunization station is shown at Hamilton's first COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The city recorded 162 more cases of the virus on Tuesday. (Submitted by Hamilton Health Sciences)

Hamilton is reporting 162 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Tuesday as dozens of outbreaks continue across the city.

The city has recorded 5,826 cases during the pandemic (both confirmed and probable). Of those, 1,317 are active and 4,292 resolved.

Statistics shared by public health show 162 people who had the virus have died, an increase of four compared to the day before. Three of the people who died were 80 or older and one was between 60 and 69, according to the city's website.

The number of infected people who have been hospitalized also continues to rise, reaching 392 people.

Sixty-seven of those people are currently in hospital — 17 at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and 50 at Hamilton Health Sciences, which is operating at 88 per cent of its funded acute occupancy.

Hamilton's weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 has jumped to 115.

Twenty-nine outbreaks are ongoing.

Grace Villa is the site of the largest and deadliest outbreak the city has seen. 

A total of 223 cases have been connected to it so far, including 143 residents and 80 staff members. Thirty-seven people have died.

The longest-running outbreak is at Chartwell Willowgrove long-term care home. It was declared on Oct. 22 and has been linked to 101 infections and 18 deaths.

The most-recent outbreaks are at Unit 7W of the Hamilton General Hospital, where two patients and one staff member have tested positive, and at Lawfield Elementary School.

School outbreaks declared while students away

Cases involving staff and students at Hamilton schools have continued to be announced, even while they're away for the winter break.

That outbreak at Lawfield was declared on Monday after a link was found between the latest case at the school and an initial infection that was confirmed on Dec. 18.

Principal Tanya Tymkiv says the board is "working with public health officials to facilitate case and contact tracing and manage the outbreak."

All told, three cases with connections to Hamilton's public schools were announced on Dec. 26, including a student at Westdale Secondary School a staff member at C.B. Stirling Elementary School.

There are 10 active student cases and two active staff cases associated with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, according to its COVID-19 reporting page Tuesday afternoon.

Three of those cases — two students and one staff member — are linked to St. Thomas More, where an outbreak has been declared. The most recent case at the school was confirmed on Dec. 28, according to the board.

That student was last in the building on Dec. 18.

Two cases involving students who attend Our Lady of the Assumption have also been identified.

An outbreak was declared there on Dec. 27. The school says the most-recent case is part of a student cohort that's already in self-isolation.