Hamilton mayor being tested for COVID-19, self isolating after showing symptoms

Hamilton's mayor will be tested for COVID-19 after displaying symptoms of the disease.

There are 5 more known cases of the virus in Hamilton since Wednesday

Mayor Fred Eisenberger is being tested for COVID-19. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Hamilton's mayor will be tested for COVID-19 after displaying symptoms of the disease.

Fred Eisenberger, 67, will be tested Friday, the mayor's office said in a statement. He's isolating at home as he awaits for the results.

"The testing is being done out of an abundance of caution after the mayor experienced several symptoms Thursday morning," it said. His office will also release the results when they're available.

The mayor's regular virtual town hall scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. 

Staff in Eisenberger's office are monitoring themselves for symptoms now. 

Overall, Hamilton has 819 known cases of COVID-19 (810 confirmed, nine probable), which is five more than Wednesday. Of those 819, 727 have recovered and 44 have died, which means there are 48 current cases, down two from Wednesday. There are 16 people in hospital.

Here are the numbers in other areas:


The number of confirmed cases in Brant/Brantford remains at 121, although 114 have recovered and four have died, which means three people are currently known to have COVID-19. 

An outbreak is ongoing at ​Telfer Place Retirement Residence in Paris where two staff members have tested positive for the virus.


One of the deadliest long-term care outbreaks in Ontario is over, with Anson Place in Hagersville being declared free of the virus. Twenty-seven people died there and more than 70 were ill.

"I know this comes as welcome news for both the residents of Anson Place and their families," said Kristal Chopp, Norfolk mayor and chair of the board of health, in a statement.

Overall, Haldimand and Norfolk has seen 446 cases overall, which one more than Wednesday. Of those, 184 people have recovered and 32 have died, which means 230 people still have the virus. Of those, 217 are associated with Scotlynn Group in Vittoria — 199 migrant farm workers, and 18 people associated with the farm. 


Two more people in Burlington have tested positive for COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the current number of people with COVID-19 to 20. The city's overall case count is 170 (151 confirmed, 19 probable). Of those, seven have died and 143 have recovered.

In Halton, six more people have recovered. All told, there have been 812 cases (733 confirmed, 79 probable), of which 25 people have died and 730 have recovered. That means 57 people are known to have the virus right now, including the two in Burlington.

There are outbreaks at CAMA Woodlands (no current resident cases), Creek Way Village (one resident) and Billings Court (one resident) in Burlington. One resident at Billings Court has died.


There have been 748 confirmed cases in Niagara overall. Of those, 661 people have recovered.

Twenty-six people are confirmed to have COVID-19 in Niagara Right now, which is one more than Wednesday. There have been 748 cases overall, of which 661 have recovered and 61 have died. 

Outbreaks are ongoing at Crescent Park Lodge in Fort Erie and Garden City Manor in St. Catharines.




About the Author

Samantha Craggs is a CBC News reporter based in Hamilton, Ont. She has a particular interest in politics and social justice stories, and tweets live from Hamilton city hall. Follow her on Twitter at @SamCraggsCBC, or email her at samantha.craggs@cbc.ca