Hamilton

At least 183 hospital staff and doctors in Hamilton are self-isolating from COVID-19

There are 824 people known to have COVID-19 in Hamilton right now.

Hamilton recorded 4 new deaths, including a person in their 50s

A sign in a window thanks Hamilton health-care workers on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

At least 183 hospital staff and physicians in Hamilton are self-isolating because of COVID-19.

Hamilton Health Sciences is reporting 183 staff and physicians are self-isolating, 63 of which tested positive for the virus.

St. Joseph's Health Hamilton told CBC News 36 St. Joe's health-care workers self-isolated from Jan. 1 to Jan. 12 but did not say how many staff currently have COVID-19. It's also unclear how many of them are still isolating and how many others have joined them.

It comes as Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) recorded 71 new cases of the virus on Tuesday.

There are 824 active cases and have been 8,290 cases (confirmed and probable) since March.

Person in their 50s dies

Four more people who have had COVID-19 are dead, according to public health.

Three of them are 80 or older and one of them was in their 50s.

The total number of deaths is at 224. There are also 116 people in hospital.

Outbreaks and weekly case rate decrease

The city has 40 outbreaks, with the newest being at Maxwell's Retirement Home.

St. Joe's also declared another outbreak, this time in its General Internal Medicine Units (6GI) at the Charlton
Campus, after two health-care workers and one patient have tested positive. The workers are isolating, according to St. Joe's, and the patient is in the COVID Unit.

"Contact tracing has been initiated and all individuals on the unit at risk of exposure have undergone a COVID nasopharyngeal swab (NPS) test," read a statement.

"Hamilton Public Health and St. Joe's Infection Prevention & Control and Occupational Health & Safety teams are monitoring the situation closely."

There were 44 outbreaks on Monday, but the outbreaks at Baycoat, Good Shepherd Centre, Hamilton General Hospital's Short Stay Medicine Unit, and the Hatts Off Group Homes were declared over.

The number of weekly cases per 100,000 people is also at 115, which shows the virus' spread is slowing, but public health has been quick to remind people they can't let their guard down.

"We've had these small waves in the past where there was a slight decline and then unfortunately we see increases. We want to see trends over a longer period of time than we have at current," Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, the city's medical officer of health, previously said.

Brant

The county of Brant has 76 active cases according to data online. There were six new cases on Tuesday.

There have been 1,268 cases since March and six deaths. One person with COVID-19 is in hospital.

Brant County Public Health reports 1,607 vaccines have been administered.

Haldimand-Norfolk

Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are reporting 35 new COVID-19 cases.

There have been 1,237 throughout the pandemic. Of those, 172 are active.

The local public health unit has linked the virus to 38 deaths.

Halton

The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 75, for a total of 7,639 so far.

Data indicates 439 of those cases are active.

Fourteen of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 1,988 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 128 active cases in the city.

There have been 143 people who have died after being infected with the virus across the region, 31 of them in Burlington.

Niagara

Niagara reported 108 new cases. The region has seen 6,797 cases over the course of the pandemic, including 1,854 that are active.

There's also an outbreak declared on the C Ward in the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (an HHS site) after two patients and two staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

HHS said the two patients have been transferred to COVID-19 units at the Hamilton General Hospital and the Juravinski Hospital. The two staff remain in self-isolation.

C Ward is closed to new admissions and visitors (unless there are compassionate grounds for the visitor).

Additional cleaning in the unit beyond the enhanced cleaning practices that are already in place is underway according to HHS.

Six Nations

Six Nations of the Grand River has seven active COVID-19 cases according to Ohsweken Public Health.

There was one new positive case reported. There have been 130 cases reported and one death.

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