Hamilton logs 66 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 more deaths
There are 783 active cases of COVID-19 in the city as of Wednesday, Hamilton Public Health Services says
Hamilton Public Health Services is on Wednesday reporting 66 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths as a result of the virus.
There are currently 783 active cases of COVID-19 in the city.
The number of deaths recorded over the course of the pandemic now stands at 227.
Since the start of the pandemic, 8,356 people in Hamilton have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Of these, 7,136 have recovered.
The city's weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 people continues to fall and is at 109 as of Wednesday.
McMaster makes rooms available for health-care workers
On Wednesday, McMaster University announced it is making residence rooms and meals available, at cost, to Hamilton health-care workers who are seeking a safe, affordable place to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university is making private accommodations in residence available for single-person stays between three and 14 days. The program launches Jan. 20.
"This is an important part of McMaster's commitment to the community," says Kevin Beatty, the university's director of Housing and Conference Services.
"We appreciate the critical work that healthcare workers are doing on behalf of everyone, and we are honoured to play this role in Hamilton's pandemic effort."
The program is similar to one the university first offered in the spring of 2020 and is open to front-line workers who are directly involved in providing health care to those with or at risk of acquiring COVID-19.
"Our front-line heroes will appreciate knowing this opportunity is available," said Thrive Group's vice-president business strategy, Vickie Baird.
"The last thing they should have to worry about is finding a safe, affordable, alternative place to stay, if they believe staying at home puts those they live with at risk."
The residence spaces are available because McMaster is holding its classes online for the winter term, and only a small number of international students are staying in other residence buildings.
The county of Brant has 71 active cases according to data online. There were three new cases in the last hours..
There have been 1,271 cases since March and six deaths. There are five people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Brant County Public Health reports 2,067 vaccines have been administered.
Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19.
There have been 1,263 throughout the pandemic. Of those, 183 are active.
The local public health unit has linked the virus to 38 deaths.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 54, for a total of 7,693 so far.
Data indicates 443 of those cases are active.
Fifteen of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,025 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 133 active cases in the city.
A total of 146 people across the region have died after being infected with the virus, 32 of them in Burlington.
Niagara reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The region has seen 6,884 cases over the course of the pandemic, including 1,669 that are active.
A total of 239 people have died as a result of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, 4,976 cases are now marked as resolved.
Six Nations of the Grand River has eight active COVID-19 cases according to Ohsweken Public Health.
There were two new cases reported on Wednesday. There have been 132 cases reported over the course of the pandemic and one death.
In a news release on Wednesday Six Nations of the Grand River said each member of the community has the power to "help our health-care workers in a community-wide effort to alleviate the health-care system, by doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 before critical capacities are reached."
"Staying home has the potential to reduce risks of needing hospital health care," it continued.
Ontario sees 2,655 new COVID-19 cases
Meanwhile, Ontario reported another 2,655 cases of COVID-19 and 89 more deaths of people with the illness on Wednesday, as the government said it is expanding its workplace enforcement effort to include farming operations and essential businesses in the service sector.
The infections come as Ontario's network of labs processed 54,307 test samples for the novel coronavirus — a third straight day well below the system's capacity of more than 70,000 — and logged a test positivity rate of 4.9 per cent.
The seven-day average of new daily cases fell to 2,850, marking 10 consecutive days of decreases from a high of 3,555.