Hamilton coronavirus instances spike as complete reaches 70, says public well being – Hamilton


Hamilton Public Well being (HPH) added 18 new constructive COVID-19 instances on Sunday, which noticed the town’s complete soar from 52 on Saturday to 70 as of March 29.

The company says Sunday’s enhance was the results of the Public Well being Ontario Laboratory reporting beforehand excellent check outcomes coming from instances examined between March 13 and 29.

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The town says 41 % of its constructive instances come from folks aged between 20 and 44 years outdated with 24 of the 70 instances related to a historical past of journey.

On Saturday, Hamilton Well being Sciences reported that one in every of its nurses working on the McMaster College Medical Centre-McMaster Kids’s Hospital website had examined constructive for the virus inflicting COVID-19.


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“We’re nonetheless working with Hamilton Public Well being to establish and inform every other people which may be related to this case,” spokesperson Lillian Badzioch stated in an e-mail to World Information. “There are well-established processes in place between hospitals and Hamilton Public Well being to deal with presumptive and constructive instances swiftly and safely.”

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On Friday, affiliate medical officer of well being Dr. Bart Harvey confirmed that an worker on the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre had additionally contracted the virus.






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Harvey stated HPH was working carefully with jail employees and inmates by the employees “to establish people who could have had shut contact with the contaminated particular person and asking them to self-isolate for 14 days.”

The constructive check consequence was confirmed on Wednesday.

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Halton Area has 25 constructive instances of the brand new coronavirus as of Sunday, whereas Niagara Area is reporting 21, Brant County has eight, and Norfolk and Haldimand counties are collectively reporting 23 instances within the area.

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Niagara added to its instances because the Oakville Skilled Firefighters Affiliation tweeted that one in every of its members had additionally examined constructive for COVID-19.

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Oakville hearth Chief Brian Durdin stated the firefighter final labored on March 19 and didn’t show signs till March 23.

“The employees member is presently at residence in self-isolation following the path of the Niagara Public Medical Well being Unit,” Durdin stated.

As of Sunday, Ontario is reporting 1,355 confirmed instances of COVID-19 after the province’s largest one-day enhance, with 211 new instances reported.

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Questions on COVID-19? Listed below are some issues that you must know:

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Well being officers warning towards all worldwide journey. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop signs and to forestall spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have additionally applied extra suggestions or enforcement measures to make sure these returning to the world self-isolate.

Symptoms can embody fever, cough and issue respiration — similar to a chilly or flu. Some folks can develop a extra extreme sickness. Individuals most susceptible to this embody older adults and other people with extreme continual medical circumstances like coronary heart, lung or kidney illness. Should you develop signs, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, consultants suggest frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. In addition they suggest minimizing contact with others, staying residence as a lot as potential and sustaining a distance of two metres from different folks should you exit.

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— With information from World Information’ Kerri Breen and Ryan Rocca



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