COVID-19 stable in Hamilton- flu cases on the rise

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Published December 13, 2023 at 3:53 pm

COVID-19 numbers in Hamilton are stable but influenza cases – while still considered low – are on their way up we approach the peak of the viral season.

COVID-19 transmission is considerate moderate & stable, with new case daily averages at 24 – down from 26 last week – and the weekly incidence rate (per 100,000) virtually unchanged at 29 – down one from 30 the previous reporting period.

Hospital cases are at 0.9 per day (it was 0.7 last week) and COVID patients in ICUs at Hamilton hospitals remains at zero. The per cent positivity rate of 18.3 per cent is down from the 19.2 per cent and 20.4 per cent of the previous two weeks and the wastewater samples are considered stable.

Outbreaks at local long term care facilities, hospitals and retirement centres are up slightly to 15, from 11 and 13 the previous periods.

Influenza transmission in Hamilton is low but increasing, with the new case daily average jumping from 1.0 to 4.3 and the per cent positivity rate showing a marked increase from 1.7 per cent to 5.8 per cent. Wastewater sampling is considered stable for Influenza ‘A.’ Influenza ‘B’ hasn’t been reported in Hamilton since June 20.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) test positivity has decreased and the most recently available wastewater signal is stable. There is just one outbreak of the virus in Hamilton, versus two in each of the past two reporting periods.

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