COVID-19 transmission in Hamilton on the decline


Published January 4, 2024 at 3:31 pm

The good news is that COVID-19 transmission in Hamilton is on the decline.

The not-as-good news? Influenza numbers are on the rise, though it is flu season so we shouldn’t be surprised.

Hamilton Public Health is calling COVID-19 spread “moderate and stable,” with new cases averaging 28 per day, down a touch from 29 the last two reporting periods, and patients in ICUs with the virus remaining at zero.

Hospitalization numbers are also down to 0.7 per day (from 1.0 and 1.4), as is test positivity at 18.0 per cent (vs 18.8 per cent and 21.7 per cent) and active outbreaks at hospitals, retirement centres and long term care homes at 12 (vs 16 and 20).

The weekly incidence rate (per 100,000 people) is stable at 33 – it was 34 the last two periods.

Flue transmission is considered “moderate and increasing” with the seven-day average for new cases up to 15.6 per cent from 13.0 per cent and 8.3 per cent, while test positivity jumped to 19.1 per cent from 14 per cent and 16.6 per cent the previous two reporting periods.

The Respiratory Syncytial Virus impact has eased in Hamilton, with the test positivity rate dropping to 3.6 per cent from 4.1 per cent and 5.0 per cent, though the number of outbreaks in local institutions has risen to seven from three.

Wastewater testing for all three viruses is currently not available.

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