Hamilton reports two new COVID-19-related deaths as number of resolved cases climbs

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The City of Hamilton is reporting 468 cases of COVID-19 in the community as of Wednesday (May 6) morning.

That's up eight cases from Tuesday. There have been 462 confirmed cases of the virus while six are listed as probable.

There have been two more deaths in Hamilton associated with the virus reported, bringing the city's death toll to 23.

Many of the people who have died as a result of the virus have been associated with outbreaks at a number of long-term care or congregate facilities throughout Hamilton.

Currently, the city is grappling with 12 outbreaks at just such facilities. The most recent outbreak was declared at Wentworth Lodge after three residents tested positive for the virus.

This is the second outbreak declared at the long-term care facility in Dundas.

Hamilton's number of resolved cases has climbed to 306 which represents 65 per cent of cases in the city.

There are 25 people currently being treated for the virus in Hamilton hospitals.

On Wednesday, Ontario is reporting 412 new cases of COVID-19 and 68 more deaths.

This brings the provincial total to 18,722 cases of COVID-19, including 1,429 deaths and 13,222 ones that have been resolved -- more than 70 per cent of all cases.

The new case total represents a 2.3 per cent increase over Tuesday's total, representing a relatively stable growth rate over the past several days.

The numbers of people in hospital and in intensive care units decreased Wednesday -- 1,032 and 219 respectively -- but the number of people on ventilators rose from 166 to 174.

Fewer than 13,000 tests were completed during the previous day, even though the province had said it would be doing 16,000 tests a day by now.

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford delivered a sharp rebuke to half of Ontario's regional medical officers of health, blaming them for low testing rates. The government had previously promised to reach 18,900 tests a day by mid-April.

In long-term care, there were 71 more deaths reported Wednesday for a total of 1,074. The information comes from a database separate from the provincial totals, where there is often a lag.

-- with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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