Hamilton up to 198 confirmed cases of COVID-19

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The number of confirmed cases has risen to 198 in Hamilton as of Wednesday (April 8).

Thats up by 15 cases since Tuesday, according to statistics posted on the City of Hamilton's website.

There have been 48 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton that indicate that there is spread in the community, in addition to other travel-related cases.

Overall, since the first case in Hamilton, 24 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified as community acquired.

In the last 10 days, 19 per cent of confirmed local COVID-19 cases have been community-acquired, 53 per cent were close or casual contact with a case and no travel history, two per cent have direct travel history and 26 per cent are pending investigation, the website says.

There are 19 people who are currently hospitalized with the virus.

To date, there have been five deaths associated with COVID-19. Three of the victims were residents of Heritage Green Nursing home in Stoney Creek where an outbreak of the virus was declared last month.

One victim, who died last weekend, was a resident of the Cardinal Retirement Residence in downtown Hamilton where another outbreak was declared last week. Over the weekend, a number of residents were removed from that facility to local hospitals due to staffing issues.

The fifth victim was an 89-year-old Hamilton man who also succumbed to the virus last weekend.

There have been 77 cases in Hamilton that have been resolved.

To discuss the City's COVID-19 response so far and to allow residents to ask questions about the virus and its impact on the community, the city is hosting a fourth Town Hall on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Town Hall will be aired on Cable14, and on 900 CHML and streamed on the City's YouTube channel.

Questions can be submitted to www.hamilton.ca/askcovidquesitons.

Ontario announced Wednesday that there are 550 new cases across the province. It is the biggest single-day increase since COVID-19 spread to Ontario.

This brings the total number of cases in the province to 5,276.

Photo courtesy The Canadian Press

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