Viral numbers take major drop in Hamilton, with zero COVID-19 cases in local hospitals

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Published January 17, 2024 at 3:09 pm

Hamilton is in the height of virus season but the good news is the numbers for COVID-19 and influenza are down – in some cases substantially – right across the board.

The numbers are highlighted by zero cases of COVID-19 in local hospitals and outbreaks in long term care homes, hospitals and retirement centres falling from 19 last week to just five for the week ending January 16.

The seven-day average for new cases of COVID dropped to 21 this week, from 25 and 28 the past two reporting periods, and the weekly incidence rate (per 100,000 population) is at 25, from 29 and 33.

Wastewater signals from the city’s two water treatment plants is considered stable, with the per cent positivity rate recorded this week at 16.2 per cent, from 19.1 per cent the previous week.

Another key viral number is new flu cases, which have been cut in half to eight on a seven-day average, from 15.3 and 16.1 the last two reporting periods, and the per cent positivity rate, which has fallen to 10.7 per cent from 12.2 per cent and 19.1 per cent. Wastewater signals for Influenza A have decreased, while Influenza B has not been detected in Hamilton since last June.

The per cent positivity rate for RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) has decreased to 2.3 per cent (from 2.9 per cent and 3.3 per cent) and outbreaks are considered stable at six.

Viral numbers are released weekly on Wednesday afternoons from Hamilton Public Health.

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