Hamilton, Ontario reported 354 total cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday with 348 confirmed cases and six probable.
The city says there are now 17 deaths connected to COVID-19 with a 96-year-old female from Cardinal Retirement Residence passing away on Sunday.
The outbreak at Cardinal accounts for 64 cases with 47 among residents and 17 infected staff.
Seven of the city’s 17 deaths are connected to the outbreak at Cardinal with another four tied to Heritage Green nursing home in Stoney Creek which has 15 total cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
The city is reporting outbreaks at three institutions over – Kingsberry Place Seniors Residence, Chartwell Deerview Crossing, and St. Joseph’s Hospital’s special care nursery.
Emmanuel House, Wesley supportive housing, Good Shepard Men’s Centre, St. Peter’s Hospital, and Dundurn Place Care Centre still have outbreaks as of April 22.
Nineteen people are in Hamilton hospitals receiving treatment for the virus: six at St Joseph’s and 13 at Hamilton Health Sciences facilities.
Eighty-six cases in Hamilton are considered community-acquired infections with no link to anyone known to have the virus.
One Hundred-ninety-seven cases have been linked to someone who came in contact with another case, according to public health.
Niagara Health reports 405 COVID-19 cases
Niagara Region reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, adding to its overall total which stands at 405.
More than a third, 154, of its cases have recovered, according to public health. 203 cases — are people 60-plus.
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Almost a third of all cases, 128, are residents of long-term care homes or retirement residences. Twenty-eight of the region’s deaths are residents from a home.
The region has COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes at Albright Manor in Lincoln, Royal Rose Place in Welland, Lundy Manor in Niagara Falls, and Seasons in Welland.
Niagara Health says its hospitals are connected to 27 of the region’s new coronavirus deaths.
Halton Region has 447 novel coronavirus cases
On Wednesday, Halton Region reported 447 confirmed new coronavirus cases with 53 considered probable cases, according to public health.
There are nine institutional outbreaks at four retirement homes, three long-term care homes, Central West group home, and Joseph Brant hospital.
Seventy-one of the region’s cases are connected to retirement and long-term care homes with the Mountainview in Halton Hills accounting for 63 of those cases. Nine people have died at the retirement home.
Nine of the region’s 16 reported deaths connected to the virus lived in an institution.
Public health says 188 cases have recovered as of April 20.
Brant County with 78 COVID-19 cases
Brant County’s health unit reported 78 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday with five currently hospitalized with the virus.
The region has three deaths.
Fifty of the region’s positive cases have been resolved.
The county has no current institutional outbreaks.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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