Hamilton had five new COVID-19 outbreaks on Friday, including staff working in the COVID-19 health care unit in St. Joseph and an inmate from Barton Street Prison.
St. Joseph’s also has infected staff on the West 5th campus and in a medical unit at Charlton Avenue East Hospital.
Finally, another long-term care home was affected by the virus, while St. Joseph’s Villa declared an epidemic.
“What we are seeing in long-term care facilities across the country is extremely troubling,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday. ” This is unacceptable. “
Meanwhile, Halton revealed for the first time that six people in Burlington have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
It was the highest death toll in Halton outside of an epidemic at Mountainview Residence in Georgetown, where nine residents died.
Burlington deaths, which do not appear to be linked to epidemics, account for one-third of Halton’s 18 deaths from COVID-19.
Six Nations has reported two new confirmed cases, bringing its total to 11.
“The curve has flattened out and we now have what we all hope is a tiny mistake,” said Six Nations director of health services Lori Davis Hill in a statement. “But the height of this blip will be determined by our actions in the coming days. “
The province has announced that it will release a framework early next week on reopening Ontario’s economy. At the same time, a motion will be submitted to Hamilton City Council on Wednesday to initiate the process of creating a mayor’s task force on recovery.
But the province and the municipality warn that it will be a slow and gradual process, and that life will not look like what it was before the virus for a while.
“It will not be a normal situation, it will not return to what it was three or four months ago,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “As long as this virus exists, there will be restrictions.”
He also said that life in Hamilton would be different from other cities.
“There is no cookie cutter for this,” he said. “When we look at how we’re going to get out, it’s very specific to our community … This relaxant might be different in Hamilton than in St. Catharines depending on where we are. “
The province and the federal government announced measures to help small businesses from April to June, including a 75% reduction in rent.
Earlier this week, the federal government detailed assistance for post-secondary students who cannot find summer jobs. Help for big business and the elderly should be here soon.
“We are facing one of the greatest health crises and the greatest economic crisis of our lives and Canadians need help,” said Trudeau.
On Friday, the federal government announced that Stryker Canada, headquartered in Waterdown, will produce 82 sterilization units approved by Health Canada for N95 respirators so that much-needed personal protective equipment can be reused.
“While the data may seem promising in some parts of the country, the models suggest that there may be new epidemics even after we get past this first peak,” said Minister of Public Services and Supplies Anita Anand , by announcing the contract with Stryker. “When it comes to our purchases, this possibility means that we are always prepared for all eventualities.”
The city says a small number of employees will return to work at Gage Park Greenhouse. But that won’t close James Street North to car traffic.
“The message remains the same: stay home, stay close to home, and travel only for essential daily activities,” said Paul Johnson, director of the Hamilton Emergency Operations Center. “We are not going to continue closing a road at this time or elsewhere. “
A number of annual fundraisers take place online, including Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice’s Virtual Hike, the IG Heritage Management Walk for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Hamilton Art Gallery Art Sale 2020.
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Hamilton still has a spread in the community, but it’s now gotten to the point where cases double every 31 days, up from twice every five days as around April 7. The calculation of the doubling is carried out by public health and concerns more than confirmed cases.
“This is really, really good news,” said Hamilton’s medical officer of health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson. “We think we are generally in this peak, post-peak period, but this is unfortunately not the case for our long-term care homes and retirement homes.”
Hamilton has 12 ongoing outbreaks, including two infected staff in a COVID-19 patient care unit in St. Joseph
Four other staff members tested positive in a medical unit at Charlton Avenue East Hospital. Two employees of West 5th Mental Health Hospital are ill. All of them isolate themselves at home and none of the three epidemics are linked.
There is no information on the outbreak at St. Joseph’s Villa on Governors Road yet.
An inmate at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Center tested positive for the virus.
No retirement home in the area will receive assistance from the Canadian military, including Anson Place in Hagersville, where one of Ontario’s worst epidemics has left 27 people dead, 44 more sick and 31 infected.
The five homes chosen by the province to obtain additional support from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces are all in the Toronto area.
Halton has nine ongoing hatchings, including Martha’s Landing of Burlington and Joseph Brant Hospital.
New figures released Friday by Halton also show for the first time that more than half of those infected in Burlington have recovered. Of the 81 confirmed Burlington cases, 43 are now resolved. There are also 12 probable cases.
In Halton, there are 466 confirmed and probable cases, 19 more than on Thursday.
Hamilton has 10 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 364, plus five more likely cases. Half have now recovered.
There were 49 people hospitalized in Hamilton and 17 died.
Province-wide, 13,519 cases have been confirmed, including 174 in Haldimand and Norfolk. There have been 763 deaths in Ontario, including 31 in Haldimand and Norfolk.