Hamilton has 170 confirmed cases Monday, up from 155 the day before. Of those who died, three resided at the Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek and one resided at the Cardinal retirement home, said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, medical officer of health for Hamilton.
The fifth was an 89-year-old man who did not live in a retirement home, she said.
Hamilton is dealing with outbreaks in three long-term care homes – the other is Wentworth Lodge – as it attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Seventy-one people recovered it in Hamilton, said Richardson. About 10% of Hamilton’s cases had to be hospitalized.
The most recent outbreak, said Richardson, occurred in a premature baby nursery in St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where three staff members tested positive.
Premier Doug Ford said Monday Ontario has only enough supplies of personal protective equipment to last another week. “The hard truth is that our supplies in Ontario are getting very low,” he said.
Paul Johnson, director of the emergency operations center, says Hamilton is still OK at the moment, but a provincial shortage will eventually mean a city shortage.
“We don’t have months of supply,” he said at a media briefing on Monday. “We are in the weeks of supplying various equipment, and we really need this injection to get to the provincial level.”
He said local hospitals are in a similar situation.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Fred Eisenberger also said at the meeting that church bells would ring every Wednesday and Sunday at 6 p.m. honor front-line workers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and grocery store workers.
Here are some figures from other areas:
The Brant County Health Unit, which also includes Brantford, has registered 46 cases and one death.
Haldimand-Norfolk has 81 cases of COVID-19. Sixty-one are connected to the Anson Place care center in Hagersville. The five deaths are also linked to Anson Place. Seven people recovered.
The Halton region has 155 cases of COVID-19 and two people have died. Thirty-eight cases are in Burlington.
Niagara has 149 confirmed cases, 33 of which are resolved. Niagara Region Public Health will not say how many deaths there have been, but Niagara Health says there are nine.