Four new cases of COVID-19 reported by the health unit on Saturday

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Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Brant County Health Unit on Saturday morning.
This brings the total number of local cases to 488 since the start of the pandemic in March.

There are currently 68 people with active cases of the virus, which means they are considered infectious. Five people are being treated in hospital.

For the seven-day period ending November 22, Brantford-Brant set a weekly record with 66 new cases of COVID-19.

For the first five days of this week, 40 cases have been registered by the health unit.

While there has been speculation the province will put in place more stringent restrictions due to the growing number of cases, it was decided Friday that Brant will remain in the orange level of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework for the week to come.

The Grand Erie District School Board on Saturday reported a case of the virus in the Paris district high school “school community”. The council said it contacted students and staff initially identified as close contact with the infected person.

A virus outbreak on the surgical unit at Brantford General Hospital was declared on Wednesday. Two patients and one staff member tested positive.

The health unit on Thursday declared an outbreak at The Olde School restaurant in Brantford after two cases of the virus were confirmed among staff members.

Outbreaks continue at Brucefield Manor nursing home in Mount Pleasant, where 20 residents and five employees have tested positive; at Brierwood Gardens, a long-term care home in Brantford, where two staff members tested positive; and Community Living Brant, where four staff, two more than reported on Friday, and two residents, one more than reported on Friday, have tested positive.

A total of 45,044 local COVID-19 tests had been administered by Saturday morning, both at the Brant Community Healthcare System assessment center and in collective living spaces, including long-term care homes, retirement homes , shelters and group homes.

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