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COVID in Hamilton continues to decline but fall surge predicted

COVID in Hamilton continues to decline but fall surge predicted

The latest report from Hamilton Public Health shows a continued decline in COVID cases, but the department is still expecting a COVID surge later this fall. There have been no new cases of covid in the past week and no deaths. There are only 12 people in hospital with COVID and one patient is in intensive care.

The number of reported cases, new COVID-19 hospitalizations, test positivity, wastewater signal, and number of active outbreaks have all decreased over the past 2 weeks.

New COVID-19 ICU admissions have remained stable over the past 2 weeks.

The Omicron subvariant BA.5 continues to be the dominant variant in Hamilton and amongst Ontario public health units.

The forecast from August 31 to December 31, 2022, continues to predict that Hamilton’s current 7th COVID-19 wave is likely to greatly increase in the fall. In the near-term, new hospital admissions of Hamiltonians including intensive care admissions are predicted to level off and decrease, followed by an increase in the fall and early winter as Hamiltonians move indoors and more infectious BA.5 sub-variant continues to circulate. Since the last public posting, predicted hospital admissions have increased as vaccination uptake has been lower than previously assumed. About 495 new hospital admissions of Hamiltonians are predicted from August 31 to December 31, 2022 • Hospital admissions by age group are predicted to be about: 24% in those 0-59, 50% in those 60-79 and 26% in those 80 years and older.

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