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COVID on the rise in Hamilton again

COVID on the rise in Hamilton again

Although it hasn’t been reflected in hospital admissions, at least not yet; COVID is on the rise in Hamilton. The latest update from Hamilton Public Health shows five of seven COVID indicators are on the rise. The seven-day new case average has risen from 42 in late June to 66 on July 10th. New cases per 100,000 population rose from 49 to 77. Test positivity and sampling of wastewater also showed increases. Active outbreaks are on the rise from nine in late June to 22 on July 12.

The two statistics that remained stable involve hospitalizations. At last count Hamilton was average one COVID admission per fay which is actually down slightly from late June reporting ands ICU admissions were negligible. Hamilton Public Health points out that hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, and with the upswing in new cases, the hospital case counts would be expected to rise accordingly.

Omicron continues to be the dominant variant in Hamilton and amongst Ontario public health units. Most recently, there has been an increased frequency of the BA.2.12.1 and BA.5 sub-variants.

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