Hamilton has 439 COVID-19 cases, outbreak at city shelter declared over

Hamilton Ont., now has 439 total cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday. The city has 432 confirmed cases and seven probable.

The city reported no new deaths as of May 1 and holds at 20 deaths connected to COVID-19.

In an update on Friday afternoon, the city’s medical officer of health said the number of resolved cases is at 261 and beginning to overtake the number of new positive cases reported daily.

“The number of cases that are resolved have started to exceed the pace at which new cases are happening,” said Richardson, “So that’s good news. We’re up to nearly 60 percent of cases that have recovered.”

Public health has declared an outbreak at the Good Shepherd men’s centre in downtown over. The city now has 13 outbreaks in the city — 10 institutional with three in the community.

Outbreaks continue at three hospitals — St. Peter’s and two St. Joseph’s locations — with 15 cases connected to staff members.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare says it’s currently caring for 11 patients with COVID-19, while Hamilton Health Sciences says it’s treating 19 patients.

Niagara Health with 11 new cases, outbreak in St. Catharines over

Niagara Region reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 494 Friday, with more than half of their total cases — 261 — resolved, according to public health.

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The region reported one more death for a total of 45, with 38 tied to 158 residents with COVID-19 at either a long-term care home or retirement residence.

After 14 days, an outbreak at the inpatient Unit 4A of Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Site was declared over.

Haldimand-Norfolk with 194 cases of coronavirus

Outbreaks at Joseph Brant hospital and Mountainview retirement home have been declared over. Mountainview recorded 10 deaths at the facility since the pandemic began.

Seventy-three of the region’s cases have been connected to residents or patients in an institutional outbreak.

Brant County with 96 COVID-19 cases

Brant County’s health unit reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday to bring the region’s total number of cases to 96.

The county now has three outbreaks which also include Briarwood Gardens retirement home, Telfer Place long-term care and St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre.

The region has three deaths and 70 resolved cases.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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