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Hamilton police officer tests positive for COVID-19 - March 31 11:47 a.m.Hamilton police say one of their own has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the force, the frontline officer last worked on March 12 and hasn’t had any contact with the community since then. They heard about the positive result on Monday. Hamilton police say the officer is doing well and is isolating as they recover at home with their immediate family. Police believe the officer contracted the virus within the community. The officer’s name, age and gender were not released.
Province reports 260 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday - March 31 10:59 a.m.On Tuesday, the province confirmed 260 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total in the province to 1,966. The numbers also showed 10 new deaths in Ontario bringing the total to 33. Those deaths were announced Monday by the Ontario Medical Officer of Health and the Associate Medical Officer of Health. The number of resolved cases also increased by 103 on Tuesday to 534.
|Number of cases1||1,966||N/A|
|Change from previous report||260||15.2% increase|
|19 and under||46||2.3|
|65 and over||421||21.4|
|Currently Under Investigation5||4,280||N/A|
Province confirms 351 new COVID-19 cases on Monday - March 30 10:58 a.m.The province confirmed another 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. The website that updates the provincial numbers everyday also underwent a change. Previously, the site would provide details for each individual case. Now the province is posting a summary of all the cases in Ontario. There are 1,705 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those cases, 23 people have died and 431 people have recovered which was a big jump from Sunday's number of eight. The province is also showing a breakdown of the age and genders of the cases.
|19 and under||42||2.5|
|65 and over||343||20.1|
Employee at Hamitlon McDonald's charged after faking COVID-19, forcing restaurant to close - March 27 9:45 a.m.Hamilton police say a McDonald’s worker faked having COVID-19 to get out of work. She gave her supervisor a fake note on March 19. The store on Rymal Road was immediately shut down and all employees were told to go home and self-isolate. The restaurant was closed for several days so professional cleaners could sanitize it. Police say there has been a significant impact on the restaurant, local customers and employees, which instigated the need for police involvement. On March 26, an 18-year-old Hamilton woman was arrested and charged. She’s facing the following charges: Mischief over $5,000, Fraud under $5,000, Use a forged document and Make a forged document.
Hamilton nurse tests positive for COVID-19 - March 26 3:44 p.m.Hamilton Public Health has confirmed that a dialysis nurse at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) has tested positive for COVID-19. The nurse, who lives in Hamilton, tested positive on Wednesday and worked their last shift on Friday. The health agency says they worked at the Charlton Campus dialysis unit on Friday and Hamilton General Hospital on Thursday, March 19. Each time, they wore PPE including a face shield, procedure mask and gloves. They did not have any symptoms at work. They started experiencing symptoms at home on Saturday and did not return to work. The nurse is currently isolating at home with mild symptoms. Hamilton Public Health say they are actively working to determine who the nurse may have been in contact with. Anyone who is identified will be contacted by the health agency. Any staff and physicians who may have been in contact with the nurse at SJHH and Hamilton General are also being contacted. Both SJHH and Hamilton General say they’re thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting any areas where the nurse worked. As of noon Thursday, there are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton.
Petition launched to fast-track graduating McMaster nursing students to get them on the frontlines - March 26 3:29 p.m.As healthcare workers and hospitals sound the alarm about a shortage of frontline staff, some graduating McMaster nursing students say their skills aren’t being put to use. Laura Freeman, a McMaster student who is about to graduate from the BScN program, has launched an online petition
https://www.change.org/p/mcmaster-university-now-is-the-time-to-get-new-grad-rns-in-the-workforce?utm_source=grow_ca&utm_medium=mediacalling on the university to get her and other students into the workplace sooner. In the petition, Freeman writes that the students are ready to help, but administrative delays are preventing them. Several of the graduating students have job offers at hospitals and health care facilities already lined up. However, there is still administrative hoops to jump through, and Freeman is urging the university take action. “We are in a state of limbo right now,” writes Freeman in the petition. “Ready and willing to work in the field, but unsure of when this might actually happen.” “We need as many hands on deck, even if this means they don’t have as many hours as they need in their final placement,” wrote one signer. “These students are already working RPNs and most already have the knowledge, skill and judgment they need to work in the hospital settings. Let them graduate!”
Thursday sees 170 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario - March 26 11:30 a.m.The province confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday morning. This brings the total in the province to 858. One of the new cases is in Halton Region and another is in Hamilton. There are 10,965 cases under investigation in Ontario.
McMaster convocation will be online - March 26 10:07 a.m.In this time of social distancing, McMaster says spring convocation will go ahead, but with a slightly different look. The university says online celebrations are being planned, with an in-person ceremony to be scheduled at a later date. Those eligible to graduate will still get their degrees on time.
Another 100 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario on Wednesday - March 25 10:45 a.m.The province confirmed 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Wednesday. That brings the total in the province to 688 including nine deaths. Four of the new cases are in Halton Region and another four are in Hamilton. There are 10,489 cases under investigation in Ontario.
Stay off the escarpment stairs: City officials - March 25 10:23 a.m.During this time of social distancing, city officials are asking you to stay off the escarpment stairs, unless it's absolute necessary. If you're using Hamilton's dog parks or walking trails, keep at least two metres between you and the next person. As of this morning (Wed), Albion Falls is also off-limits to visitors.
Hamilton daycare centres open to help essential workers - March 25 10:22 a.m.Hamilton has partnered with three home child care agencies to offer emergency day care to kids of front line workers. Free child care will be provided in 12 hours shifts, for kids aged 12 months to 12 years. Essential personnel, like health care workers, police, fire and paramedics are eligible. It's available through "Today's Family", "Wee Watch Golfwood" and "Wee Watch Galbraith".
Hamilton records first death linked to COVID-19 - March 24 3:53 p.m.Hamilton Public Health has confirmed the city’s first death linked to COVID-19 is an 80-year-old woman who had been in hospital since March 16. The agency says the woman, a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. As of noon Tuesday, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton. “I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the woman who passed away,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health for Hamilton. “Unfortunately, this tragic news highlights why we need to take this virus very seriously and continue to take collective actions to stay at home and stay safe.” The woman’s name was not released.
Province to keep hydro rates at off-peak price for 45 days - March 24 2:31 p.m.The province says it is putting an immediate halt on time-of-use electricity rates, holding hydro prices at the off-peak rate for the next 45 days. The reduced price is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all residential, small business and farm time-of-use customers. According to the province, this means customers will see rate reductions of 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates. This change will be applied automatically to all bills with no need to fill out an application. The Ontario Energy Board has also extended the winter ban on disconnections until July 31.
Province confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning - March 24 11:51 a.m.Another 85 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ontario on Tuesday morning. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton and one is in Halton. There are now seven confirmed deaths in the province. There are 10,074 under investigation in Ontario.
Around the Bay Road Race rescheduled - March 24 10:08 a.m.In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this weekend's Round the Bay road race is cancelled. The 126th running of the event has been rescheduled to November 22. If you've already registered for this week's race, you can switch your entry to November, defer it until March 2021, or not run on either date.
Ontario releases list of essential workplaces - March 23 9:59 pmThe province announced that all non-essential workplaces will close. The closures are in effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days. The province says essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines. Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. “While this was a difficult decision, we trust that Ontario’s business leaders will be able to promote safety while carrying out business and protecting jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The grocery store clerks, transit and hydro workers and truckers are out there on the front lines making sure the people of Ontario continue to have access to the products and services they need. It is essential that their workplaces be kept as safe as possible so these local heroes can return home to their families worry free.” Below are a list of businesses the province will allow to stay open. Supply chains 1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate; Retail and Wholesaling 2. Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers; 3. Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding; 4. Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers; 5. Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels; 6. Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities; 7. Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses; 8. Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries; 9. Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses; 10. Safety supply stores (for e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment); Food Services and Accommodations 11. Restaurants and other food facilitiesthat prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services; 12. Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences; Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance 13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure/Service Providers 14. Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery; 15. Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery; Transportation 16. Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living; 17. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators; 18. Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems. Manufacturing and Production 19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer); 20. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains. Agriculture and food production 21. Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing; 22. Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators; 23. Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare; 24. Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits; 25. Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling; Construction 26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space; 27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance; 28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors; 29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects Financial activities 30. Capital markets (e.g., the TSX); 31. Banking & Activities related to Credit Intermediation; credit unions; 32. Insurance; 33. Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services; 34. Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions; Resources 35. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including; a. Mining operations, production and processing; b. Mineral exploration and development; c. Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety. 36. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses; 37. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.); 38. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.); 39. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products; Environmental Services 40. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories; Utilities and Community Services 41. Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services: a. Waste Collection, Waste/ Sewage Treatment and Disposal, operation of landfills, and Hazardous Waste Disposal; b. Potable drinking water; c. Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage; d. Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage, e. Road construction and maintenance; f. police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services ; g. corrections and courts services; h. other government services including licenses and permits; 42. Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.); Communications Industries 43. Newspaper publishers; 44. Radio & Television Broadcasting; 45. Telecommunications providers; Research 46. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities; 47. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities; Health Care and Seniors Care and Social Services 48. Organizations and providers that deliver home care services; 49. Retirement homes; 50. Long-term Care Facilities; 51. Independent health facilities; 52. Laboratories and specimen collection centres; 53. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies 54. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services); 55. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports. 56. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies. 57. Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living). 58. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists; 59. Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes); 60. Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law; Justice Sector 61. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system; Other Businesses 62. Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental; 63. Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes; 64. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers; 65. Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators; 66. Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid); 67. Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services; 68. Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services; 69. Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help; 70. Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses; 71. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers; 72. Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children; 73. Businesses providing cheque cashing services; Business Regulators and Inspectors 74. Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses.
Ontario government orders all non-essential businesses to closePremier Doug Ford is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses in the province to help deal with the spread of COVID-19. He says the order will be effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place for at least 14 days. The province will release the list of businesses that will be allowed to stay open on Tuesday, but promised grocery stores, pharmacies, manufactures and restaurants offering takeout and delivery only will be on that list. He also said publicly funded schools will not re-open April 6th.
Hamilton waste workers want more protections against COVID-19Garbage collection in Hamilton could be on hold, after a work refusal because of safety concerns around Covid-19. Barry Conway, VP of CUPE Local 5167, says sanitation workers often touch materials that could be unsafe in a pandemic, including loose tissues. Along with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer, they’re asking for a move to bi-weekly collection.
Province announces 78 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning - March 23 11:15 a.m.The province confirmed 78 news cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 503. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton. Two of the new cases are in Halton. There are 8,417 currently under investigation in the province.
HSR now running on new schedule - March 23 10:40 a.mAs of Monday, the HSR will now run on a Saturday schedule for most routes in the city. Passengers are asked to board from the rear doors only, to keep a fair distance from the driver and other passengers. Transit fares will be not collected.
Hamilton police "Coffee with a Cop" program going virtual-March 23 10:38 a.m.Hamilton police say due to the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face encounters at local coffee shops have been cancelled. You can still connect on the Hamilton Police Instagram feed. The next meeting goes March 24 at 10 a.m.
Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in OntarioHealth officials in Toronto and York Region have confirmed Ontario’s fourth and fifth deaths related to COVID-19. The patient in Toronto was a man in his 70s, who fell ill after travelling to the United Kingdom. Officials say he tested positive for the virus at a hospital in Toronto, and then began self-isolating at-home. On March 14, he arrived at Mississauga Hospital. He died on Saturday. The other patient was a 72-year-old woman from Markham. Officials say she collapsed at her son’s home in Toronto on Saturday – hours after she returned from Los Angeles, via France and Tahiti. Further tests confirmed that she had COVID-19. The woman is posthumously considered Ontario’s 425th case of the virus. There have now been five deaths in Ontario.
Another 47 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario on Sunday morningThe new cases bring the total in Ontario to 424. There are 8,361 cases in the province under investigation. One of the cases confirmed on Sunday is a Hamilton man in his 50s. He recently went on a Caribbean cruise and is self-isolating.
Province confirms 59 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morningThe total number of cases in the province is now 377. There are 7,239 cases under investigation in the province.
OPP will fine people that gather in groups of 50 or moreThis week Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario. With that declaration comes new measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. One of those measures prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people to encourage social distancing. OPP say people caught violating the new orders will face fines up to $1,000. Meanwhile, corporations could be fined $500,000.
Hamilton Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facilityHamilton Public Health Services is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek after a second case was confirmed at the facility. A 55-year-old female resident became symptomatic on the evening of March 19, was subsequently tested, and the test results confirmed this morning that she was positive. She was not hospitalized and remains in isolation at Heritage Green. The first case at this facility was reported on Wednesday, March 18 and involved an 80-year-old female resident who lives on the same floor of the nursing home. An outbreak is declared by Public Health when there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents or staff of a long-term-care facility. Heritage Green is continuing to isolate the entire floor of the nursing home, cohort staff (dedicated staff to dedicated areas), isolate residents and provide in-room meals. The facility remains closed to visitors. Hamilton currently has a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday.
Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's are no longer allowing visitorsHospital officials say it's important to contain the spread of COVID-19 and restricting visitors will ensure the health and safety of both patients and staff. They say patients can stay connected with loves ones using free WIFI or the phone.
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