COVID cases down even as vaccine uptake wanes, says Hamilton public health – CBC

Public health still recommends staying up-to-date on boosters and masking in crowded places

Mar 23, 2023

Reported COVID-19 cases are decreasing in Hamilton — even as uptake of vaccine booster doses declines as well, according to Hamilton Public Health’s recent update on respiratory viruses in the city.

The director of Hamilton’s communicable disease control division, Jordan Walker, told councillors at Monday’s board of health meeting that reported COVID-19 cases are decreasing and that hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions remain stable.

But he also said emergency rooms across the city are still operating above capacity, reporting acute care statistics that show Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and McMaster Children’s Hospital above 100 per cent capacity every week since the beginning of February. The McMaster hospital’s acute care capacity was at 111 per cent of funded beds for the last two weeks, Walker’s report says.

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