Brant poised to break record for weekly COVID-19 cases

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Brant is poised to break its record for most number of confirmed weekly COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

With one day left to report, the Brant County Health Unit had recorded, as of Sunday, 166 cases of the virus. That is one case shy of the previous record of 167 for the week ending Jan. 10.

Twenty-one cases were reported on Sunday and 29 cases on Saturday.

That brings the number of active cases in the community to 180.

Eight people are receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Brantford General Hospital.

Brantford-Brant has now had 2,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Of those, 1,872 have been resolved.

Fourteen local deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

As of Sunday, 194 variants of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the community.

The health unit website is reporting 154 cases that have the N501Y mutation with the presumed lineage of B.1.1.7 (UK), 30 cases with both the N501Y and E484K mutation, eight cases with only the E484K mutation and two cases of the P.1 (Brazil) lineage.

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The health unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak on Friday at the Pizzaville located at 320 Colborne St. West after six cases of the virus were found in staff members that didn’t have “clear, identifiable transmission sources outside of this establishment.”

A workplace outbreak is declared when there are two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with an epidemiological link in the workplace (ie: same work area, same shift) within a 14-day period, where cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in the workplace.

The health unit said Pizzaville customers are at low risk of acquiring the virus, but anyone who was there between March 26 and 28 who is experiencing symptoms or is concerned about possible exposure can contact the Brant Community Healthcare System to arrange for assessment and testing. The business remains open.

There are now 33,455 people in the area who have received the vaccination and 3,224 who have completed their vaccination series.

Vaccine clinics for those aged 64 and older (born in 1957 or earlier) are now available. Those aged 60 and older are also able to add their names to a waitlist.

Visit www.bchu.org/covid19vaccines for more information.

The Grand Erie District School Board has reported numerous cases this week.

An outbreak was declared on Friday at North Park Collegiate where two COVID-19 cases have been determined to have an epidemiological link.

Elementary schools reporting new cases include Agnes Hodge, Branlyn, Cedarland, Russell Reid, Ecole Confederation and Walter Gretzky in Brantford, Mount Pleasant in Mount Pleasant, Lakewood in Port Dover and Thompson Creek in Dunnville.

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An outbreak was declared at Cedarland on Wednesday and Russell Reid on Tuesday.

Cedarland, Mount Pleasant and Lakewood have gone to virtual learning. The other schools remain open.

Secondary schools reporting new cases include Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Brantford Collegiate Institute in Brantford, Hagersville Secondary School in Hagersville and Caledonia’s McKinnon Park Secondary School.

An outbreak was declared at McKinnon Park on Tuesday.

All secondary schools remain open.

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board has reported new cases this week at Brantford high schools, Assumption College and St. John’s College, Brantford elementary schools Madonna Della Libera and St. Leo, Simcoe elementary school St. Joseph’s.

All schools remain open.

The following are reported outbreaks at childcare centres, schools, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, congregate setting and workplaces; the date the outbreak was declared; and the number of people involved:

• Bellview YMCA Child Care Centre, April 1, two children, three staff members/providers;

• St. John’s College, March 29, three students;

• Russell Reid School, April 6, two students; one staff.

• Cedarland Public School, April 7, two students; four staff members;

• Assumption College (second outbreak), April 6, two students;

• Community Living Brant (Brantford) – Hampton St., April 1, one staff member;

• Brantwood Community Services, April 5, one staff member;

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• St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre (fifth outbreak since start of pandemic), March 27, three residents, three staff members;

• Farm No. 1 (does not serve the public directly), April 4, 17 cases;

• Farm No. 2 (does not serve the public directly), April 7, three cases;

  • Farm No. 3 (does not serve the public directly), April 10, one case.

Provincial government guidelines require an outbreak be declared when a single positive case among staff or residents is reported at retirement and long-term care homes, and congregate living settings.

Ontario reported 4,456 coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 386,608.

It marks the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario since the pandemic began.

Twenty-one new deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 7,552.

Provincial figures showed there are 1,513 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 11), with 605 in intensive care (up by 20 and marking a pandemic high), 382 of whom are on a ventilator (down by two).

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