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Three new deaths in Hamilton senior home outbreaks

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Hamilton reported three new deaths in local seniors’ homes on Thursday, with growing numbers in outbreaks across the city.

Public health is reporting 20 deaths at Shalom Village in Westdale as of Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. That’s an increase of two from the city’s report yesterday.

The home, which has the second-worst outbreak in Hamilton, now has 196 cases, including seven new resident cases. Since the outbreak began on Dec. 9, there have been 108 resident, 83 staff, and five visitor cases, according to the city. Two people are in hospital, the facility reported Wednesday. The numbers do not reflect active cases.

One new death was reported in The Meadows Long Term Care Home in Ancaster, for a total of four. The outbreak has had 39 cases since Dec. 16. No new cases were reported Thursday.

Other outbreaks with new cases include Villa Italia Retirement Residence on west Hamilton Mountain, which has two new staff cases. That’s a total of 30 cases since the outbreak began Dec. 23.

Blackadar Continuing Care Centre in Dundas and the city-run home Macassa Lodge each had one new resident case.

Idlewyld Manor reported its first resident case, with two previous staff cases, for a total of three since Jan. 7.

A new outbreak was declared at Alexander Place Long-Term Care Home in Waterdown on Jan. 13 with one staff case.

One resident case was dropped from St. Elizabeth Retirement Residence’s tally. The home now has a total of 50 cases, including 33 resident, 16 staff, and one visitor case. There have been four deaths in the outbreak since Dec. 25.

No new deaths were reported at Grace Villa and one staff case was removed, so there are now 234 cases at the facility, including 144 resident cases, 88 staff cases, and two visitor cases. A total of 43 people have died at the east Mountain home since the outbreak began Nov. 25.

The city’s mobile vaccine clinic was expected to continue its rounds on Thursday with stops scheduled at Grace Villa and Arbour Creek Care Centre. Previously, the clinic travelled to Idlewyld Manor, St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke, Hamilton Continuing Care, Macassa Lodge, Shalom Village, and Wentworth Heights.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator