27 new local COVID-19 cases recorded

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The Brant County Health Unit on Wednesday reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.

That brings to 38 the number of cases this week, after Brantford and Brant County set a record of 167 cases for the week ended Jan. 10.

The health unit said two COVID patients are in Brantford General Hospital

The health unit declared as over an outbreak at Tim Hortons on Henry Street, which was limited to two workers.

That leaves five outbreaks remaining. They are at a Wee Watch private home day care, John Noble Home, Brierwood Gardens long-term care, Fox Ridge long-term care and St. Joe’s YMCA. Those outbreaks involve 14 people.

There are 150 known active cases in the community, with 1,027 people now recovered from the virus.

Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, 60,517 tests for the virus have been done locally – 367 more in the last 24 hours — with 56,448 at the Brant Community Health Care System assessment centre. The rest were done by the province at congregate living settings like long-term care, retirement or group homes.

Brantford-Brant has reported six deaths from COVID-19, while Six Nations of the Grand River has reported one.

Six Nations has seven active COVID cases and a cumulative total of 125 cases.

In nearby Haldimand-Norfolk, 15 more cases were added to the count, bringing to 185 the number of active cases there.

On Wednesday, Ontario reported 2,961 new cases, a second day where the new case count was under 3,000 after eight days of spiking numbers that reached as high as 3,945.

That leaves 29,636 active cases in the province.

SGamble@postmedia.com

@EXPSGamble

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