Status of Cases

Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our community by working with our health system partners and Ministry of Health colleagues to ensure we’re prepared to respond to this situation as it evolves.

At this point there have been 26 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton that indicate that there is spread in the community, in addition to other travel-related cases.
Residents need to be mindful that the situation is rapidly evolving. People are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, only leaving for trips such as groceries or other essential supplies. When outside of the home, ensure you maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and cover cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue.

Status of cases in Hamilton

This web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Hamilton.

The symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. As a result, individuals who may simply have the flu are being tested out of an abundance of caution and in line with Ontario’s robust detection protocols. This means that most individuals who are tested are unlikely to be infected with COVID-19.

Note: All data are considered preliminary and subject to change as quality improvement processes are implemented.

Number of confirmed positive cases - 112*
Numbers reflect residents of the city of Hamilton. Numbers accurate as of 12:00 pm, April 1, 2020. Subject to change.

  • 15 (13%) of these cases were ever hospitalized for COVID-19
  • 1 (1%) death due to COVID-19
  • 3 (3%) of these cases are long-term care facility residents

* The noticeable increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported in Hamilton for the period March 29 to April 4 is mainly the result of the Public Health Ontario Laboratory reporting on a large number of previously outstanding test results. The symptom onset dates of these cases range over the time period March 13 to present.

Age distribution for COVID-19 positive cases:

  • 4 (4%) under age 20
  • 47 (42%) age 20-44
  • 37 (33%) age 45-64
  • 20 (18%) age 65-79
  • 4 (4%) over age 80


Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19:

View the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19:

Risk factors:

  • 42 (38%) had comorbidities (e.g., other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

Exposure information for COVID-19 positive cases:

  • 46 (41%) with direct travel history
  • 36 (32%) with close or casual contact with a case and no travel history
  • 26 (23%) community acquired
  • 4 (4%) pending investigation

Assessment Centres:

  • 1,558 visits to Assessment Centres since opening on March 16, 2020.
  • 1,085 COVID-19 tests have been completed at the Assessment Centres since opening on March 16, 2020.

Outbreaks occurring:

  • 1 current institutional outbreak

Note: Subject to change due to lag in data entry; Data entry for Influenza is current to March 29, 2020. 
Influenza data represents cases only identified through lab testing and is an under representation of the actual burden of local flu activity. Influenza data includes institutional outbreak associated and community cases.
Influenza cases and COVID-19 cases reported based on episode date (date closest to the time when symptoms first appear. This date can range from the first appearance of symptoms to the date the report was made). COVID-19 cases reported based on reported symptom onset date. There are currently 8 COVID-19 cases with pending onset date information.
Data Source: Ontario Ministry of Health, integrated Public Health Information System database & Hamilton PHS COVID-19 tracking database. COVID-19 cases are reported based on episode date (date closest to the time when symptoms first appear. This date can range from the first appearance of symptoms to the date the report was made). Prepared by: City of Hamilton Public Health Services. Date Extracted: April 1, 2020