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Hamilton and surrounding hospitals treating at least 23 patients from across Ontario –



There are at least 23 COVID-19 patients in Hamilton, Brant and Niagara hospitals from other areas in Ontario, according to data from a Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) town hall.

Sharon Pierson, COO and executive vice-president of clinical operations, presented the numbers to HHS staff during a meeting Thursday. Pierson said the province is trying to ensure no health-care system in the province gets too overwhelmed.

The breakdown shows seven regional transfers at HHS, eight transfers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, six transfers at Joseph Brant Hospital and three to Niagara Health.

Dr. Dominik Mertz, HHS’s medical director of infection prevention control, outlined provincial and local trends.

In terms of the local situation, Mertz said Hamilton’s case count is similar to what it was in October.

For reference, on this day in October 2020, Hamilton had 113 active cases of COVID-19 and 11 new daily cases.

Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) data shows there are 488 people known to have the virus right now, and 46 new cases on Friday. Two more people with COVID-19 have died, according to the data.

Overall, there have been 9,407 infections (confirmed and probable) since the start of the pandemic.

Hamilton’s weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 people continues to drop, and sits at 66.

Pierson said Hamilton hospitals seem to have already peaked in terms of COVID-19 patients, but said occupancy remains high.

There are 70 patients with COVID-19 at HHS and 28 at St. Joe’s. The city is dealing with 33 outbreaks, and multiple outbreaks were declared over on Friday. Those include:

  • 6GI a surgical unit at St. Joe’s Charlton campus.
  • Harster Greenhouses.
  • Sisters of the Precious Blood.
  • Good Sheppard Women’s Services.
  • Fan-Tastic Scholars Child Learning Centre.

Pierson said most HHS workers have left Grace Villa, the site of Hamilton’s largest and deadliest outbreak, but HHS is still watching it closely.

A total of 263 people have died in Hamilton after getting infected.

There have been total of 20, 379 vaccines had been administered — 5,977 at mobile clinics and 14,402 at the fixed clinic at HHS.             


Brant and Brantford have 40 active cases according to data online. There were eight new cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 1,371 known cases since March and nine deaths.

There are five people hospitalized with COVID-19.


Haldimand and Norfolk counties are reporting five new cases of COVID-19, with a total of 63 active.

There have been 1,358 known cases throughout the pandemic. Of those, 1,252 have recovered from the virus.

The local public health unit has linked the virus to 38 deaths.


The number of COVID-19 cases in Halton rose by 66, for a total of 8,674 so far.

Data indicates 394 of those cases are active.

Twelve of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,273 known cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. There are 88 active cases in the city.

A total of 171 people across the region have died after being infected with the virus, 43 of them in Burlington.


Niagara is reporting 61 new cases of COVID-19.

The region has seen 8,123 known cases over the course of the pandemic, including 904 that are active.

There have been 336 lives lost since the pandemic started in March.

Six Nations

Six Nations of the Grand River has 20 active COVID-19 cases, according to Ohsweken Public Health.

There have been 169 cases reported over the course of the pandemic and two deaths.

A total of 147 cases have been marked as resolved.

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Outbreak reported at Peterborough student residence –



A gathering last week has led to a COVID-19 outbreak at a local student residence and the closure of the building to visitors.

There are six confirmed cases at Severn Court, at 555 Wilfred Drive, health officials confirmed Saturday. A Section 22 order was issued Saturday by Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, closing the building to visitors and requiring residents to self-isolate. Anyone who visited the building between Feb. 20 and 27 is asked to self-isolate and get tested if they show symptoms.

“Based on initial investigations, several of the exposures occurred during a private gathering on Feb. 20,” Peterborough Public Health reports in a press release.

“This outbreak is very concerning not only because it involves a variant of concern and could lead to many more cases and high-risk contacts, but because it was also completely preventable,” stated Salvaterra.

The specific strain of variant is not yet known.

The privately run student residence, located near Fleming College, has about 200 post-secondary students as tenants. Salvaterra said representatives of the Severn Court Management Company have been working with health officials to contain the spread, as have Trent University and Fleming College.

The news comes as Peterborough Public Health reports eight new cases of COVID-19 in the area Saturday.

The health unit, which tracks cases confirmed in the city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation, reports that there have now been 635 cases of COVID-19 since last March. Of those, 582 have been resolved.

One of those cases has involved a COVID-19 variant.

There are currently 41 active cases. There have been nine deaths.

An outreak has also been reported at Empress Gardens.

Vaccinations at Curve Lake are scheduled over two days next week, on Wednesday and on March 6. About 1,000 residents who signed up are scheduled to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine over the two days.

Getting tested

More than 43,400 residents, or 29.3 per cent, have been tested at least once for the virus, the health unit reportes.

COVID-19 testing continues at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and at Northcrest Arena, both by appointment only. To book a spot, visit and at

Testing by Peterborough Public Health staff can also be arranged in the home by calling 705-743-1000.

Some people can be tested at the Shoppers Drug Mart at High and Lansdowne streets, by appointment. Call 705-748-6141 or email to book an appointment.

This is specifically for people who meet certain criteria: Asymptomatic students, teachers and staff in schools and child-care settings; Residents or workers in long-term care homes; Visitors to a long-term care home; Residents or workers in homeless shelters; International students who have passed their 14-day quarantine period; Farm workers; Self-identified Indigenous people.

Neighbouring areas

There were three new cases reported Saturday across the area covered by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit Saturday, all three in Northumberland County.

No new cases were reported in Haliburton or in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

There have been 1,029 cases confirmed in the area since last March, with 53 confirmed deaths and 13 probably COVID-19 deaths.



Twelve people tested positive for the N501Y mutation of the coronavirus – two in the City of Kawartha Lakes and 10 in Northumberland County.

In Durham Region, there were 34 new cases confirmed Saturday, with 260 active cases and 23 people in hospital.

There were two COVID-19 deaths in Durham over the past week, for a total of 295 since the pandemic began.

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Fireball caught on-camera over the sky in Chatham, Ont. – Global News



Those looking out at the night sky in Southwestern Ontario Friday night might have spotted a shooting star, or as it’s technically known, a fireball shooting across the sky.

This event was captured by several all-sky meteor cameras belonging to the NASA All Sky Fireball Network and the Southern Ontario Meteor Network, operated by Western University.

Peter Brown, Professor and Canada Research Chair of Meteor Physics Western Institute for Earth & Space Exploration, reported on Twitter the fireball was as bright as the moon and passed directly over Chatham, Ont.

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Fireball that lit up Prairie sky was a comet fragment travelling 220,000 km/h: University of Alberta

He said the event happened Friday at 10:07 p.m. and that the fireball ended at 30 km height just north of Lake St. Claire near Fair Haven, Michigan.

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In a tweet, he wrote “very small or no meteorites likely.”

According to NASA, the video data shows that the meteor appeared 90 kilometres above Erieau on the northern shore of Lake Erie and moved northwest at a speed of 105,800 kilometres per hour, crossing the U.S./Canada border before eroding over Fair Haven, Michigan.

NASA reports the meteor was likely caused by a fragment of a Jupiter family comet, though an asteroidal origin is also possible.

The space agency estimates the brightest of the fireball combined with the speed means any fragment would be at least two kilograms and around five inches in size.


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Manitoba company helps land Perseverance rover on Mars with high-speed camera –



It’s only about the size of a loaf of bread. But a high-speed, tough-as-nails camera created by a company in Minnedosa, Man., played an instrumental role in landing NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars last week.

“You could run over it, it could fall, you could throw it out your window. That’s how tough they need to be,” Canadian Photonic Labs president Mark Wahoski said of the camera used in the monumental landing on Feb. 18.

His company, based in the southwestern Manitoba town — population around 2,500 — manufactures high-speed cameras for industrial, scientific and military markets, according to its website.

It took years to design the Perseverance camera in a way that would allow it to withstand the planet’s gravitational force — and snap images fast enough, Wahoski told host Marjorie Dowhos on CBC’s Radio Noon on Friday.

“It’s really hard to comprehend just how fast that is,” he said. “They go anywhere from normal, 30 frames per second — like your cellphone camera — all the way up to 250,000 frames per second.”

And the testing involved to make sure it’s up to the task before it gets sent into space is just as complex.

One of the simulations involved sending a metal sled with rocket engines strapped on top of it down a five-mile railroad bed in California, Wahoski said.

Another saw a helicopter lift a parachute, tied to that same rocket sled, up thousands of feet in the air before sending the sled down the track.

“On one of the tests, they determined they had to make this particular part stronger. So without those tests, the lander probably would not make it,” Wahoski said.

The Manitoba company’s relationship with NASA dates back roughly 15 years, he said — but much of the work that’s happened in that time has been cloaked in secrecy.

“A lot of it you can’t speak about…. You do the test and you do the support and you move on to the next project,” he said.

However, the attention around the Perseverance rover landing has been an exciting development, Wahoski said.

This photo provided by NASA shows the first color image sent by the Perseverance Mars rover after its landing on Feb. 18. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/The Associated Press)

Once the landing finally happened, he said he had one word to describe how he felt: awesome.

“We had to just reflect back and say, ‘Oh gee, yeah, we did some of that.'”

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