Eight new COVID-19 cases in Niagara Region

Niagara Region Public Health confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 877.

There are currently 58 active cases and seven active outbreaks in the Niagara region.

This is the first slight increase the region has seen since a spike in cases from last week. The region confirmed 38 news cases last week, but only documented one confirmed case over the long weekend and two confirmed cases Tuesday.

Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region, had expressed his concerns over the initial drop in cases earlier in the week. He had said low numbers may provide a false sense of security that COVID-19 is over, which could lead to complacency. As Hirji predicted, that the low case numbers following the weekend did not last with the eight new cases reported today.

Province-wide in Ontario, there were 86 new confirmed cases. This is the third day in a row that Ontario has reported case numbers under 100, with 29 public health units reporting five or fewer cases and 22 units reporting no new cases.

The province has seen confirmed new cases staying under 200 on most days in July.

Although many areas are seeing a decline in cases, this does not mean that the virus is no longer a threat. Canadians must remain cautious and vigilant in order for this trend to continue.