First Niagara school infection detected as Ontario reports 401 new COVID-19 cases

Mary Ward Catholic School A person has tested postive for COVID-19 at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls

Updated: Sept. 14 @ 1:40 p.m.

Niagara Region’s first COVID-19 school infection has been reported at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School, a Niagara Catholic school in Niagara Falls.

The news arrives on the same day that the Ontario government reported 401 news COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count since early June.

Niagara Catholic reported that an individual at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Students and staff have been exposed to COVID-19 while this person was infectious.

Provincial health data revealed that it was staff member at the school that tested positive for COVID-19.

The daily new case count continues to grow in the province. “Ontario is reporting 401 cases of #COVID19 as over 35,800 tests were completed. Locally, there are 130 new cases in Toronto with 82 in Peel and 61 in Ottawa. 67% of today’s new cases are in people under the age of 40.,” said Health Minister Christine Elliot on Twitter this morning.

Niagara Region cases count is still low but has jumped into the double digits in recent days. Niagara Region reported 12 new COViD-19 cases yesterday.

Ontario has now had 46,077 confirmed cases, while 40,600 of those are resolved. There have been 2,825 deaths. There are 58 cases in hospital, with 20 in intensive care and 10 on ventilators.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region is now at 985 with 884 cases resolved. Of those cases, there are 37 active cases and zero active outbreaks. There have been 64 deaths.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

Grimsby 0.7 per 10,000 people
Lincoln 1.2 per 10,000 people
Pelham 0 per 10,000 people
Wainfleet 0 per 10,000 people
West Lincoln 0 per 10,000 people

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 0.9 per 10,000 people
Niagara Falls 0.5 per 10,000 people
NOTL 0.5 per 10,000 people
Port Colborne 0.5 per 10,000 people
St. Catharines 1.3 per 10,000 people
Thorold 0.5 per 10,000 people
Welland 0.5 per 10,000 people

Learn More:

Niagara Catholic COVID-19 case tracker
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Niagara Region’s COVID-19 stats
Ontario’s COVID-19 stats
Federal government’s COVID-19 tracker app