Ontario daily COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000; Cases in the Niagara Region remain under 100

Ontario government reported another new single-day record with 3,328 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the seven-day average to 2,436.

The Niagara Region reported 94 new cases and no new deaths after the COVID-19 death toll rose by 21 Wednesday. In total, 142 people have died from the virus in the region.

There were 56 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Ontario today. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 4,530

“Ontario is reporting 3,328 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 63,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 888 new cases in Toronto, 431 in Peel, 418 in York Region, 257 in Windsor-Essex County and 194 in Ottawa,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Hamilton with 156 new cases, Waterloo with 127 cases, Durham Region with 114 cases, London with 112 cases, Simcoe-Muskoka with 83, Southwestern and Halton Region with 79, and Guelph with 58. Other public health units reported 55 cases or less.

The Niagara Region reported cases under 100 today after the region saw a new daily record of 138 on Tuesday and reported 106 more cases on Wednesday. Tuesday’s report surpasses the previous highest daily case count of 126 cases seen on Dec. 19.

The COVID-19 death count also jumped over the Christmas weekend by 22 and Wednesday by 21, bringing the death toll to 142 in the region.

Niagara Region, along with the whole province, is now in the Grey-Lockdown tier of the COVID-19 response framework. The change started on Saturday, Dec. 26 and will last until Jan. 23 for Niagara and 26 other public health unit regions in Southern Ontario.

1,235 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 182,159 total cases, with 156,012 cases resolved. There are 1,235 cases in hospitals, with 337 in intensive care and 210 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases increased by 58, the number of those in intensive care increased by 14 and patients on ventilators increased by six since yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region is now at 3,951 with 2,956 resolved. Of those cases, there are 853 active cases, increasing by 45 since Wednesday and 26 active outbreaks, same as Wednesday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

Note: Population numbers in brackets are Niagara Info’ estimates against growth over 2016 census numbers.

Grimsby 10.6 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 30 cases)
Lincoln 18.4 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 45 cases)
Pelham 8.3 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 15 cases)
Wainfleet 4.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 3 cases)
West Lincoln 12.6 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 18 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 10.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 34 cases)
Niagara Falls 34.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 311 cases)
NOTL 9.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 17 cases)
Port Colborne 9 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 17 cases)
St. Catharines 18.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 242 cases)
Thorold 10.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 20 cases)
Welland 9.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 52 cases)

Learn More:

COVID cases in Niagara schools
Niagara Region’s COVID-19 stats
Ontario’s COVID-19 stats
Federal government’s COVID-19 tracker app