Ontario reports 2,202 new COVID-19 cases with 1,005 cases in hospitals; Niagara reports 35

The Ontario government reported 2,202 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as hospitalized cases rise above 1,000.

The Niagara Region reported 35 new cases today, down from 82 cases yesterday and 92 cases on Sunday.

Across the province, there are currently 1,005 cases in hospitals, with 273 in intensive care and 172 on ventilators.

There were 21 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Ontario today, This brings the total number in the province to 4,188. There are no new deaths reported today in Niagara. In total, 99 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 2,202 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 45,300 tests completed. Locally, there are 636 new cases in Toronto, 504 in Peel, 218 in York Region and 172 in Windsor-Essex County,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Twitter this morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Waterloo with 101 new cases, Hamilton with 95 cases, London with 93, and Ottawa with 86. Other public health units reported 60 cases or less.

There were 126 cases on Saturday and 92 on Sunday, and 82 cases reported on Monday, all surpassing the previous highest daily case count of 71 cases seen on Dec. 13. The new record highs come after case numbers came in at above 40 every day last week except for Monday.

Niagara Region is currently in the Red-Control level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework. This will change on Dec. 26 as the whole province goes into lockdown, lasting until Jan. 26 for Niagara and 26 other public health unit regions in Southern Ontario.

1,005 cases in hospitals

Ontario has now had 160,255 total cases, with 136,767 cases resolved. Hospitalized cases increased by 90, the number of those in intensive care increased by eight and patients on ventilators increased by 20 since yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region is now at 3,156 with 2,441 resolved. Of those cases, there are 616 active cases, decreasing by 35 since Monday and 21 active outbreaks, up by one since Monday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 4.4 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 13 cases)
Lincoln 5.7 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 14 cases)
Pelham 3.9 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 7 cases)
Wainfleet 0 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 0 cases)
West Lincoln 7 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 10 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 9.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 30 cases)
Niagara Falls 35.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 323 cases)
NOTL 6.0 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 11 cases)
Port Colborne 2.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 4 cases)
St. Catharines 9.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 128 cases)
Thorold 6.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 14 cases)
Welland 5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 28 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