Ontario reports 574 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 26

Ontario reported 574 new cases today, up from Thursday’s report of 590. This brings the seven-day average to 568.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 26 new cases today, down from yesterday’s report of 16.

There were also four new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,935 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 410 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 574 cases of #COVID19 and over 28,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 109 new cases in Toronto, 84 in Peel, 79 in Waterloo, 51 in Porcupine and 31 in Hamilton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Friday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 344,294 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Friday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 28,073,858. That means that 63.540 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 10.323 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Over 199,951 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 10,827,420 administered across the province so far. There are 1,533,742 people fully vaccinated. That’s 10.402 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 5,451 new doses were administered as of Friday morning.

A total of 128,506 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes as of Friday.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 339,876. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 75.884 per cent of the region’s residents have received at least one vaccination dose so far.

Niagara Region trends

Current COVID-19 tier: Province wide-lockdown extended until June 2.
Previous tier: Red-Control until April 8.

COVID cases remained under 50 over the weekend with 46 cases on Saturday and 29 cases on Sunday. There were nine cases reported on Monday, the lowest daily case count since February 18 when three cases were reported. Cases rose to 29 cases on Tuesday and remained the same on Wednesday. Cases dropped back down to 17 on Thursday. There were 26 cases reported on Friday.

Case numbers have remained under the daily record of 471 cases on Jan. 11, the largest single-day jump ever seen in the region due in part to a backlog of cases being updated. However, numbers surpassed the previous daily record of 196 reported on Jan. 8.

Two new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported over the weekend. One new death was reported on Tuesday. No new deaths were reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the region is 410.

489 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 538,651 total cases, with 523,532 cases resolved. There are 489 cases in hospitals, with 440 in intensive care, and 292 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 27, and the number of those in intensive care decreased by 10, and the number of those on ventilators increased by one since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 16,022 with 15,221 resolved. Of those cases, there are 391 active cases, down by three since Thursday and 16 active outbreaks, same as Thursday.

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 3.7 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 9 cases)
Pelham 9.4 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 17 cases)
Wainfleet 1.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 1 cases)
West Lincoln 5.7 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 9 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 7.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 24 cases)
Niagara Falls 10.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 103 cases)
NOTL 9 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 17 cases)
Port Colborne 8.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 16 cases)
St. Catharines 7.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 111 cases)
Thorold 7.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 16 cases)
Welland 9.3 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