Ontario reports 994 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 24

Ontario is reporting 994 new cases of COVID-19, it’s the third day that news cases have been below 1,000 cases, bringing the seven-day average to 1,064.

The Niagara Region reported 24 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 31.

There were also 10 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 7,024 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. In total, 369 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 994 cases of #COVID19 and over 65,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 298 new cases in Toronto, 171 in Peel and 64 in York Region,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Thursday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Ottawa with 49 new cases, Hamilton with 40 new cases, Simcoe-Muskoka with 39 cases, and Lambton with 39. Other public health units reported 40 cases or less.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 50,862 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Thursday bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 2,142,562. That means that 4.173 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

Over 30,409 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 784,828 administered across the province so far. That’s 5.323 per cent of the provincial population.

Approximately 156 new doses were administered as of Monday morning. A total of 11,129 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 11,129 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 14,297 vaccinations to health care staff.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 25,426. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 5.677 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

Current COVID-19 tier: Red-Control

Region numbers remain under 30 per day over the weekend and so far this week, as the Niagara Region moved into the red-control tier of the COVID-19 response framework Monday.

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. Numbers also remained below the previous daily record of 196 reported on Friday, Jan. 8.

The death count did not go up over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday. No new deaths were reported today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Niagara Region to 369.

See related: Niagara moving to red

649 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 304,757 total cases, with 287,424 cases resolved. There are 649 cases in hospitals, with 281 in intensive care and 183 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 19, the number of those in intensive care increased by seven, and patients on ventilators decreased by five since Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 8,669 with 8,133 resolved. Of those cases, there are 167 active cases, the same as Wednesday and 17 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 2 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 6 cases)
Lincoln 4.9 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 12 cases)
Pelham 1.7 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 3 cases)
Wainfleet 1.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 1 cases)
West Lincoln 7.6 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 12 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 3 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 10 cases)
Niagara Falls 3.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 33 cases)
NOTL 4.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 9 cases)
Port Colborne 1.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 3 cases)
St. Catharines 3.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 55 cases)
Thorold 2.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 6 cases)
Welland 2.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 12 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