Ontario reports less than 2,000 new COVID cases for first time since March; Niagara Region reports 48

Ontario reported 1,616 new cases today, down from the 2,170 new cases on Tuesday. This brings the seven-day average to 2,287.

It is the first time the province has reported less than 2,000 new daily cases since March 24.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 48 new cases today, an increase from yesterday’s report of 42.

There were also 17 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,506 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported one new death today. In total, 401 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 1,616 cases of #COVID19 and over 22,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 472 new cases in Toronto, 360 in Peel, 116 in York Region, 114 in Hamilton and 102 in Durham,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Tuesday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 188,163 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Tuesday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 18,994,066. That means that 46.168 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 109,032 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 7,286,177 administered across the province so far. That’s 49.414 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 2,696 new doses were administered as of Tuesday morning.

A total of 81,164 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes as of Tuesday.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 230,353. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 51.431 per cent of the region’s residents have received at least one vaccination dose so far.

Related news: COVID-19 vaccine bookings open to 18+ age group in Ontario

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 100 over the weekend and beginning of the week, with 96 cases on Saturday, 55 on Sunday, 42 on Monday, and 48 on Tuesday.

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.

One new COVID-19 related death has been reported over the weekend. One new death was reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the region is 401.

1,484 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 513,102 total cases, with 479,630 cases resolved. There are 1,484 cases in hospitals, with 764 in intensive care and 559 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases increased by 165, the number of those in intensive care decreased by 15, and the number of patients on ventilators increased by 23 since Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 15,290 with 13,604 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,285 active cases, down by 51 since Monday and 25 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 17.7 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 52 cases)
Lincoln 14.3 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 35 cases)
Pelham 21.7 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 39 cases)
Wainfleet 22.3 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 15 cases)
West Lincoln 25.3 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 40 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 14.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 48 cases)
Niagara Falls 26.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 249 cases)
NOTL 21.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 40 cases)
Port Colborne 31.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 60 cases)
St. Catharines 34.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 485 cases)
Thorold 30.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 66 cases)
Welland 26.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 146 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