A Brock University student has tested positive for COVID-19, however, the student does not live on campus and has not visited campus this term.
The report came the day before Niagara Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the region.
The St. Catharines university is working with Niagara Public Health to ensure the necessary precautions are taking place to protect the health of the student and community. The student is currently in self-isolation.
Brock University has taken steps this month to promote the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Most of the classes this term are online and campus access points have been limited to those that are required to be on campus. Visitors who are permitted to enter buildings must complete a self-screening survey and must follow current health and safety requirements such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
293 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario today
The Brock student case adds to the growing number of cases number that the Ontario government has reported this week. There was a slight decline in the province today with 293 cases reported. That is against 315 new cases reported on Wednesday. However, case numbers have remained on the higher end throughout this week. The province saw 251 cases on Tuesday and 313 cases on Monday. These are some of the highest daily numbers the province has reported since June.
Three new deaths have been reported today in the province. This brings the total number of deaths in Ontario to 2,825. Ontario now has 45,676 confirmed cases, with 40,424 of those resolved. There are 53 cases in hospitals, with 21 in intensive care and 12 on ventilators.
Niagara Region reports 12 new cases
The Niagara Region reports 12 news cases today. This is the highest number of cases the region has seen since July 28, when 20 new cases were reported.
There was also a slight increase in cases earlier this week in the Niagara area with seven new cases reported on Monday. However, prior to today, the region has reported lower numbers for the remainder of the week with one case reported on Tuesday and three cases reported on Wednesday.
The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region is now at 985 with 884 cases resolved. Of those cases, there are 37 active cases and zero active outbreaks. There have been 64 deaths.
West Niagara COVID-19 active cases
Grimsby 0.7 per 10,000 people
Lincoln 1.2 per 10,000 people
Pelham 0 per 10,000 people
Wainfleet 0 per 10,000 people
West Lincoln 0 per 10,000 people
Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases
Fort Erie 0.9 per 10,000 people
Niagara Falls 0.5 per 10,000 people
NOTL 0.5 per 10,000 people
Port Colborne 0.5 per 10,000 people
St. Catharines 1.3 per 10,000 people
Thorold 0.5 per 10,000 people
Welland 0.5 per 10,000 people