New COVID cases back over 3,000 in Ontario; Niagara Region reports 121

Ontario reported 3,166 new cases today versus 3,424 new cases on Wednesday, the second day above 3,000 after a slight drop earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 121 new cases today, an increase from yesterday’s report of 72. A staggered decline appears to be trending in the region and province-wide despite sporadic upticks.

There were also 23 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,236 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 395 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 3,166 cases of #COVID19 and over 51,300 tests completed. Locally, there are 876 new cases in Toronto, 817 in Peel, 300 in York Region, 205 in Durham and 148 in Hamilton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Friday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 258,149 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Friday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 15,182,843. That means that 36.757 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 144,724 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 5,885,485 administered across the province so far. That’s 39.915 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 2,295 new doses were administered as of Friday morning.

A total of 65,017 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 195,738. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 43.702 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 until May 19.
Previous tier: Red-Control until April 8.

COVID cases remained above 100 over the weekend with 110 cases on Saturday and 113 cases on Sunday. Cases fell below 100 on Monday with 96 cases reported and are back above 100 on Tuesday and Wednesday with 116 and 123 cases reported. Niagara cases dropped on Thursday with 74 cases reported and rose back above 100 on Friday with 121 cases reported.

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.

Three new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported over the weekend. No new deaths were reported on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the Region is 395.

1,964 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 486,223 total cases, with 444,342 cases resolved. There are 1,924 cases in hospitals, with 788 in intensive care and 570 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 40, the number of those in intensive care decreased by 89, and the number of patients on ventilators decreased by 30 since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 14,553 with 12,234 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,924 active cases, down by 62 since Thursday and 24 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 34.4 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 101 cases)
Lincoln 23.7 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 58 cases)
Pelham 40 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 72 cases)
Wainfleet 32.7 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 22 cases)
West Lincoln 25.9 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 41 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 27.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 90 cases)
Niagara Falls 41 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 392 cases)
NOTL 27.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 52 cases)
Port Colborne 51.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 97 cases)
St. Catharines 40.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 569 cases)
Thorold 52.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 113 cases)
Welland 48 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 267 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