Ontario reports 1,172 new COVID-19 cases, but data issues persist; Niagara reports 53

Ontario is reporting 1,172 new cases of COVID-19 today but officials note that updates to the provincial case-management system are causing data fluctuations. 

Public health officials say migration of the City of Toronto’s data to the provincial database is leading to data cleanup that’s affecting daily tallies.

The Niagara Region reported 53 new cases today, an increase from yesterday’s report of 33.

There were also 67 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 6,305 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported eight new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. In total, 332 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 1,172 cases of #COVID19 and over 52,400 tests completed. Locally, there are 444 new cases in Toronto, 199 in Peel and 110 in York Region,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Wednesday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Ottawa with 58 new cases, London with 46 new cases, Durham Region with 42 cases, and Windsor with 41. Other public health units reported 40 cases or less.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 7,633 vaccine doses were administered in Canada bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 995,835. That means that 2.288 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

Over 3,716 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 348,331 administered across the province so far. That’s 2.362 per cent of the provincial population.

Approximately zero new doses were administered as of Wednesday morning. A total of 4,636 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 4,636 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 2,417 vaccinations to health care staff.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 7,053. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 1.575 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

The Niagara Region numbers remain under 100 so far this week after numbers last week’s numbers teetered above and below. Today’s numbers rose slightly to 53 after 34 cases were reported on Tuesday, the same as the last lowest daily case count reported on Dec. 22 when 34 cases were reported.

Case numbers over the weekend, yesterday, and today 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 went up by four over the weekend, by five on Monday, eight on Tuesday, and eight on Wednesday. This brings the total number of deaths to 332. Deaths are reported three times per week by NRPH on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

1,192 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 272,097 total cases, with 248,981 cases resolved. There are 1,066 cases in hospitals, with 336 in intensive care and 254 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 126, the number of those in intensive care decreased by five, and patients on ventilators increased one since Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 8,026 with 6,731 resolved. Of those cases, there are 963 active cases, decreasing by 99 since Monday and 41 active outbreaks, same as Tuesday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

Note: Population numbers in brackets are Niagara Info’ estimates against growth over 2016 census numbers.

Grimsby 10.6 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 31 cases)

Lincoln 19.2 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 47 cases)

Pelham 15.5 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 29 cases)

Wainfleet 10.4 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 7 cases)

West Lincoln 17.7 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 30 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 14 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 59 cases)

Niagara Falls 17.7 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 185 cases)

NOTL 28.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 54 cases)

Port Colborne 5.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 11 cases)

St. Catharines 25.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 374 cases)

Thorold 18.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 44 cases)

Welland 15.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 87 cases)

With files from The Canadian Press

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