Ontario reports 1,258 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 21

Ontario is reporting 1,258 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the seven-day average to 1,114.

The Niagara Region reported 21 new cases today, and increase from yesterday’s report of 12.

There were also 28 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 6,944 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Friday. In total, 370 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 1,258 cases of #COVID19 and over 64,000 tests completed. Locally, there are 362 new cases in Toronto, 274 in Peel and 104 in York Region,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Friday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Waterloo with 69 new cases, Hamilton with 64 new cases, Ottawa with 52 cases, and Durham Region with 42. Other public health units reported 40 cases or less.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 35,269 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Friday bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 1,742,617. That means that 3.271 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

Over 21,805 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 643,765 administered across the province so far. That’s 4.366 per cent of the provincial population.

Approximately 258 new doses were administered as of Monday morning. A total of 10,269 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 10,269 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 9,997 vaccinations to health care staff.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 20,266. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 4.525 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

The Niagara Region is in the grey lockdown tier of the COVID-19 response framework. It is anticipated that it may move to the red-control tier on Monday. See related story.

Region numbers remain under 30 per day over the weekend and this week dropping to nine on Monday, the lowest daily case count since last Thursday when three cases were reported. This was the lowest case count since Oct. 13 when one case was 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. Numbers also remained below the previous daily record of 196 reported on Friday, Jan. 8.

The death count went up by one over the weekend, by three on Tuesday, and by one on Thursday. No new deaths were reported today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Niagara Region to 370.

683 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 298,569 total cases, with 281,331 cases resolved. There are 683 cases in hospitals, with 284 in intensive care and 193 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by four, the number of those in intensive care increased by one, and patients on ventilators increased by 11 since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 8,546 with 7,920 resolved. Of those cases, there are 256 active cases, increasing by five since Thursday and 14 active outbreaks, down by four since Thursday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 3.8 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 11 cases)
Lincoln 6.5 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 16 cases)
Pelham 4.4 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 8 cases)
Wainfleet 1.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 1 cases)
West Lincoln 5.1 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 8 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 7.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 25 cases)
Niagara Falls 6.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 68 cases)
NOTL 5.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 10 cases)
Port Colborne 1.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 2 cases)
St. Catharines 5.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 75 cases)
Thorold 6.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 15 cases)
Welland 2.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 14 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