Ontario reports 1,553 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 22

Ontario reported 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the seven-day average to 1,427.

The Niagara Region reported 22 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 48.

There were also 15 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 7,202 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. In total, 373 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 1,553 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 58,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 404 new cases in Toronto, 294 in Peel and 176 in York Region,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Wednesday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Durham Region with 85 new cases, Ottawa with 82 new cases, Hamilton with 80 cases, and Lambton with 48. Other public health units reported 50 cases or less.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 101,038 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Thursday bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 3,511,034. That means that 7.625 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

Over 58,119 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 1,359,453 administered across the province so far. That’s 9.219 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported no new doses were administered as of Wednesday morning.

A total of 13,808 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 13,808 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 30,815 vaccinations to health care staff.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 44,623. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 9.963 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

Current COVID-19 tier: Red-Control

Region numbers rose slightly above 30 on Sunday when 33 cases were reported. However, Saturday and Monday’s numbers were back below 30. Tuesday’s report of 51 new cases is the highest daily case count since Feb. 5 when 60 cases were reported. Wednesday’s report decreased slightly but was still above 30. Thursday’s report dropped below 30.

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.

No new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since last week. The death count measured since the start of the pandemic is 373.

730 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 323,509 total cases, with 303,493 cases resolved. There are 730 cases in hospitals, with 304 in intensive care and 186 on ventilators.

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

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 9,071 with 8,401 resolved. Of those cases, there are 297 active cases, down by eight since Wednesday and 23 active outbreaks, down by one Wednesday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 5.5 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 15 cases)
Lincoln 11.9 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 29 cases)
Pelham 7.8 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 14 cases)
Wainfleet 5.9 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 4 cases)
West Lincoln 10.7 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 17 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 4.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 15 cases)
Niagara Falls 5.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 52 cases)
NOTL 5.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 10 cases)
Port Colborne 4.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 8 cases)
St. Catharines 4 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 56 cases)
Thorold 8.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 18 cases)
Welland 9.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 53 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