Ontario reports 2,362 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 50

Ontario reported 2,362 new cases today, down from the 2,759 new cases on Thursday. This brings the seven-day average to 2,616.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 50 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 92.

There were also 26 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,431 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 399 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 2,362 cases of #COVID19 and over 44,000 tests completed. Locally, there are 691 new cases in Toronto, 563 in Peel, 224 in York Region, 148 in Durham and 112 in Hamilton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Friday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 265,184 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Friday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 17,563,063. That means that 42.631 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 141,765 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 6,771,128 administered across the province so far. That’s 45.921 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 3,400 new doses were administered as of Friday morning.

A total of 73,991 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 215,642. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 48.146 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 extended until June 2.

Previous tiers: Province wide-lockdown until May 19, Red-Control until April 8.

COVID cases remained under 100 over the weekend and beginning of the week, with 77 cases on Saturday, 95 on Sunday, 75 on Monday, and 82 on Tuesday. There were 49 cases reported on Wednesday, the new lowest daily case count since March 29 when 39 cases were reported. Cases rose to 92 on Thursday and dropped to 50 on Friday.

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.

One new COVID-19 related death has been reported over the weekend. One new death was reported on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. No new deaths were reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the region is 399.

1,582 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 504,533 total cases, with 468,033 cases resolved. There are 1,582 cases in hospitals, with 777 in intensive care and 560 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 50, the number of those in intensive care increased by one, and the number of patients on ventilators decreased by eight since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 15,052 with 13,199 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,454 active cases, down by 76 since Thursday and 32 active outbreaks, down by two since Thursday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 22.5 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 66 cases)
Lincoln 20.1 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 49 cases)
Pelham 25.5 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 46 cases)
Wainfleet 29.7 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 20 cases)
West Lincoln 26.6 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 42 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 17.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 57 cases)
Niagara Falls 26.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 250 cases)
NOTL 22.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 43 cases)
Port Colborne 33.7 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 64 cases)
St. Catharines 36.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 515 cases)
Thorold 41.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 90 cases)
Welland 34.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 194 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