Ontario reports 296 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 17

Ontario reported 296 new cases today, the lowest daily case count since September. This brings the seven-day average to 479.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 17 new cases today, up from yesterday’s report of four.

There were also 13 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,974 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 411 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 296 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 17,200 tests completed. Locally, there are 62 new cases in Peel, 60 in Toronto, 45 in Waterloo, 15 in York Region and 13 in Halton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Tuesday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 279,484 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Tuesday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 29,750,230. That means that 64.790 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 13.484 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Over 184,989 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 11,529,430 administered across the province so far. There are 2,037,751 people fully vaccinated. That’s 13.819 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 5,852 new doses were administered as of Tuesday morning.

A total of 136,889 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes as of Tuesday.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 360,669. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), 64 per cent of the region’s residents have received at least one vaccination and 11.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Niagara Region trends

Current COVID-19 tier: Province wide-lockdown extended until June 2.
Previous tier: Red-Control until April 8.

COVID cases remained under 20 over the weekend with 15 cases on Saturday and 14 cases on Sunday. There were six cases reported on Monday, the lowest daily case count since February 18 when three cases were reported. Cases rose to 17 cases on Tuesday.

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. No new deaths were reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the region is 411.

433 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 540,426 total cases, with 526,440 cases resolved. There are 433 cases in hospitals, with 382 in intensive care, and 244 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases increased by 49, and the number of those in intensive care decreased by 27, and the number of those on ventilators increased by 24 since Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 16,073 with 15,351 resolved. Of those cases, there are 311 active cases, down by 24 since Monday and 10 active outbreaks, same as Monday.

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 3.7 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 9 cases)
Pelham 6.1 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 11 cases)
Wainfleet 1.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 1 cases)
West Lincoln 5.7 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 9 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 4.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 15 cases)
Niagara Falls 9.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 87 cases)
NOTL 8.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 16 cases)
Port Colborne 7.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 9 cases)
St. Catharines 6.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 87 cases)
Thorold 6.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 15 cases)
Welland 6.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 36 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