Ontario reports 4,227 new COVID-19 cases, the second highest daily record in the province; Niagara Region reports 118

Ontario reported 4,227 new cases of COVID-19 today, the second highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic and the first time cases above 4,000 has been reported since January.

Today’s report is slightly lower than the previous daily word of 4,249 reported on Jan. 8. However, that case count added previously unreported cases.

The Niagara Region reported 118 new cases today, an increase from yesterday’s report of 113.

There were also 18 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 7,512 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 376 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 4,227 cases of #COVID19 and over 61,400 tests completed. Locally, there are 1,218 new cases in Toronto, 762 in Peel, 532 in York Region, 247 in Durham and 246 in Ottawa,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Friday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 194,965 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Friday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 7,447,525. That means that 17.576 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 105,382 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 2,940,166 administered across the province so far. That’s 19.940 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 1,042 new doses were administered as of Friday morning.

A total of 33,313 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 33,313 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 57,840 vaccinations to health care staff.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 100,062. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 22.341 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

Current COVID-19 tier: Province wide-lockdown until May 6.
Previous tier: Red-Control until April 8.

The region reported cases over 100 this weekend with 111 cases on Friday and 110 cases on Sunday. Cases were back below 100 for the remainder of the weekend with 82 cases on Saturday, 99 cases on Monday, and 72 cases on Tuesday. Case numbers remained above 100 for the remainder of the week with 133 cases on Wednesday, 113 cases on Thursday, and 118 cases om 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. Numbers also remained below the previous daily record of 196 reported on Friday, Jan. 8.

No new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported over the weekend or during the week. The COVID-19 death count measured since the start of the pandemic is 376.

1,492 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 378,339 total cases, with 341,200 cases resolved. There are 1,492 cases in hospitals, with 552 in intensive care and 359 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases increased by 75, the number of those in intensive care increased by 27, and patients on ventilators increased by 28 since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 10,604 with 9,291 resolved. Of those cases, there are 937 active cases, up by 120 since Thursday and 31 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 16.4 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 48 cases)
Lincoln 18.4 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 45 cases)
Pelham 17.8 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 32 cases)
Wainfleet 11.9 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 8 cases)
West Lincoln 17.1 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 27 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 8.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 28 cases)
Niagara Falls 16.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 155 cases)
NOTL 14.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 27 cases)
Port Colborne 19 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 36 cases)
St. Catharines 15.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 220 cases)
Thorold 27.7 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 60 cases)
Welland 42.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 238 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