Ontario reports 590 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara Region reports 17

Ontario reported 590 new cases today, up from Wednesday’s report of 411. This brings the seven-day average to 617.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 17 new cases today, down from yesterday’s report of 28.

There were also 11 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,931 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 410 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 590 cases of #COVID19 and over 31,400 tests completed. Locally, there are 130 new cases in Peel, 114 in Toronto, 61 in Waterloo, 38 in Hamilton and 32 in York Region,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Thursday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 192,103 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Thursday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 27,449,877. That means that 62.895 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 9.326 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Over 182,350 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 10,627,469 administered across the province so far. There are 1,399,776 people fully vaccinated. That’s 9.493 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 5,016 new doses were administered as of Thursday morning.

A total of 126,247 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes as of Thursday.

The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 334,334. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 74.647 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 tier: Red-Control until April 8.

COVID cases remained under 50 over the weekend with 46 cases on Saturday and 29 cases on Sunday. There were nine cases reported on Monday, the lowest daily case count since February 18 when three cases were reported. Cases rose to 29 cases on Tuesday and remained the same on Wednesday. Cases dropped back down to 17 on Thursday.

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.

Two new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported over the weekend. One new death was reported on Tuesday. No new deaths were reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the region is 410.

516 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 538,077 total cases, with 522,682 cases resolved. There are 516 cases in hospitals, with 450 in intensive care, and 291 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 55, and the number of those in intensive care decreased by 16, and the number of those on ventilators decreased by 23 since Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 15,997 with 15,193 resolved. Of those cases, there are 394 active cases, down by 24 since Wednesday and 16 active outbreaks, up by one since Wednesday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 5.1 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 15 cases)
Lincoln 4.1 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 10 cases)
Pelham 8.3 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 15 cases)
Wainfleet 0 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 0 cases)
West Lincoln 6.3 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 10 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 7.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 24 cases)
Niagara Falls 11.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 108 cases)
NOTL 7.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 14 cases)
Port Colborne 8.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 16 cases)
St. Catharines 8 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 113 cases)
Thorold 7.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 16 cases)
Welland 9 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 50 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