The Ontario government reported 745 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the seven-day average to 1,746.
The dramatic drop in cases is caused by a data issue. Today’s reports do not include data from Toronto Public Health as it migrates its information to the provincial case system. The Ministry of Health anticipates more fluctuations across Ontario Public Health units over the next few days due to the migration.
The Niagara Region reported 34 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 56.
There were also 14 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 6,238 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.
Niagara Region reported eight new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. In total, 324 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.
“Ontario is reporting 745 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 28,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 334 new cases in Peel, 124 in York Region and 65 in Niagara,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Tuesday morning.
Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Hamilton with 52 new cases, Halton and Durham with 44 new cases, Simcoe-Muskoka with 42 cases, and Windsor with 35. Other public health units reported 35 cases or less.
Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara
More than 7,459 vaccine doses were administered in Canada bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 982,951. That means that 2.275 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine
Over 2,715 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 344,615 administered across the province so far. That’s 2.337 per cent of the provincial population.
Approximately 271 new doses were administered as of Monday morning. A total of 4,636 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.
A total of 4,636 people have been vaccinated in Niagara Region by Niagara Public Health. Niagara Health says it has administered 2,417 vaccinations to health care staff.
The total number of vaccinations in the region is at 7,053. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 1.575 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.
Niagara Region trends
The Niagara Region numbers remain under 100 today after numbers last week’s numbers teetered above and below. There were 34 cases reported today, the same as the last lowest daily case count reported on Dec. 22 when 34 cases were reported.
Case numbers over the weekend, yesterday, and today 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.
The death count went up by four over the weekend, by five on Monday, and by eight on Tuesday. This brings the total number of deaths to 324. Deaths are reported three times per week by NRPH on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
1,192 cases in Ontario hospitals
Ontario has now had 270,925 total cases, with 247,236 cases resolved. There are 1,192 cases in hospitals, with 341 in intensive care and 253 on ventilators.
Hospitalized cases increased by 34, the number of those in intensive care decreased by 13, and patients on ventilators decreased by seven since Monday.
The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 7,974 with 6,588 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,062 active cases, decreasing by 57 since Monday and 41 active outbreaks, down by two since Monday.
West Niagara COVID-19 active cases
Note: Population numbers in brackets are Niagara Info’ estimates against growth over 2016 census numbers.
Grimsby 11.9 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 35 cases)
Lincoln 20.1 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 49 cases)
Pelham 16.1 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 30 cases)
Wainfleet 8.9 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 6 cases)
West Lincoln 17.1 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 29 cases)
Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases
Fort Erie 18.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 75 cases)
Niagara Falls 19.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 199 cases)
NOTL 31.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 59 cases)
Port Colborne 5.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 11 cases)
St. Catharines 29.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 423 cases)
Thorold 19.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 45 cases)
Welland 17.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 97 cases)