Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in over a month; Niagara Region case decline is trending

Ontario reported the fewest new COVID cases in a month today. There were 2,791 new cases today versus 3,436 new cases on Monday. The seven-day average has dropped to 3,509.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 116 new cases today, an increase from yesterday’s report of 93. Niagara’s lowest case count in a month is 73 reported Apr. 6. However, a staggering decline appears to be trending in the region.

There were also 25 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,143 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported no new deaths today. In total, 395 people have died from the coronavirus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 2,791 cases of #COVID19 and over 33,700 tests completed. Locally, there are 931 new cases in Toronto, 653 in Peel, 275 in York Region, 147 in Durham and 128 in Hamilton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Tuesday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 144,605 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Tuesday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 14,196,095. That means that 34.318 per cent of the Canadian population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 88,871 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 5,467,120 administered across the province so far. That’s 37.078 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 2,517 new doses were administered as of Tuesday morning.

A total of 62,009 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 188,621. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 42.113 per cent of the region’s residents have received at least one vaccination dose so far.

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

COVID cases remained above 100 over the weekend with 110 cases on Saturday and 113 cases on Sunday. Cases fell below 100 on Monday with 96 cases reported and are back above 100 on Tuesday with 116 cases reported.

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.

Three new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported over the weekend. No new deaths were reported today. The COVID-19 death count measured since the start of the pandemic in the region is 395.

2,167 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 476,692 total cases, with 432,109 cases resolved. There are 2,167 cases in hospitals, with 886 in intensive care and 609 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases increased by 242, the number of those in intensive care decreased by three, and the number of patients on ventilators decreased by two since Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 14,245 with 11,780 resolved. Of those cases, there are 2,070 active cases, down by 1,211 since Monday and 21 active outbreaks, up by one since Monday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 35.5 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 104 cases)
Lincoln 26.6 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 65 cases)
Pelham 48.9 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 88 cases)
Wainfleet 31.2 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 21 cases)
West Lincoln 28.5 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 45 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 29.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 96 cases)
Niagara Falls 44.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 424 cases)
NOTL 26 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 49 cases)
Port Colborne 55.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 105 cases)
St. Catharines 42.7 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 603 cases)
Thorold 52.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 113 cases)
Welland 53.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 298 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