Ontario’s new COVID cases back above 3,000; Niagara Region drops to 74

Ontario reported 3,424 new cases today versus 2,941 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day average to 3,369.

Meanwhile, the Niagara Region reported 74 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 120. Niagara’s lowest case count in a month is 73 reported Apr. 6. A staggered decline appears to be trending in the region and province wide.

There were also 26 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 8,213 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 3,424 cases of #COVID19 and over 54,100 tests completed. Locally, there are 958 new cases in Toronto, 900 in Peel, 291 in York Region, 175 in Durham and 155 in Hamilton,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Thursday morning.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 231,141 vaccine doses were administered in Canada on Thursday bringing the total number of vaccines administered across the country to more than 14,799,208. That means that 35.805 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over 141,038 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 5,740,761 administered across the province so far. That’s 38.934 per cent of the provincial population.

Niagara Health reported 2,261 new doses were administered as of Thursday morning.

A total of 64,008 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 193,402. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 43.181 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 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 and Wednesday with 116 and 123 cases reported. Niagara cases dropped on Thursday with 74 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 on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death count in the Region is 395.

1,964 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 483,057 total cases, with 440,467 cases resolved. There are 1,964 cases in hospitals, with 877 in intensive care and 600 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 111, the number of those in intensive care decreased by seven, and the number of patients on ventilators decreased by nine since Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 14,434 with 12,053 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,986 active cases, down by 69 since Wednesday and 24 active outbreaks, same as Wednesday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

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

Grimsby 37.2 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 109 cases)
Lincoln 25.4 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 62 cases)
Pelham 43.3 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 78 cases)
Wainfleet 31.2 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 21 cases)
West Lincoln 26.6 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 42 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 28.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 94 cases)
Niagara Falls 42.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 410 cases)
NOTL 27.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 52 cases)
Port Colborne 49.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 94 cases)
St. Catharines 41.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 587 cases)
Thorold 50.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 110 cases)
Welland 49.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 276 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