Ontario reports 2,662 new COVID-19 cases; Niagara drops to 95

Ontario reports 2,662 COVID-19 new cases with 87 new deaths. Niagara Region reports 95 new cases with two new deaths.

The Ontario government reported 2,662 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day average to 2,703.

The Niagara Region reported 95 new cases today, a decrease from yesterday’s report of 113.

There were also 87 new deaths reported in the province today. There have been 5,701 COVID-19 deaths in Ontario to date.

Niagara Region reported two new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. In total, 246 people have died from the virus in the region.

“Ontario is reporting 2,662 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 71,800 tests completed. Locally, there are 779 new cases in Toronto, 542 in Peel, 228 in York Region, 128 in Waterloo and 118 in Windsor-Essex County,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on Twitter Friday morning.

Public health units in Ontario also reporting higher case numbers include Halton Region with 102 new cases, Durham Region with 80 cases, Hamilton with 78 new cases, Guelph will 77, Ottawa, with 75, and Simcoe-Muskoka with 71 cases. Other public health units reported 65 cases or less.

Vaccine doses administered in Ontario and Niagara

More than 11,615 vaccine doses were administered in Canada bringing the total number of vaccines administered so far across the country to more than 750,479. That means that 1.785 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

Over 11,168 of yesterday’s doses were given in Ontario, for a total of approximately 264,985 administered across the province so far. That’s 1.797 per cent of the provincial population.

An initial vaccine supply arrived in the Niagara Region last Tuesday. Approximately 129 new doses were administered as of Friday morning. A total of 2,889 doses have been administered in the region by Niagara Public Health in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.

A total of 2,889 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 5,306. Against a population of 447,888 (2016 census), that means about 1.185 per cent of the region’s residents have been vaccinated so far.

See also: COVID-19 vaccinations have started in Grimsby and Lincoln

Today’s numbers are back under 100, in line with the 87 cases reported on Wednesday. Case numbers over the weekend and during the week remained under the daily record of 471 cases last Monday, 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 cases over the weekend and by six on Monday. There were 16 new deaths reported yesterday, five new deaths reported Thursday and two deaths reported today. This brings the total number of deaths to 246. Deaths are reported three times per week by NRPH on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

1,512 cases in Ontario hospitals

Ontario has now had 250,226 total cases, with 219,262 cases resolved. There are 1,512 cases in hospitals, with 383 in intensive care and 291 on ventilators.

Hospitalized cases decreased by 21, the number of those in intensive care decreased by five, and patients on ventilators decreased by two since Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region now at 7,087 with 5,340 resolved. Of those cases, there are 1,501 active cases, decreasing by 84 since Thursday and 55 active outbreaks, same as Thursday.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

Note: Population numbers in brackets are The Bench News’ estimates against growth over 2016 census numbers.

Grimsby 13.3 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 39 cases)
Lincoln 27.8 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 68 cases)
Pelham 22.7 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 40 cases)
Wainfleet 7.4 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 5 cases)
West Lincoln 21.5 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 36 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 27.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 103 cases)
Niagara Falls 29.7 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 300 cases)
NOTL 48.2 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 91 cases)
Port Colborne 16.9 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 32 cases)
St. Catharines 39.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 568 cases)
Thorold 29.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 66 cases)
Welland 26.4 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 147 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