Another day, another record number of new COVID-19 cases in Niagara Region

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Published January 4, 2022 at 1:44 pm

As far as new COVID-19 cases in Niagara Region go, it would appear it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Another record-breaking number of new cases today (January 4) as they hit 492, flying past January 2nd’s record of 434.

So far, there hasn’t been a comparable hike in hospitalizations but Niagara Region Health’s acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji has previously said that the hospital cases tend to rise two to three weeks after the initial spikes.

But today’s new high now sees an average of 419 new cases for the first four days of January. The peak of the Alpha wave of COVID-19 was 238 new cases on January 11 while the peak of the Delta variant was 220 new cases on April 15. If nothing else, the present numbers are a clear indication of how highly contagious Omicron is compared to its predecessors.

St. Catharines, as always, is the ongoing case leader with 1,263 while Niagara Falls is a distant second with 893. But again, Grimsby in third with 413 active cases is another story in itself. With 140.8 cases for every 10,000 residents, it means one in every 71 Grimsby residents is infected. Thorold is the next closest with one case for every 100 residents.

From there, it drops to Welland with 396 active cases, Fort Erie sitting at 275, Lincoln registering with 235, Thorold showing 221.  It drops down further with Niagara-on-the-Lake at 165 active cases, Pelham at 149, Port Colborne sitting with 142, West Lincoln holding 110 and at the bottom, Wainfleet with 36 cases.

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