Niagara Region hammered with 147 new COVID-19 cases in three days

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Published December 13, 2021 at 1:01 pm

It was the worst weekend for new COVID-19 cases that Niagara Region has seen in many months.

Saturday (December 11) saw 68 new cases, followed by another 34 on Sunday, which also added another death in the region.

Today, (December 13) saw another 45 new cases, bringing the three-day total to a staggering 147 new cases and pushing the total ongoing cases to 461. Right now, 17 people are in Niagara hospitals with the virus – seven in the ICU.

The last time Niagara Region saw a number as high as Saturday’s was way back on May 19 when the region had 65 new cases.

Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara’s acting Medical Officer of Health, believes these high numbers indicate that the Omicron variant has officially hit the region. However, while he can’t be certain because a special type of test is needed to detect the Omicron, the numbers are rising quickly enough to indicate that.

And while he would like to get boosters in everyone’s arms, the region can’t at this point.

We’re terrified of what Omicron will bring and wish we could already have big clinics going,” he tweeted. “But it’s not possible to do this on the needed scale. We lack staff and sites and have too many mandates. What we all wish just isn’t realistic.”

The problem with the Omicron variant is while it appears less severe than the Alpha and Delta variants, it is three times more infectious which will, in turn, lead to far more infections.

St. Catharines is getting rocked with ongoing cases, sitting at 114, with Niagara Falls not too far back at 99. Following them is Fort Erie with 41 cases while both Grimsby and Welland are sitting at 36.

Lincoln, Thorold and Niagara-on-the-Lake are next with 27, 24 and 22 ongoing cases respectively. Even with their smaller populations, Pelham and West Lincoln are reporting 19 and 18 cases. Port Colborne is recording 12 cases while Wainfleet has just five.

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