Niagara Region Health changes up its COVID-19 case daily reports

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Published February 24, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Niagara Region Health is no longer reporting its daily resolved cases, releasing only new cases, active cases and fatality totals for COVID-19.

As of yesterday (Feb. 23), the regional health unit discontinued releasing daily resolved cases altogether, likely over concerns the numbers weren’t completely accurate due to changes in testing.

On the website, the group suggested changes in COVID-19 reporting were coming, saying, “With the changing provincial response to the pandemic, we’re reorganizing and refocusing our statistics to make room for a new suite of indicators in February.”

As well, rather than show active known daily case numbers in each of Niagara’s 12 municipalities, the health unit has chosen instead to report “active cases in the past 28 days by municipality.”

Unfortunately, that offers little indication of where each municipality stands at the moment as all 12 cities, towns and townships in Niagara were seeing significant declines over that four-week time period as Omicron was losing its prominence. Regardless, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland remain the top-three for active cases.

That said, there were 54 new known cases reported yesterday but it jumped up to 102 new cases today. However, there were likely a large number of resolved cases over both days as the active case count in Niagara only went up nine, reported 1,454 yesterday versus 1,463 today.

However, just last Friday, the region was sitting at nearly 1,700 cases, a good indication of the Omicron variant’s steady decline.

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