Niagara Region slammed hard today as 97 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

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Published December 15, 2021 at 1:42 pm

At the beginning of December, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told a TV station he believed that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is just a precursor to even more new variants cropping up.

“I think we have to accept the fact that (some form of) the coronavirus is going to be with us. It’s just going to be a way of life now and it’s all about risk management,” he said.

His look into the crystal ball seems to be coming true just weeks later as the Niagara Region saw 97 new cases of COVID-19 today (December 15), the highest single day number since 110 new cases were discovered on May 10.

With just 20 cases resolved, it pushed the region to 513 ongoing cases. Oddly, despite the spike, the number of patients in Niagara hospitals remains steady at 17 people with five in the ICU.

Both St. Catharines and Niagara Falls were the hardest-hit with the new cases as they saw 122 and 113 ongoing cases respectively. But the less populated communities got whacked, too. Fort Erie is registering 50 cases while Welland has 44 and Grimsby is sitting at 41.

After that, Lincoln is showing 31 ongoing with Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake and West Lincoln running 22, 21 and 20 cases respectively. Pelham has 18 infected, Port Colborne is showing 15 while Wainfleet is the bottom of the pack with six cases.

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