Omicron variant floods Niagara Region with 174 new COVID-19 cases today

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Published December 22, 2021 at 1:37 pm

The morning after anti-vaxxers protested at the home of Dr. Mustafa Hirji, the Niagara Region’s acting Medical Officer of Health, Niagara got pounded with 174 new COVID-19 cases today (December 22).

You have to go back eight months to April 23 when Niagara saw 192 new cases for a number this high, leaving little doubt that Omicron has flooded the region. Today’s figure, couple with the fact that only 45 cases were resolved, pushes the region’s ongoing cases up to 886.

As they have for quite some time, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls bore the brunt of the ongoing cases with 227 and 179 respectively. However, comparing the municipalities on a cases per 10,000 residents scale, St. Catharines is the fourth lowest with 16.2. Only Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln are lower.

Three municipalities have active cases in the 60s as Grimsby, Lincoln and Welland have 69, 65 and 61 cases respectively. From there, it drops to Fort Erie at 57, Niagara-on-the-Lake showing 51 and Thorold with 48. Pelham and Port Colborne had 34 actives cases each with West Lincoln at 24 and Wainfleet at just eight ongoing.

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