With 64 new COVID-19 cases today, Niagara Region has nearly 600 active infected

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Published December 17, 2021 at 1:56 pm

This is three days in a row of 60-plus new COVID-19 and today’s (December 17) new case number of 64 has Niagara Region inching towards the 600 active case mark.

With only 18 cases resolved, the region is presently sitting 597 active cases – a sure sign that the highly-contagious Omicron variant has arrived in Niagara.

On Wednesday, Niagara saw a huge spike to 97 new cases, followed by 69 yesterday. With the exception of the past two days, the last day Niagara saw a number as high as 64 was on May 19 when we had 65.

St. Catharines and Niagara Falls continue to be the hardest hit communities with 136 and 124 active cases respectively. However, if you check the active cases per 10,000 residents, St Catharines is actually the second-lowest with 9.6 residents compared to Welland, the lowest at 8.6.

From there, it’s a significant drop in active cases to Fort Erie at 56, followed by Welland up next with 48, Grimsby sitting with 46 and Lincoln registering 43.

Further down the caseload is Thorold at 31 while all in their twenties are Niagara-on-the-Lake (27), Pelham (23), West Lincoln (21) and Port Colborne (20).

All alone in single digits is Wainfleet with eight cases.

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