Worst week for new COVID-19 cases since spring in Niagara Region, another death last night

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Published December 21, 2021 at 3:18 pm

December 15 to 21 is officially the worst week for new COVID-19 cases in Niagara Region since the spring and sadly, there was another death last night, bringing the total to 445 since March 2020.

In the space of just seven days, Niagara had recorded 544 new cases, mostly due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. That’s an average of almost 78 new cases every day.

At the moment, there are 23 people in Niagara hospitals – seven of them in ICU – and 762 ongoing cases in the region.

Today (December 21) saw 67 new cases, the third lowest of the week but a number unheard of less than two weeks ago.

St. Catharines and Niagara Falls continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing cases with 180 and 142 cases respectively. In fairness, St. Catharines remains the third lowest municipality when considering number of cases per 10,000 residents with 12.7. Only Wainfleet at 7.4 per 10,000 and Welland at 10.6 are lower.

Grimsby continues to climb with 63 ongoing cases followed by Welland, Lincoln and Fort Erie with 59, 58 and 57 cases respectively. Thorold and Niagara-on-the-Lake are next up with 43 and 42 cases apiece while Pelham sits at 29, followed Port Colborne at 28 and West Lincoln registering 22.

Pelham stands alone in single digits with just five active cases.

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