Niagara Health reinforces the importance of vaccination against COVID-19
This pandemic is the most significant healthcare crisis of our time.
We continue to learn more about the Delta variant. Based on modelling from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, we expect to see another surge in cases in hospitals in our province over the next several months, impacting all age groups and all hospital services.
Community vaccination is our best defence against this highly contagious virus and will lessen the impact of the fourth wave. All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective in protecting against COVID-19 and its variants.
At Niagara Health, the majority of patients receiving care for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Since Aug. 7, the health system has cared for 32 patients with COVID-19 of which 26, or 81%, have been unvaccinated.
For more information on getting vaccinated against COVID-19, please visit Niagara Health’s website at: https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/vaccination-clinic or Niagara Region Public Health’s website at https://niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/vaccination.
Niagara Medical Officer of Health offers new COVID-19 briefing
Fort Erie reports spike in COVID cases, Mayor Redekop renews appeal to unvaccinated
Fort Erie has experienced a spike in cases of COVID-19 in recent days, a troubling sign as children head back to school and a change in weather with the fall looms. On a positive note, Fort Erie remains the municipality in Niagara with the second-lowest case counts per 10,000 residents,with only rural Wainfleet being lower. But this is not a time for residents to become complacent, remarked Fort Erie mayor Wayne Redekop.
While over 70% of Fort Erie residents have received their first dose of a vaccine and over 65% are fully vaccinated, the Town is still behind the Regional and Provincial numbers for those categories. To alert those who wish to obtain their first or second dose of the vaccination, the Town is placing information on our website and social media regarding vaccination clinics being hosted in Town and pharmacies that are providing the vaccinations. Mayor Redekop urges everyone to become fully vaccinated, the one sure way to protect yourself, those around you and our community.
Welland launches communications survey
The City of Welland is reaching out to the community for input on corporate communications in the form of a communications survey on the City’s YourChannel engagement site. Feedback from this survey will assist in the creation of the City’s corporate communications plan.
From social media to the City’s website to print and radio, the communications survey allows respondents to provide feedback on various tools, providing a mix of open, closed, and ranking questions. Responses will help form a benchmark to measure future success.
Brock reports greater than 90 per cent vaccination rate
With the return of in-person teaching and learning on Monday, Sept. 13, Brock’s community of students, faculty and staff is reporting a vaccination rate of greater than 90 per cent.
On Aug. 12, the University announced a vaccine mandate for anyone coming to campus. Since that time, tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff have uploaded their vaccine certifications for verification and have completed an online process confirming their status.
The Election Section
|Niagara Centre||Niagara Falls||Niagara West||St. Catharines||Canada (338canada)||Canada (CBC)|
|Bloc Quebecois||6.1% (25 seats)||5.8% (26 seats)|
|Conservative Party||32%||41%||49%||35%||34.4% (143 seats)||33.7% (133 seats)|
|Green Party||3%||3.8%||3.9%||3.5%||3.4% (2 seats)||3.1% (1 seat)|
|Liberal Party||32%||30%||28%||35%||31.5% (135 seats)||31.2% (140 seats)|
|New Democratic Party||30%||21%||13%||23%||19.5% (33 seats)||20.4% (38 seats)|
|People's Party||4.1%||4.5%||4.8%||4.3%||3.8% (0 seats)||4.9% (0 seats)|
Data are provided by 338canada.com and the CBC using an aggregate of polls. Projections are updated daily. Click here for more information and margins of error.
Download the Canadian Chamber’s policy tracker, which summarizes party commitments made to date.
All day surgeries in Edmonton health zone postponed as hospitals struggle under pressure of COVID-19
Up to 70 per cent of all scheduled surgeries and procedures in the Edmonton health zone will be immediately postponed as Alberta Health Services works to free up space and frontline staff to care for patients with COVID-19.
All day surgeries will be postponed and only “priority cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries” will go ahead, AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson told CBC News on Monday.
The change comes as Alberta’s fourth wave of COVID-19 pushes Alberta hospitals to the breaking point.
Happiness and a blistering hot national housing market, for those looking to crack into it, are not often complementary terms. The average price of a Canadian home has rocketed past $700,000, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association, beyond the scope of many people looking for a first home.
This cost-of-living crisis has politicians of every stripe throwing around affordable housing-themed pledges during the election campaign: build a million new homes (Conservatives); build 500,000 new homes (NDP); ban foreign ownership, hamstring would-be house-flippers and “build, preserve, or repair” 1.4 million homes (Liberals).
Apparently overlooked, amid all the promises and political talk, is a potential throwback answer to the nation’s affordable housing woes: the humble trailer park.
Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker
These data show the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Niagara. The Province of Ontario is now using a provincewide approach to reopening, and these data no longer have any influence on Niagara’s restrictions. Lower numbers are better in all metrics.
|August 28||September 4||September 11||September 18|
|New cases per 100,000||24.4||44.2||44.7||38.4|
|New cases per day (not including outbreaks)||13.1||25||23.9||22.6|
|Percent of hospital beds occupied||81.7%||83.4%||88.5%||86.9%|
|Percent of intensive care beds occupied||68.2%||80.3%||83.3%||77.3%|
|Percentage of positive tests||3.6%||5.2%||5.5%||3.7%|
Last updated: September 4, 2021
On September 10, there were 12 patients admitted to Niagara Health with COVID-19, of which 12 were unvaccinated, 0 were partially vaccinated, and 0 were fully vaccinated. There were 4 patients with COVID-19 in a Niagara Health Intensive Care Unit.
Over the last 28 days, a Niagara resident vaccinated with 1 dose was 3.7 times more likely to contract COVID-19, and an unvaccinated person was 8.4 times more likely.
Niagara COVID vaccination tracker
Niagara’s most up-to-date vaccination numbers are presented below, along with comparison data from Ontario, Canada, and G7 countries.
|Percentage of population with one dose||Percentage of population fully vaccinated|
Total doses administered in Niagara: 677,855
New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 661
Last updated: September 13, 2021
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