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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: September 13th, 2021

The majority of Niagara patients receiving care for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The NHS has highlighted the importance of vaccination again.

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.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.


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.

Click here to read the Mayor’s update (PDF link).

Click here to find a vaccination clinic in Niagara.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.


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.

Click here for more information (PDF link).


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.

Click here for more information.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.


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All day surgeries in Edmonton health zone postponed as hospitals struggle under pressure of COVID-19

CBC News

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.


Trailer parks could hold the answer to Canada’s national housing crisis

Financial Post

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 28September 4September 11September 18
Reproductive number0.91.41.10.9
New cases per 100,00024.444.244.738.4
New cases per day (not including outbreaks)13.12523.922.6
Percent of hospital beds occupied81.7%83.4%88.5%86.9%
Percent of intensive care beds occupied68.2%80.3%83.3%77.3%
Percentage of positive tests3.6%5.2%5.5%3.7%

Last updated: September 4, 2021

Click here for definitions of terms used in this table.

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.

Data are drawn from Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Health.


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 dosePercentage of population fully vaccinated
Niagara74.8%69.2%
Ontario75.2%70%
Canada75.6%69.6%
United States64%55%
United Kingdom73%67%
Germany67%63%
France74%64%
Italy74%66%
Japan67%55%

Total doses administered in Niagara: 677,855

New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 661

Last updated: September 13, 2021

Data are drawn from Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario, and Oxford University’s Our World in Data project.


Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit gncc.ca/workplace-self-screening-kits to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, policies, forms, and posters for download and use, are available here. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.

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