Niagara appears to be back on a downtrend in COVID-19 numbers, capped at zero new cases on Friday.
Niagara’s acting medical officer of health, Dr Mustafa Hirji, said through June and much of July, the region averaged about two cases per day. By the end of July, it had risen to almost five per day, but dropped back to about three cases per day.
“I think it’s certainly good news that the numbers are coming down,” he said on Friday.
Hirji insisted that the number of cases in the community will have an impact on what happens in schools when they reopen in September and what happens in schools will affect what happens in the community.
“The fact that the number of cases is decreasing in the community as we approach the start of the school year is actually a very good scenario,” he says.
“Hopefully the success we’re seeing now continues for at least a few more weeks and hopefully well beyond that we can keep things safe in schools, reassure all parents and teachers who might be a problem. little worried.
As of March 13, 927 residents of Niagara have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The number includes 831 people who have recovered, 64 who have died and 32 who are currently battling the virus.
The age group with the most cases is 20 to 39 year olds with 290 cases, followed closely by 229 cases 40 to 59 year olds.
People aged 80 and over account for 185 cases and those aged 60-79 are among 162 cases. There have been 61 people under the age of 20 who have had COVID-19 in Niagara.
Hirji said many recent cases have been linked to community outbreaks and he expects this trend to continue as more and more people.
“Community epidemics are going to be a big part of what we see moving forward with Covid-19,” he said.
“There will be sporadic cases of individuals, but more and more, as individuals, we will be back in the workplace, frequenting restaurants and other businesses. We are back in the community so there will be these clusters of infection due to our presence in the community.
There were six active outbreaks at the start of the week, but the number fell to two on Friday. One was a community epidemic, the other at the Garden City Manor long-term care home and was declared on June 3.