Niagara COVID-19 cases remain low as parts of the province increase

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The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Ontario also doesn’t mean a jump is inevitable in Niagara, says the region’s acting medical officer of health.

Dr Mustafa Hirji said the increases in Ontario are due to pockets of cases in the Toronto and Peel areas and the Ottawa area – something Niagara can avoid if it maintains its safety measures.

In the Toronto area in particular, a number of large gatherings such as backyard parties and weddings are associated with several cases.

“I think it just shows that when we’re not two meters apart the infection can start to spread again,” Hirji said on Tuesday.

“It’s a reminder of how important it is for us to keep this here so that we don’t see a similar fate.”

The province said Tuesday it would no longer lift COVID-19 restrictions for at least four weeks due to the most recent case count, which included 375 new cases in Ontario in two days reported by the Ministry of Health.

Niagara Region Public Health reported a new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a case unrelated to travel to the United States related to essential work.

Although there was one new case, the total number of cases in Niagara has not changed from 948 the day before. An earlier case was subtracted from the total because the person was from another jurisdiction.

There are 16 active cases in Niagara. The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 is 868, while there have been 64 reported deaths.

Hirji said Niagara is lucky in that it is a more rural area than Toronto and Peel, which are more urban. People are closer there.

“We naturally have a little bit of distance, but we have to make sure we take advantage of that distance, rather than starting to come together and undermine the advantages that we have,” he said.

Hirji said it was possible that the increases in Toronto and Ottawa were temporary and could be contained and reduced, which happened in Niagara in July.

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But there is a risk that they will continue to accumulate as in British Columbia where the province is in a second wave.

“The way you keep it from building up is through all of these personal behaviors that we have to keep practicing – keeping the distance, washing our hands with a face covering and paying attention to our health so that we know if we are. have to stay home and get tested. ”



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