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COVID-19 activity at Niagara Health

The following information is updated Monday to Friday at 4 p.m. (except for statutory holidays).

We are saddened to report the deaths of two patients on May 13, two patients on May 14 and one patient on May 15. The patients were residents of Niagara who had tested positive for COVID-19. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the patients’ loved ones during this difficult time.

As of May 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. 1

Total number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to date (since March 2020) 2,381
Current number of admitted patients with COVID-19 67
Being treated primarily for COVID-19 16
Being treated primarily for other conditions 51
Current number of admitted patients in our Intensive Care Unit with COVID-19 3 (1 vaccinated)
Deaths2 (since March 2020)  406
Deaths2 (since Aug. 7, 2021) 188

Vaccination Status for Admitted Patients

Current number of admitted patients with COVID-19
Total Fully vaccinated Partially vaccinated Unvaccinated
67 58 1 8
Being treated primarily for COVID-19
16 14 1 1
Being treated primarily for other conditions
51 44 0 7
Under 16 years of age3
0 0 0 0
Aged 16-40
 *Less than six - - -
Aged 41-65
7 5 1 1
Aged 65+
59 52 0 7
Total number of patients with COVID-19 (since Aug. 7, 2021)
Total Fully vaccinated Partially vaccinated Unvaccinated
1,458 927 48 493
Under 16 years of age3
76 9 2 65
Aged 16-40
167 78 7 82
Aged 41-65
337 184 14 139
Aged 65+
888 656 25 207

ICU patient transfers going out of Niagara Health

The following information is updated daily.

Hospitals in the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant-Burlington (HNHBB) region are experiencing immense pressures due to critical staffing shortages, and high demand for care. Extraordinary measures are needed to manage these pressures to maintain access to core service and ensure that patients have access to critical care services. This includes, when appropriate, the transfer of critical patients from Niagara Health to hospitals outside of the HNHBB region. Learn more here. 

Number of Niagara Health ICU patients transferred to a hospital outside the HNHBB Region since the beginning of January: 18 (as of May 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.) 4

To see overall inter-regional transfers going out of HNHBB go to the St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton website.


Niagara Health Staff and Physicians

The following information is updated once per week.

As of May 10: 

Number of staff and physicians who are currently self-isolating due to COVID-19: 139
Total number of staff and physicians who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic: 2,325

 

APRIL 7, 2022: Hospitals care for ill and vulnerable people, and we must do everything possible to keep our patients, staff and physicians safe.

Our mandatory vaccination policy was announced in October 2021 and takes effect today. All staff and physicians who work at Niagara Health are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved exemption. Mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 is a requirement at the majority of Ontario hospitals. The Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, has encouraged all healthcare workers as well as all Ontarians to remain up to date in their COVID-19 vaccines, and to receive all doses, including additional doses that are recommended as soon as they are eligible.

Our goal was for everyone who works at Niagara Health to make the choice to get vaccinated and remain a member of our team. We are grateful to the nearly 6,100 people (98.7%) on our team who are vaccinated. We have worked hard over the last several months to provide support by answering COVID-19 questions, educating about vaccine benefits and safety, and offering vaccination clinics on site. Unfortunately, 61 individuals who worked in both clinical and non-clinical areas have chosen not to comply with the policy, and we have ceased their employment with Niagara Health effective today. Plans are in place to minimize any disruption to our services.

Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID-19, and with cases rising again, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated to stay safe and well.


1Results may differ from Niagara Region Public Health or the Ontario Ministry of Health due to the timing of the data collection.

2 Niagara Health continues to report the deaths of patients who tested positive for COVID-19; however, this does not mean COVID-19 was the cause of death.

3Dashes are used when we cannot publicly report on current admitted patients due to privacy reasons where age groupings are under six.

4Numbers may differ from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton due to the timing of data collection.

COVID-19 Outbreaks at Niagara Health

COVID-19 outbreaks are declared as a result of two or more healthcare-associated cases of COVID-19 involving patients and/or staff.

Our Infection Prevention and Control team works closely with Niagara Region Public Health and our Occupational Health and Safety team to maintain a safe environment and bring an end to these outbreaks as quickly as possible. All of our COVID-19 protocols remain in place.

Please note that Essential Care Partners (ECPs) are not permitted on units in outbreak.

Active outbreaks:

Niagara Falls Site

  • Unit C on May 10
  • Brock Unit declared on April 23

St. Catharines Site

  • Unit 3B Oncology declared on April 15

Welland Site

  • Third Floor South Medical Unit on May 9
  • Fourth Floor declared on May 3

Port Colborne Site

  • Site outbreak declared on April 29

Outbreaks resolved in the last seven days:

  • Rainbow Unit declared over on May 16
  • Niagara Falls Site Unit D declared over on May 14.  
  • Extended Care Unit declared over on May 11.

For Ontario's COVID-19 data, visit the Ministry of Health website

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