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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).

As of Jan. 24, 2022 at 10 a.m.1

We are saddened to report the deaths of six patients on Jan. 21, Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. These patients were Niagara residents who had tested positive for COVID-19. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the patients' loved ones during this difficult time.

Total number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to date (since March 2020) 1,574
Current number of admitted patients with COVID-19 164
Being treated primarily for COVID-19 104
Being treated primarily for other conditions 60
Current number of admitted patients in our Intensive Care Unit with COVID-19 23 (12 unvaccinated)
Deaths2 (since March 2020)  291
Deaths2 (since Aug. 7, 2021) 73

Vaccination Status for Admitted Patients

The data below reflects patients admitted in the hospital since Aug. 7. 

Current number of admitted patients with COVID-19
Total Fully vaccinated Partially vaccinated Unvaccinated
164 101 5 58
Being treated primarily for COVID-19
104 53 4 47
Being treated primarily for other conditions
60 48 1 11
Under 16 years of age3
- - - -
Aged 16-40
- - - -
Aged 41-65
36 18 1 17
Aged 65+
124 81 3 40
Total number of patients with COVID-19 (since Aug. 7, 2021)
Total Fully vaccinated Partially vaccinated Unvaccinated
661 365 18 278
Under 16 years of age3
26 0 0 26
Aged 16-40
86 35 4 47
Aged 41-65
170 73 3 94
Aged 65+
379 257 11 111

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.

 

Niagara Health Staff and Physicians

The following information is updated twice per week.

As of Thursday, Jan. 20: 

Number of staff and physicians who are currently self-isolating due to COVID-19 243
Total number of staff and physicians who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic 974

The percentage of active team members who are fully vaccinated

Mandatory vaccination program: Niagara Health’s Executive Team has made the decision to pause implementation of the program. There have been no job losses at the hospital as a result of Niagara Health’s mandatory policy. We remain committed to a fully vaccinated workforce at our hospital, and we will proceed with the implementation at a later time to be determined. Learn more here

Niagara Health runs a Long-Term Care Home in Welland and has followed the mandatory vaccination directive from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, which has resulted in four staff being terminated from the home.

Vaccination status Staff Physicians and credentialed staff Total
% vaccinated 96% 99% 96.4%

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:

Fort Erie Site:

  • Outbreak declared Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 involving two cases

Niagara Falls Site:

  • Dialysis Unit declared Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 involving two cases.
    • Please note that the Dialysis Unit remains open and patients should attend their appointments. Infection Prevention and Control measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Unit D declared Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 involving five cases.
  • Brock Unit declared Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 involving two cases.
  • Rainbow Unit declared Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 involving three cases.

St. Catharines Site:

  • Daystay Unit declared Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 involving two cases. 
  • Dialysis Unit declared Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 involving two cases.
    • Please note that the Dialysis Unit remains open and patients should attend their appointments. Infection Prevention and Control measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Unit 3B declared Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 involving two cases.

Welland Site:

  • Dialysis unit declared Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 involving two cases. 
    • Please note that the Dialysis Unit remains open and patients should attend their appointments. Infection Prevention and Control measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • W3S Medical Unit declared Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 involving three cases.

Long-Term Care Home, Welland Site:

  • Extended Care Unit declared Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 involving two cases.

Outbreaks resolved in the last seven days: 

  • Sixth floor at Welland Site. Declared over Jan. 21, 2022. 
  • Fourth floor at Welland Site. Declared over Jan. 20, 2022. 
  • Unit 5A at St. Catharines Site. Declared over Jan. 19, 2022. 
  • Trillium unit at Niagara Falls Site. Declared over Jan. 17, 2022. 

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

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