As of Monday, Jan. 16, we will update the COVID-19 statistics on our website once per week on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
We will continue to report COVID-19 outbreaks at our sites as they happen. This change in reporting allows Niagara Health to shift resources to other programs and services.
As of May 22, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
|Total number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to date (since March 2020)||4,101|
|Current number of admitted patients with COVID-19||9|
|Being treated primarily for COVID-19||2|
|Being treated primarily for other conditions||7|
|Current number of admitted patients in our Intensive Care Unit with COVID-19||1|
|Deaths2 (since March 2020)||600|
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.
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.