Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services has enhanced the data section of its COVID-19 website. Visitors will now see a number of additional statistics, including demographic information like age, the proportion of cases in retirement and long-term care homes, and number of deaths related to COVID-19. Public Health will continue to release additional statistics as new data trends become apparent, and as numbers allow sufficient reliability and anonymity.
“Ensuring the public has the information to understand their risk is core to Public Health’s mission, but we're also duty-bound to protect privacy,” said Dr. Mustafa Hirji, medical officer of health (acting), Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services. “Up until this point, we have been dealing with very small numbers in certain areas like deaths related to COVID-19, and it can be difficult to maintain anonymity. When someone loses a family member, it's a painful and tragic event, and it's important to ensure that individuals, families and communities aren't stigmatized.”
Contact Niagara Region Public Health by calling 905-688-8248 (press 7, then press 2) or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074 if you have a fever, new or worsened cough, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, or shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. COVID-19 is often very mild, and minor symptoms should not be ignored.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 is to:
- Avoid all non-essential trips into the community
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary close interaction with others
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.
- Use a disinfectant with a drug information number (DIN) and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Call ahead if visiting your health care provider for infectious symptoms so they can plan to protect others from spread
As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind everyone the importance of using credible sources to stay informed. We update our website frequently as new information is confirmed. We encourage all Niagara residents to visit our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.