Niagara's known active case count is closing in on 900, after Thursday saw another 114 positive test results for COVID-19. It is the second day in a row that over 100 cases were reported. 44 cases were listed as resolved.
The number follows an upward trend that public health officials in recent weeks have been warning would be occurring in wake of the third wave of the pandemic, driven by the variants of concern, as well as the periods with lightened restrictions under the previous re-opening frameworks.
The total number of variant cases on Thursday was 452, with 16 of them confirmed to belong to the UK mutation of the virus.
16 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, Niagara Health reported.
Villa De Rose in Welland was added to the list of ongoing outbreaks in health-care settings. There are 33 active outbreaks in total across the region.
Public Health has administered over 96,000 doses of the vaccine.
Ontario reported close to 3,300 cases on Thursday.