'Oh no this doesn't look good' Niagara's top dr. responds to jump in COVID cases

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A major spike in COVID-19 cases in Niagara with 21 new cases today alone.

Niagara's Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji tells CKTB his first reaction was 'oh no, this doesn't look good.'

Hirji says this should be a wake-up call that COVID can start to easily start spreading through the community.

He blames complacency and the greater interaction as we move through the stages of reopening.

Niagara moved into Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening plan on Friday allowing indoor dining, gyms to reopen, and groups of 50 indoors, and 100 outdoors.

Hirji says there are eight outbreaks across Niagara, five in long-term care homes, one in a congregant care setting, and two 'community location' outbreaks.

He says over half of Niagara's cases are from known cases, but there are some new cases which are not linked to any known cases.

Hirji says the 21 new cases and more linked to Stage 2, and we will start to see the fallout of Stage 3 infections over the next two to three weeks.

There are 81 active cases across Niagara.

The the highest amount of active cases are located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lincoln and then Niagara Falls.

There are 111 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and four new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says there are no plans to pull any regions back a step in the province's economic reopening process despite new outbreaks in some areas that have moved into Stage 3.

Ford says the new cases don't amount to a serious spike and he will rely on the advice of the province's health-care command table in making any decisions related to the COVID-19 recovery plan.