COVID-19: What you need to know for August 24

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Aug 24, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 486 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 560,637 since the pandemic began; 295 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 156 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 85 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,471 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 8 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 12 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,793 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 36,655 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,526,219 since December 2020. 938,591 people have received only one dose, and 9,793,814 people have received both doses. 82.31 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 75.12 per cent have received their second.
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JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to August 23 data, Toronto reported 417 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 173,171 since the pandemic began; 30 of them are in hospital (six new). In total, 3,618 people have died (zero new). Data as of August 23 includes cases and outcomes since August 20. 
  • Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg is accusing Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Doug Ford of failing to protect her restaurants from being routinely picketed by anti-vaccine protesters, reports the Toronto Star
  • The Toronto Blue Jays say those wishing to enter Rogers Centre will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test starting September 13, reports CBC News. Fans aged 12 and over and all staff will be required to follow the new protocols. Fans aged 11 and younger are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result when accompanied by a parent or guardian that meets the entry requirements.
  • The Brampton Guardian reports that 21 per cent of COVID-19 cases reported from June 1 to August 12 were among people 0 to 17 years, according to data from Peel Public Health. The Guardian reports that most cases were acquired through household contacts (68 per cent), followed by community at 11 per cent, close contact at eight per cent and outbreak-related at seven per cent.
  • Durham Region Health Department is urging anyone who attended the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament, held at the Playground Global facility, 1313 Boundary Road, Oshawa, from August 3 to 8, to get tested as soon as possible. According to a news release, the Health Department has been notified of multiple cases of COVID-19 associated with this event and is having difficulty reaching all players and spectators. The teams and attendees are from all over Ontario and other provinces. CTV News reports that up to 7,000 people attended the tournament, including the team members, coaching staff and spectators.
  • As the Hamilton Spectator reports, local COVID-19 modelling shows Haldimand-Norfolk could see 30-40 new COVID-19 cases daily with the count doubling every 13 days. Interim medical officer of health Alex Hukowich said he sees things getting worse rather than better. Worst-case scenario modelling shows more than 100 new cases per day by early October, with most hospitalizations being among unvaccinated people. In the health unit, 68.7 per cent of residents older than 12 are fully vaccinated.
  • The Spectator also reports that despite a campaign to boost vaccinations in Hamilton, the rate's not picking up quickly. Even with clinics at high schools and fun nights at FirstOntario Centre this weekend, fewer than 2,000 shots were administered Friday and Saturday, typical numbers for this month. In July, the daily number of shots administered peaked at over 9,800.
  • CBC Hamilton reports that a COVID-19 clinic started at Tim Hortons Field yesterday, the same day fans learned anyone going there to see the Hamilton Tiger-Cats or Forge FC will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • As of August 17, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 731,313 doses have been administered, of that 318,933 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of August 23, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 609 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 389 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,971 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Ottawa Public Health says that 85 per cent of eligible Ottawa residents have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of Monday; 78 per cent are fully vaccinated, Global News reports.
  • The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in school-age children, it said in a release Monday, but the hospital was quick to note that the increase does not appear to be driven by COVID-19, CTV News reports. The hospital’s emergency department volumes are 16 per cent higher than they normally would be at this time of the year and the hospital warned families that they may have to wait in “unusual places” to maintain physical distancing.
  • Ottawa's largest school board will discuss the possibility of increasing its COVID-19 related safety measures, beyond what is required by the province, in a meeting Tuesday, CBC News reports. One board trustee plans to propose several motions, including making vaccines mandatory for educators, volunteers, and any users of the school buildings, as well as to require masks for kindergartners and a medical plan for students.

Southwestern

  • CTV News reports that The Middlesex-London Health Unit's vaccination strategy is changing. Mass vaccination clinics at Earl Nichols Arena and the North London Optimists Centre will close after Labour Day, and hours will be reduced at the Western Fair District Agriplex and the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges in order to increase mobile clinics. The health unit's associate medical officer of health, Alex Summers, is also encouraging employers to consider mandatory vaccination policies for any in-person activities, particularly if they have people gathering in close proximity. 
  • Joe Faas, a North Kent councillor plans to introduce a motion next month asking for the mandatory vaccination of municipal staff, reports the Chatham Daily News. Faas said he plans to request that administration implement a policy “as soon as they are able” to ensure employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.. 

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