COVID-19: What you need to know for August 25

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Aug 25, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 660 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 561,297 since the pandemic began; 283 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 161 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 92 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,472 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 10 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 7 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 40,254 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,566,473 since December 2020. 928,119 people have received only one dose, and 9,819,677 people have received both doses. 82.42 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 75.31 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.
  • The Ontario government is denying reports that it will adopt a vaccine passport system like Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia have done. Eastern Ontario's medical officer of health Paul Roumeliotis told Radio-Canada he believed the government would have no choice but to adopt a domestic vaccine certificate system in coming weeks as hospitalizations rise. Minister of Health Christine Elliott's office, however, denied the report in an email to TVO.org, stating "that is not accurate" and reminding Ontarians that they can download their vaccine receipt from the province's website.

  • The province has announced a last-mile strategy to increase vaccination rates. To support the province’s last-mile strategy, the province and public health units are focusing on smaller, community-based and easy-to-access settings for vaccinations. This includes mobile clinics and community-based pop-ups, dedicated clinic days for families with people with disabilities, and town hall meetings in multiple languages. In addition, the province is working with public health units to target areas with low vaccination rates, as identified by postal codes, to support localized vaccination strategies as well as targeted marketing by the province in these areas.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to August 24 data, Toronto reported 145 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 173,312 since the pandemic began; 38 of them are in hospital (12 new). In total, 3,619 people have died (one new). 
  • On Tuesday, the Toronto police service announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all 7,400 uniform officers and civilian employees, reports the Toronto Star. However, shortly after the announcement, Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid said Toronto police vaccination policy is “missing critical details” central to understanding its impacts and timelines, “or potentially alternative options available to our members.”
  • The Peel Regional Police say they have yet to create any vaccine policies, reports the Brampton Guardian. “We will continue to review our policies on vaccination and COVID-19-related issues in the workplace,” said the force when asked if they had created a mandate.
  • Teacher unions at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) support Ontario’s vaccination policy for educators in the province, reports the Brampton Guardian. “In order to ensure the greatest amount of protection to students, communities and our fellow education workers, we believe that everyone who enters a school who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated,” said Ryan Harper, president of the teacher bargaining unit for Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation's Peel district.
  • For the second time, Hamilton's West 5th COVID-19 vaccination clinic will have its operations extended, the Hamilton Spectator reports. This comes as COVID-19 cases are fast outpacing vaccinations in the city and the neighbouring Haldimand-Norfolk health unit. Hamilton had 51 COVID-19 patients in hospitals Tuesday, more than double the amount on August. 12
  • As the St. Catharines Standard reports, prospective Niagara Health workers will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want a job, effective September 7.
  • Full vaccination will also be required for spectators at Ontario Hockey League games. The Niagara Ice Dogs general manager says the goal is to get as many fans back into the arena as safely as possible.

​​​​​​​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 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 686 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 391 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,974 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • The People’s Party of Canada candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha, Paul C. Lawton, won’t say if he’s vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reporting by the Peterborough Examiner. “To be clear, I am not ‘anti-vaccine,’” he said. “I am … pro privacy.” All other candidates running had no issues saying that they had indeed been vaccinated.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will be among several health units that will participate in a pilot project for at-home COVID-19 testing among vaccinated and asymptomatic students and staff in high schools who have been exposed to COVID-19, CTV News reports. The project is set to begin next month.
  • Staff at each of Ottawa’s hospitals will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 15, according to reporting by CTV News, which received separate statements from each hospital. “Patients and caregivers shouldn’t have to worry about the vaccination status of the people around them when they come to [Queensway Carleton Hospital] for care,” said hospital president and CEO Andrew Falconer.

Northern 

  • Sudbury.com reports that Public Health Sudbury and Districts has the most active cases in the north with 40 cases. Algoma Public Health is reporting 11 active cases, Porcupine Health Unit is reporting six, Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting six cases, Northwestern Heath Unit is reporting four, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is reporting four and the Timiskaming Health Unit is reporting zero active cases.
  • In its weekly vaccine update, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 81.2 per cent of people 12 and up have received one COVID-19 vaccine, while 72.3 per cent of people 12 and over are fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, the health unit reported one new COVID-19 case, for a total of seven active cases in the region. 
  • The Northwestern Health Unit reports that 81.5 per cent of people 12 and up have received one COVID-19 vaccine, and 72.4 per cent of people 12 and over are fully vaccinated. The health unit currently has four active COVID-19 cases, including one person from Kenora who is isolating outside of the health unit’s catchment.

​​​​​​​Southwestern

  • CTV News reports that according to data released by the Middlesex-London health unit, just 11,985 doses were administered during the week ending August 21 - a 23 per cent decline from the previous week, and the slowest week for vaccinations since late March when supply was limited.
  • The London Free Press reports that children and teens continued to post the strongest gains in vaccine uptake in the London area, data released Tuesday by the Middlesex-London Health Unit shows. The rate of 12- to 17-year-olds with two doses rose 5.5 percentage points from August 14 to 21 to reach 71.1 per cent, compared to a two-percentage-point increase for the overall eligible local population.
  • All three Windsor-Essex hospitals released new visitor policies on Tuesday mandating full vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests before entering, reports the Windsor Star


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