COVID-19: What you need to know for August 27

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Aug 27, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 781 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 562,756 since the pandemic began; 306 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 158 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 87 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,489 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 11 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 13 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 36,195 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,641,600 since December 2020. 905,760 people have received only one dose, and 9,867,920 people have received both doses. 82.63 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 75.68 per cent have received their second.
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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 26 data, Toronto reported 191 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 173,637 since the pandemic began; 50 of them are in hospital (six new). In total, 3,619 people have died (zero new). 
  • The City of Toronto has released its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for the 37,660 members of the Toronto Public Service. Under the policy, all members of the Toronto Public Service are required to disclose vaccination status and provide proof of vaccination by September 13. Staff who have not been vaccinated or who do not disclose their vaccination status will be required to attend mandatory education sessions. By September 30, unvaccinated staff will be required to have received and reported their first vaccine dose for a two-dose vaccine or have received a single-dose vaccine. By October 30, all City staff will be required to have received their first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Full details of the plan can be found here
  • Hamilton city council voted 13-1 in favour of a vaccine policy to require all city staff, volunteers and councillors to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 by September 15, CBC Hamilton reports. The policy will affect about 7,000 people. All staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1 and any who have not received a first dose or shared their status by September 15 will have about two weeks to attend a session about vaccination then provide evidence of a first dose. It's not clear what disciplinary measures unvaccinated workers may face.
  • Niagara Regional Council voted 27-2 for a similar policy for Niagara Region employees, the St. Catharines Standard reports. Staff who don't show proof of vaccination by mid-September will have to be tested for COVID-19 regularly and share the results.
  • CBC Hamilton also reports that a Hamilton nightclub outbreak has grown to 45 cases. Public health says some of the people at Sizzle Nightclub, where the outbreak occurred, were not masking or distancing, according to interviews with infected people.
  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji is one of the 34 local medical officers of health in Ontario calling for a vaccine credential, the Standard reports. The group says they may make their own if the province does not act. With cases higher in the last six days than all of August 2020 despite vaccination, Hirji says a credential will help businesses and places such as universities requiring vaccination keep from having to close down.
  • The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that St. Catharines summer 2020 decision to ban non-locals from the beach was not a violation of the human rights code, the Standard reports. The policy came into effect in response to overcrowding wrought by a pandemic surge in travel to Niagara's beaches and was replicated throughout the region. The tribunal found a person's place of residence is not a protected ground under human rights rules.

​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • As of August 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 727,801 doses have been administered, of that 317,602 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of August 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 889 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 393 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

  • Sports teams and in-person extracurricular activities won’t be allowed at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa’s largest school board, this fall, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
  • A murder trial slated to begin on September 7 in Ottawa will include only vaccinated jurors, CBC News reports. The judge said he will ask all potential jurors if they'd been fully vaccinated, and anyone who says they haven’t will be disqualified from serving.
  • On Thursday, the medical officer of health for the Peterborough region, Rosana Salvaterra, said that most new COVID-19 cases in the last month have been among unvaccinated people under the age of 30, according to Kawartha Now.

Northern 

  • In its weekly roundup, Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 35 new cases and 16 resolved for a total of 44 active cases between August 18 and 25. Additionally, there were two outbreaks reported and three local cases in hospital. Of those new cases, there were an avearge of seven high-risk contacts, compared to 3.1 last week.

Southwestern

  • The Association of Local Public Health Agencies has said they  are considering “regional approaches” to the issue of vaccine passports if the Ontario government doesn’t act. However, associate medical officer of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Alex Summers, said "we strongly support a provincial solution to this. Local vaccine passports are not currently under development by the Middlesex-London Health Unit,” reports the London Free Press. “A regional patchwork approach will be a challenge for people and for implementation,” Summers continued. 
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit announced that the mobile vaccination clinic, “Destination Vaccination,” includes a Friday morning stop at Dieppe Gardens in downtown Windsor, followed by an afternoon in Lakeshore on the West Beach at Lakeview Park, reports Blackburn News. 
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