COVID-19: What you need to know for August 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Aug 03, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 332 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 550,986 since the pandemic began; 71 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 106 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 59 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,349 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 9 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 10 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,791 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 31,105 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,591,917 since December 2020. 10,496,523 people have received only one dose, and 9,095,394 people have received both doses. 81.57 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 71.44 per cent have received their second.​​​​​​​
  • Ontario pharmacists say thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are set to expire soon and they warn the supply could go to waste if people don't show up to get a shot, reports CBC News

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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 30 data, Toronto reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 170,770 since the pandemic began; 14 of them are in hospital (one new). In total, 3,606 people have died (zero new).
  • A summer camp in the District of Muskoka has decided to shut down after several COVID-19 cases were linked to an outbreak, reports CBC News

  • On Friday, Mayor John Tory announced that 70 per cent of all eligible Toronto residents – that’s everyone 12 and older in our city – are now fully vaccinated.

  • A pop-up vaccination clinic in Brampton scheduled for August 3 has changed locations at the last minute, reports the Brampton Guardian. According to Peel Public Health, the youth vaccination clinic at Judith Nyman Secondary School has been relocated to Chinguacousy Secondary School due to "unforeseen circumstances." The clinic is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will only be offering Pfizer doses.

  • McMaster University is one of the Canadian post-secondary schools requiring students on residence to have at least one dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. As the Canadian Press reports, this has left some international students rushing to get vaccinated in Canada after receiving non-WHO-approved vaccines outside this country.

  • CHCH News reports that despite closures, Hamilton is set to bring in more money from film projects than ever before this year.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji tells the St. Catharines Standard a fourth wave of COVID-19 can be avoided if people are careful and re-opening is cautious. A vaccine clinic in St. Catharines was cancelled on Sunday due to a low turnout.

  • The Niagara Falls History Museum has been collecting contemporary documents and artifacts to one day exhibit the history of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC Hamilton reports. The museum would like to see donations of journals and objects representing the time, but would not do a COVID-19 exhibit for at least 50 years.


  • As of July 27, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 701,228 doses have been administered, of that 281,188 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of July 30, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 286 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 381 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,930 COVID-19 cases.


  • The Porcupine Health Unit has issued a potential exposure advisory for people who attended a family drumming event at the Timmins Native Friendship Centre on Tuesday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, reports Timmins Today


  • One would-be Ottawa tenant, after being denied an apartment rental for not being vaccinated, is wondering whether the requirement is allowed, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Lawyers surveyed by the publication did not agree on the legality of landlords asking the vaccination status of would-be tenants.
  • Some Ottawa restaurants are experiencing a shortage of staff this summer, as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and some people return to in-person dining, reports CBC News.
  • An overnight camp is being shut down following an outbreak of COVID-19, reports Global News. The weeklong Muskoka Woods program was cancelled just a few hours after youth were dropped off.


  • After the last scheduled clinic at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Saturday, August 7, the Chatham-Kent public health unit and its partners will shift their vaccine distribution to community-based, pop-up clinics reports the Chatham Daily News. 
  • Lambton College students who want to live in residence will need at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by August 30, reports Blackburn News. The college has mandated vaccinations for students living in residence this fall. Proof of a second vaccine dose will need to be provided to the school by October 15.

  • The vaccination clinic set up in emergency fashion at the WFCU Centre in a large-scale effort to protect residents across Windsor from COVID-19 pandemic closed its doors for the final time on Saturday, reports the Windsor Star. Overall, 73,000 vaccine doses were administered at the WFCU Centre since it first opened on March 1 under a partnership between the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the city of Windsor.

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