COVID-19: What you need to know for August 30

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Aug 30, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 694 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 565,025 since the pandemic began; 226 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 160 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 93 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,498 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 6 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 13 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 13 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,794 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 17,767 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,726,778 since December 2020. 879,566 people have received only one dose, and 9,923,606 people have received both doses. 82.85 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 76.11 per cent have received their second.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • On Friday, CTV News reported that the Ontario government will unveil a COVID-19 vaccine passport system. A senior government source told CTV News Toronto the certificate will be required in non-essential settings, like restaurants and movie theatres.
  • CP24 reports that The University of Toronto, York University, Hamilton's McMaster University, Trent University in Peterborough, and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay are among Ontario universities offering a mix of virtual and in-person events.
  • CP24 reports that Ontario's long-term-care minister, Rod Phillips, is defending the province's decision not to mandate COVID-19 shots for nursing-home workers after some of the largest operators in the sector announced plans for stricter policies.
  • CBC reports that more than 350 emergency physicians across Ontario have signed an open letter demanding that the province give more substantial pay increases to critical-care nurses, who've worked on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year and a half.
  • AdvantAge Ontario, which represents over 400 senior care providers across Ontario, has asked the government to make vaccinations mandatory for all people working in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, home-based care, and long-term care homes, reports Blackburn News

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to August 27 data, Toronto reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 173,815 since the pandemic began; 51 of them are in hospital (nine new). In total, 3,619 people have died (zero new). 
  • The City of Toronto announced that it will be hosting a telephone town hall about the COVID-19 vaccination program on Monday, August 30 at 6 p.m. According to a news release, the telephone town hall is the final town hall in a series of nine that were held throughout the summer as part of the City’s VaxTO campaign.
  • CP24 reports that a trio of Toronto hospital networks are planning to distribute take-home COVID-19 test kits to schools and school-based daycares in order to avoid kids and parents waiting hours at assessment centres to get swabbed once schools reopened.
  • The City of Mississauga announced Thursday that all city employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 31, reports CP24


  • 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.


  • Queen’s University is implementing procedures to discourage incoming students from hosting parties; while the official move-in date for students is September 1 to 4, the university was preparing for students moving in early last weekend, Global News reports. The city is also asking incoming students to arrive fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Kingston residents reacted positively on the weekend to the news that proof of vaccination system is set to roll out in Ontario, Global News reports. “It’s very logical to have one and as someone who’s been vaccinated, I would like to assure people around me that I am vaccinated,” said one resident.
  • The University of Ottawa Students' Union is speaking out against Elections Canada's cancellation of the Vote on Campus program, which allowed students to cast a special ballot at polling stations on campuses, CBC News reports. “Elections Canada's sole mandate is to make voting in our elections as seamless, simple and easy as possible,” said Armaan Singh Kheppar, with the students’ union. “The absence of the Vote on Campus program is doing just the opposite.”


  • Algoma Public Health reported five new cases Saturday. Three were in Sault Ste. Marie while one was in north Algoma and another was central and east Algoma. APH is also advising of an exposure risk on two flights. Anyone on Air Canada flight 134 from Calgary to Toronto on August 26 in rows 27-35 is being asked to contact their local public health unit, as are people on Air Canada flight 8323 on August 26 in rows 6-12.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting six new COVID-19 cases. There are 10 active COVID-19 cases in the region.


  • On Friday, Chatham Daily News reported that Chatham-Kent had its most active cases of COVID-19 in four-and-a-half months. The total rose to 45 when the Chatham-Kent public health unit reported six new cases and three resolved cases Friday. It’s the highest total since April 12, when Chatham-Kent also had 45 active cases, reports the Daily News. 
  • Leamington has put a vaccine policy in place for anyone who plans to attend the municipality’s rec centre after Labour Day, reports Blackburn News. Starting September 8, the Municipality of Leamington said all individuals 12 and up will have to confirm full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result within 12 hours in order to have access to the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre.
  • An anti-lockdown rally at Windsor's Dieppe Gardens attracted about 1,000 people Saturday afternoon, reports the Windsor Star

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