COVID-19: What you need to know for August 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Aug 09, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 325 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 552,804 since the pandemic began; 94 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 113 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 70 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,407 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 7 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 29,949 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,902,159 since December 2020. 1,215,639 people have received only one dose, and 9,343,260 people have received both doses. 80.97 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 71.66 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 6 data, Toronto reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 171,133 since the pandemic began; 24 of them are in hospital (four new). In total, 3,611 people have died (two new).
  • A Toronto health network confirmed to CTV News on Friday that they were taking action with an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 believed to have originated at one of their hospitals. Unity Health said they shut the 2E Medicine ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, tested patients and staff, and started heightened cleaning after two infections were reported.

  • The Brampton Guardian reports that between May 19 – when all Peel residents aged 12 and up first became eligible to receive the vaccine – and June 30, first-dose coverage increased steadily to 76 per cent. Since then, though, first-dose coverage has only increased five per cent to 81 per cent over the past five weeks. That rate has remained between 79-81 per cent since July 14, meaning roughly one in five residents across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon remain unvaccinated. As of Aug. 4, 67 per cent of eligible residents had received two doses, reports the Guardian. 

  • The Hamilton Spectator reports about 2,500 students in Hamilton will be learning remotely come fall. For the public board, about four per cent of elementary students and three per cent of secondary students plan to do remote learning. For the Catholic board, about two per cent of elementary students will learn remotely. The Catholic board has a hybrid model for secondary students with numbers not yet determined.

  • As of midnight, fully vaccinated travelers from the United States can cross the border. In Niagara, which has an economy heavily reliant on U.S. tourism, operators tell the Canadian Press they're happy to welcome in new business. Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati says he doubts there will be a surge of travelers right away, but rather a slow build.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji tells the St. Catharines Standard he thinks it would be premature for the Ontario government to adopt a vaccine passport (or vaccine certificate as some call it) which would show one's proof of vaccination in order to allow them access to certain spaces or participation in certain activities. Hirji says he's fine with an individual organization taking such a step, and that it probably makes sense for officials to focus on creating a vaccine credential, but posits that more time should be given to let people choose vaccination (or finally access a shot if they've been trying but unable) before facing such a nudge.

Indigenous

  • As of August 3, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 712,776 doses have been administered, of that 304,832 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of August 8, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 265 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 384 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,941 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case, for a total of 4 active cases in the region.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts advised two high-risk expsoure warnings. Anyone who traveled on Air Canada flight AC130 from Calgary to Toronto and flight AC8607 from Toronto to Sudbury on July 29, especially those seated in rows 19 to 23 on flight AC130 and in rows 1 to 4, and row 13 on flight AC8607 are considered high-risk close contacts. The second exposure warning is for people who attended a social event at 1900 Wikwemikong Way, including Zipp-Thru Gas Bar and Hiawatha’s food truck, on July 31.

Eastern

  • Ottawa Public Health added 18 COVID-19 cases last Friday, which was the largest single-day increase in cases in more than a month, Global News reports.
  • Two sisters who will be attending two Kingston post-secondary schools in the fall are calling on the institutions to require mandatory vaccination and testing policy for staff and students, Global News reports.
  • As of Monday, fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents can enter Canada without following the 14-day quarantine period, with CNN reporting of Americans eager to return to their properties in Ontario and of shopkeepers in the Thousand Islands hoping for a boost in business.

Southwestern

  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced a free vaccination clinic on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG), on King Street in Windsor, reports Blackburn News.
  • One person in Oxford County has been linked to eight cases of COVID-19 and public health officials are worried the person could have exposed more people to the virus, reports CBC London. 



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