- Per today's government report, there are 153 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 547,562 since the pandemic began; 174 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 180 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 116 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,265 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 10 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 8 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,788 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 179,197 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 17,475,655 since December 2130. 2,908,599 people have received only one dose, and 7,283,528 people have received both doses. 78.16 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 55.86 per cent have received their second.
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- Ontario will allow visitors and staff in long-term care homes to forego COVID-19 tested provided they have had their 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to entry. The change in policy, which will allow family and caregivers easier access to long-term care residents, will take effect on Friday as the province enters Step 3 of its re-opening. People can provide proof of their vaccination status by downloading the receipts available at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
- Toronto Mayor John Tory told CP24 today that the province needs to develop a basic, opt-in COVID-19 vaccine passport as proof of vaccination is increasingly required for foreign travel and other activities.
- On Tuesday, CP24 reported Ontario's chief medical officer, Kieran Moore, say that a vaccine passport that individuals would have to produce in order to participate in non-essential activities is not necessary at this point and “has not been contemplated” by the Ford government.
- Moore also says he "absolutely" expects a rise in COVID-19 cases starting in September and the province is already preparing to respond to the potential surge, reports CTV News. "Last summer, we had the same type of lull," Moore said. "Ontarians are taking great advantage of the outdoors, but as soon as we come back [to] the indoors, normally, all respiratory viruses start to come back, especially around the third week of September."
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 13 data, there are 34 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,207 since the pandemic began; 68 of them are in hospital (five). In total, 3,581 people have died (zero new).
Seneca College will require all students and staff, including those in its two residences, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 “for in-person teaching, learning and working,” reports the Toronto Star. Meanwhile, students who choose not to be vaccinated, “will need to take a program that is offered either online or in a flexible delivery format,” Seneca spokesperson Caroline Grech told the Star.
Peel Public Health has recently announced the opening of a dedicated COVID-19 vaccine clinic for transportation workers living and working in the region, reports the Brampton Guardian. According to Peel Public Health's website, the Transportation Weekend Clinic will be hosted at the International Centre in Mississauga and will operate on July 17 and 18 from 1 to 8 p.m.
Hamilton is trying to boost vaccination rates in areas with low uptake, reports the Hamilton Spectator. Michelle Baird, Hamilton's director of epidemiology, noted the city has designated clinics in those areas and has vaccine ambassadors contacting priority groups to share information and address barriers. The city has opened all its mass clinics to walk-ins for first doses. Health-care providers are on-site to answer questions.
Mustafa Hirji, Niagara’s acting Medical Officer of Health, told a Regional Council committee Tuesday that as Niagara gets to a higher level of vaccinations, it will put enough downward pressure on that delta variant that the region may not have to worry about creating a new surge reports the St. Catharines Standard. “Until we get to that stage, it’s sort of like declaring victory in a race before you reach the finish line,” Hirji said. “We need to make sure we keep doing what we’re doing because it’s working.”
- As of July 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 655,634 doses have been administered, of that 260,591 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
As of July 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 334 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 371 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,869 COVID-19 cases.
- Only one active case remains within Public Health Sudbury and Districts' surrounding area, reports the Sudbury Star.
- The North Bay Nugget reports two new cases, two resolved cases and a total of 15 active cases in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. The Nugget also reports 56 per cent of adults in the region have been fully vaccinated, while 76 per cent of adults have received at least a single dose.
- The Porcupine Health Unit reports five new cases, two resolved and 18 active cases in its area. Within the PHU, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reports three new cases for an active case count of 14. Of those cases, 11 are in Kashechewan and three are in Attawapiskat.
- No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Kingston region on Tuesday, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. There are 14 active cases in the region.
- For the first time since the spring of 2020, the Cornwall Community Hospital is treating zero active COVID-19 patients, the Cornwall Seaway News reports. “We have reached this point because our community has been working hard to follow effective public health measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our healthcare system,” said Jeanette Despatie, the hospital’s president and CEO.
- Despite low case counts, COVID-19 testing centres will remain open throughout the summer and could ramp up in September, CBC News reports. "It can smolder and then flare up at anytime. So this is a risk and we have to learn how to manage that risk," said Ken Farion, who leads operations on the team behind the city’s testing.
- The London Free Press reports that residents no longer need an appointment to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at area mass vaccination clinics. The Free Press reports that anyone seeking their first COVID shot can just make their way to any of the four mass vaccination clinics before 5 p.m. for a walk-in appointment starting Wednesday.
- Grand Bend has implemented new rules for those who want to visit the beach as restrictions loosen. CBC London reports that footballs, volleyballs and any other sports on the beach are officially banned. Also banned are tents and canopies, umbrellas that aren't sticking straight up, and large flotation devices. Bill Weber, the mayor of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, says the rules are in place to avoid people bumping to each other as the beach shrinks because of rising water levels and to ensure lifeguards' sight lines aren't blocked. "With COVID, that's been an issue. It's best if we eliminate that and people can go to the beach and lay on the blanket or play in the sand."
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