- Per today's government report, there are 159 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 547,864 since the pandemic began; 159 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 112 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,285 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 11 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 7 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 168,616 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 17,810,472 since December 2020. 2,654,240 people have received only one dose, and 7,578,116 people have received both doses. 78.47 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 58.12 per cent have received their second.
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Effective this morning, Ontario is entering the final stage of its COVID-19 economic reopening plan, reports CP24. For the first time in months, indoor dining, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs and other venues will be able to reopen to the public. There will still be capacity limits at nearly all businesses, and masks will still be required.
Ahead of plans to reopen schools in Ontario, the Windsor Star reports that the province, school boards and five unions representing teachers and education workers say they don’t know what the vaccination rate is among staff as they don’t keep track of the data. While the Ministry of Education is expected to release its guidelines for the resumption of classes in September soon, experts say plans based on immunization rates will be hard to develop without a full picture of vaccination coverage in schools.
The Toronto Star reports on the importance of keeping your post-vaccine receipt. According to the Star, the government has said your receipt received post-vaccination is what is currently available as valid proof of your shots.
CBC News reports that as children emerge from their homes after COVID-19-related lockdowns, common viruses that all but disappeared during the pandemic are re-emerging too, according to doctors.
On Thursday the federal government quietly announced that fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be able to visit Canada for non-essential reasons as early as mid-August, CBC News reports. “This progress, following month after month of disappointing inaction, is welcome and long overdue,” said Brian Higgins, the New York State Congressman representing much of western New York, speaking to the experiences of border communities in a statement.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 15 data, there are 24 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,238 since the pandemic began; 62 of them are in hospital (three). In total, 3,587 people have died (two new).
The Peel region plans to offer Pfizer at its clinics on “special dose days” to vaccinate residents who have thus far been resistant to mixing doses, reports the Brampton Guardian. On "Pfizer Friday,” happening July 16, Peel will be offering the vaccine by the same name in all of its mass vaccination sites by appointment only. According to Lawrence Loh, the region’s chief medical officer of health, the special dose days would occasionally as supply permits and as part of an effort to vaccinate those who are holding out on getting first and second doses because they are uneasy about mixing vaccine brands.
Niagara College is requiring those who are set to live at its residences in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake to be vaccinated and provide proof of at least one shot being administered, as well as documentation that a second one has been scheduled, reports the St Catharines Standard.
- As of July 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 659,343 doses have been administered, of that 271,916 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
As of July 15, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 299 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 372 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,883 COVID-19 cases.
- The Porcupine Health Unit reported three new cases in the James and Hudson Bay region, bringing the active case count to 25 within the health unit. Within the James and Hudson Bay region, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported 19 active cases, of which 10 are in Kashechewan and nine in Attawapiskat.
- As of Thursday, all nine known active cases of COVID-19 in the Kingston area were connected to an outbreak at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, according to Hugh Guan, the associate medical officer of health for the region. An outbreak was declared in the hospital on July 5 and has been confirmed to involve the Alpha variant, the Kingstonist reports.
- On Thursday, Ottawa Public Health reported zero new COVID-19 cases for the third time in four days, CTV News reports. There were 24 active cases of the virus in the city.
- The London Free Press reports that calls to London area paramedics dropped 3.9 per cent from 2019. Adam Bennett, the paramedic service’s operations commander, attributed the decline in part to people avoiding emergency rooms for fear of catching the virus as community cases rose. “I think there was also conscientiousness from the public about whether or not they would potentially be overburdening a potentially busy system,” Bennett said.
- Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health, David Colby, told the press on Thursday that the province could remain in stage three of its reopening plan longer than expected if vaccination rates don't improve, reports the Chatham Daily News. “Everybody’s happy about the restrictions coming off, but this is based on the presumption that vaccination rates will continue,” Colby said Thursday on a conference call with media. “We must not look back on that. We’ve got to continue moving forward and get as many people vaccinated as possible or else our progress will be jeopardized.”
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