- Per today's government report, there are 130 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 548,347 since the pandemic began; 115 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 151 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 94 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,294 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 12 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,789 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 91,320 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 18,205,549 since December 2020. 2,352,139 people have received only one dose, and 7,926,705 people have received both doses. 78.82 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 60.79 per cent have received their second.
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- The Toronto Star reports that Ontario colleges and universities will be able to fully reopen this fall with no capacity limits for classes or physical distancing requirements for students, according to a government memo obtained by the Star.
- CP24 reports that across Ontario, many hospitals have started this month to ease visitation policies, but several more restrictive ones remain in place, even as the province at large entered Step 3 of its reopening.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 16 data, there are 24 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,266 since the pandemic began; 58 of them are in hospital (four). In total, 3,591 people have died (four new).
The Region of Peel is using rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for members of its shelters, reports the Brampton Guardian.
Peel Public Health will close a mass vaccination clinic at the International Centre later this month as it begins to shift resources to focus on its hardest-to-reach residents, reports CTV News.
A long-term care home in east Hamilton is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, public health declared Friday. They reported nine cases at the Hawthorne Unit of Arbour Creek Long Term Care Centre on Sunday, making that the city's fourth active outbreak, according to the Hamilton Spectator. The seven-day average of new cases in Hamilton has been between eight and 11 for the last two weeks, with 87 active cases as of Sunday.
The St. Catharines Standard reports over half of Niagara residents are fully vaccinated. Acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji says once the proportion of fully vaccinated people hits 75 per cent, residents can stop wearing masks and worrying about hospitals being overwhelmed. Hirji warns that countries such as the United States saw plateauing vaccination rates when nearing the level Canada is at now, and that has meant new jumps in cases. Last week, Niagara averaged 3.7 new cases per day.
- 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.
- A walk-in clinic at Memorial Gardens in North Bay is open today from 9:30 a.m. to 4p.m
- Sudbury.com reports zero new cases over the weekend within the Public Health Sudbury and Districts. There are four active cases within the region.
- The North Bay Nugget reports two new cases on Saturday and one resolved. According to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, there are 17 active cases in the region.
- The Porcupine Health Unit reported 13 new cases over the weekend, including 11 in the James Bay region. The other two cases were reported in Timmins.
- CTV News compared the difference between Step 3 in Ontario, which has been in place since Friday, and the Level 1 green zone in nearby Gatineau, which has been in place since June 28. The outlet compared policies for entertainment, movie theatres, dining, and other areas.
- Ottawa is considering winding down operations at some COVID-19 vaccination clinics, as hundreds of appointment slots sit empty every day, amid rising vaccination rates, CTV News reports. As of Friday, 82 per cent of Ottawa residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 60 per cent are fully vaccinated.
- Some business owners in Ottawa are pointing out that they’re unclear over whether it is legal to mandate vaccines for their staff, CBC News reports. Michelle Groulx, executive director of the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas, says she’s heard many questions about the requirement of vaccines. There is limited case law to go on, says Ottawa employment lawyer Paul Champ, but a twenty-year-old case related to SARS indicates that it may not be able to be mandated.
- The Grey Bruce Health Unit announced that it has surpassed giving over 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, reports Blackburn News. GHBU reminds residents at the end of July, all large vaccine Hubs will be disassembled to return to community functions, so they are suggesting residents get their second dose soon.
A Western University biology professor is pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff returning to campus for in-person learning this fall, reports CBC London. The university issued a statement to CBC News Wednesday, saying it would not require students or staff returning to campus this fall to be vaccinated.
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