- Per today's government report, there are 185 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 548,794 since the pandemic began; 140 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 141 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 84 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,307 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 28 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 13 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,790 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 125,166 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 18,604,169 since December 2020. 2,059,199 people have received only one dose, and 8,272,485 people have received both doses. 79.23 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 63.44 per cent have received their second.
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- The Ontario government announced that it is supporting resident-centred, quality care in long-term care homes by increasing funding to the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario (FCO) by nearly 53 per cent - $481,238 - this year.
"Listening to the concerns of residents and their families is important as we work to repair and rebuild Ontario’s long-term care sector," said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. "Increasing support to these councils will allow them to better serve long-term care residents and their families."
The Ontario Science Advisory table published a 21-page brief Wednesday providing their key considerations on a possible vaccination certification program, concluding that provincial governments "may want to consider development of a common design," reports CP24.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 21 data, Toronto reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 170,398 since the pandemic began; 39 of them are in hospital (five new). In total, 3,598 people have died (three new).
- Starting today, all nine City of Toronto vaccination clinics will be offering walk-in vaccinations for anyone age 12 and older needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. According to a news release, the city hopes to reach approximately 20 per cent of Toronto adults who have not initiated vaccination and the 125,000 people who can accelerate a second dose scheduled for later in the year.
- Yesterday, Toronto public health chief Eileen de Villa said that Torontonians’ enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccines has put the city in a “unique and frankly enviable” position among global cities trying to reopen while the Delta virus variant is circulating, reports the Toronto Star. de Villa, noted almost 80 per cent of adults in the city have at least one dose of vaccine and 66 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.
- A new website meant to help customers find Toronto businesses with vaccinated staff or those that have COVID-19 vaccination policies has been forced to shut down after people started leaving fake google reviews and sending hateful messages, reports CTV News.
The Hamilton Spectator reports the city is closing its mass vaccination clinics in August in favour of smaller clinics. People who have appointments after clinics are scheduled to close will need to rebook them or come in for walk-ins once they're eligible.
As opioid overdoses trend upwards during the pandemic, a Spectator analysis found more people in Hamilton went to the emergency room for drug-related visits in the first week of June than any week dating back to December 2019. Paramedics responded to 92 suspected overdose calls in June, a four-year high.
McMaster University says it will require two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for students living in residence, the Spectator reports.
The Fort Erie Post reports advocates for opening the Canada-U.S. border are disappointed that the U.S. government announced the land border will be closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21 after Canada announced it would admit fully vaccinated Americans as of August 9.
- As of July 20, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 674,189 doses have been administered, of that 281,188 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
As of July 21, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 260 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 379 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,912 COVID-19 cases.
- The Porcupine Health Unit reported four new cases for a total of 37 cases in its area. Within the health unit, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported three new cases in Attawapsikat, which has 26 active cases. There are also three active cases in Kashechewan.
- As Ontario continues with Step 3 of its reopening, some restaurants in Kingston are reporting issues with short staffing, Global News reports.
- As of Wednesday, there were no COVID-19 outbreaks, such as at schools or health-care institutions, in Ottawa, Global News reports.
- On Wednesday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced that he would lift the state of emergency in the city as of 12:01 am on Thursday, CTV News reports. “The pandemic is certainly not over, but we continue to make great progress in Ottawa in terms of high vaccination rates, low hospitalization rates and other key public health indicators,” Watson said. The state of emergency declaration had given the city certain powers, such as rapid procurement protocols.
- The London-area health unit will shut two mass vaccination sites in September and cut clinic hours in August amid declining demand as it refocuses its COVID-19 vaccine push on mobile clinics, reports the London Free Press.
Health workers in London, are using mobile clinics to reach people who can't or won't access mass COVID-19 vaccination sites or other more mainstream ways of getting their shots, reports CBC London.
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