COVID-19: What you need to know for July 23

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 23, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 192 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 548,986 since the pandemic began; 137 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 136 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 84 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,308 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 120,231 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 18,724,400 since December 2020. 1,974,134 people have received only one dose, and 8,375,133 people have received both doses. 79.36 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 64.23 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.
  • The Toronto Star reports that all public health units have vaccinated over 50 per cent of their populations 12 years old and over, according to the Ministry of Health’s most recent figures. But while the overall provincial average is nearing 64 per cent for the eligible populations who have been fully vaccinated, several of the province’s 34 health units are substantially below that.

  • CBC News reports that Ontario's paid sick day program — created to protect vulnerable workers from COVID-19 — has seen far less uptake than anticipated, according to numbers released by the government. As of July 16, claims had been submitted for 39,887 employees since the program took effect, with an average of 1.8 days claimed per worker, according to published provincial numbers

  • For Ontarians who want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but have struggled to find the time, 20 Shoppers Drug Mart locations throughout Ontario will host a 24-hour vax-a-thon July 24, reports the Brampton Guardian. The chain’s 24-hour locations — in Ajax, Brampton, Etobicoke, Hamilton, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, North York, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Windsor and Woodbridge — will offer Moderna shots on a walk-in basis to residents 18 and older.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 22 data, Toronto reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 170,436 since the pandemic began; 36 of them are in hospital (two new). In total, 3,599 people have died (one new).
  • CTV News reports that dozens of Toronto neighbourhoods are currently COVID-19 free for the first time in months, according to data released by the city. The latest data covering roughly 140 Toronto neighbourhoods shows 31 of these communities are reporting zero cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown wants to see revisions made to the provincial mandatory mask wearing order, to ease some restrictions for outdoor gatherings, reports the Brampton Guardian. 

  • Mohawk College announced that students staying in residence this fall will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Hamilton Spectator reports. A July 22 letter says students need at least one dose before moving in. McMaster University announced it will require vaccination for students in residence on Wednesday.

  • Niagara public health says it is adapting its vaccination approach, by allowing walk-ins and planning clinics near where they expect people to be going, like bars and beaches, the St. Catharines Standard reports. In a talk with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji emphasized this approach, saying public health might like to partner with businesses like restaurants who could offer perks such as free appetizers to people coming from clinics. Hirji says most people who were eager for jabs have them now, meaning health officials need to reach people who are hesitant or complacent now.

  • The Standard also reports Niagara health care workers protested provincial legislation limiting wage increases for public sector workers yesterday in St. Catharines. Workers say they've been burnt out and working hard throughout the pandemic, but are effectively taking pay cuts as their wages increase below the rate of inflation. (TVO.org employees are part of the Canadian Media Guild, which is fighting this legislation in court alongside 40 other unions.)

Indigenous

  • 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.

Northern

  • Public health reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts on Thursday, reports the Sudbury Star
  • In Timmins, 57 businesses are receiving a total of more than $1 million through the Northern Ontario Recovery Program, reports Timmins Today. The program accepted applications for businesses adjusting to COVID-19 through building renovations and new constructions, customer and employee safety installations, personal protective equipment purchases, marketing for new business initiatives, and restructuring business operations.

Eastern

  • In the Kingston region, 65 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, and the region’s associate medical officer of health, Dr. Hugh Guan, says that people are still continuing to get vaccinated, just at a slower, but "steady" pace, Global News reports.
  • Like Ottawa earlier this week, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville chose to lift their COVID-19 state of emergency declaration, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports.
  • All pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Ottawa are now open to any resident ages 12 and older for their first or second shot, Global News reports, citing a city announcement on Thursday.

Southwestern

  • Mass COVID-19 immunization clinics in Sarnia and Point Edward are wrapping up, reports Blackburn News. The final clinic at the Clearwater Arena is expected to be Friday, July 30, while the last mass clinic at the arena in Point Edward is likely to be mid-August.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reports the Windsor Star. There are 14 active cases in the region, including two variant of concern cases.
  • Public health officials in the London area are showing support for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, reports the London Free Press. On Thursday, Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit  said,“mandatory vaccination policies do increase vaccine uptake, and maximizing vaccine uptake is absolutely critical to a safe return to campuses and classrooms." 


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