COVID-19: What you need to know for July 26

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 26, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 119 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 549,447 since the pandemic began; 96 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 131 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 79 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,316 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 27 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 8 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 65,920 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,018,393 since December 2020. 1,766,529 people have received only one dose, and 8,625,932 people have received both doses. 79.7 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 66.15 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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 23 data, Toronto reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 170,476 since the pandemic began; 29 of them are in hospital (zero new). In total, 3,600 people have died (one new).
  • Vaccination efforts led by the City of Toronto and Michael Garron Hospital, alongside East Toronto Health Partners and numerous local community agencies will bring nine micro-targeted pop-up clinics offering primarily Pfizer vaccine to residents age 12 and over to Toronto's Taylor-Massey neighbourhood the long weekend of July 31 to encourage vaccine uptake. A news release notes that the neighbourhood currently has the city’s lowest vaccination rates for both first and second doses, at 59.74 per cent and 48.3 per cent respectively. 
  • While Peel and many other parts of Ontario are currently seeing significantly less COVID-19 cases compared to earlier in the year, the region’s top doctor is signalling a possible virus revival in the fall, reports the Toronto Star. Lawrence Loh, the Region of Peel's medical officer of health, warned on July 22 that “fall is coming” and a resurgence of COVID-19 is “very likely.”

  • International travellers arriving at Toronto's Pearson International Airport may now be funnelled into different customs lines based on their vaccination status, reports the Globe and Mail. A spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority says it’s a measure to help streamline the border clearance process since there are different requirements for both sets of travellers.

  • Most of Hamilton's active COVID-19 cases seem to be among unvaccinated people, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Just under 15 per cent of the 108 ongoing infections (that's 16 people) have a vaccine. Of the 108 people with COVID-19, up to 18 may not be eligible for vaccines. Still, that means about two-thirds of the infected do not have a COVID-19 jab. The data does not show how many of the infected people with a vaccine have one shot or two, which is important since one needs to wait two weeks after getting a second shot for the maximum amount of protection a vaccine can provide. One in four people in Hamilton eligible for vaccines have not had a single shot. That figure is one in three for people ages 12 to 34.

  • Niagara public health says they're expecting to see a rise in vaccine misinformation as they increase their efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccines to people who do not have them. This will require officials to counter that, which Mustafa Hirji, acting medical officer of health for Niagara Region, warns could lead to them being targeted by harassment, the St. Catharines Standard reports. About 70 per cent of Niagara residents have at least one COVID-19 vaccine and about 57 per cent have two. Among people ages 12 to 17, 56 per cent of people have at least one dose and 34 per cent have two.

  • CBC Hamilton interviewed two PSWs (one in Norfolk and one in Brantford) who say burnout was an issue before the pandemic and has only gotten worse, with understaffed shifts and intense physical labour the norm for workers. "As a community, you always are 'just' a PSW. I had so many family members tell me that several times in the past couple weeks. It's a lack of respect," one said.

  • A Niagara woman tells CBC Hamilton she's struggled with restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border since she's been unable to have the funeral she wants for her sister, who died just after the pandemic was declared.

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 22, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 302 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 2,915 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • On Friday, The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported one new COVID-19 case making it the first new case in more than two weeks, reports TBNewsWatch
  • CBC News reports that there's been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the North Bay Parry Sound district over the week ending July 22. North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
    medical officer of health, Jim Chirico, says the cases stem from small social gatherings at the beginning of the month where people did not distance.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts says anyone who travelled on Ontario Northland bus 2106 and 5401 on Tuesday, July 13, could have been exposed to COVID-19 reports the Sudbury Star. 

Eastern​​​​​​​

  • A COVID-19 outbreak in Barry’s Bay has resulted in two closed businesses and has identified nearly two dozen close contacts, reports CTV News. Of the 21 close contacts, 11 were not vaccinated.
  • Ottawa has hit the 70 per cent mark for adults who are fully vaccinated, though Brent Moloughney, the city’s associate medical officer of health, says that the city needs to get closer to 90 per cent to protect against the Delta variant, CTV News reports.
  • Kingston police are warning residents against phishing scams related to COVID-19, the Kingstonist reports. This could include emails that appear to be from the World Health Organization; that ask for donations; or that appear to contain case numbers for your region. They recommend not clicking links or downloading materials from emails you weren’t expecting.

Southwestern

  • The number of active COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton was down to two on Sunday, one fewer than Saturday after one more resolved case was reported by Lambton public health, reports the Chatham Daily News. 
  • Caesars Casino in Windsor opened at 50 per cent capacity Friday morning, reports the Windsor Star. For now, just the slot machines and a couple of restaurants are open, reports the Star. The casino plans to reopen more restaurants in the coming weeks, while table games are set to reopen July 28, pending approval. The casino’s hotel is currently closed.

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