- Per today's government report, there are 129 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 549,576 since the pandemic began; 125 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 127 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 81 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,321 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 24 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 8 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,791 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 92,035 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,110,428 since December 2020. 1,706,206 people have received only one dose, and 8,702,111 people have received both doses. 79.82 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 66.74 per cent have received their second.
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- The province announced that it recently signed contracts with two Ontario business, Viva Healthcare Packaging and Canada Masq, to supply 500 million made-in-Ontario level 1 and level 2 surgical/protective masks over the next five years. “Ontario manufacturers have a central role to play in our self-sufficiency as a province, not only as we continue to fight COVID-19, but over the years that follow,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, in a statement.
Premier Doug Ford says his government’s “comprehensive” plan to get students back to school, learning in person full time, will soon be released, reports the Toronto Star.
- Ontario has asked the federal government to ensure Canadians who received mixed COVID-19 vaccines will be recognized for international travel as border measures lift, reports the Toronto Star. “We ask the Government of Canada to work with the WHO to update its guidance to international partners that mixing vaccines should be internationally accepted as a complete vaccine regimen,” wrote Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and other officials.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 26 data, Toronto reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 170,599 since the pandemic began; 26 of them are in hospital (two new). In total, 3,601 people have died (one new). July 26 data includes case counts and outcomes since July 23.
- The City of Toronto announced that more than 80 per cent of Toronto adults have received their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine and almost 70 per cent are fully vaccinated. A news release from the City indicated that over the weekend, the #VaxTheNorth clinic in Mel Lastman Square, part of the City and Team Toronto’s Home Stretch Vaccine Push, successfully administered 3,106 vaccine doses. This includes 674 first doses – approximately 22 per cent, which is higher than the current first dose average at City-run clinics. 40 per cent of those vaccinated were between the ages of 25 and 44, a key group that this clinic was working to reach.
After announcing last week that they would separate international arrivals based on vaccination status, Toronto Pearson Airport has reversed the decision, reports CP24.
Peel Public Health determined that 100 per cent of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations were of individuals “considered unvaccinated or partially vaccinated,” with 67 per cent of patients listed as nonvaccinated and 31 per cent listed as having received one vaccine dose, reports the Brampton Guardian.
Hamilton continues to lag behind the provincial average in vaccination rates. Calling it "Hamilton's call to arms" in a press briefing Monday, local medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said the city wants to reach people who haven't gotten their jabs. As CBC Hamilton reports, the Ontario government says 75 per cent of the eligible population needs two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before we exit Stage 3 of the current re-opening plan. Hamilton is not close to that. Richardson says primary care doctors, vaccine ambassadors and faith leaders will all help reach people who are unvaccinated and says the supply is abundant.
Niagara Health’s infectious diseases and antimicrobial division director tells the St. Catharines Standard that it's easy to see how vaccines are stopping the spread of COVID-19. He points to a St. Catharines Hospital with three coronavirus patients right now, as opposed to the 93 it had at the peak of the third wave. In July, unvaccinated people made up about three-quarters of new cases in Niagara. People with one dose made up 20 per cent and people with two made up six per cent. Niagara Health has expanded walk-in hours for clinics and public health clinics accept walk-ins too.
- 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 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 325 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 2,923 COVID-19 cases.
- Penny Sutcliffe, Public Health Sudbury and District's medical officer of health says the Delta variant is becoming the predominant strain of COVID-19 in the region, reports CBC Sudbury. "People have gotten together, they haven't been immunized," Sutcliffe said. "The delta variant has been there and has been spread so easily that it has caused rapid changes and rapid outbreaks in cases in these health units."
- A provincial arbitrator has found that Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre acted appropriately in imposing travel restrictions on its staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports TBNewswatch. The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) had filed grievances alleging that the hospital had violated the collective agreement with "an unreasonable policy directing members to self-isolate by arbitrarily declaring travel boundaries," by requiring nurses to self-isolate during pre-approved vacation, and by requiring approval of travel plans.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has become a phenomenon of the unvaccinated, according to Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s medical officer of health, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, who stated recently: “The pandemic is becoming the pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Roumeliotis pointed to recent statistics that found between Dec. 20 of last year and July 10, 0.4 percent of COVID-19 cases involved fully vaccinated individuals, according to a report by Nation Valley News.
- Drivers in Ottawa and around the province continue to experience frustration over lack of G2 and G road tests, following enormous backlogs due to pandemic closures of DriveTest centres, reports CBC News. “It's easily the most broken system I've ever dealt with in any corporate world. Even banks do better than this and that's going a long stretch,” said one would-be driver in Ottawa.
- Windsor and Detroit business groups have joined together in calling for the U.S. to follow Canada’s example and reopen the border to non-essential travel, reports the Windsor Star.
- London's mayor and two councillors say city officials should look into compensating neighbourhoods where local recreation facilities were converted into COVID-19 testing centres, by upgrading some of those facilities with new amenities, reports CBC London.
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