COVID-19: What you need to know for July 28

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 28, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 158 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 549,734 since the pandemic began; 117 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 122 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 83 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,325 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 15 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 4 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 94,116 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,204,544 since December 2020. 1,645,626 people have received only one dose, and 8,779,459 people have received both doses. 79.95 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 67.33 per cent have received their second.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore says the province will soon provide data which separates new daily COVID-19 cases into categories of vaccinated and unvaccinated people.  
  • Moore also says that unvaccinated students who come into contact with COVID-19 will have to isolate for longer than vaccinated students when the province returns to in-person learning.
  • The St. Catharines Standard reports that Ontario is adding six temporary DriveTest centres to address the road test backlog caused by pandemic closures. One will be in Hamilton, with the rest planned for North York and Durham, Mississauga and Brampton, Eastern Durham Region, Guelph, and Toronto.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 27 data, Toronto reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 170,599 since the pandemic began; 25 of them are in hospital (four new). In total, 3,604 people have died (three new).
  • 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. 

  • CBC Hamilton reports that a fifth person died in a COVID-19 outbreak at a Burlington long-term care home. The outbreak at the Village of Tansley Woods is the only active outbreak in Halton. It has affected 25 residents, two staff, and four people not from Halton. When the outbreak began, only about half of workers were fully vaccinated. Now, just over 90 per cent are.

  • Niagara public health is focusing on vaccinating students aged 12 to 17 before classes resume, the St. Catharines Standard reports. Students needed to have their first shot by now in order to be fully protected by the first day of classes.

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 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.

Northern

  • 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.

Eastern

  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre is not requiring its health care workers to be vaccinated, the Kingstonist reports. Instead, workers can provide a documented medical reason they are not being vaccinated or watch a module about the benefits of vaccination. 

  • Peterborough Public Health has begun offering walk-in clinics for youth in partnership with the city's Ontario Hockey League team, to encourage young fans to get vaccinated, The Globe and Mail reports.

Southwestern

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