- Per today's government report, there are 226 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 550,178 since the pandemic began; 108 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 117 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 77 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,339 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 16 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 7 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 83,907 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 19,377,608 since December 2020. 1,538,884 people have received only one dose, and 8,919,362 people have received both doses. 80.2 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 68.4 per cent have received their second.
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The ministry of health also released detailed breakdowns of vaccination rates by public health unit (PHU) this morning. The PHU with the highest percentage of eligible people fully vaccinated is Leeds-Grenville in eastern Ontario at 76 per cent; the PHU with the lowest is the Southwestern PHU at just under 63 per cent. The government has said Ontario will not leave Step 3 of its reopening plan until all PHUs across the province have at least 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated.
- CTV News reports that Ontario has hit the first benchmark to exit Step 3 and move toward a complete reopening, but there are already calls for a contingency plan to avoid a fourth lockdown in the fall.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to July 29 data, Toronto reported 66 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total of 170,713 since the pandemic began; 16 of them are in hospital (zero new). In total, 3,606 people have died (one new).
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is calling on the Ontario government to ease mandatory masking mandates outdoors and says the city’s bylaw officers will no longer be enforcing those regulations in some outdoor settings, reports the Brampton Guardian.
The Hamilton Spectator reports the city logged its first COVID-19 death in almost three weeks. The average number of daily new cases is rising too, in conjunction with stalling vaccination. About 65 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians had two doses on July 28, compared to about 59 per cent on July 19. Hamilton now has six active outbreaks, compared to none at the start of the month.
The Spectator has compiled a list of what's known and unknown about school in the fall. It includes information on safety guidelines, in-person and remote-learning options, vaccines and extracurriculars.
There's no requirement for teachers and school staff to get vaccinated and they don't have to disclose vaccination status to their board. Still, the St. Catharines Standard reports Niagara's acting medical officer of health says he thinks 80 per cent or more of those workers in the region are vaccinated with at least one dose.
As the Welland Tribune reports, the federal government announced a $2 million investment in Niagara's tourism industry yesterday. Funds will rest with the regional government, who will provide tourism-depended businesses with up to $20,000 to support adaptations for safe re-opening.
- As of July 27, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 701,228 doses have been administered, of that 281,188 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
- As of July 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 343 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 381 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,927 COVID-19 cases.
- Sudbury’s medical officer of health said it’s her goal to have as normal a school year as possible this fall, reports the Sudbury Star. “It is hard to believe it will be August next week and for many that means thinking about the upcoming school year,” Penny Sutcliffe said in a release Thursday.
- Ottawa’s top doctor has said that mask mandates should remain in place through the fall, as children are expected to return to school, Global News reports. Vera Etches said Thursday that in other countries, such as the U.K. and Israel, masks are proving to be a “very useful tool” to prevent transmission.
- Etches also told the media on Thursday that Ottawa is moving closer to its goal of 90 per cent of the eligible population being fully vaccinated, CTV News reports. “Now, we're working through a group who are unsure and it does take more time to have those conversations with people,” she said. “But it's not just people who were unsure. There are still real barriers for some. We've talked to people to understand what those barriers are. It's childcare, it's still transportation. It's why we're going out more and more with the mobile options.”
- On Thursday, the Kingston region health unit reported zero new cases of COVID-19 for the 14th day in a row, according to the Kingston Whig-Standard. Hugh Guan, public health unit’s interim medical officer of health, said Thursday that he was “very encouraged” by the low case counts
- Windsor Regional Hospital is struggling with a shortage of staff and real estate as it gears up to run over capacity to clear a backlog of surgeries brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, reports the Windsor Star.
- The Grey Bruce Health Unit added eleven new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, and reported 71 active cases, reports Blackburn News.
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