COVID-19: What you need to know for July 7

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 07, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 194 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 546,411 since the pandemic began; 201 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 220 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 155 patients are on ventilators. Ontario is reporting zero new deaths today for the first time since October 14 2020.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 23 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,783 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 5 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 204,594 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 16,126,179 since December 2060. 3,986,885 people have received only one dose, and 6,069,647 people have received both doses. 77.12 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 46.54 per cent have received their second. This under-states the true number of vaccinations yesterday, as the data was collected in the provincial system at 5 p.m. instead of the usual 8 p.m. "due to a technical issue." The remainder of Tuesday's vaccinations will be reported on Thursday morning.
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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.
  • Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Kieran Moore, says that the “clock is ticking” when it comes to improving youth vaccination rates in time for the resumption of school in the fall, reports CP24. Currently, in Ontario, more than 78 per cent of adult residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine but that number is only 58.6 per cent among youth ages 12 to 17 and 66.5 per cent among individuals ages 18 to 29.
  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce revealed that, in addition to full-time, in-class learning in September, students should be able to participate in modified activities as long as the pandemic continues to be under control in the community, reports CTV News.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 6 data, there are 39 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,053 since the pandemic began; 74 of them are in hospital (three). In total, 3,575 people have died (five new). The number of new deaths is over-reported by four due to planned quality assurance work.
  • The City of Toronto announced that as of today, 3,710,805 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as part of the overall Team Toronto initiative.
  • The Toronto Star reports that the Mobile Health Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is being taken down. “The intention was to support a COVID surge and we certainly don’t have that at this point,” Rob Burgess, senior director of emergency preparedness at Sunnybrook, told the Star. “Overall it’s a good thing that we’re not having to use those spaces.”
  • Hamilton hospitals say the pandemic has put roughly 11,300 surgeries on hold and the backlog may take years to clear, reports CBC Hamilton

  •  More than 200 people are being contacted to repeat their COVID-19 vaccinations because some who attended an immunization clinic in the Niagara region were injected with a saline solution instead of the shot, reports CTV News. Niagara Region Public Health said Tuesday that six people were injected with the harmless saline substance on June 16 at a clinic in Port Colborne. 

  • Niagara’s acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, remains concerned about the potential spread of the Delta variant from other hard-hit jurisdictions as more people begin travelling to the region, reports St. Catharine's Standard. “This is something we’ve seen over the last nine months, whenever Peel Region saw their cases going up, probably a couple of weeks later we saw our cases go up,” said Hirji.

Indigenous

  • As of July 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 635,242  doses have been administered, of that 254,240 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of July 5, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 455 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 362 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,833 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • Public health units in Sudbury and Timmins are hosting sensory-friendly COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people in the northern Ontario cities who struggle with conventional clinics, reports CBC Sudbury. The clinics are designed to be less overwhelming for people with developmental disabilities, autism or other issues with sensitivity like light or noise. Individuals may also use the clinics if they're fearful of needles, crowds or have social anxiety.
  • The North Bay Nugget reports that nearly 45 per cent of adults within the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit have received two vaccine doses. The Nugget also reports that more than 74 per cent of adults in the health unit have received at least one dose.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported one new case and 10 resolved cases in its area, for an active total case count of 45. The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, meanwhile, says there are 22 active cases in its area, including 15 in Kashechewan.

  • The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has downgraded its COVID-19 response once again from yellow to green, allowing the hospital to bring back more volunteers and remove restrictions on learners and external care partners. The hospital is also assessing visitor restrictions, possibly allowing care partners to visit for “several hours a day,” TBNewswatch reports.

  • Nearly 60,000 people in the Thunder Bay district have received two COVID-19 vaccines, equal to 37 per cent of the population, TBNewswatch reports. Sixty-seven per cent of the population has received at least one dose, according to data from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

  • As of July 5, 55.7 per cent of people aged 12 and up in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment has been fully vaccinated, while 74.5 per cent of the population, 12 and older, have received one COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the health unit.

Eastern

  • Ottawa health officials have introduced COVID-19 tests that children or their parents can administer at home as one more element in the quest to make schools and camps safer, reports the Ottawa Citizen
  • An outbreak of COVID-19 was declared on Monday by Kingston Health Sciences Centre in the Davies 5 unit of Kingston General Hospital, reports the Kingston-Whig Standard. According to a news release by the KHSC, six patients and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and the Davies 5 unit is now under quarantine with no new admissions and no access for visitors, and the unit is being monitored for additional cases.


Southwestern

  • The London-area health unit is urging people who got COVID-19 vaccine doses outside of the province to get registered in the provincial system, as the number of double-dosed Londoners nears 40 percent, reports the London Free Press
  • Walk-in clinics will be held this week and next for young people in Chatham-Kent who want their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reports Chatham Daily News. The clinics will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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