COVID-19: What you need to know for July 8

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jul 08, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 210 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 546,621 since the pandemic began; 194 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 215 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 145 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,228 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 20 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 8 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,785 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 268,884 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 16,395,063 since December 2070. 3,769,251 people have received only one dose, and 6,312,906 people have received both doses. 77.31 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 48.41 per cent have received their second.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The scientific director of the Ontario Science Advisory Table, Peter Juni, says the province is “absolutely not” ready to move into the next step of the reopening plan due to the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, reports CP24. "If you have uncontrolled growth with (the) Alpha (variant) after four weeks, we have roughly 6,000 cases. But after the Delta, you have around 60,000 cases. This shows you how careful we need to be," Juni told CP24 Wednesday evening.

  • Ontario's health minister, Christine Elliot, says the province plans to take a cautious approach to further reopening because of the delta variant, reports the Toronto Star. “We want to make sure that when we open, we can stay open … we don’t want to have a fourth wave and we don’t want to have to take a step backwards,” the minister told reporters Wednesday.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 7 data, there are 27 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,068 since the pandemic began; 68 of them are in hospital (seven). In total, 3,576 people have died (one new). 
  • The City of Toronto announced that, as part of Team Toronto’s ongoing efforts to help to remove barriers to COVID-19 vaccination, a one-week, hyper-local vaccination initiative, will be launched in the north-west part of the city starting on July 10. According to a news release, the Home Stretch Vaccine Push, led by the City, UHN, Michael Garron Hospital and Team Toronto, in addition to other community agencies, will kick off on Saturday to encourage vaccine uptake across neighbourhoods in the north-west area of the city where vaccination rates are the lowest.
  • Toronto is launching a call centre, rolling out a multilingual vaccine campaign and will start taking walk-in appointments at one of its mass vaccination sites in an effort to get shots in arms in parts of the city with lower COVID-19 vaccine uptake, reports CTV News
  • Earlier Wednesday, Hamilton's board of health agreed to impose new safety measures for Hamilton’s roughly 90 highrise apartment and condo buildings that will help protect residents against coronavirus, reports the Hamilton Spectator. The measures include screening employees to ensure they comply with public health direction, including wearing masks and implementing capacity limits in common areas, such as laundry rooms and elevators, to allow for physical distancing. 
  • Hamilton Public health has announced that it's opening its mass vaccination sites for walk-ins for those seeking their first dose, reports CBC Hamilton. Elizabeth Richardson, the city's medical officer of health, said the goal is to transition over time to allowing walk-ins for a second dose. 
  • The St Catharines Standard reports that unvaccinated people account for 95 per cent of Niagara’s 2021 COVID cases. The region's chief medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji says, "there’s a reasonable number where people have had one dose of vaccine, and it’s very rare where we are seeing anybody getting sick after two doses of vaccine.”


  • As of July 6, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 644,708 doses have been administered, of that 260,591 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of July 6, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 415 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 363 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,837 COVID-19 cases.


  • The Timiskaming Health Unit has begun to test wastewater to monitor COVID-19 levels in the region. “Testing wastewater can provide an early warning of a potential outbreak or increase in cases. The earlier we know of a potential increase, the earlier we can urge the public to get tested and take precautions,” said Glenn Corneil, acting medical officer of health for the health unit. the program is being funded by a $12 million investment through the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting three new cases and 15 resolved for a total of 32 active cases in the region.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is offering a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Grounds. The clinic is open to those 12-years-old and up who need their first or second dose. Appointments can be booked online.


  • Pharmacists across Ontario say they're scrambling on a daily basis to administer doses of the Moderna vaccine before they go to waste, with many people wanting Pfizer-BioNTech instead, reports CBC Ottawa."People are sort of fixated on Pfizer," said Jordan Clark, owner of a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy in Ottawa's west end.

  • Three Queen’s University students have been charged under the Reopening Ontario Act by Kingston Police after officers were called in to break up a massive gathering on Aberdeen Street early Sunday morning, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard.

  • Orléans Express will be resuming daily bus service between Montreal and Ottawa, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The company announced Monday that the service will resume on Thursday, with daily trips between Montreal, Gatineau and Ottawa after the service was interrupted for more than a year by the pandemic.


  • After a week with no new cases being reported, the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit recorded four new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, reports Chatham Daily News. 
  • Education workers from three local school boards haved expressed 'lot of frustration' over pandemic working conditions, reports the Windsor Star.

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