COVID-19: What you need to know for July 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 09, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 183 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 546,804 since the pandemic began; 189 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 202 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 143 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,237 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 19 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 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 224,864 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 16,619,927 since December 2080. 3,588,007 people have received only one dose, and 6,515,960 people have received both doses. 77.48 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 49.97 per cent have received their second.
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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 will enter Step 3 of its reopening plan earlier than expected, at 12:01 a.m. on July 16. That announcement was made earlier today and confirmed by the province’s chief medical officer, Kieran Moore, during a news conference.


    With Step 3, indoor venues, such like restaurants and movie theatres, will be allowed to open with certain limits on capacity. Restaurants will have to ensure that patrons can maintain at least two metres of physical distancing; movie and concert venues will be limited to 50 per cent of their normal capacity, up to 1,000 people. Face coverings will still be required throughout all of Step 3.


    The government also laid out targets to move the province into something more open than Step 3: it wants to see 80 per cent of the population 12 and older with at least one dose and 75 per cent of the eligible population with both doses — and with no public-health unit having less than 70 per cent of its population fully vaccinated.

    The province, which did not adhere to a 21-day interval in either of the previous steps, says that Step 3 will last no less than 21 days.

  • The Ontario government announced yesterday that more than half of all adults in Ontario have now received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, more than 78 per cent of adults aged 18 and over have received at least a first dose and more than 51 per cent have received both doses. "Our work doesn’t stop here," said Ontario health minister Christine Elliot in a statement. "And we will continue to work with our health system partners to ensure every single Ontarian who wishes to receive the vaccine can access one." 
  • Records obtained by CTV News Toronto through a freedom of information request show that big box stores in Ontario struggled with following rules to limit the spread of COVID. CTV reports that the Ministry of Labour issued 214 tickets with accompanying fines, and 237 orders to do better in over 2,000 inspections to stores like Shoppers, Dollar Tree, and Canadian Tire. 

  • Canada's chief public health officer Theresa Tam says the latest variant of interest in the COVID-19 pandemic has popped up in Canada in small numbers, but it's too early to know how widespread it is or what impact it could have, reports CP24

  • Elementary and high school students are no longer eligible for free, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at pharmacies across the province, reports the Toronto Star

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 8 data, there are 30 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,086 since the pandemic began; 72 of them are in hospital (seven). In total, 3,578 people have died (two new). 
  • The City of Toronto announced that more than one million vaccine doses have now been administered at City of Toronto-operated immunization clinics and mobile clinics. According to the news release, approximately 16,000 appointments are still available for City of Toronto immunization clinics this week. 
  • Peel Region's medical officer of health, Lawrence Loh, said that he still has concerns about the Delta COVID-19 variant and a potential fourth wave despite recent dwindling case counts and rising vaccination rates, reports the Brampton Guardian. Loh told reporters on July 7 that hundreds of thousands of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon residents remain unvaccinated, with a majority still only partially protected with just one dose.
  • A Hamilton Spectator analysis of vaccination rates in nearly two dozen Hamilton forward sortation areas or FSAs — the first three characters of a postal code — has found enthusiasm for the vaccine waned after the province entered its first stage of reopening.
  • Niagara’s acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, said unvaccinated people will face an increased risk of serious illness, as several factors come into play in months to come, reports the St. Catharines Standard. “We’re going to start lifting restrictions in society and people are going to be interacting more with each other,” Hirji said. “They’re going to be in public places more and that will allow infection to spread.”

Indigenous

  • 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.

Northern

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts is setting up pop-up clinics this weekend across the city. And starting next week there will be a mobile clinic traveling around providing similar immunizations, reports CBC Sudbury
  • An outbreak at the Faith Chapel Christian Center in North Bay has been declared over. The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says the outbreak began on June 29, but the initial cases were resolved leading the health unit to declare it over yesterday. 

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is reporting five new cases and four resolved for a total of 22 active cases in the James and Hudson Bay. There are 18 cases in Kashechewan, one in Fort Albany and three in Attawapiskat. 

  • There are no COVID-19 patients at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, down from eight patients as recently as 10 days ago, TBNewswatch reports.

  • For the last two weeks, the number of people in Thunder Bay getting their second COVID-19 vaccine has been higher than the number of people getting their first - but there are still many options for people to get their first shot, Janet DeMille, Thunder Bay’s medical officer of health, told TBNewswatch.

Eastern

  • The Ottawa Hospital's three campuses, the Montfort Hospital and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are all reporting no patients with active cases of COVID-19, reports CBC Ottawa
  • Walk-in vaccination centres at the Beechgrove Complex Recreation Centre and the Invista Centre are offering appointments for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard

Southwestern

  • The London-area health unit is setting up walk-in clinics at locations in the city and Middlesex County through mid-August to get more shots into arms, reports the London Free Press. 
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday, though a data cleanup has again resulted in an overall drop in the region’s number of infections, reports the Windsor Star.


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