COVID-19: What you need to know for October 1

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Oct 01, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 668 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 586,817 since the pandemic began; 278 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 163 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 117 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,743 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 19 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 53 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 43 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,818 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Per the government's report on the province's vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 29,704 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,809,713 since December 2020. 691,787 people have received only one dose, and 10,558,963 people have received both doses. 86.2 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 80.84 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 114 new school-related student cases (for a total of 1,973) 13 new staff cases (for a total of 256) and new unspecified cases for a total of 53; 810 schools are reporting at least one case and 5 schools have been closed.

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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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to September 29 data, Toronto reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 178,498 since the pandemic began; 55 of them are in hospital (6 new). In total, 3,659 people have died (5 new).
  • Toronto Public Health announced that is investigating potential COVID-19 exposures at Elections Canada polling stations held at 975 Kingston Rd. and Presteign Heights Elementary School at 2570 St Clair Ave. E.  According to a press release, the public might have been exposed to COVID-19 on September 20, from 9:30 a.m. until all voting and counting was completed at that location. TPH is advising everyone who attended these settings to self-monitor and seek immediate testing if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. This applies to the public and staff, including those who are fully vaccinated.
  • The Ministry of the Solicitor General confirmed to CTV Toronto Thursday that there are 34 active inmate cases at Toronto East Detention Centre located near Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, reports CP24According to provincial data, the correctional facility began reporting new cases on the week of Sept. 12 with four confirmed infections. The outbreak grew to 17 cases last week.
  • The City of Toronto says it has not laid any charges against businesses for failing to comply with Ontario's new COVID-19 vaccine certificate program which launched a week ago, reports CTV News
  • Downtown Hamilton restaurant Nique closed temporarily during a Ministry of Labour investigation, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The owner has been publicly critical of the proof-of-vaccination rules in Ontario, going so far as to post screenshots of arguments with other social media users online, and said he will not enforce them. The City of Hamilton says it was not involved in the closure.
  • As is the case for the Ministry and Hamilton bylaw, Niagara Region says its bylaw officials are focusing on education first in their enforcement efforts of the vaccine credential system, the St. Catharines Standard reports.
  • A Brock University professor told the Standard that although some businesses are trying to challenge the proof-of-vaccination system using the argument that enforcing it would infringe on customers' rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, her near-decade-long research into vaccination mandates suggests that argument is unsound. The Charter applies to government action and restaurants are not government agencies, she says. Another professor who teaches human rights law says the argument that discrimination is occurring is also legally unsound since making a distinction between being vaccinated and unvaccinated is not legally discriminatory.
  • Hamilton Public health reversed declaring two COVID-19 outbreaks in schools after learning 14 individuals received incorrect test results, "likely due to human error." The Spectator reports that since September 4, there have been 17 outbreaks in Hamilton schools, most with three or fewer cases.

​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • As of September 28, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 777,642 doses have been administered, of that 344,525 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of September 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,909 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 421 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,247 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre will soon be requiring proof of vaccination for individuals visiting inpatients at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard. 
  • Ottawa Public Health says École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau is closed after evidence of the virus spreading to several different cohorts in the school, reports CTV NewsIn a letter to the school community, OPH says the duration of the closure isn't known, but if cohorts can return earlier than 10 days, staff and families will be notified. OPH will contact parents/guardians directly if a child has been identified as a high-risk contact.

​​​​​​​Northern

  • In its weekly roundup, Public Health Sudbury and Districts says eight outbreaks were active between September 23 to 29, including five in schools. One school outbreak was declared over within that time. PHSD also says that since June 1, 73 per cent of cases have been in unvaccinated residents, while 11 per cent were among people with a single vaccine dose. There are 47 active cases in the region.

Southwestern

  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has identified three possible COVID-19 exposures in the community, including two on Transit Windsor buses, reports Blackburn News.
  • City of Sarnia Corporate Services General Manager David Logan said a total of nine employees across the city “disappointingly” chose to not comply with the newly enforced vaccination policy, reports Blackburn News. While the majority of city staff have opted to comply with a newly enforced COVID-19 vaccination policy, those who haven’t, have been placed on unpaid leave and face possible termination.
  • The third Chatham-Kent resident in a week has died of COVID-19, reports the Chatham Daily News. The recently deceased was a woman in her 50s who died Tuesday at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Chatham hospital. The public health unit reported her death Thursday.

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