COVID-19: What you need to know for October 12

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Oct 12, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 390 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 592,714 since the pandemic began; 155 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 149 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 104 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,792 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 12 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 29 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 21 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,822 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 5,512 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,089,455 since December 2020. 613,351 people have received only one dose, and 10,738,052 people have received both doses. 87.01 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 82.27 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 107 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,713) 10 new staff cases (for a total of 318) and new unspecified cases for a total of 57; 657 schools are reporting at least one case and 6 schools have been closed.

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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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to October 8 data, Toronto reported 136 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 179,521 since the pandemic began; 56 of them are in hospital (10 new). In total, 3,678 people have died (4 new)
  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) has dismissed all students from a high school in Etobicoke where there is currently a COVID-19 outbreak and is recommending that the entire school be tested for the virus, reports CP24. In a news release issued Monday evening, the health unit said it took the decision to dismiss all students from in-person learning and activities at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute following “a careful and detailed investigation, newly reported cases over the weekend, and potential exposures at multi-grade events.”

  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is considering recalling retired workers to fill gaps caused by workers who do not comply with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate at the end of the month, reports CP24. As part of its vaccine policy, all TTC workers must show proof of full vaccination by October 30.

  • With a November 1 disclosure deadline looming, about 1,500 Hamilton city workers will not disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Of those workers, about 300 attended the mandatory education sessions for workers who refused to disclose. The City says workers who refuse to disclose, or who share they are unvaccinated, will be required to take probably two COVID-19 tests per week if they are full-time. Hamilton is not threatening to suspend or fire staff like Toronto is. About 6,000 city workers in Hamilton have disclosed their status but the rate varies widely by department, with 96 per cent of paramedics reporting full vaccination, compared to 39 per cent of bus drivers just sharing their status.

  • The Spectator also reports that while it's unclear if the information will be public, Hamilton Public Health says it will soon have school-by-school breakdowns of vaccination rates.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says most new COVID-19 cases in the area can be traced to close contact with an infected person, the St. Catharines Standard reports. He says the highest spread is within the 18 to 24 age group, noting 18- to 29-year-olds are the least vaccinated in the region.


  • As of October 5, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 786,893 doses have been administered, of that 348,757 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of October 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,834 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 433 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,308 COVID-19 cases.


  • ​​​​​​​Eastern Ontario is home to both the highest and lowest vaccination rates in the province, according to CBC News. The Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit reports that 91 per cent of its eligible population is fully vaccinated, and 97 per cent have a first dose. By contrast, nearby Cornwall has only 69 per cent eligible as fully vaccinated in some neighbourhoods. (The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, of which Cornwall is part, has 84 per cent.) The medical officer of health for the region thinks Cornwall may have the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the province.


  • CBC News reports that forged vaccination passports have been circulating in Greater Sudbury, according to feedback Public Health Sudbury and Districts has received from local businesses. "We have heard some feedback from businesses where people may or may not be using altered or fake proof of vaccination," said Jon Groulx, a manager with the health unit's health protection division. 
  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has five active COVID-19 cases, all in the Rainy River region. The health unit will be holding vaccination clinics at Rainy River High School in Rainy River and Mary Berglund Community Health Centre in Ignace between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case, the only active case in the region.


  • The Middlesex London Health Unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the public school formerly known as Ryerson Public School, reports CTV News. The outbreak at the school is the fifth active outbreak in London and area schools.

  • The post-acute COVID-19 program at St. Joseph’s is providing treatment for COVID-19 long-haulers, people who struggle with lingering symptoms long after their initial illness is over reports the London Free Press

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