COVID-19: What you need to know for October 13

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Oct 13, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 306 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 593,020 since the pandemic began; 242 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 153 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 102 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,804 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 29 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 20 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 29,857 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,119,312 since December 2020. 605,442 people have received only one dose, and 10,756,935 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 249 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,963) 19 new staff cases (for a total of 338) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 58; 704 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.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to October 12 data, Toronto reported 365 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 179,868 since the pandemic began; 54 of them are in hospital (6 new). In total, 3,680 people have died (2 new). Data as of October 12 includes case counts and outcomes since October 8. 
  • All but two COVID-19 cases at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute appear to have resulted from student-to-student transmission, reports CP24. Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak at the secondary school in Etobicoke on Monday evening.
  • Toronto will soon begin directly contacting the nearly 50,000 residents who are overdue for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, reports CP24

    As part of a new strategy, detailed by officials during a briefing on Tuesday, the city will now begin reaching out to those who are partially vaccinated through phone calls and text messages with the focus on removing barriers around vaccination.

  • Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of Shop And Vax 2.0 to highlight COVID-19 vaccine clinics at local shopping centres and pharmacies on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.

  • About 1,500 hospital staff and physicians in Hamilton are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and could lose their jobs at the end of November as a result. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, this comes as Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table has warned about much-reported hospital worker burnout. Hamilton Health Sciences CEO Rob MacIsaac says he does not think staffing shortages will be worsened by mandatory vaccination policies in the network. 

  • The Spectator also reports some staffing shortages in hospitals are being offset by bringing in nursing students. Almost 90 McMaster Students are working at St. Joseph's Healthcare and HHS sites, with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Students, called externs, are paid and the work is not part of academic training. 

  • As hospitals work to meet demand after months of cancelled procedures, they're warning that the lack of diagnostic procedures likely means hundreds of cancers were missed. As the Spectator reports, over 32,000 fewer women got mammograms in HHS' regional cancer screening program during the first year of the pandemic compared to 2019. 

  • CBC Hamilton reports three area restaurants have been charged with failing to enforce proof-of-vaccination rules.

  • The St. Catharines Standard reports Niagara region has placed an "undisclosed number of staff" on unpaid leave for not getting COVID-19 vaccines.


  • 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 10, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,947 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 438 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,314 COVID-19 cases.


  • The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario has been seeing more young patients with respiratory viruses than usual, CBC News reports. September saw 6,700 ER visits, which would normally be around what they would see in peak cold and flu season, around November to April. CHEO representatives attribute this to young children being exposed to respiratory viruses that they hadn't been before due to isolation, and also say that distancing protocols have increased wait times.
  • Trustees at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board voted Tuesday to allow teachers to wear their own N95 masks to school if they wish, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Currently, medical masks are provided for teachers. the motion must still receive final approval at a board meeting


  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts says it is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak and advising the public of a potential exposure to the virus for anyone who spent time in Memorial Park as of Monday, September 27, reports the Sudbury Star


  • Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is pleased to hear about the Biden administration’s plans to begin letting fully vaccinated Canadians cross the US land border next month, according to the Canadian Press. But the mayor of the border city hopes more details of the plan are revealed so “we protect people when they go there and come back.” Travellers will be required to show proof of vaccination.
  • As 110 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the Thanksgiving long weekend locally, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the region surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, CBC News reports.
  • CBC reports the number of people getting tested for COVID-19 at London's COVID-19 assessment centre rose by just over five per cent from August to September, but the number of kids getting tested jumped by nearly 50 per cent. "The testing volume increase among children was completely expected and it's not a sign of parents being concerned, it's a sign of school policies coming into play," said Chris Mackie, the Middlesex-London Health Unit's medical officer of health. 

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