- Per today's government report, there are 417 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 593,437 since the pandemic began; 254 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 158 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 101 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,807 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 10 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 25 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 25 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 28,756 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,148,068 since December 2020. 597,378 people have received only one dose, and 10,775,345 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 117 new school-related student cases (for a total of 3,124) 5 new staff cases (for a total of 347) and 4 new unspecified cases for a total of 62; 696 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 schools have been closed.
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- According to October 13 data, Toronto reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 179,940 since the pandemic began; 50 of them are in hospital (8 new). In total, 3,684 people have died (4 new).
A Toronto Star survey of local government vaccine mandates reveals a hodgepodge of rules. Some civil servants must get vaccinated. Others can instead opt for regular testing, reports the Star.
A vaccine clinic is being set up this week at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, the Etobicoke high school currently closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak reports the Toronto Star. The clinic is open to the community and will be run out of the school cafeteria on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an additional three days planned for next week, according to the school board.
The Toronto Maple Leafs welcomed back thousands of fans for their home opener at Scotiabank Arena Wednesday night – the first time they played to a nearly at-capacity home crowd since the COVID-19 pandemic began, reports CP24.
Peel Public Health has confirmed seven schools in the region have active COVID-19 outbreaks, reports the Brampton Guardian. Since schools reopened after Labour Day, there have been a total of 19 outbreaks.
As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Hamilton is one of four public health units in Ontario with fewer than 80 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (Hamilton is sitting around 79 per cent). Thanksgiving Monday saw 169 doses of vaccine administered, which is one of the slowest days of the pandemic, especially considering previous days with fewer shots administered occurred when vaccine supply was low. Public health says long weekends are usually slow. Hamilton has the sixth-highest COVID-19 rate in the province, but key metrics have been dropping over the last two weeks.
Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says COVID-19 is on a "gentle, downward slope" in the health unit, the St. Catharines Standard reports. The past week saw 135 new cases, compared to 177 the week prior. Vaccination rates are slowly increasing with the least-vaccinated age group being 18 - 29-year-olds, 66 per cent of whom have two jabs. Just over 81 per cent of Niagara residents are fully vaccinated.
Hirji is warning that cases across the United States-Canada border are about 10 times higher than in Niagara, meaning travellers should be cautious. As the Standard reports, he suspects people will go to the U.S. and return with infections once restrictions ease. Two local mayors say they are optimistic and happy people in cities separated by the border will more easily be able to unite.
- 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 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,860 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 444 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.
- Ottawa's death toll from COVID has passed 600, according to the Ottawa Citizen. The region reached 601 death on Wednesday.
- A Cornwall hospital is postponing all but high-priority surgeries over the coming weeks due to the rising number of cases in the area, CBC Ottawa reports. Garry Weinberg, chief of surgery at Cornwall Community Hospital, says they are doing so "for the self-preservation of the hospital."
- SEIU president Sharleen Stewart said her union, which represents about 1,500 long-term care workers in Sudbury, supports having staff inoculated against COVID-19 — as do most union members — but feels more must be done to fill the gap left by those who are vaccine-hesitant or flee the profession for other reasons, reports the Sudbury Star.
- Earlier in the pandemic road tests in Ontario ground to a halt, so to ramp up driver’s exams and address the backlog, the province says it’s opening a temporary road-test centre in Sarnia next week.
- How can London recover from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic? A new framework has — drafted by dozens of local organizations — aims to help answer that question, Global News reports. The London Community Recovery Framework addresses issues ranging from homelessness and domestic violence to climate change and business health. A report on the framework is set to be presented to the city’s strategic priorities and policy committee on October 19. “London should be proud that this is the first framework like this and I think other communities will use this as an example and will be watching London,” says Mike Moffatt, senior policy director at the Smart Prosperity Institute and contributor to the framework.
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