COVID-19: What you need to know for October 18

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Oct 18, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 373 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 595,235 since the pandemic began; 145 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 168 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 97 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,815 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 24 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 25 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,823 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 12,399 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,243,609 since December 2020. 566,109 people have received only one dose, and 10,838,750 people have received both doses. 87.47 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 83.13 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. Friday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 77 new school-related student cases (for a total of 3,264) 11 new staff cases (for a total of 363) and new unspecified cases for a total of 65; 638 schools are reporting at least one case and 2 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.

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  • According to October 15 data, Toronto reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 180,087 since the pandemic began; 55 of them are in hospital (11 new). In total, 3,685 people have died (0 new).
  • The TTC says that it will place all of its employees who are not fully vaccinated by November 20 on unpaid leave with the intention of terminating them by the end of 2021, reports CP24. The TTC had previously given employees until Oct. 30 to disclose their vaccination status but has now pushed that deadline back by three weeks to accommodate the roughly 600 individuals who only received their first dose of vaccine within the last few weeks.

  • The Toronto Star reports that unvaccinated teachers at the Toronto Catholic board risk being suspended without pay if they do not participate in mandatory COVID-19 rapid tests and starting Monday non-compliant employees will be barred from board property.

  • Brampton mayor, Patrick Brown, confirmed on Friday that Brampton's Santa Claus Parade will be cancelled and hosted online for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports the Brampton Guardian

  • Brown also says he fully supports restaurants opening at full capacity and wants to see it happen in his city, reports the Guardian. Speaking at the COVID-19 presser for Brampton on October 15, Brown said given the fact that restaurants are “vaccinated environments,” he fully supports them getting “back on their feet” with full operational capacity.

  • McMaster University says just about 85 per cent of students have submitted proof of vaccination (that figure sits at about 95 per cent for people with in-person labs and classes this semester). As CHCH News reports, students who didn't prove vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a valid exemption could be removed from classes as of today. They will also be disallowed from attending the campus. Students who'd not submitted proof had previously been able to take COVID-19 tests twice weekly instead, but no longer.

  • Hamilton public health is launching a new mobile COVID-19 assessment centre next week in the parking lot of the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre (in the Stoney Creek area). As the Hamilton Spectator reports, the area was identified as having high rates of COVID-19 and barriers to testing. The site will not do tests for travel or for people to attend public events. More mobile testing centres will be announced soon.

  • A Burlington allergist says since Ontario's proof-of-vaccination system came into effect, she's seen an uptick in requests for allergy assessments, the Canadian Press reports. She says previous allergic responses usually don't mean one can't get vaccinated. Marian Hanna says most previous reactions to vaccines are unrelated because COVID-19 vaccines are different, adding that with these vaccines, the patients she would typically worry about are those who had adverse reactions within minutes of receiving their first mRNA doses.

  • As more and more restrictions loosen in the province, Niagara's acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, tells the St. Catharines Standard he worries too many things are happening at once. He says case trends have been going down, but removing safeguards and colder weather driving indoor socialization is a risk. Hirji suggests it may be better to loosen restrictions slowly and wait to see what happens.


  • As of October 12, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 795,121 doses have been administered, of that 352,424 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of October 15, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,682 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 452 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,337 COVID-19 cases.


  • Thousands of revellers swamped the streets at Queen's University's homecoming weekend, in violation of bylaws about public gatherings, CTV Ottawa reports. One celebration had around 8,000 people. Kingston police have said they made arrests in connection with the parties.
  • Ottawa businesses are suffering due to disruptions in the supply chain caused by COVID-19, CTV Ottawa reports. Robin Lee, of Lee Valley Tools, says there have been delays of about a year in getting products to customers, and that it could take another 12 to 18 months before the supply chain returns to normal.


  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case. There are two active cases in the region.


  • London-Middlesex saw 10 new COVID-19 cases and 22 recoveries on Sunday, according to the local public-health unit, Global News reports.
  • Stellanis is cutting 1,800 jobs at its Windsor Assembly Plant by spring 2022, a move the auto manufacturer says is partly needed due to “the extended effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” CBC News reports.

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