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

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Oct 19, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 328 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 595,563 since the pandemic began; 260 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 159 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 101 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,819 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 8 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 22 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 23 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 21,310 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,264,919 since December 2020. 559,901 people have received only one dose, and 10,852,509 people have received both doses. 87.53 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 83.24 per cent have received their second.
  • Between 2 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Monday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 157 new school-related student cases (for a total of 3,347) 16 new staff cases (for a total of 375) and new unspecified cases for a total of 66; 614 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 school has 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 18 data, Toronto reported 196 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 180,266 since the pandemic began; 50 of them are in hospital (3 new). In total, 3,686 people have died (1 new). Data as of October 18 includes new cases and outcomes since October 15. 
  • The Toronto District School Board has confirmed that Silverthorn Collegiate Institute will be reopening for in-person learning on Tuesday morning, after being closed for the last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak, reports CP24.

  • People are required to show proof of vaccination for new marriage license appointments booked in Oakville Town Hall after September 22. Those who booked before September 22, however, won’t need to do so, reports the Toronto Star

  • Hamilton's medical officer of health Elizabeth Richardson says her team is "cautiously optimistic" that a fourth surge of COVID-19 cases has been diverted in Hamilton. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, an epidemiologist told the city's board of health Monday that they anticipate increased risk in November and December as people move indoors, noting that if public health measures are cut back before vaccination levels increase, cases could rise quickly. Modeler Scarsin Forecasting predicts by masking, physical distancing, limiting contacts and travelling less, Hamiltonians can prevent 850 cases in Hamilton before years' end.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji also had tentative good news, saying in an update that Niagara has been able to hold off the worst of the fourth surge, " which is encouraging and I think a bit surprising.” As the St. Catharines Standard reports, Hirji has said new restrictions won't likely be required once the province lifts capacity limits on more businesses, but that more vaccine mandates may be required if cases increase.

  • The Standard also reports more than 99 per cent of Niagara College's students and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with Brock University reporting that rate to be 95 per cent.


  • 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 18, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,662 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 457 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,357 COVID-19 cases.


  • ​​​​​​​Ottawa has passed a milestone: 90 per cent of eligible residents have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to CBC News. The city's goal is to have 90 per cent of all residents fully vaccinated.


  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new case of COVID-19. There is currently only one active case in the region.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has 4 active COVID-19 cases, including 3 cases in the Rainy River region and one in Sioux Lookout
  • The Sudbury jail has closed after an outbreak was reported Friday, according to CBC Sudbury. The Ministry of the Solicitor General decided to close the jail and transfer its 145 inmates. Anyone who tested positive will be self-isolated, and contract tracing within the facility is underway.
  • A West Ferris School has announced it has a positive case, according to the North Bay Nugget. The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says students in a Grade 5/6 class who were at the school from Oct. 11 to 15 are high-risk close contacts of the COVID-19 case. École St-Raymond. 


  • With its local public-health unit reporting just two COVID-19 cases on Monday, the area including London and Middlesex County recorded its lowest daily case count since August, the London Free Press reports.
  • Oakwood Bible Chapel may have been the site of a COVID-19 exposure, CTV News Windsor notes. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit asks anyone who visited the Windsor church on October 10 from 11 a.m. to noon to monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop.

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