COVID-19: What you need to know for October 26

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Oct 26, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 269 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 598,110 since the pandemic began; 233 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 138 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 88 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,852 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 14 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 11 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,824 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 18,428 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,413,315 since December 2020. 513,967 people have received only one dose, and 10,949,674 people have received both doses. 87.92 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 83.98 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 140 new school-related student cases (for a total of 3,786) 10 new staff cases (for a total of 430) and new unspecified cases for a total of 71; 614 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 25 data, Toronto reported 128 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 180,605 since the pandemic began; 40 of them are in hospital (5 new). In total, 3,691 people have died (0 new). Data as of October 25 includes case counts and outcomes since October 22.  
  • In the three days that #VaxInTheSix COVID-19 vaccine clinics were in operation at six subway stations, Team Toronto vaccination partners administered 877 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, notes a media release. The highest number of doses (191) were administered at the Kennedy station. 
  • About 29,000 Hamilton residents will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the city reaches the goal of 90 per cent of eligible residents fully immunized. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, that's the level experts say is needed to prevent outbreaks and protect hospital capacity. As things stand, about 81 per cent of eligible Hamiltonians have two jabs. The 29,000 number counts people who don't have any shots at all. About 55,000 people need second shots to reach 90 per cent. Medical officer of health Elizabeth Richardson has said that despite greater access and decentralized clinics, misinformation is driving hesitancy.

  • The paper also reports that Haldimand-Norfolk MP Leslyn Lewis tweeted what seems to be criticism and or/skepticism about public health measures and the safety of vaccines. On moves to approve COVID-19 vaccines for children, Lewis also wrote: "The treatment neither prevents transmitting or getting the virus." While no vaccine Is 100 per cent effective, recent Ontario data shows unvaccinated people are seven times more likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms than people who are vaccinated. They are also 17 times more likely to be hospitalized and 23 times more likely to end up in an ICU.


  • As of October 19, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 804,613 doses have been administered, of that 358,363 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of October 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,683 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 474 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,382 COVID-19 cases.


  • The outbreak of COVID-19 that has closed Charlotte-Lemieux elementary school in Ottawa’s west end has grown to 22 cases, reports the Ottawa Citizen
  • On Friday, Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife and London West MPP Peggy Sattler submitted a co-written letter to the integrity commissioner's office, after images of several people appeared in posts on the online accounts of Randy Hillier, an Independent MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, reports CBC News. Hillier's post suggested, falsely, that individuals died or suffered from a "permanent adverse reaction shortly after receiving their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine."


  • The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says 27 per cent of people aged 18 to 27 in the region haven't received a single dose of the vaccine, according to Bay Today. Seventy-three per cent of people in that age group have a single dose, while 64 per cent are fully vaccinated. "If you know someone in this age group," said Andrea McLellan, the health unit's director of immunization strategy. "I encourage you to have a conversation with them about being vaccinated. They can also call our call centre at 1-844-478-1400 if they have any questions."
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 51 new cases and 22 resolved for a total of 169 active cases on October 25. An outbreak was also declared at Vale's south mine.


  • The pandemic is curbing London Transit’s plans to ramp up bus service — at least until next year, according to CTV News London. London’s transit agency cites unexpected bus-driver retirements and parts shortages as challenges related to COVID-19.
  • There have now been more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases recorded in the Waterloo region since March 2020, CBC News reports.
  • Windsor-Essex County is facing nine active COVID-19 outbreaks at schools, with the local-health unit declaring the latest on Monday at Tecumseh Vista Academy, CTV News Windsor reports.

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