COVID-19: What you need to know for October 27

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Oct 27, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 321 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 598,431 since the pandemic began; 215 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 134 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 91 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,862 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 12 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 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 21,761 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,435,076 since December 2020. 506,982 people have received only one dose, and 10,964,047 people have received both doses. 87.98 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 84.09 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 85 new school-related student cases (for a total of 3,867) 5 new staff cases (for a total of 435) and new unspecified cases for a total of 71; 533 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.
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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.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • CTV News reports that up to 50,000 education workers in Ontario could be fired if COVID-19 vaccines were mandated for that sector, the province's education minister said Tuesday.
  • Premier Doug Ford says that he is “still waiting for answers” from hospital administrators about the potential staffing impacts that could arise from introducing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers, reports CP24.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to October 26 data, Toronto reported 70 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 180,672 since the pandemic began; 36 of them are in hospital (3 new). In total, 3,693 people have died (2 new). Data as of October 25 includes case counts and outcomes since October 22.  
  • The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) says it will extend its November 2 COVID-19 vaccination deadline by nearly three weeks for some workers, as it grapples with employees who won’t respond to its queries and a high number of claims for medical exemptions, reports CP24

  • The Peel District School Board (PDSB) released a COVID-19 update for the planned October 27 board meeting, which reported that 80 per cent of staff are fully vaccinated, reports the Brampton Guardian. Out of the 24,036 total staff members, 19,386 — 80.6 per cent — have proven full vaccination status with supporting documentation, with 21,170 staff who have said they are vaccinated without showing documentation yet.

  • Ancaster News reports the City of Hamilton will require all citizen-appointed members of advisory committees to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status by the end of November. Members who do not will have to take education about vaccines and will need to submit negative COVID-19 rapid test results before any in-person meeting.

  • Niagara has seen a small increase in cases recently, but acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji tells the St. Catharines Standard he expects a slow decline in cases to continue, as had been the case. He noted he'll watch to see if other health units also saw slight increases around Thanksgiving.

  • Niagara Health and Hotel Dieu Shaver hospital announced staff and physicians will have to prove vaccination against COVID-19 by January 27 to continue working at hospital facilities, the Standard reports. A union representing Niagara healthcare workers says it will work to protect members impacted by this, as Niagara Health management says staff who don't provide proof will be placed on unpaid leave. Niagara Health says about 93 per cent of staff were vaccinated as of Tuesday. That number sits around 89 per cent for Hotel Dieu Shaver rehab hospital in St. Catharines.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • 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 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,654 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 475 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,385 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Some Ottawa businesses that are no longer bound by capacity restrictions say they are not ready just yet to open to full capacity, reports the Ottawa Citizen. “I don’t think (the Ontario government) understand that we just went through hell for 590 days. We’ve had to adapt and change and can’t just go back to normal in one day," said Jessica Turanec, owner of Elevate Spin in Ottawa. 
  • Varying COVID-19 vaccination requirements among high school athletes from across Ontario has punted the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Football Bowls Series out of Richardson Stadium on December 1 and 2, reports the Kingston Whig Standard

Northern

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 35 new COVID cases and five resolved for a total of 199 active cases in the region. According to PHSD, 190 of the cases are in Greater Sudbury. There are eight active outbreaks, including a new outbreak declared at École Sainte-Marie in Sudbury. At Health Sciences North, there are six confirmed cases that are in hospital, and another four awaiting testing results.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting three new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 17 active cases in the region, including one person hospitalized in the ICU.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting one active COVID-19 case in the Rainy River region.

Southwestern

  • A London long-term-care facility faces three charges related to COVID-19 under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, the London Free Press reports. The Ontario labour ministry’s charges against Kensington Village follow repeated outbreaks at the facility and a registered nurse’s death.
  • London Health Science Centre employees who were fired for failing to meet the hospital network’s October 22 deadline for vaccination (or proof of an accommodated exemption) are speaking out in the London Free Press.
  • More than 75 per cent of Waterloo region’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CTV News Kitchener reports. Among the vaccine-eligible population of residents 12 and up, the vaccination rate is 87.2 per cent.
  • The union representing workers at the Windsor Assembly Plant is filing a grievance against owner Stellantis over a policy requiring employees of the auto manufacturer to get vaccinated by December 17, according to the Windsor Star.


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