COVID-19: What you need to know for October 4

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Oct 04, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 511 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 588,612 since the pandemic began; 146 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 104 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,754 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 19 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 47 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 35 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,820 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 133 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,109) 11 new staff cases (for a total of 266) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 55; 816 schools are reporting at least one case and 5 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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

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  • The city of Toronto’s mask bylaw has been extended into 2022. City council approved the decision on Friday amid concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant. “Ensuring people are properly wearing masks or face coverings in public spaces is crucial to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” reads a news release from the city. The bylaw requires face coverings in indoor public spaces, including businesses, as well as common areas in condos and apartment buildings.
  • The owner of a Hamilton restaurant called Nique — which was investigated by the Ministry of Labour after the owner publicly stated that he would not enforce proof-of-vaccination rules — tells CBC Hamilton that the restaurant closed not because of the investigation but because some workers quit and his legal counsel advised it. He says the workers quit because of family concerns about his stance on the vaccination rules.
  • Niagara saw more new COVID-19 cases than were resolved this past weekend. In light of new provincial rules mandating vaccinations for long-term-care staff and volunteers, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji tells the St. Catharines Standard that he thought previous provincial policies would get more people who work in those institutions vaccinated than was the case. Given how quickly the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, it's likely current restrictions will be in place until at least spring or summer, Hirji says.

Indigenous

  • As of September 28, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 777,642 doses have been administered, of that 344,525 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of September 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,909 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 421 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,247 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Charges may be laid after an estimated 2,000 people gathered at a post-game party celebrating the University of Ottawa's victory in the city's annual Panda Game, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The football game, which takes place between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University each year, required proof of vaccination to attend, as did the officially sanctioned tailgate party. But after the Gee-Gees's victory, students began gathering in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, near the school, in what some have called a “riot.” At least seven people were hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning and injuries.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case. There are currently 4 active cases in the region.
  • Hockey Northwestern Ontario announced that all players born before 2009 must be fully vaccinated in order to play, TBNewswatch reports.
  • Many large employers in northern Ontario do not have vaccination policies in place, CBC Sudbury reports. Large industrial employers like mines and mills, including the Algoma Steel mill in Sault Ste. Marie, do not require employees to be vaccinated.

Southwestern

  • Some 90 per cent of London’s municipal employees have complied with city hall’s COVID-19 vaccination rules, CTV News reports. The city had asked staff to provide proof of full or partial vaccination or declare a medical or Human Rights exemption by September 29. ““I really do believe that number will be going up,” Lynne Livingstone, city manager for London, tells CTV News.
  • Lambton County has 99 active cases of COVID-19 as of October 4, according to the public-health unit. There are four active outbreaks in the county.

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