- Per today's government report, there are 429 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 589,041 since the pandemic began; 277 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 155 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 101 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,757 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 17 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 48 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 37 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,821 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
- As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 234 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,329) 14 new staff cases (for a total of 279) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 57; 796 schools are reporting at least one case and 6 schools have been closed.
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- Toronto Public Health (TPH) has declared outbreaks of COVID-19 at three schools in the city after multiple cases of the virus were found to be linked within the individual facilities, reports CP24. In a series of tweets published Monday evening, TPH said the affected schools include Westway Junior Public School, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, and St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Toronto’s west end.
The city of Toronto announced that its vaccination clinics administered more than 1,000 vaccine doses as part of last Saturday’s #Vax25 COVID-19 vaccination push. #Vax25 highlighted 37 clinics across Toronto operating on Saturday, October 2. Among the 37 clinics were City-run immunization and mobile immunization clinics, including those at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, Mitchell Field Community Centre, Woodbine Mall and Cloverdale Mall. City-operated clinics administered 1,021 doses of vaccine on Saturday. According to a news release, this total does not include the hundreds of doses administered by Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, No Frills and Rexall pharmacies across the city that participated in #Vax25.
With the return to school taking place just a month ago, recent COVID-19 trends in Peel Region show an increase in school-aged cases, reports the Brampton Guardian. According to Peel Public Health’s October 1 epidemiological report, “testing rates have increased for children, with the highest incidence rate now among those age 0 to 9 years old, at 42 cases per 100,000.”
The first business in Hamilton to be charged for allegedly violating Ontario's proof-of-vaccination program is the downtown burger restaurant Empire Burger. In a Monday update on Hamilton's COVID-19 response, Emergency Operations director Jason Throne could not provide what led to the charge. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Hamilton's director of licensing has said officials would be taking an education-first approach to enforcement. CBC Hamilton reports Empire Burger was charged $750, according to a city spokesperson.
The Spectator reports McMaster Children's Hospital is planning to expand its intensive-care unit if there is a surge of COVID-19 since more than one-third of the city's active cases of the coronavirus are in people 19 and younger. About 78 per cent of Hamilton residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccination got their two shots, one of the lowest rates in Ontario. Hamilton has the fifth-highest COVID-19 case rate in the province and modelling predicts between 100 to 200 new cases per day by mid-October. Currently, average daily new cases are fluctuating, most recently sitting at 26 on Oct. 2.
The St. Catharines Standard reports about 25 people protested outside Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff's office in Beamsville Monday, calling for an end to for-profit long-term care. Long-term care residents have been particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 with major outbreaks occurring in homes throughout Ontario.
- 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 October 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,854 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 428 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,268 COVID-19 cases.
- An Ottawa school likely has the highest number of COVID cases in the province, the Ottawa Citizen reports. St. Benedict school, which has been closed since September 29, had 15 cases Monday, and 26 people involved in the outbreak, according to Ottawa Public Health. It's one of two schools currently closed in the city.
- Kingston Health Sciences Centre will put workers who do not provide proof of vaccination on indefinite unpaid leave, Global News reports. A two-week period of unpaid leave for those who had not yet provided proof of a first dose is set to expire Wednesday, and according to the hospital, it's still waiting for proof from 63 of its employees. The hospital says it will consider next steps, including termination, for those who still won't get vaccinated.
- On Monday the Northwestern Health Unit reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the Rainy River district - more than three times the active number of cases in the Thunder Bay district, TBNewswatch reports. There are currently 19 active cases in the health unit’s catchment.
- The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reported only 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the region Tuesday morning, reports Blackburn News. Among the new cases, two are close contacts of previously confirmed infections, two were community-acquired, and one case is outbreak-related. Case and contact management staff continue to investigate five cases.
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