COVID-19: What you need to know for October 6

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Oct 06, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 476 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 589,517 since the pandemic began; 280 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 156 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 103 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,771 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 14 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 40 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 27 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,822 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 32,296 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,948,953 since December 2020. 650,247 people have received only one dose, and 10,649,353 people have received both doses. 86.57 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 81.52 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 156 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,434) 16 new staff cases (for a total of 283) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 57; 773 schools are reporting at least one case and 8 schools have been closed.

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  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that, as of October 30, travellers flying out of a Canadian airport or taking a VIA train will be need to provide proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test. And as of November 30, most travellers will not be permitted to take flights or trains unless they have been fully vaccinated. He also announced that those federal public servants who have not attested that they're received their vaccinations may be required to take an unpaid leave of absence.

JMM COVID Graph
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.
JMM COVID Graph
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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to October 5 data, Toronto reported 102 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 179,172 since the pandemic began; 54 of them are in hospital (11 new). In total, 3,671 people have died (5 new).
  • The Toronto District School Board says that it will begin collecting COVID-19 vaccination status from some students on a voluntary basis, reports CP24

  • City Council voted Monday to continue waiving permit fees for businesses providing outdoor fitness programs in City parks and green spaces until December 31. According to a news release, free commercial permits will be available for private businesses who want to offer outdoor fitness, yoga or martial arts classes in park spaces as long as weather and park conditions allow it. Permit holders will need to continue complying with current provincial restrictions, including gathering limits, restrictions around amplified sound, and follow health and safety guidelines.

  • The Toronto Star reports that theYork Region District School Board’s own staff strongly objected to implementing a controversial and seldom-used hybrid learning model for elementary schools, saying it would be “detrimental” to students and families and leave marginalized students behind. The model, which involves teachers instructing students online and in person simultaneously, was first introduced in some school boards in the fall of 2020, as the province tried to cope with shifts between in-person and virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Peel Public Health has confirmed that 10 schools in the region have active COVID-19 outbreaks, reports the Brampton Guardian

  • Over four months after Niagara Health got permission to resume some non-essential surgeries and medical procedures, the hospital network is still working through a six-week backlog, the St. Catharines Standard reports. At one point, it had over 2,000 procedures to catch up on. Public health in Niagara says the pandemic sapped their resources too, leading to less support for childhood vaccinations, inspections and other programs. Public health is also struggling to fill vacancies.

  • The Standard also reports that public health is reviewing an Ontario program to determine if rapid antigen tests for children and students in high-risk areas are needed in Niagara. The tests would be for unvaccinated children and positive results would need to be confirmed at COVID-19 assessment centres by lab-based tests.

  • Hamilton's public school board reported more COVID-19 outbreaks in September than ever (11), the Hamilton Spectator reports. There were 10 in March and that was a full month of classes, whereas September's classes started a week into the month. Most outbreaks have three or fewer cases. The head of the division of infectious disease in the department of pediatrics at McMaster University tells the Spectator school attendance does not seem to be driving transmission or hospitalization.

​​​​​​​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 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.

Eastern

  • Four Ottawa unions representing municipal employees have filed grievances over the city' mandatory vaccination policy, CBC News reports. Three of the unions represent transit and transportation workers, while the fourth represents other municipal employees, including health-care workers. Clint Crabtree, president of ATU 279, one of the unions involved, says his union's grievance was based on "freedom of choice."
  • Hugh Guan, acting medical officer of health at Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, has issued a letter of instruction to enforce required proof of vaccination for volunteers, coaches and officials participating or associated with indoor organized sports and recreation activities, effective at one minute after midnight on Tuesday, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard. Up until this point, proof of vaccination was not required for coaches, officials and volunteers in the public health area.

Northern

  • All four major cities in northeastern Ontario are now requiring their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reports CBC News. North Bay was the latest to bring in a vaccine mandate with a unanimous vote of city council Tuesday night.

Southwestern

  • London-area public health officials are expected to announce tighter rules for COVID-19 vaccination requirements at sports and recreation facilities Wednesday, a change that could have major implications for youth aged 12 to 17 who aren’t fully vaccinated, reports the London Free Press. 
  • Chatham-Kent councillors voted Monday in support of a COVID-19 vaccination policy for mayor and council, as well as citizen volunteer committees and boards, reports the Chatham Daily News. The vaccination policy for council and committee members – approved in a 14-3 vote – is similar to the recently implemented policy for municipal employees. In the absence of full vaccination, members will be required to provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours prior to conducting any activity associated with fulfilling their duties, including the resumption of in-person meetings. This will be on their own time and cost.
  • The University of Windsor is hosting two more COVID-19 vaccination clinics in their Faculty of Education parking lot, reports Blackburn News. Anyone 12 and up who hasn’t had their first or second dose is invited to come to the corner of University Avenue West and California Avenue Thursday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


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