COVID-19: What you need to know for October 7

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Oct 07, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 587 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 590,104 since the pandemic began; 279 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 149 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 102 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,776 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 13 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 37 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 25 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 25,240 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,974,193 since December 2020. 644,035 people have received only one dose, and 10,665,079 people have received both doses. 86.66 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 81.68 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 106 new school-related student cases (for a total of 2,534) 15 new staff cases (for a total of 297) and new unspecified cases for a total of 57; 780 schools are reporting at least one case and 8 schools have been closed.

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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.

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 6 data, Toronto reported 130 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 179,292 since the pandemic began; 56 of them are in hospital (9 new). In total, 3,671 people have died (1 new)
  • Yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced VaxGiving, the City of Toronto’s latest campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible against COVID-19. VaxGiving started on October 6 and will continue through the Thanksgiving long weekend to October 15, promoting varied vaccination options across the city for anyone needing a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. VaxGiving vaccination clinics are being held at TTC stations, malls, schools, community centres and libraries – places Torontonians live, work and play. The full list of locations with clinic dates and times is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated
  • City of Toronto employees have less than a month to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or else they will be suspended without pay and ultimately fired if they don’t comply with the city’s mandatory vaccination policy, reports CP24. The city released an update to its policy on Wednesday and said staff will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated by November 1 in order to avoid suspension.

  • The downtown Hamilton restaurant that closed after the Ministry of Labour started investigating its refusal to enforce Ontario's proof-of-vaccination rules is now for sale. The Hamilton Spectator reports that Nique, whose owner said he closed on advice from his lawyer because some staff quit, is up for sale, but not the building itself. This restaurant in particular drew attention (despite not being the only one not enforcing new rules) because the owner shared screenshots of online, sometimes-vulgar arguments with customers asking him about his stance.

  • Hamilton Health Sciences is expected to announce a stricter worker vaccination policy, one day after it announced a death in an outbreak that started in Hamilton General Hospital's burn unit. The Spectator reports that on Wednesday, officials announced one person in that outbreak (which affected staff and one non-staff person) had died. The hospital network has almost 12,000 staff and is one of Hamilton's biggest employers. On Wednesday, St. Joseph’s Healthcare said it will move to mandatory vaccination in November. Currently, hospital workers are required to disclose their status. Unvaccinated workers get tested regularly and receive education.

  • In Niagara, the St. Catharines Standard reports, vaccination rates among long-term care staff vary significantly, from around 80 per cent, to more than 90 per cent of staff fully vaccinated. Public health recently finished administering third doses to eligible LTC residents in Niagara.

  • One St. Catharines woman tells CBC Hamilton she, her partner and their three children all got COVID-19 and she worries it may have been due to one or more unvaccinated workers at the children's school. The school had a COVID-19 outbreak with three cases that closed four classrooms. The public school board in Niagara says all teachers and education workers have declared vaccinations status and over 90 per cent of workers in both groups are fully vaccinated.

  • In a feature on anger around COVID-19, the Spectator explores rage people feel toward government and one another by looking at the psychological impacts of stress and uncertainty.

​​​​​​​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 6, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,757 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 432 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,298 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Nursing home staff in eastern Ontario tried to report unsafe working conditions to the Ministry of Labour during the first wave, according to documents obtained by CBC News. Among the issues workers tried to raise were the inability to access PPE, which had been locked away. In response, the ministry conducted field visits over the phone rather than in-person.

Northern

Southwestern

  • COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton are trending higher, the Sarnia Observer reports, but the area’s top doctor suggests it may not be long before they plateau. “We’ve started our rise. Everyone else started rising earlier. They’re already plateauing or coming down, and we will do the same most likely,” says Sudit Ranade, Lambton County’s medical officer of health, noting that the area is lagging other parts of southwestern Ontario as it did earlier in the pandemic. Lambton Public Health on Wednesday reported seven new cases, down from 14 the day prior.

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