- Per today's government report, there are 656 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 566,206 since the pandemic began; 339 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 163 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 96 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,516 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 6 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 30 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 17 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,794 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
- Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 34,703 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,792,657 since December 2020. 863,985 people have received only one dose, and 9,964,336 people have received both doses. 83.05 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 76.42 per cent have received their second.
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- The province is set to announce the details of its COVID-19 vaccine passport today, which is expected to limit entry to non-essential businesses such as restaurants and gyms to those who are fully-vaccinated.
- The Ontario government has updated its screening guidance ahead of students returning to classrooms next week and will no longer include runny noses, sore throats and headaches among the list of symptoms associated with COVID-19, reports CP24.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to August 31 data, Toronto reported 171 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 174,392 since the pandemic began; 54 of them are in hospital (11 new). In total, 3,620 people have died (one new).
- The City of Toronto announced it is expanding its Team Toronto Mobile Strategy, which brings vaccines directly to residents.
Hamilton is home to a quarter of the neighbourhoods in Ontario with the highest per cent of positive COVID-19 tests, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Six of the 25 FSAs (the first three characters in a postal code) with the highest rates are in the city. It also has one on Ontario's worst vaccination rates. Case numbers are now similar to early December 2020 when the second surge of COVID-19 was ramping up. Nearly one in five people getting COVID-19 are in their 20s. Fewer than 60 per cent of people in that group are fully vaccinated. Nearby Six Nations is reporting a surge in cases and notes 38 per cent of its population is fully vaccinated, but the rate isn't explained so it's unknown if it can be accurately compared to Ontario's official rate: 76 per cent of people fully vaccinated.
In response to increasing cases, Hamilton public health is re-opening a testing centre to improve capacity. Located at 690 Main St. W., it will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week, offering 200 tests per day and going up to 500. The Spectator reports the city's test centre at Mohawk College is also expanding hours and capacity.
The Spectator also reports that a Halton resident is calling out local officials saying the rollout for COVID-19 booster shots is too slow.
University students tell CBC Hamilton they're looking to settle in and make friends at school, despite having to do much of their socializing online.
Hamilton residents tell CHCH News about the pandemic hobbies they adopted to pass the time.
- As of August 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 727,801 doses have been administered, of that 317,602 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
- As of August 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 889 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 393 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,974 COVID-19 cases.
Trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board voted Tuesday evening to develop a strategy that would mandate all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The policy will come into effect on September 30, pending official approval.
An outdoor goods store in Ottawa, Bushtukah, is paying a $500 bonus to all employees who decide to get vaccinated, CTV News reports. They expect that all 140 members of their staff will be fully vaccinated within a week or two. “I think it was a way of rewarding those and perhaps incentivizing some of those that hadn’t gotten around to it quite yet,” said the manager of one store.
This year, students will no longer be screened for runny noses and headaches as a part of the COVID-19 symptoms that exclude students from school or daycare, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports.
In it’s weekly vaccine update, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit reports that 73.6 per cent of the population aged 12 and up is fully vaccinated, while 81.7 per cent of people 12 and up have received one COVID-19 vaccine.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 10 active cases.
The Northwestern Health Unit has administered over 115,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Over 73 per cent of people in the health unit’s catchment aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated, while 82.2 per cent of people 12 and over have received on COVID-19 vaccine. The health unit is currently reporting four active COVID-19 cases.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts' medical officer of health Penny Sutcliffe "strongly" recommends employers to create vaccination policies for employees. The health unit created a vaccine policy tool kit for employers to help put together a policy with educational material.
- According to CBC News, international students from India looking to study in the Windsor area are paying up to $5,000 in flights alone, due to travel bans in place.
- Next week, Thames Valley District School Board trustees will debate mandating COVID-19 vaccines for children 12 and older.
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