- Per today's government report, there are 848 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 572,978 since the pandemic began; 361 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 177 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 113 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,590 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 32 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 17 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,804 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 35,844 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,098,125 since December 2020. 840,227 people have received only one dose, and 10,128,949 people have received both doses. 84.13 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 77.69 per cent have received their second.
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- The Toronto District School Board has temporarily paused extracurricular activities in its schools in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus, but other school districts in the region won't do the same, CP24 reports. Peel's medical officer of health, Lawrence Loh, says the region will not do so at this time because "there is a recognition that segmenting parts of the school day can be quite challenging." York Region also has no plans to pause extracurriculars but has put several other precautions in place: banning assemblies for the month of September and recommending high-contact sports be restricted to outdoors only.
- Global News reports that a plant in Missisauga has been selected to make mRNA for Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. National Resilience Incorporated will produce the messenger RNA for the company. Several months ago, Moderna and the government signed a memorandum of understanding stating that the company will build a facility to produce vaccines here in Canada.
- McMaster University researchers say a potential COVID-19 treatment — donating blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to patients — does not work and could lead to adverse effects, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The study found that the antibody profiles in COVID-19 patients' blood differs significantly.
- As the Ontario Liberals repeated their call for the health minister to revoke the appointment of Haldimand-Norfolk's new acting medical officer of health, Health Minister Christine Elliott stated that the province does not have that power. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Elliot says the ministry appoints full-time medical officers of health, not acting ones. The doctor in question, Matt Strauss — whose appointment is under fire due to his public remarks questioning public-health consensus and downplaying COVID-19 — does not have a postgraduate degree in public health, which would be required for him to get the full-time job. Ontario's chief medical officer says he will watch Haldimand-Norfolk and step in if he has concerns.
- The St. Catharines Standard reports two Niagara elementary schools have reported COVID-19 cases and one has now had to shut down a classroom. Niagara region's acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, says positive cases in schools are unfortunate but not unexpected given how high cases are within the community.
- As of September 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 755,639 doses have been administered, of that 332,768 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
- As of September 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,681 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 402 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,064 COVID-19 cases.
- One Kingston area business owner spoke with Global News Thursday about their refusal to enforce any form of what is commonly referred to as a vaccine passport or require masks in their establishments. Other business owners who appeared to be part of an anti-vaccine-passport Facebook group refused to speak with a reporter.
- Students leaders at Queen’s University are seeking alternatives for students after a long weekend of partying outdoors — including with crowds in the thousands — which Kingston’s mayor said has left the city “appalled.” A student leader told CBC News that students don’t have many other options, such as extracurriculars, as ways to connect.
With students back for in-person learning, COVID-19 cases have begun cropping up at some French-language schools, which opened last week in Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Public-health officials had warned the public to expect to see some cases with the re-opening of schools.
- The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 14 active cases.
- The Northwestern Health Unit currently has eight active COVID-19 cases.
- The Thunder Bay District Health Unit, in partnership with local school boards, is holding pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools, TBNewswatch reports. To see the full schedule visit the health unit’s website.
- Some 94 per cent of the staff and volunteers at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre who have reported their vaccine status are fully vaccinated, CBC Thunder Bay reports. A hospital spokesperson did not provide the number of people who have yet to declare their vaccine status. Employees can provide proof of a medical exemption, and those who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to complete an education program and will be subject to regular testing.
- New public-health restrictions have caused controversy in the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, CBC News reports. The restrictions, which include capacity limits at wedding venues, a prohibition on dancing, and a 12 a.m. closing time for bars and nightclubs, have been unpopular with some in the business community. Windsor-Essex had one of the highest COVID-19 rates in the province, as well as the highest rate of positive tests, over the last week. "With the data that's in front of me, if I'm not taking any action, I'm not doing my job," says Wajid Ahmed, the region's medical officer of health.
- Thames Valley District School Board says school in the region will align with the province in developing a vaccine policy for their staff, CBC London reports. Staff will need to provide proof of vaccination or take twice-weekly COVID tests. The boards will consider whether to mandate vaccines for eligible student on September 28 so that parents have time to give their input.
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