COVID-19: What you need to know for September 13

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 13, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 600 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 575,219 since the pandemic began; 189 people are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 116 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,617 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 8 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 31 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 21 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 15,842 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,183,369 since December 2020. 824,745 people have received only one dose, and 10,179,312 people have received both doses. 84.39 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 78.07 per cent have received their second.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

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  • According to September 10 data, Toronto reported 197 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 175,977 since the pandemic began; 94 of them are in hospital (9 new). In total, 3,631 people have died (1 new).
  • The City of Toronto announced that it has partnered with Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the TTC to hold the five-day mobile clinic at Union Station from Monday, September 13, to Friday, September 17. According to a news release, the clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, and in partnership with Toronto Public Library (TPL), the TTC and TPH, a pop-up TTC bus vaccination clinic will be held at Rexdale Library on Monday, September 13 from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • The City of Toronto announced that Toronto Public Health (TPH) is opening clinic operations at Woodbine Mall at 500 Rexdale Blvd. in Etobicoke, and will also relaunch student immunizations at this clinic location. According to a news release, the clinic in Woodbine Mall will replace operations at The Hangar at 75 Carl Hall Rd. Starting Tuesday, September 21, the clinic at Woodbine Mall will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for walk-in appointments for a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Three schools in Toronto have confirmed cases of COVID-19, reports CP24. Toronto Public Health says Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, St-Michel French Catholic Elementary, and West Hill Collegiate Institute have all been linked to outbreaks of the virus.

  • Peel Public Health says guests who attended a wedding at a banquet hall in Mississauga last week were exposed to COVID-19, reports CP24. In a news release Sunday, the local health unit said those who went to the wedding at Capitol Banquet Centre on September 5 should get tested for the novel coronavirus.

  • Hamilton doctors Kerry Beal and Joe Oliver told CBC Radio show Day 6 about their work offering COVID-19 vaccines to people in neighbourhoods with low vaccination rates. The two regularly walk around asking people if they want shots. Their outreach includes visits to encampments where people experiencing homelessness live. The doctors say they consider trauma people may have experienced to better communicate with them and build rapport.

  • After a protest against public health measures in Hamilton's Gore Park on Friday, Hamilton police say they arrested two people. One, the Hamilton Spectator reports, appears to be King City's Chris Saccoccia, who is well-known in the protest movement under the name Chris Sky. The man was arrested for not complying with a court-imposed release order then released following a bail hearing. A 39-year-old Brampton woman was also arrested in Hamilton and then released. Saccoccia was arrested in Toronto in May for allegedly threatening to shoot several people, then charged with threats, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

  • While dozens of people protested public health measures in St. Catharines on Saturday, Niagara's acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, warned the unvaccinated among them were putting themselves at risk by gathering with other unvaccinated people, increasing the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, the St. Catharines Standard reports.

  • Hirji told that paper he thinks a new potentially vaccine-resistant strain of COVID-19 may be unlikely to take off in Niagara given how rapidly the Delta variant is spreading.


  • 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 330,197 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.


  • The City of Kingston has raised the fine for anyone attending large street parties above the 100 person limit for outdoors, CBC News reports. They range from $500 to $2,000.
  • An unvaccinated woman in her 40s is the latest COVID-19 death in the Peterborough area region, My Kawartha reports. She marks the area’s 23rd death.
  • Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, says that she’s optimistic that the city can keep COVID-19 under control as children head back to school, CBC News reports. “This is a stressful time with the start of school and more requirements, and I know that we can make it through this,” she said.


  • Thunder Bay mayor Bill Mauro says he will reconsider capacity limits at municipal hockey arenas following complaints, TBNewswatch reports. One arena currently has a maximum capacity of 43 spectators, while others are between 15 and 17 people.
  • Tonight Thunder Bay city council will be debating a proposed vaccine policy that, if adopted, would require some, but not all municipal employees to be vaccinated, TBNewswatch reports. The city’s administration has drafted the policy which would require those who are unvaccinated to take an education course and undergo regular antigen testing.


  • London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria campus is among several Canadian hospitals where planned protests against COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine certificates among other issues are expected to take place Monday, reports CTV News.
  • A Sarnia city/county councillor is calling on all members of city council and city council committee appointees to provide proof of double vaccination against COVID-19 by October 31, reports Blackburn News. 

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