COVID-19: What you need to know for September 14

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Sep 14, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 577 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 575,796 since the pandemic began; 363 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 192 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 119 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,624 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 29 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 22 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,805 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 28,657 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,212,026 since December 2020. 821,164 people have received only one dose, and 10,195,431 people have received both doses. 84.49 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 78.2 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 138 new school-related student cases (for a total of 257 since the school year started) 23 new staff cases (for a total of 51) and 8 new unspecified cases for a total of 20; 218 schools are reporting at least one case and 0 schools have been closed.

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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 September 13 data, Toronto reported 446 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 176,404 since the pandemic began; 95 of them are in hospital (12 new). In total, 3,635 people have died (4 new). Data as of September 13 includes case counts and outcomes since September 10.
  • Toronto Public Health says it is conducting "public health investigations" at 23 Toronto schools due to COVID-19, reports CBC News. In a news release on Monday, TPH said it will reach out to close contacts linked to the investigations. The schools include elementary, middle and secondary, public and Catholic, English and French schools. 
  • Mississauga and Brampton schools are reporting 10 classroom closures due to COVID-19 cases in less than a week since both Peel school boards reopened, reports the Brampton Guardian
  • Dozens of anti-vaccine protesters gathered outside Toronto General Hospital on Monday afternoon, reports CP24. The demonstration got underway at around 2 p.m. and wrapped up a few hours later. A large officer presence was visible during the protest but police said on Twitter that there were “no reports of hospital staff or patients being obstructed” and “no disruption to hospital services.”
  • Hamilton General Hospital's cardiac care unit director told CBC Hamilton every person in the ICU with COVID-19 these past 90 days has been unvaccinated and virtually no fully vaccinated people have been there during the fourth surge of the virus (the hospital says 90 per cent of hospital admissions, in general, have been unvaccinated patients). Craig Ainsworth says he and many patients' families are disappointed because the illnesses could have been avoided. Acknowledging some people have a harder time getting vaccinated, he notes most people in hospitals were avoiding vaccination, according to their families. Ainsworth says treating COVID-19 puts unnecessary pressure on hospitals and takes resources away from other treatments.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reports Hamilton General Hospital had to cancel all cardiac surgeries for a day because it needed nurses and beds for unvaccinated COVID-19 patients on Friday.
  • Matt Strauss, whose appointment to acting medical officer of health for Haldimand-Norfolk was questioned and criticized due to his public statements about the pandemic, will in fact start that job. The Spectator reports the board of health in the region confirmed his hiring 8-1 on Monday night. Strauss has been openly critical of public health measures such as stay-at-home orders and has written things seeming to downplay the pandemic's severity.
  • In Niagara, COVID-19 vaccination levels are close to the level needed to sharply reduce the risk of overwhelming hospitals (83 to 85 per cent of eligible people getting vaccinated), but acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says it could still take two months to get there at the current rate. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, about 67.6 per cent of Niagara's population is fully vaccinated. Hirji says the region saw a huge number of people booking shots the week the provincial vaccine mandate/credential program begins and he hopes that uptake continues. Of the 32 people admitted to Niagara hospitals with COVID-19 since August 7, only six were vaccinated. Three of the unvaccinated patients were younger than 16.

Indigenous

  • 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 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,719 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 405 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,104 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • A small crowd gathered outside the Ottawa Hospital on Monday to protest the requirement that Ontarians be vaccinated to access certain spaces or work in some front-line environments, Global News reports. “Those demonstrating outside of the hospital are putting not only staff and physicians at risk, but also the hundreds of patients who come to the hospital for care every day,” a hospital spokesperson said.
  • Experts spoke with University Affairs about students’ return to campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic and how that relates to binge drinking culture. Bryce Barker, a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, said that “Students say they feel drinking is expected of them [and] see it as a way to improve their social interactions."
  • Kingston police have continued to issue tickets to students gathering in large numbers in Kingston’s university district, CBC News reports, despite several previous warnings and an increase in the fine.
  • A school in Cornwall is closed for at least a week after a person tested positive for COVID-19, CTV News reports. “Viscount Alexander Public School has been closed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit until at least Sept. 20 as a means to limit further exposures and spread within the school and community,” the school district said in a release.

Northern

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported four cases resolved. There are currently no COVID cases in the James and Hudson Bay region.
  • The North Bay Nugget reports that four active cases were found in three schools within the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit area. Two cases were found at Parry Sound Public School, while one case was reported in Mother St. Bride Catholic Elementary School and one at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School, both in North Bay. All schools remain open, but the affected cohorts have all been dismissed.
  • Someone associated with Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Thunder Bay has tested positive for COVID-19, TBNewswatch reports. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Lakehead District School Board are working together to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus, and will contact those people directly.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is currently reporting 15 active COVID-19 cases. Two people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including one person in the ICU.
  • An outdoor walk-in vaccine clinic will be held at Kingsway Public School in Thunder Bay today between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit is advising the public of a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated people in Emo which “affects many households and age groups.” The health unit has declared outbreaks at Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program and SonShine Christian Kindergarten. Both facilities remain open, TBNewswatch reports.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit is currently reporting 12 active COVID-19 cases, including eight in Rainy River, where Emo is located.
  • A small group of anti-vaccine protestors gathered outside of MP Patty Hadju’s office in Thunder Bay yesterday, TBNewswatch reports.

Southwestern

  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Chatham church, Praise Fellowship Church at 165 Park Ave. E, reports the London Free Press. Anyone who attended Sunday services since Aug. 29, helped in the soup kitchen and took part in prayer, youth and devotional groups is advised to get tested for COVID-19 immediately, said David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent.
  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit will open another mall-based clinic at White Oaks Mall in an effort to offer an easy and convenient method of vaccination in neighbourhoods that have lower vaccine rates, reports Blackburn News. Starting today, those interested in getting a vaccine at White Oaks Mall can attend the clinic located inside the mall between Bath and Body Works and Sephora anytime during the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.


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