COVID-19: What you need to know for September 17

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 17, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 795 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 578,048 since the pandemic began; 336 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 194 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 133 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,637 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 37 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 16 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,807 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 35,285 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,318,465 since December 2020. 805,339 people have received only one dose, and 10,256,563 people have received both doses. 84.84 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 78.67 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 105 new school-related student cases (for a total of 526) 15 new staff cases (for a total of 82) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 24; 396 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 school have been closed.

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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

  • According to September 16 data, Toronto reported 202 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 176,896 since the pandemic began; 85 of them are in hospital (9 new). In total, 3,639 people have died (1 new). 
  • COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at two Toronto elementary schools, reports CTV News. Toronto Public Health says that it has declared outbreaks at both Alvin Curling Public School in Scarborough and King George Junior Public School in Runnymede after determining that at least two cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus at each school were "linked."
  • The Toronto International Film Festival is reporting a case of COVID-19 in an audience member who attended press and industry screenings, reports CTV News
  • The City of Toronto announced that it will be working with businesses to educate them on the Province of Ontario’s proof of vaccine requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA). According to a news release, staff from Toronto Public Health and Municipal Licensing and Standards will continue to conduct inspections to ensure businesses are following the requirements under the ROA, including the new vaccination requirements, and will work to respond to complaints. 
  • Masks will continue to be required inside public spaces in Mississauga until at least the end of March, reports CP24. The city's mandatory mask bylaw, which covers all indoor settings where the public ordinarily visits, was set to expire on September 30 but during a meeting on Wednesday Mississauga council voted in favour of its extension until March 31.
  • Hamilton's Catholic school board tells the Hamilton Spectator about 17 per cent of teachers are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not disclosed their vaccination status, meaning they must be tested regularly. The board has 4,004 staff who must disclose vaccination. Of those 83 per cent have two doses, six per cent have one and less than one per cent have a medical exemption. About 11 per cent are not vaccinated or have not submitted the form to share their status. At the public board, about 90 per cent of staff have disclosed their status and of those, about 18 per cent are not fully vaccinated.
  • For the first time since March 2020, politicians sat in St. Catharines council chambers on Thursday, the St. Catharines Standard reports. Councillors spaced out, sitting where media, staff and the public would normally be.


  • 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 15, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,755 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 408 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,122 COVID-19 cases.


  • Research by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has found that children’s activity levels declined sharply at the beginning of the pandemic, with only 2.6 per cent of children and youth meeting federal movement guidelines, CBC News reports. Getting kids moving again will be a “substantial challenge,” one researcher said.
  • Ottawa bylaw says that it is not expecting a “huge increase” in calls next week when Ontario rolls out its vaccination record system. “Quite honestly, we're surprised that the regulations are such that they are, they're very basic I think,” said the head of Ottawa’s bylaw department. “When you're talking about restaurants, it's indoors only.”


  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts warns of potential high-risk exposures at the M'Chigeeng powwow social grounds and at a gathering in the woods near École Secondaire Hanmer. Anyone who attended the powwow social grounds on September 5 between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. is asked to self-isolate and get tested. Anyone who went to to the social gathering near École Secondaire Hanmer on September 11 between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. is asked to get tested, while those who are aren't vaccinated are asked to self-isolate.


  • Windsor city council approved a mandatory vaccine policy for all municipal workers Thursday night, reports the Windsor Star. City of Windsor employees now have until November 15 to either provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or obtain a valid accommodation under human rights legislation.
  • The Chatham Daily News reports that the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s intensive care unit is at full capacity, with half of its beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to hospital group officials. Out of 10 ICU beds, five are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Two patients – one of them COVID-19-positive – are on ventilators. In total, 16 people with the virus are in hospital. Thirteen are not fully vaccinated while three people are.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will hold a testing clinic in the gymnasium of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, reports Blackburn News. The clinic is for any students and staff at the school who were dismissed on Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Data presented by the Windsor-Essex health unit on Thursday showed multiple pandemic indicators have improved this week over last, reports the Windsor Star. However, officials warned the region isn’t out of the woods yet. The Star reports that Windsor-Essex still has the highest per cent positivity for COVID-19 tests in the province, with just over nine per cent of local swabs testing positive. Although the weekly case rate has dropped to about 94 cases per 100,000 people — down from around 114 per week per 100,000 people — it still remains one of the highest rates in Ontario.

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