COVID-19: What you need to know for September 2

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Sep 02, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 865 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 567,071 since the pandemic began; 320 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 162 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 105 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,530 people have died, although 10 of the 14 deaths reported today occurred more than one week ago.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 6 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 28 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 17 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 2,794 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 35,152 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,827,809 since December 2020. 860,217 people have received only one dose, and 9,983,796 people have received both doses. 83.17 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 76.57 per cent have received their second.

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    Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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    Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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    Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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    Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.


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  • New modelling from Ontario’s Science Advisory Table suggests the province’s fourth-wave could exceed ICU capacity, with a worst-case scenario reaching 9,000 daily case counts by October 1, CP24 reports. If current contact rates aren’t reduced, the modelling says Ontario is on pace for about 4,000 daily case counts by the start of next month, while a 30 per cent reduction in contacts may bring that number down to below 500 over the same period.
  • Ontario's incoming vaccine credential system could make it challenging for people without ID, such as some those experiencing homelessness, to get around, CBC Hamilton reports. One man living in an encampment says he has no ID but is vaccinated. He's not sure how he'll access the documentation he needs to prove it. Ontario's announcement did not mention people experiencing homelessness, but the province said it will provide alternative tools for people without email, health cards or ID.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to September 1 data, Toronto reported 194 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 174,573 since the pandemic began; 60 of them are in hospital (11 new). In total, 3,621 people have died (2 new). 
  • The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce tells the St. Catharines Standard it believes the mandatory vaccination policy will help avoid more business restrictions and therefore be beneficial. Niagara's acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji said he thinks the future of pandemic restrictions will apply to unvaccinated people, who are spreading COVID-19 in greater numbers. He notes that he is concerned the new policy doesn't seem to apply to employees at businesses, just customers.
  • Hamilton's Catholic school board will require students in high-contact school sports such as basketball, football and wrestling to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 or take regular rapid tests for the virus, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The paper lists other safety measures local boards will have in place, including putting students into cohorts, masking and not using lockers.
  • As of Wednesday, eligible Hamilton and Halton residents can get third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Spectator reports shots will be available to transplant recipients, patients on treatment for hematological cancers, and others. Eligible patients need to be referred by a healthcare provider. Residents in Hamilton long-term-care homes and higher-risk retirement homes can get their third dose five months after their second and people with eligible health conditions can get theirs eight weeks after their second.

Indigenous

  • 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 31, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,319 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 395 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,996 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Facing a backlog of 677,000 road tests cancelled due to COVID-19, DriveTest is working to increase its testing capacity in Ottawa and around the province, CTV News Ottawa reports. Four temporary road-test centres are being planned for Ottawa, Mississauga, southwestern Ontario, and the Niagara region in the "coming weeks."
  • Amid concerns about the Delta variant, Ottawa city council will continue to meet virtually throughout the fall, CTV News Ottawa reports.
  • Hundreds of people opposing the Cornwall Community Hospital’s vaccine policies gathered outside the hospital on Wednesday, the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports. Like most hospitals in the region, CCH requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face being placed on leave. None of the protesters the news publication spoke to would identify themselves, nor did any say they were employees of the hospital. CCH says that 99 per cent of its medical staff was fully vaccinated at the time the policy was implemented.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 11 active cases in the region.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has five active COVID-19 cases in its catchment.
  • Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have until September 7 to declare their vaccine status, CBC Thunder Bay reports. Nearly one-third of staff have declared their vaccine status so far, and of those, more than 98 percent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Dr. Peter Voros.

Southwestern

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit has confirmed 39 additional cases of the Delta variant since Monday, CBC News reports. While 75 per cent of the region’s 12-and-up population is fully vaccinated, Chris Mackie, the unit’s medical officer of health, says vaccination efforts need to continue. "There's still work to do," he says. “That's still not enough coverage among our population to keep ourselves and our most vulnerable safe this fall and winter,” he says of the local vaccination rate.

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