COVID-19: What you need to know for September 20

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 20, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 610 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 580,194 since the pandemic began; 233 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 123 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,655 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 20 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,811 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 16,712 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,404,362 since December 2020. 784,936 people have received only one dose, and 10,309,713 people have received both doses. 85.09 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 79.07 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 112 new school-related student cases (for a total of 618) 21 new staff cases (for a total of 102) and 5 new unspecified cases for a total of 31; 444 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 schools 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 17 data, Toronto reported 156 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 177,033 since the pandemic began; 81 of them are in hospital (7 new). In total, 3,641 people have died (2 new). 
  • Today, Toronto Public Health has released updated guidance outlining the gradual return of extra-curricular activities in Toronto schools and school boards. The full guidance and list of recommendations can be found on the COVID-19 Guidance: Elementary and Secondary Schools web page.
  • Toronto Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at an Etobicoke elementary school after officials identified two cases linked to the school, reports CBC News. In a number of tweets on the weekend, TPH said the cases surfaced at Elmlea Junior School, a junior kindergarten through grade five school in Toronto's Rexdale neighbourhood.


  • As of September 14, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 760,547 doses have been administered, of that 335,392 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of September 17, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,818 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 3,146 COVID-19 cases.


  • The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), in collaboration with Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC), is confirming a COVID-19 outbreak at SWC in Barry’s Bay, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard
  • Global News reports early results from the University of Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccination policy show 91 per cent of respondents have received both doses of the vaccine, the post-secondary institution said Friday.


  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case today, for a total of 4 active cases in the region.


  • A pre-print research paper by Western University’s Ivey Business School states found that without further reductions to people’s close contacts now, hospitals will need to cancel surgeries later this fall as they grapple with significant volumes of critically ill COVID-19 patients, reports the London Free Press. 
  • The Greater Essex County District School Board reported six new cases at its schools on Friday, reports Blackburn News. Students at Ford City, Parkview, McWilliam and Roseland Public Schools have also been diagnosed with the virus, along with one student at Kennedy High School. The school board reports 16 cases in total.
  • Huron County is in the process of preparing a policy regarding COVID vaccines as it pertains to staff, reports Blackburn News

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