COVID-19: What you need to know for September 22

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Sep 22, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 463 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 581,231 since the pandemic began; 299 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 187 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 130 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,670 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 13 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 36 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 19 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,812 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 40,596 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,475,030 since December 2020. 772,408 people have received only one dose, and 10,351,311 people have received both doses. 85.31 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 79.39 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 153 new school-related student cases (for a total of 1,005) 19 new staff cases (for a total of 138) and 7 new unspecified cases for a total of 43; 660 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 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 21 data, Toronto reported 92 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 177,491 since the pandemic began; 61 of them are in hospital (10 new). In total, 3,647 people have died (4 new). 
  • Those wanting to get a COVID-19 vaccine this weekend will be able to do so at one of numerous Toronto malls as part of a hyper-local mobile rollout by the city, reports CP24. The new program, called #ShopAndVax, will bring COVID-19 vaccines to five shopping centres on Saturday and Sunday between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. The full list of shopping centres can be found here
  • TTC employees have been given an extra 10 days to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status after their deadline was extended for a second time, reports CBC News
  •  Extracurricular activities could soon resume in Toronto schools but public health officials are recommending that “high contact and high intensity” sports be held outdoors only, for the time being, reports CTV News.
  • New COVID-19 modelling for Hamilton shows the worst of the fourth surge of COVID-19 is still coming, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Scarsin Forecasting's most likely scenario shows the next three months will see the coronavirus mainly affecting young, unvaccinated people, with a peak coming in mid-October of about 120 new cases per day (the second surge saw 137 daily new cases). The modelling projects 300 COVID-19 hospital admissions before the end of December, not including patients from other cities. Hamilton is not expected to have 80 per cent of residents fully vaccinated until mid-October, a rate over 40 per cent of the province has already met or exceeded.
  • The Spectator also reports that Ministry of Long Term Care inspections uncovered allegations of resident abuse and supply shortages in Hamilton's Grace Villa long-term care home, where the city's worse COVID-19 outbreak (more than 230 cases) occurred. The home's operator did not answer the newspaper's detailed questions about the findings, saying it will review them and make any necessary changes.
  • Haldimand-Norfolk's new acting medical officer of health Dr. Matt Strauss made his first public appearance in the role, telling residents to get vaccinated, the Spectator reports. His appointment was controversial and caused an uproar in Norfolk city council because of statements he's made criticizing government public health measures and appearing to downplay the severity of COVID-19. He says his comments were misconstrued and adds that he will not likely be writing "eye-catching analogies" online now that he has a formal role.
  • As Ontario's vaccine credential program comes into effect today, accessing city facilities in Niagara Falls will require proof of vaccination, the Niagara Falls Review reports

Indigenous

  • 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 21, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,894 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 413 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,177 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • In a tweet, Ottawa Public Health referred to policies coming into effect Wednesday which will require some establishments, such as restaurants, to check patrons’ vaccination records. “Kindly remember: the people working in these settings didn't make this policy,” OPH wrote. “We know emotions are high right now, but please treat employees (& each other) with kindness & empathy.”
  • Vaccination clinics are being held throughout Renfrew County this week, including a drive-thru or walk-in clinic at Pembroke Waterfront Park. St. Francis Memorial Hospital will be administering vaccines between 2 and 6 p.m., 96.1 Renfrew Today reports.

Northern

  • The City of Timmins has created a workplace vaccination policy. Unless medically exempt, the workplace vaccination policy requires proof of full vaccination by end of October 1. Employees who have received one vaccine dose by then will need to complete Rapid Antigen Testing twice per week as they move towards full vaccination.
  • Nearly 90 per cent of people aged 12 and up in the Thunder Bay District have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, while 83 per cent of people in the same age group have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Meanwhile, 85 per cent of people 12 and older in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.6 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.

Southwestern

  • The Wednesday start of Ontario’s program requiring proof of vaccination at many indoor public places has triggered hundreds of inquiries to the London-area health unit from businesses and the public, reports the London Free Press
  • In a Facebook post, The Ozwelds Diner Company in Sarnia said it will become a take out, delivery and catering facility permanently on September 22 as a result of the Ontario Vaccine Passport, reports Blackburn News. “We believe that the government is trying to force small businesses out of business by their continued efforts to make us do their job,” read the post.

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