COVID-19: What you need to know for September 24

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 24, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 727 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 582,635 since the pandemic began; 308 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 193 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 134 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,688 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 15 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 49 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 37 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,814 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 46,550 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,566,334 since December 2020. 752,586 people have received only one dose, and 10,406,874 people have received both doses. 85.59 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 79.82 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 145 new school-related student cases (for a total of 1,261) 26 new staff cases (for a total of 178) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 45; 750 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 school has 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 23 data, Toronto reported 184 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 177,812 since the pandemic began; 61 of them are in hospital (7 new). In total, 3,647 people have died (0 new). 
  • Anyone seeking to enter Queen’s Park, including elected representatives, will have to be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 as of next month, reports CP24. The announcement of the new policy came after NDP House Leader Peggy Sattler sent an open letter last week expressing a desire for a mandatory vaccination policy for all those accessing Queen’s Park. Sattler, however, said in her letter that “a vaccine-or-test policy” would not be acceptable in her view.
  • For those who do not have access to a digital device or a printer, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is offering free printing of vaccination receipts at all locations across the city, reports CTV News. “People can also use computers and free wifi at library branches to access and download their documentation, or submit a print request from anywhere using TPL’s Print anywhere – Mobile Printing [app],” a release from TPL issued this week says.
  • Region of Peel council is going to be sending a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford asking him to ban anti-mask and anti-vaccine protesters from gathering outside schools and hospitals, reports the Brampton Guardian
  • In the spring, Simcoe's Sarah VanNetten drove to Hamilton every day to see her 45-year-old husband Mike, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 and fighting for his life. As CBC Hamilton reports, he's recovering at home now and she's running a 90-kilometre Simcoe-to-Hamilton relay marathon to raise money for Hamilton Health Sciences. The hospital network's foundation is trying to buy an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, the same tool that kept Mike alive.
  • Niagara Health is permanently closing its St. Catharines hospital clinic on Saturday after appointments have dropped and targeted pop-up clinics have boosted vaccination rates, the St. Catharines Standard reports.


  • 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 23, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,846 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 417 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,209 COVID-19 cases.


  • A case of COVID-19 has been linked to St. Luke’s Anglican Church, one of Kingston’s busiest polling stations, Global News reports. People who visited the station between 9 p.m. and midnight on Election Day are being asked to monitor for symptoms. There were long line-ups at the station and some waited up to three hours to vote.
  • Seven of 58 schools in Ottawa’s French Catholic school board are partially closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the Ottawa Citizen reports. One in five schools in Ottawa has an active COVID-19 in a staff member or student.
  • The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is considering requiring kindergarteners to wear masks while in class, following advice from the local health unit. Grade 1 through 12 students in Ontario are required to wear masks while indoors; for kindergarteners, it’s not required, but some boards have mandated it anyway, the Brockville Recorder & Times reports.


  • Four staff members at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have been suspended without pay for not following the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, TBNewswatch reports. Employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must be tested regularly for the virus. The hospital says the suspensions do not impact patient care.


  • The London Free Press reports that all but three per cent of the approximately 11,000 staff at the Thames Valley District school board who work at schools have completed the mandatory vaccination status disclosure, and 92 per cent of those who responded have had both doses. According to the Free Press, this is much higher than other boards in the region, such as Bruce-Grey Catholic District, which was missing responses from 30 per cent of its staff and had a fully vaccinated rate of 73 per cent for the ones who had replied as of September 15.
  • At a meeting of the Windsor Police Services Board on Thursday, Mayor Drew Dilkens said the board has asked Chief Pam Mizuno to prepare a report on a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all WPS members, reports the Windsor Star
  • Students from five public schools in Windsor-Essex have been dismissed after new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at their schools, reports Blackburn News

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