COVID-19: What you need to know for September 27

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 27, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 613 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 584,541 since the pandemic began; 186 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 184 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 130 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,704 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 17 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 55 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 38 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,815 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 20,454 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,672,304 since December 2020. 722,630 people have received only one dose, and 10,474,837 people have received both doses. 85.88 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 80.34 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 120 new school-related student cases (for a total of 1,364) 13 new staff cases (for a total of 193) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 47; 779 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 24 data, Toronto reported 127 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 177,925 since the pandemic began; 68 of them are in hospital (15 new). In total, 3,648 people have died (1 new). 
  • Toronto police have arrested and charged a man and a woman with assault in relation to an incident at the Eaton Centre following an anti-vaccine protest Saturday reports the Toronto Star.
  • As the Toronto Raptors ramp-up to return to their home arena this season, Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he's been working to help some players feel comfortable about getting COVID-19 vaccines, reports CBC News
  • Yesterday, Mayor John Tory visited the Sherway Gardens mall immunization clinic, one of the five vaccination clinics that were held in malls across the city last weekend as part of the #ShopAndVax vaccination campaign. 
  • Peel Public Health is advising anyone who attended a wedding reception in Mississauga on September 17 to self-isolate and get tested due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure, reports the Brampton Guardian. Public health says all guests who attended the wedding, including those who are fully vaccinated, should "seek immediate testing and self-isolate while awaiting results."
  • Hamilton police have been investigating after a McDonald's customer reportedly struck an employee in the face while refusing to provide proof of vaccination on Wednesday, CBC Hamilton reports. Marie Nash, chief operating officer of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, says businesses are worried about staff being abused by patrons who don't want to follow Ontario's new rules.
  • The St. Catharines Standard reports a Niagara gym owner is one of 700 clinical trial participants for a vaccine that does not yet have Health Canada approval. He and other trial members are ineligible for Ontario's vaccine credential program. The company behind the trial, Medicago, asks that the province provide exemptions to participants so they don't leave the study and get approved vaccines. The Ministry of Health says a process to do so is underway.


  • As of September 21, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 769,750 doses have been administered, of that 341,234 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.


  • Three weeks back into the school year, school-age children are now making up the largest portion of active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, CTV News reports. There were 17 outbreaks at schools and childcare centres in the city as of Sunday.
  • The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) has rolled out at-home testing due to rising demand at Ottawa's test centres, CBC News reports. A CHEO-operated clinic has been administering 400 to 500 tests a day alone and distributed several hundred take-home testing kits just last weekend.
  • The vaccination rate among staff at Ottawa’s school boards varies widely, according to figures reported by CTV News, while the Ottawa Catholic School Board has a vaccination rate of 92.9 per cent, the Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques de Centre-Est is sitting at 63.44 per cent.


  • A person associated with St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay has contracted COVID-19, according to a press release from the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. The school board has contacted parents, guardians and staff of the affected cohort.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting three new COVID-19 cases. There are only three active cases in the district.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has 6 active COVID-19 cases in its catchment.
  • Lac Des Iles Mine in northwestern Ontario will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 2, CBC Thunder Bay reports. The company says 85 per cent of employees are already vaccinated.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts is reporting three low-risk exposure warnings. The advisories are for Garson Community Centre on September 13 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and September 21 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m, Fionn MacCool’s on Regent Street September 19 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Buzzy Brown’s Brasserie on September 18 between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Anyone who attended these places at these times is asked to self-monitor and, if symptomatic, self-isolate, and get tested.


  • Huron Perth Public Health is monitoring several cases of COVID-19 related to schools across the two counties, reports Blackburn News. The latest cases include three involving FE Madill in Wingham, one affecting Listowel District Secondary and one involving Goderich District Collegiate.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at McNaughton Avenue Public School in Chatham, reports Blackburn News. There are two confirmed cases in the same cohort — but the school is still open.
  • Haldimand Council has approved a policy that requires all county employees to disclose their vaccination status by October 18, reports the Chatham Daily News. Those employees who are not double vaccinated or who present a medical exemption from their physician “must participate in regular, rapid antigen testing until such time as they are considered fully immunized,” the county said in a news release.
  • Some Windsor-Essex parents are concerned about the local health unit’s decision to administer COVID-19 vaccines to youth in schools without parental consent, reports the Windsor Star. The health unit on Friday offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to youth ages 12 and up at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, which has an active COVID-19 outbreak involving at least 10 confirmed cases, as well as at Kingsville Public School, which has one student case.

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