COVID-19: What you need to know for September 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Sep 03, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 807 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 567,878 since the pandemic began; 326 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 169 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 105 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,536 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 6 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 34 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 19 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,794 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 43,855 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,871,664 since December 2020. 858,930 people have received only one dose, and 10,006,367 people have received both doses. 83.33 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 76.75 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.
    covid chart
    Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.


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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to September 2 data, Toronto reported 170 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 174,730 since the pandemic began; 65 of them are in hospital (14 new). In total, 3,621 people have died (0 new). 
  • A Toronto condo is going above and beyond the province’s vaccination-certification rules, which are due to take effect September 22. According to CBC News, the condo board for Casa condos — a 47-floor tower in the downtown core — is requiring residents to provide vaccination proof to use any of the building’s amenities, including a rooftop pool, gym, and cinema. The Ontario government confirmed its new vaccine-passport program won’t apply to condos, and legal experts warn Casa’s decision could face a challenge in court.
  • TTC busses are now one of the moving parts in Toronto’s targeted effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. Six busses are being used as mobile vaccination clinics to reach residents who still haven’t received a first jab, CTV News reports.
  • Starting today through Sunday, Hamilton’s CF Lime Ride mall is hosting a pop-up vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily, the Hamilton Spectator reports. “Hearing about Hamilton’s lower vaccination rate, I want to do something and bring accessibility of vaccine to the people,” Liem Vu, the mall’s manager, told the Spectator. Five-dollar mall gift cards are being handed out to the first 500 people who are on site to get vaccinated.
  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji suggests it will be difficult to get a vaccination exemption. He called medical conditions that would qualify for an exemption from all four vaccines that Health Canada has approved “extremely rare,” the St. Catharines Standard reports.

Indigenous

  • As of August 31, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 748,209 doses have been administered, of that 330,197 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of September 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,366 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 396 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,997 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Ottawa Public Health has released a toolkit for employers to develop their own vaccination policies, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Brent Moloughney, the region's deputy medical officer of health, says, "“Businesses and organizations have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment for employees and volunteers. Supporting employees and volunteers to get fully vaccinated is the best way to help protect them from the risks of COVID-19." The toolkit does not provide legal advice.
  • The City of Kingston has closed a popular pier in an effort to limit large gatherings as post-secondary students return to school, Global News reports. This comes after several large street parties by returning students, one of which had an estimated 2,000 people in attendance. The pier will be shut down for 80 days.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is waiving the fines it issued against a number of hair salons in Thunder Bay that opened in defiance of public-health measures in June, TBNewswatch reports. Janet DeMille, Thunder Bay District's medical officer of health, says they waved the fines “because there was quick compliance.”
  • DeMille also welcomes news of the provincial vaccine passport, TBNewswatch reports. “Evidence shows when you have a vaccine certification process where people are not able to attend certain events that are not essential does help get people immunized and does improve the safety of those particular events or locations,” she told TBNewswatch.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit isn’t likely to reach the province’s goal of 85 per cent vaccine uptake any time soon, TBNewswatch reports. Uptake has plateaued, and the health unit is “a significant distance away from 85 per cent, so I think it’s going to take us some time to get there,” says Kit Young Hoon, the Northwestern Health Unit's medical officer of health.

Southwestern

  • Residents of Middlesex-London Health Unit are concerned about not having enough capacity for COVID tests as kids return to school, CBC News reports. Last year, the region suffered massive, hours-long lineups for testing. Although pediatric testing clinics are opening in Windsor and Toronto, as of right now, Middlesex-London has no plan to do the same. However, Chris Mackie, the region's medical officer of health, says testing facilities can manage greater demand should it occur: "They are well aware of the school year coming, and I know they are aware of the need for pediatric testing capacity."

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