- Per yesterday's government report, there are 495 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 585,502 since the pandemic began; 292 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 172 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 123 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,723 people have died. The province will not be releasing new data today due to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. New data will be released on October 1.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 17 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 54 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 39 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,817 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths. The province will not be releasing new data today due to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. New data will be released on October 1.
- Per the government's report on the province's vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. on September 28, Ontario has administered 38,297 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,742,456 since December 2020. 708,250 people have received only one dose, and 10,517,103 people have received both doses. 86.09 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 80.66 per cent have received their second. The province will not be releasing new data today due to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. New data will be released on October 1.
As of 2 p.m. on September 28, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 159 new school-related student cases (for a total of 1,768) 11 new staff cases (for a total of 222) and new unspecified cases for a total of 52; 808 schools are reporting at least one case and 1 school have been closed. The province will not be releasing new data today due to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. New data will be released on October 1.
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- According to September 29 data, Toronto reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 178,498 since the pandemic began; 55 of them are in hospital (6 new). In total, 3,659 people have died (5 new).
- Yesterday, the City of Toronto released a COVID-19 vaccination policy that applies to City contractors and subcontractors. As of October 30, 2021, in line with the City’s mandatory vaccination policy for employees, contractors may only send fully vaccinated employees to City work sites if they have sustained or regular in-person interaction with City employees or the public to fulfill their contractual obligations.
- Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of #Vax25, a COVID-19 vaccination push to promote vaccine clinics in each of the City of Toronto’s 25 wards on Saturday, October 2. According to a news release, #Vax25 will feature at least one clinic per ward supported and promoted by the ward’s City Councillor. The locations were selected by Toronto Public Health as part of the Team Toronto Mobile Strategy data approach to continue to remove barriers and bring vaccines to residents in areas and settings that have low vaccination coverage and to residents who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Locations were also chosen to facilitate easy access in places that are part of Torontonians’ everyday lives. The clinics will offer first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses and many do not require appointments. A full list of clinics can be found on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
- The TTC's biggest union reversed course Wednesday and now says it will encourage members to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to management, one day after the transit agency claimed that refusing to do that amounted to unlawful strike action, reports CBC News.
- In September and October, there will be COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 14 schools in the Peel region to provide convenient locations for families to get their first and second dose, reports the Brampton Guardian. A full list of locations and dates at school vaccination clinics can be found here.
- The Brampton Guardian reports the mass vaccination clinic at the Save Max Sports Centre (formerly the Brampton Soccer Centre) in Brampton will be closing as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29. Follow-up appointments already booked at Save Max, which officially opened in March 2021, will now be offered at the region’s other fixed and mobile clinics.
- As of September 28, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 777,642 doses have been administered, of that 344,525 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
- As of September 28, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,876 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 419 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,240 COVID-19 cases.
- Brockville is hiring COVID-19 checkers to help conduct COVID proof-of-vaccination receipt and ID checks at Brockville’s rinks, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports.
- Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Vera Etches, is expressing concerns that children are attending school while symptomatic for COVID-19 and is urging parents to screen their children before sending them to school, CTV News reports. “What concerns me most is the percentage of children who test positive who have been in school while symptomatic, and the high number of high-risk contacts or close contacts that are happening within schools and across social networks,” said Etches.
- Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a family physician in Ottawa, has ordered hundreds of rapid tests and plans to begin supplying them to parents who wish to test their asymptomatic children before they attend school, CBC News reports. She said that the response from parents has been overwhelming.
- Elliot Lake council passed a COVID-19 vaccination passport policy at a September 21 special meeting, reports the Sudbury Star. The policy, which states what municipal areas require proof of vaccine, will apply to all indoor non-essential programs and activities in any and all municipal buildings regardless of risk profile.
- Starting October 14, enhanced requirements for vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect in indoor sports facilities across Northern Ontario, reports TB Newswatch. Facility operators learned Wednesday that they must require anyone aged 12 and older who coaches, officiates or volunteers to provide proof of vaccination or a medical exemption.
- The London Free Press reports that the temporary shutdown of the Lord Elgin public school is hitting families in low-income neighbourhoods hard. Lord Elgin public school moved about 350 students to at-home, virtual learning on Wednesday after the virus shuttered six classes, infecting 11 kids and forcing other classmates and staff into quarantine.
- Joyce Lock, the medical officer of health for Southwestern public health, said the majority of people now contracting COVID-19 in the region – roughly 80 per cent – are unvaccinated, reports the Chatham Daily News. “Most cases are under the age of 40,” Lock said. “This shows that COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. If you are under the age of 40, you should really head down to one of our vaccine clinics and get your shot.
- The Avon Maitland District School Board passed a motion at last night’s board meeting to send a letter to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Huron Perth Public Health advocating for mandatory vaccination for students who are eligible and wish to participate in extra-curricular activities, reports Blackburn News.
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