- Per today's government report, there are 564 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 570,778 since the pandemic began; 295 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 192 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 113 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,553 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 31 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 25 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,795 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 14,391 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 20,985,716 since December 2020. 848,702 people have received only one dose, and 10,068,507 people have received both doses. 83.73 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 77.22 per cent have received their second.
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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 second long-term-care home resident in Oshawa has died as a result of COVID-19, after an outbreak that was first declared at the home on August 26, reports the Toronto Star.
Union representatives were out in force in Toronto on Labour Day, calling for workers' rights to be central to the post-pandemic recovery, reports CBC news. Labour council president Andria Babbington said the high rates of burnout and exhaustion in the health care sector and job losses in the hospitality industry were prime examples. "The pandemic peeled back the curtain for us to see what was real all this time," Babbington said.
The Brampton Guardian reports that the COVID-19 pandemic's fourth wave is spreading in Brampton with 24 of the city's 98 tracking zones considered hot spots in Peel Region's latest neighbourhood case update.
The Hamilton Spectator reports two animal-feed supply stores in the area interviewed by the paper say they have seen greater interest in ivermectin recently. That livestock dewormer is held up by some as a cure for COVID-19, despite professional advice to the contrary, and studies showing it to be an ineffective treatment. Health Canada says the drug can cause a variety of health issues and even death in high doses.
- 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 3, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,482 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 397 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,015 COVID-19 cases.
- In Kingston, four people are facing minimum $10,000 penalties following a 4,000 person party in the university district, as well as a 200 person party inside a home, CTV News reports. Videos show partiers heckling police officers and climbing electricity poles, according to Global News. Under current COVID-19 guidelines, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people.
- Eastern Ontario-based health care workers are speaking out on Twitter about people who are crowding and harassing health care workers outside hospitals due to their belief that the use of vaccination records to determine eligibility of access to certain spaces goes against their freedoms. “At my workplace, every doctor, nurse, PSW & allied HCW, is united against the protesting disrupters,” wrote Debra Lefebvre, a nurse and mental health practitioner. “How dare YOU come to our workplaces, jeer at us & endanger our patients?! Despite being physically/mentally exhausted, we serve & it just may be YOU or your family one day.” Alan Drummond, a doctor in Perth, added: “these protests are both disturbing and hurtful but more than that they are wrong.”
- Students, faculty and staff at Carleton University in Ottawa who are coming to campus are getting used to completing tracking on a special app, cuScreen, where they do a daily screening, CBC News reports.
- Algoma Public Health reported one death yesterday, making it the seventh death in the health unit's area since the start of the pandemic.
A single case of COVID-19 has closed a Kenora classroom only two days after the school year began, TBNewswatch reports. The Kenora Catholic District School Board confirmed one case of COVID-19 at Pope John Paul II school on Sunday.
- Western University and Fanshawe College are welcoming more than 6,500 students to their dormitories this fall, with public health precautions officials hope will avoid case spikes linked to the facilities during the fourth wave, reports the London Free Press.
- Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health urges all local employers to institute a COVID-19 vaccination policy for their workplace, reports the Chatham Daily News. “This will help protect your work environment and assist us in achieving higher overall vaccination rates across Chatham-Kent,” David Colby said in an open letter to employers on September 3.
The Windsor Star reports that a significant number of COVID-19 cases stemming from local businesses and weddings lax on pandemic restrictions has prompted a crackdown from the local health unit. Effective September 7, Windsor-Essex restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and adult entertainment venues will face a “zero tolerance” policy for non-compliance with public health measures, which the medical officer of health Wajid Ahmed on Friday announced will become more strict.
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