COVID-19: What you need to know for September 8

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Sep 08, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 554 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 571,332 since the pandemic began; 375 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 194 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 115 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,569 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 27 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 23 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,799 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 38,174 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,023,890 since December 2020. 845,422 people have received only one dose, and 10,089,234 people have received both doses. 83.86 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 77.38 per cent have received their second.
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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 7 data, Toronto reported 601 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 175,496 since the pandemic began; 83 of them are in hospital (13 new). In total, 3,624 people have died (2 new). Data as of September 7 includes case counts and outcomes since September 3. 
  • As CBC Hamilton reports, classes resumed in Niagara and Halton yesterday. Hamilton students return to the classroom today. The public and Catholic boards are already reporting COVID-19 cases and in one case, an outbreak with two staff testing positive, CHCH News reports.

  • Hamilton public health will be hosting several vaccination clinics in schools this month, offering mRNA vaccines to anyone born in 2009 and earlier, CHCH reports.

  • The vaccination rate in Hamilton is rising, the Hamilton Spectator reports, following the province announcing vaccine mandates for select spaces and activities. Since the announcement, Hamilton's seven-day inoculation average increased four per cent. Now, 80 per cent of eligible residents have one dose and 73 per cent have two.

  • Members of Haldimand-Norfolk's board of health are reconsidering their decision to appoint Dr. Matt Strauss to be the acting medical officer of health, the Spectator reports. Residents have shared concerns about his public statements minimizing COVID-19's impact and encouraging business owners who disobeyed public health measures.


  • 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.


  • Kingston area students headed back to in-person classrooms on Tuesday, marking the start of a third school year disrupted by the pandemic, Global News reports. “I think this fall has been a little bit easier than last year; everything was new last year,” said one school board director. “All of those routines, which were very unfamiliar (for) students as well as staff and the wider community, too.”
  • Several dozen people gathered outside the Kingston General Hospital on Tuesday morning, protesting the requirement, by some hospitals, that health care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs. Most people would not speak to a Global News reporter who was present, and while one person said they were a health care worker, would not provide any information.
  • A growing number of day camps and child-care facilities in the Ottawa area are facing COVID-19 outbreaks, Global News reports.


  • The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reported 11 new cases, for a total of 27 active cases in the region.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 7 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. There are currently 11 active cases in the region. The health unit has administered over 223,800 vaccines, and 82.5 per cent of people 12 and up have received one COVID-19 vaccine, while 74.6 per cent of people 12 and over are fully vaccinated.

  • The Northwestern Health Unit is currently reporting 8 active COVID-19 cases. Over 82.5 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment have received one COVID-19 vaccine, while 73.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.


  • Western University officials have released a statement warning students against throwing large gatherings on-campus, reports the London Free Press. “This past weekend there were several large gatherings near campus – along with some aggressive behaviour that put the safety of others at risk,” reads the statement, co-signed by the school’s president, Alan Shepard, and the University Students’ Council president, Zamir Fakirani.
  • In a post on Monday, Jackie Rombouts, mayor of the Township of Warwick said she would “refuse the Ontario vaccine passport and will not patron any business or organization that will not welcome all my fellow Ontarians equally,” reports Blackburn News. In response to the mayor's comments, the Township said the views expressed by the mayor “do not necessarily reflect those of the Corporation of Warwick Township or members of Warwick Township Council.”

  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on the medicine unit of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Chatham hospital after two patients tested positive, reports the Chatham Daily News

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