COVID-19: What you need to know for September 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Sep 09, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 798 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 572,130 since the pandemic began; 365 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 185 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 115 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,579 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 28 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 19 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,802 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 38,391 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 21,062,281 since December 2020. 843,117 people have received only one dose, and 10,109,582 people have received both doses. 84. per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 77.54 per cent have received their second.
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JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to September 8 data, Toronto reported 160 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 175,642 since the pandemic began; 87 of them are in hospital (23 new). In total, 3,627 people have died (3 new).
  • New data from the City of Toronto shows that younger adults and unvaccinated individuals are 7 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19. According to a media release, as of September 6, there has been an 18 per cent increase in first dose vaccinations administered to Toronto residents since August 31 and submissions of out-of-province vaccination records have also increased following the Province’s proof of vaccination announcement.
  • Toronto Public Health has recommended that school boards in the city pause extra-curricular activities, field trips and mixed-cohort high-contact sports for September, reports CP24.

  • In order to avoid the fourth wave, Peel Region's medical officer of health Lawrence Loh, for the second week in a row, said “reducing in-person contact” is key, while speaking at the September 8 COVID-19 news conference for Brampton, reports the Brampton Guardian. 

  • The Region of Peel is advising all players, parents and spectators who attended the Bronko Academy Toronto Exhibition Series hockey tournament to seek immediate COVID-19 testing, reports the Brampton Guardian. "Peel Public Health urges everyone who attended the Bronko Academy - Toronto Exhibition Series hockey tournament at the CAA Centre located at 7575 Kennedy Rd S, Brampton, and the Meadowvale Four Rinks Arena located at 2160 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, on August 27-29, to get immediate COVID-19 testing because of a confirmed exposure to COVID-19. This applies to all attendees, including those who are fully vaccinated,' read a statement from the public health unit.  

  • The Hamilton Spectator reports there are at least two outbreaks of COVID-19 in the city linked to wedding receptions. In one case, public health officials say it appears attendees weren't wearing masks or practicing physical distancing. 12 people who went to an August 28 reception have been infected. So have four people who were at another reception that day. The manager of the venue the former outbreak is linked to says staff regularly remind people to follow public health rules and that it can become combative, leading staff to feel unsafe.

  • City bylaw staff laid five charges against a downtown Hamilton restaurant for allegedly violating public health rules over the weekend, the Spectator reports. They charged Born and Raised with exceeding capacity limits, not doing contact tracing and not enforcing masking or distancing. Staff issued 26 COVID-19-related charges to businesses and residents over the weekend.

  • Some members of the Haldimand-Norfolk board of health (effectively Norfolk city council) say they want to overturn the hiring of an acting medical officer of health who has downplayed the severity of COVID-19 and criticized public health measures, CBC Hamilton reports. It's not clear how they might do that. Other members of the board say they still support the decision.

  • Niagara's vaccination rate dropped recently, which acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji calls "really disappointing." As the St. Catharines Standard reports, health professionals administered about 1,200 doses on Tuesday, and about 360 the day before. Hirji says if someone doesn't have their shots, it's now too late to be fully vaccinated when Ontario's vaccine certificate program starts on Sept. 22. The paper also reports data from public health that shows unvaccinated Niagara residents are 8.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 compared to fully vaccinated people.

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 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,580 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 399 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,040 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit provided notice on Wednesday that a person with a COVID-19 infection attended a recent gathering in Cornwall meant to protest against the use of certain public health measures, Global News reports.
  • Ottawa Public Health has teamed up with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to offer access to at-home testing kits for COVID-19 to students and staff of 64 schools in the city, CBC News reports. The goal is to have all publicly-funded schools signed up as soon as possible.
  • Kingston police have now fined 11 people under the Reopening Ontario Act for their involvement in parties above the allotted 100 person limit for outdoors; crowds of partiers in the university district last weekend ranged from 3,500 to 5,000 people, CBC News reports. “The invasion of our streets and parks by irresponsible revellers shows a disappointing lack of maturity,” said Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely in a release

Northern

  • Over 95 per cent of staff at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora are fully vaccinated, CBC Thunder Bay reports.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting three new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 13 active cases in the region.
  • The North Bay Nugget reports that the city council is examining a vaccination and testing policy for its staff. On a September 7 council meeting, councillor Bill Vrebosch made a motion to look at possibilities for a vaccination policy for the city. Vrebosch says he supports mandatory vaccinations but would want to see a testing policy created for staff who choose not to be vaccinated. But for those who couldn't be vaccinated, he says, a testing policy should be put in place. Staff will report back to the council by September 30. Councillor George Maroosis was the only councillor who voted against the motion.

Southwestern

  • Blackburn News reports that the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recommended the school boards in the region delay the start of extracurricular sports until at least October 1 before classes started. The recommendation was received and accepted by all four publicly-funded school boards in a bid to keep COVID-19 cases low just as the region’s case rates were beginning to rise.
  • Western University and its affiliated colleges say that nearly all of its staff, students and faculty are vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, reports CBC London


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