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

  • Based on data as of August 6, Toronto reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, for a total of 171,133 since the start of the pandemic; 24 of them are hospitalized (four new). A total of 3,611 people died (two new ones).
  • A Toronto health network confirmed to CTV News on Friday that it was taking action on an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 that is believed to originate from one of their hospitals. Unity Health said it has closed 2E medicine ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto, tested patients and staff and started to step up cleanup after two infections were reported.

  • The Brampton Guardian reports that between May 19 – when all Peel residents aged 12 and over first became eligible to receive the vaccine – and June 30, coverage for the first dose increased steadily for reach 76%. Since then, however, coverage of the first dose has only increased from 5% to 81% in the past five weeks. That rate has remained between 79 and 81 percent since July 14, which means about one in five residents in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon are still unvaccinated. As of August 4, 67% of eligible residents had received two doses, reports the Guardian.

  • The Hamilton Spectator reports that approximately 2,500 Hamilton students will learn remotely in the fall. For the public board, about four percent of elementary school students and three percent of high school students plan to do distance learning. For the Catholic council, around two percent of elementary school students will learn remotely. The Catholic Council has a hybrid model for high school students, the number of which is not yet determined.

  • Starting at midnight, fully vaccinated travelers from the United States can cross the border. In Niagara, whose economy is heavily dependent on US tourism, operators told The Canadian Press they were happy to welcome new business. Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati says he doubts there will be a surge of travelers right away, but rather slow growth.

  • Niagara Acting Medical Officer of Health Mustafa Hirji told the St. Catharines Standard he thinks it would be premature for the Ontario government to adopt a vaccination passport (or vaccination certificate as some call it) that would show proof of vaccination in order to allow him access to certain spaces or participation in certain activities. Hirji says he’s okay with an individual organization taking such a step, and that it probably makes sense for officials to focus on creating a vaccine voucher, but postulates that more should be left. time for people to choose vaccination (or finally access a vaccine if they’ve tried but unable) before facing such a boost.

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