• Ontario reported 328 new cases today for a total of 595,563 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,819 deaths, up four. There are 52 new cases in Toronto, 60 in Peel Region, 20 in York, 17 in Hamilton and 19 in Windsor-Essex. There are 260 in hospital. There are 159 in intensive care, 101 on a ventilator. There have been 582,072 cases resolved, up 498.
  • So far, there have been 22,264,919 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,852,509 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and almost 83 per cent have two doses.
  • There have been 146,495+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,230+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,976 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 20,792 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,632,299. There are 15,515 test results pending.
  • There are eight outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 22 resident cases, 23 staff. So far, 4,020 residents have died.
  • There are 614 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; one is closed. There are 157 new student cases reported today; 16 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting eight new cases for a total of 30,535 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 602. There are 237 active cases and there have been 29,696 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, four in ICU. There are nine outbreaks. Ottawa Public Health says 90 per cent of residents who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines have received at least one dose. So far, 1,633,527 have received at least one dose of vaccine; 771,996 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 342 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 420,471 infections. There have been 404,157 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,453 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 297 patients with 75 people in intensive care. The province completed 22,197 tests on Oct.17. So far, So far, 13,316,884 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,171 cases in total. There have been 222 deaths. There are 159 active cases and 13,790 recoveries. There are eight in hospital, four in intensive care. So far there have been 595,937 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The federal government is sending more help to the Northwest Territories to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases. The support — 10 specialists from the Canadian Red Cross — will be effective until Nov. 14, with the possibility of a two-week extension.
  • New Brunswick is announcing three COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, along 50 new cases.
  • A total of 85 direct-care staff have been placed on leave in Manitoba because they failed to comply with public health orders, including getting vaccinated against COVID-19 or submitting to routine testing. Manitoba reports 102 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Tuesday.
  • Premier Scott Moe admitted Tuesday his Saskatchewan Party government should have responded faster to the deadly fourth wave of COVID-19 that continues to sweep through the province. Saskatchewan reported eight more residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19 and 271 new cases of the virus.
  • Alberta is reporting 531 new cases and 12 deaths today.
  • Five people died of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period, B.C. health officials say, along with another 560 cases were confirmed in the last day.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,685,342+ cases with 28,564+ deaths and 1,624,065+ recoveries. There are 32,713+ active cases.
  • Anyone entering the House of Commons on Nov. 22 and onward, including MPs, staffers and employees, will have to be fully vaccinated or present a valid medical reason and be tested regularly. The Liberals, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Greens say their MPs are vaccinated. The Tories are not saying if their members are vaccinated.
  • Worldwide have been 241,409,360+ cases, 4,910,191+ deaths and 6,670,764,843+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The U.K. recorded 43,738 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, slightly down from the 49,156 reported Monday, which was the largest number since mid-July. New infections have averaged more than 44,000 a day over the past week, a 16 per cent increase on the week before.
  • Mexico City has returned to the lowest level on its COVID-19 pandemic warning system for the first time since June.
  • Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood is celebratory, despite a general bafflement over what, exactly, is behind the sharp drop. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. Some possible factors include a belated but rapid vaccination campaign, an emptying out of many nightlife areas as fears spread during the recent surge in cases, a widespread practice, well before the pandemic, of wearing masks and bad weather in late August that kept people home.

COVID-19 by the numbers

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Oct. 18

  • Ontario reported 373 new cases today for a total of 595,235 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,815 deaths, up two. There are 62 new cases in Toronto, 71 in Peel Region, 18 in York, 26 in Hamilton and 18 in Windsor-Essex. There are 145 in hospital. There are 168 in intensive care, 97 on a ventilator. There have been 581,574 cases resolved, up 423.
  • So far, there have been 22,243,609 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,838,750 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and almost 83 per cent have two doses.
  • There have been 146,495+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,230+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,880 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 20,432 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,611,507. There are 7,862 test results pending.
  • There are nine outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 24 resident cases, 25 staff. So far, 4,020 residents have died.
  • There are 638 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; two are closed. There are 77 new student cases reported today; 11 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 41 new cases for a total of 30,527 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 602, up one. There are 263 active cases and there have been 29,662 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, four in ICU. There are nine outbreaks. Ottawa Public Health said on Monday that 90 per cent of residents who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines have received at least one dose. So far, 1,633,527 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 771,996 are fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa residents younger than 20 made up about one in every five cases in September 2020, and that jumped to more than one-third of cases during the same month in 2021. Children are the only demographic to see cases rise compared to the year previous, while cases among those 60 and older have plummeted. CBC has more.
  • Quebec reported 410 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 420,129 infections. There have been 403,572 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,449 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 303 patients with 77 people in intensive care. The province completed 22,105 tests on Oct.16. So far, So far, 13,309,325 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,115 cases in total. There have been 222 deaths. There are 206 active cases and 13,687 recoveries. There are eight in hospital, four in intensive care. So far there have been 595,819 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nova Scotia has confirmed 72 new cases of COVID-19 from over the weekend.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has eight new confirmed cases. 
  • New Brunswick reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, along with one death.
  • Manitoba is reporting it has confirmed 339 new cases of the virus since this past Thursday, along with five deaths.
  • Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it has asked the federal government for help in the province’s over-burdened ICUs. Hospitals in the province are currently providing care for 335 patients with COVID-19: 250 are receiving inpatient care and 85 are in ICUs.  The province is also sending six patients to Ontario for ICU treatment. According to the Saskatchewan government’s dashboard, there were 279 new cases, and four deaths reported today.
  • Alberta reported 30 more deaths over the weekend along with 2,181 new cases. COVID-19 modelling shows Alberta may have reached a peak in the surge and if the province leaves restrictions in place and continues to increase vaccination rates, infections and hospitalizations will continue to decline.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna is proving to be longer-lasting than its rival Pfizer and better suited as a booster shot for some people who are severely immunocompromised, according to B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,676,846+ cases with 28,468+ deaths and 1,613,576+ recoveries. There are 34,802+ active cases.
  • Pfizer has officially requested Health Canada approval for a COVID-19 shot for children five to 11.
  • The Bank of Canada’s third quarter business survey says the outlook for domestic and foreign sales remains strong. This is especially true for firms providing services. These businesses expect to benefit from an easing of some COVID‑19 restrictions and the release of pent-up demand. Firms in other sectors that have been leading the recovery anticipate increased sales at a slower pace.
  • More firms are facing labour shortages that have intensified. Supply chain disruptions are more prevalent and have worsened since last quarter. Many businesses anticipate they will persist until the second half of 2022. Businesses see these constraints affecting their sales and cost structures. A growing number of respondents plan to increase wages to attract and retain labour. Firms intend to continue passing costs on to their customers with the majority of businesses anticipating inflation above two per cent believing drivers of higher inflation are temporary.
  • Worldwide have been 240,544,370+ cases, 4,901,012+ deaths and 6,647,572,869+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The first ever Black U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has died of COVID-19 at age 84. He was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement, and just about to get a booster shot when he fell ill. He was being treated for a blood cancer and Parkinson’s.

Oct. 17

  • Ontario reported 443 new cases today for a total of 594,862 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,813 deaths. There are 58 new cases in Toronto, 80 in Peel Region, 32 in York, 26 in Hamilton and 19 in Windsor-Essex. There are 155 in hospital. There are 164 in intensive care, 93 on a ventilator. There have been 581,151 cases resolved, up 484.
  • So far, there have been 22,231,210 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,830,407 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and almost 83 per cent have two doses.
  • There have been 146,494+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,230+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,799 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 27,395 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,591,075. There are 9.440 test results pending.
  • There are nine outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 24 resident cases, 25 staff. So far, 4,020 residents have died.
  • There are 677 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; three are closed. There are 69 new student cases reported today; eight staff.
  • Police in Kingston, Ont., say they will be monitoring an area near Queen’s University throughout the night after an unsanctioned street party during homecoming celebrations drew thousands Saturday afternoon.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 35 new cases for a total of 30,486 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 601. There are 258 active cases and there have been 29,627 cases resolved. There are five in hospital, four in ICU. There are nine outbreaks. So far, 1,629,879 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 769,536 are fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa Public Health is investigating two people who tested positive for COVID-19 and who attended 613Lift gym while contagious.  
  • Quebec reported 532 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today, along with four more deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 303 patients with 76 people in intensive care.
  • On Sunday, New Brunswick reported three new deaths related to COVID-19 and 58 new cases. 
  • In its daily update Sunday, Saskatchewan reported 320 cases and 645 recoveries dropping the active total to 3,967. There was a new record set for COVID patients in the province’s ICU: there are 333 in hospital, with 84 in intensive care. There were also five new deaths reported.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,676,846+ cases with 28,468+ deaths and 1,613,576+ recoveries. There are 34,802+ active cases.
  • Worldwide have been 240,544,370+ cases, 4,897,188+ deaths and 6,613,437,814+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The city of Chicago, Illinois is in a battle with its police union over a vaccine mandate. There are opposing lawsuits from the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over requirements that city workers, including police officers, get vaccinated or submit to testing at their own expense.

Oct. 15

  • Ontario reported 496 new cases today for a total of 593,933 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,809 deaths, up two. There are 74 new cases in Toronto, 60 in Peel Region, 28 in York, 24 in Hamilton and 40 in Windsor-Essex. There are 265 in hospital. There are 163 in intensive care, 102 on a ventilator. There have been 580,150 cases resolved, up 542.
  • So far, there have been 22,177,830 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,794,769 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and almost 83 per cent have two doses.
  • There have been 146,495+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,591 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 35,905 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,531,054. There are 14,870 test results pending.
  • There are eight outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 23 resident cases, 23 staff. So far, 4,020 residents have died.
  • There are 696 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; four are closed. There are 69 new student cases reported today; eight staff.
  • Ontario is making COVID-19 vaccine certificate QR codes available for download beginning over the next three days, starting Friday morning with those born between January and April before expanding to more residents. Next are those born May to August on Oct. 16 and finally by those born September to December on Oct. 17.
  • Premier Doug Ford says he is reviewing the idea of a province-wide vaccine mandate for healthcare workers with hospitals and other agencies to see what the impact would be of such a move. The province is making vaccination mandatory for workers in long term care homes.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 45 new cases for a total of 30,427 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 601. There are 276 active cases and there have been 29,505 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, five in ICU. There are 10 outbreaks. So far, 1,629,879 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 769,536 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 676 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 418,508 infections. There have been 401,830 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,437 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 301 patients with 79 people in intensive care. The province completed 35,990 tests on Oct.13. So far, So far, 13,273,992 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,088 cases, up 25. There have been 222 deaths. There are 203 active cases and 13,663 recoveries. There are eight in hospital, three in intensive care. So far there have been 593,981 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In New Brunswick, all members of the legislative assembly will have to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, or have a medical exemption, by Oct, 29, to enter the Legislature. Two more COVID-related deaths and 133 new cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday in the province.
  • Nova Scotia reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the active caseload to 199.
  • Public servants in Newfoundland and Labrador will have until Dec. 17 to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the provincial government. The province reported four new cases today.
  • Manitoba has 92 new cases of COVID-19 and four more people have died from the disease.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,670,234+ cases with 28,367+ deaths and 1,605,876+ recoveries. There are 35,991+ active cases.
  • Fully vaccinated Canadians hoping to drive into the U.S. will be able to do so on Nov. 8 with a negative COVID-19 test.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning of the potential for a severe influenza season as officials call for people to get their flu shot.
  • The national average home price was $686,650 in September 2021, up 13.9 per cent from the same month last year. The national average price is heavily influenced by sales in Greater Vancouver and the GTA, two of Canada’s most active and expensive housing markets. Excluding these two markets from the calculation in September 2021 cuts over $146,000 from the national average price.
  • Worldwide have been 239,461,735+ cases, 4,878,818+ deaths and 6,572,165,328+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • British health officials said Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don’t have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory. The U.K. Health Security Agency said the Immensa Health Clinic Ltd. lab in the central England city of Wolverhampton has been suspended from processing swabs after the false negatives.

Oct. 14

  • Ontario reported 417 new cases today for a total of 593,437 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,807 deaths, up three. There are 69 new cases in Toronto, 43 in Peel Region, 18 in York, 30 in Hamilton and 23 in Windsor-Essex. There are 254 in hospital. There are 158 in intensive care, 101 on a ventilator. There have been 579,608 cases resolved, up 528.
  • So far, there have been 22,148,068 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,775,345 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, more than 87 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and more than 82 per cent have two doses.
  • There have been 146,494+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,518 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 35,421 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,495,149. There are 18,914 test results pending.
  • There are 10 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 25 resident cases, 25 staff. So far, 4,019 residents have died.
  • There are 696 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; four are closed. There are 117 new student cases reported today; five staff.
  • Ontario’s vaccine verification app for businesses, Verify Ontario, appears to be ready for download ahead of schedule, rolling out on the Google and Apple app stores Thursday afternoon.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 23 new cases for a total of 30,382 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 601. There are 276 active cases and there have been 29,505 cases resolved. There are eight in hospital, five in ICU. There are nine outbreaks. So far, 1,624,990 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 765,871 are fully vaccinated.
  • The Ottawa Senators open the NHL season tonight with Brady Tkachuk on the payroll. The star winger has signed a seven-year, $57.5-million (US) contract.
  • The large outbreaks at École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau and St. Benedict School have ended. There are now large outbreaks in Casselman, where 35 people at the Résidence St-François retirement home are infected and Madawaska Valley Township, where 12 individuals that reside in the Township have tested positive with multiple high-risk contacts also been identified by the Renfrew County health unit.
  • Quebec reported 644 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 417,832 infections. There have been 401,287 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,431 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 298 patients with 76 people in intensive care. The province completed 32,869 tests on Oct.12. So far, So far, 13,259,483 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,088 cases, up 25. There have been 222 deaths. There are 203 active cases and 13,663 recoveries. There are eight in hospital, three in intensive care. So far there have been 592,898 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • As of Nov. 1., Quebec’s bars and restaurants will be able to operate at full capacity.
  • Quebec is ready to pay the proposed increases to daycare workers, both unionized and non-unionized, immediately. The province is offering a 12 per cent increase over three years for qualified educators only. Other child-care workers would receive less. This comes as daycare workers are on strike. The increase can be as much as 17 per cent for those who agree to increase their work week to 40 hours. Currently, the work week ranges from 32 to 36 hours.
  • New Brunswick recorded two more COVID-related deaths Thursday and 133 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial dashboard shows.
  • Manitoba public health officials say there are 107 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths on Thursday.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,670,234+ cases with 28,367+ deaths and 1,605,876+ recoveries. There are 35,991+ active cases.
  • GM Canada has announced that all employees, as well as contractors, vendors and visitors who enter its facilities, will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 12. 
  • Worldwide have been 239,461,735+ cases, 4,878,818+ deaths and 6,572,165,328+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Oct. 13

  • Ontario reported 306 new cases today for a total of 593,020 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,804 deaths, up 12. There are 68 new cases in Toronto, 18 in Peel Region, 29 in York, 12 in Hamilton and 32 in Windsor-Essex. There are 242 in hospital. There are 153 in intensive care, 102 on a ventilator. There have been 579,080 cases resolved, up 527.
  • So far, there have been 22,119,312 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,756,935 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated. So far, 87.1 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 82.5 per cent have two doses, according to a tweet from Health Minister Christine Elliott.
  • There have been 146,492+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,448 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 23,219 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,459,728. There are 16,051 test results pending.
  • There are nine outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 29 resident cases, 20 staff. So far, 4,019 residents have died.
  • There are 704 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. There are 249 student cases reported today; 19 staff.
  • Premier Doug Ford’s government is expected to ease pandemic measures including ending capacity limits in all locations where proof-of-vaccination requirements are in place, such as restaurants, bars and gyms. The move is expected to happen late next week. Pressurehas been building after the province lifted limits on sports arenas where NHL hockey games and NBA basketball games are played.
  • Cornwall’s hospital is scaling back non-urgent surgeries as the city sees a surge in COVID-19 infections mostly among the unvaccinated.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 24 new cases for a total of 30,359 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 601, up three. There are 283 active cases and there have been 29,475 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, four in ICU. There are 11 outbreaks. So far, 1,624,990 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 765,871 are fully vaccinated.
  • CHEO has been deluged with young patients as viruses kept at bay by pandemic measures re-emerge in the community. July and August each saw more than 6,000 visits to CHEO’s emergency department, setting new monthly records, CBC reports. In September, nearly 6,700 patients arrived at the ER, a figure more in line with the peak virus season, which normally lasts from November until March or April.
  • Quebec reported 512 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 417,188 infections. There have been 400,777 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,429 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 298 patients with 75 people in intensive care. The province completed 26,148 tests on Oct.11. So far, So far, 13,245,909 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,063 cases, up 26. There have been 222 deaths. There are 199 active cases and 13,642 recoveries. There are nine in hospital, three in intensive care. So far there have been 591,979 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec has reversed course and extended the deadline for some 14,000 unvaccinated health-care workers to get their shots. In the meantime, workers in the public system who aren’t vaccinated and have direct contact with patients will have to be tested for COVID-19 three times per week before their shifts, beginning on Monday. The measure could be extended to the private network. All new health-care workers will have to be fully vaccinated. Caregivers and visitors must show their vaccine passport when entering a health-care facility. The policy does not apply to patients. 
  • A survey conducted by CROP for Éduc’alcool last month on the alcohol consumption of Quebecers during the COVID-19 pandemic indicates for the first time that a trend reversal is taking place: more Quebecers reduced their consumption than increased it, but more people exceeded the recommended limits of alcohol intake.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 today.
  • Another five people have died in New Brunswick, as the province recorded 82 new cases.
  • There are 79 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba.
  • The Saskatchewan government is in talks with Ontario about the potential transfer of intensive-care patients, according to the head of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 emergency response. The province is announcing another record breaking day of COVID-related deaths with 11 reported today. Also announced was 327 new confirmed cases. 
  • Alberta has reported an additional 38 people have died from COVID-19. The province has also reported 652 new cases.
  • B.C. health officials announced 605 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Wednesday.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,657,575+ cases with 28,289+ deaths and 1,601,860+ recoveries. There are 37,426+ active cases.
  • The puck will drop on a new NHL season tonight for most of Canada’s teams. Fans attending the games in Toronto and Edmonton in person will be subject to restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Ottawa Senators open their season at home Thursday night against the Leafs without star winger Brady Tkachuk.
  • Worldwide have been 238,853,205+ cases, 4,868,661+ deaths and 6,527,790,525+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Britain’s failure to impose a lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic cost thousands of unnecessary deaths and ranks among the country’s worst public health blunders, the nation’s first comprehensive report on the pandemic has concluded.
  • The United States land and sea border will reopen to non-essential travel in November after a record long closure due to concerns over COVID-19. The White House confirmed Tuesday night that fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico will be welcomed at land border crossings next month; however, officials would not specify what vaccines would be accepted or if mixed doses will meet eligibility tests.
  • Led by soaring energy prices, the United States has also reported an inflation rate of 5.4 per cent the highest in 13 years.

Oct. 12

  • Ontario reported 390 new cases today (458 Sunday) for a total of 592,714 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,790 deaths, up four. There are 66 new cases in Toronto, 62 in Peel Region, 65 in York, 21 in Hamilton and 21 in Windsor-Essex. There are 155 in hospital. There are 149 in intensive care, 104 on a ventilator. There have been 577,490 cases resolved, up 539.
  • So far, there have been 22,089,455 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,738,052 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,487+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,291 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 29,755 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,397,444. There are 8,610 test results pending.
  • There are 12 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 29 resident cases, 21 staff. So far, 4,018 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 19 new cases for a total of 30,335 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598. There are 289 active cases and there have been 29,448 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, three in ICU. There are 11 outbreaks. So far, 1,623,187 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 764,819 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 409 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 416,676 infections. There have been 400,347 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,422 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 291 patients with 72 people in intensive care. The province completed 19,840 tests on Oct.10. So far, So far, 13,234,834 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,037 cases, up 111 over the long weekend. There have been 195 deaths. There are 198 active cases and 13,620 recoveries. There are three in intensive care. So far there have been 591,801 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nova Scotia reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has seen 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend.
  • New Brunswick has 109 new cases of COVID-19 and 63 people in hospital with the virus, 27 of them in intensive care.
  • Manitoba reported 349 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths on Tuesday, the first update in four days because of the Thanksgiving long weekend.
  • Saskatchewan added two deaths on Tuesday, along with 271 new cases. Hospitals in the province are currently providing care for 348 patients with COVID-19: 268 are receiving inpatient care and 80 are in ICUs.
  • Among the 33 new deaths reported over the Thanksgiving weekend in Alberta was a 14-year old who had “complex, pre-existing medical conditions.” The province also reported 3,358 new cases.
  • B.C. health officials reported 2,090 new cases over a four-day period, as well as 28 additional deaths. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says parents can now register their children, ages five to 11, to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, once it is approved by Health Canada.
  • The chief public health officer for the Northwest Territories has declared a workplace COVID-19 outbreak at the legislature building in Yellowknife. A statement on the territory’s website says there are six confirmed and two probable COVID-19 infections in people who were at the legislature building between Monday and Friday last week. There are 456 active COVID-19 cases in the Northwest Territories, 282 of which are in Yellowknife.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,655,377+ cases with 28,186+ deaths and 1,585,972+ recoveries. There are 41,219+ active cases.
  • The Federal Court of Canada has told Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin that the military grievance process is the appropriate avenue to address his claim that political interference led to his removal as head of the vaccine rollout.
  • Worldwide have been 238,421,217+ cases, 4,860,593+ deaths and 6,506,722,004+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Oct. 11

  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 27 new cases for a total of 30,316 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598. There are 321 active cases and there have been 29,397 cases resolved. There are four in hospital, two in ICU. There are 11 outbreaks. So far, 1,617,737 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 761,505 are fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario is not updating its COVID-19 statistics today. The province reported 535 new cases Sunday for a total of 591,866 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,790 deaths.
  • Quebec is reporting 480 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths related to the virus. In a news release Monday, health officials said hospitalizations fell by six to 290, while the number of patients in intensive care dropped by two to 78.
  • Meanwhile, Quebec’s nurses’ order will suspend licences for its members who are not adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Friday. 
  • Toronto Raptor centre Khem Birch will make his pre-season debut Monday night as the Raptors host the Houston Rockets in the fourth of five pre-season games. Birch and his family were infected with COVID-19 and he was forced to quarantine. Birch said he lost his sense of smell and was fatigued after his diagnosis; his wife lost both smell and taste but their daughter was asymptomatic.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,655,377+ cases with 28,186+ deaths and 1,585,972+ recoveries. There are 41,219+ active cases.
  • Worldwide have been 238,011,720+ cases, 4,854,752+ deaths and 6,485,686,802+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The United States will now accept international travellers immunized with COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization and the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Coronavirus infections among schoolchildren in the U.K. have pushed daily caseloads to stubbornly high levels, a setback that underscores how Britain now trails many of its European neighbors on vaccination after staking out an early lead. The U.K. has recorded 34,574 more COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths in the latest 24-hour period, government figures show.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has a cold and he isn’t suffering from COVID-19, after he was heard repeatedly coughing at a televised meeting with officials. Russia is in the midst of a strong fourth wave.

Oct. 10

  • Ontario reported 535 new cases today for a total of 591,866 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,792 deaths. There are 98 new cases in Toronto, 45 in Peel Region, 63 in York, 39 in Hamilton and 35 in Windsor-Essex. There are 156 in hospital. There are 153 in intensive care, 100 on a ventilator. There have been 578,553 cases resolved, up 512.
  • So far, there have been 22,071,730 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,726,674 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,487+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,418 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 18,280 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,436,509. There are 9,163 test results pending.
  • There are 12 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 32 resident cases, 21 staff. So far, 4,018 residents have died.
  • Families can gather indoors today in Ontario to mark Thanksgiving as long as pandemic safety precautions are observed.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 58 new cases for a total of 30,289 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598. There are 348 active cases and there have been 29,343 cases resolved. There are four in hospital, one in ICU. There are 11 outbreaks. So far, 1,617,737 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 761,505 are fully vaccinated.
  • While food banks are being overwhelmed by an upswing in demand caused by rising food prices and the pandemic, many Ottawa shelters and community organizations that usually offer free meals for Thanksgiving have cancelled. For example, CBC reports, the Ottawa Mission can’t safely host its usual Thanksgiving dinner — which usually feeds anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 people — for the second consecutive year, so instead it will offer 6,000 takeout dinners.
  • The Ottawa 67’s will be able to officially fill the 8,000-seat arena at TD Place for its OHL season home opener this afternoon — even though it’s expecting less than half that number.
  • Quebec reported 612 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 430 of those not fully vaccinated. The province also added three new deaths. There were 296 in hospital; 80 in ICU. The province says 90 per cent (6,724,596 total) of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and 85 per cent (6,388,063 total) has received both doses.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,926 cases. There have been 222 deaths. There are 200 active cases and 13,504 recoveries. There are three in intensive care. So far there have been 589,776 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • A Montreal-based lawyer is planning to file a legal challenge to suspend Quebec’s sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all of its health-care workers just days before the new directive takes effect. Meanwhile Quebec’s Health Minister, Christian Dube, says “important measures to reorganize services” will be announced this week for those who are not double-vaxxed by Oct. 15.
  • The Quebec Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) is recommending the COVID-19 Mu variant and its sublineage be included on the SARS-CoV-2 variants of interest list. “Due to the international health situation, the recent increase in the number of cases of the lineage B.1.621 (Mu) in Quebec and its classification as a variant of interest (VoI) by several agencies… the INSPQ recommends that variant B.1.621 (Mu) and its sublineage be included in the list of SARS-CoV-2 in Quebec,” a report from the INSPQ reads. The Public Health Agency of Canada already lists Mu as a variant of interest, but not as a variant of concern (VoC). Mu cases have been detected in B.C. and Ontario and the first case in Quebec Mu was identified on May 18. The INSPQ confirmed 156 cases as of Sept. 16.
  • The Northwest Territories is grappling with an explosion of COVID-19 cases, as residents gather with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving. N.W.T is seeing an average of 43.1 new cases per day based on the last seven days. That works out to 960 new cases per million residents – an infection rate that is higher than any other jurisdiction in Canada. It’s also higher than every U.S. state other than Alaska.
  • New Brunswick Public Health reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday. There are also two more deaths related to the virus, bringing the province’s total to 74.
  • Saskatchewan reported 507 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and broke a previous record for most people in intensive care with the illness. On Saturday there were 79 patients in the ICU. One more death was reported. 
  • In Canada, there have been 1,655,377+ cases with 28,186+ deaths and 1,585,972+ recoveries. There are 41,219+ active cases.
  • Worldwide have been 237,685,526+ cases, 4,849,727+ deaths and 6,454,911,783+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Oct. 8

  • Ontario reported 573 new cases reported today for a total of 590,677 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,786 deaths, up 10. There are 104 new cases in Toronto, 80 in Peel Region, 41 in York, 15 in Hamilton and 35 in Windsor-Essex. There are 271 in hospital. There are 154 in intensive care, 97 on a ventilator. There have been 576,374 cases resolved, up 621.
  • So far, there have been 22,004,768 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,684,356 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,485+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 19,080 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 37,118 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,336,566. There are 13,993 test results pending.
  • There are 14 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 31 resident cases, 24 staff. So far, 4,017 residents have died.
  • The NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors will be able to play in front of full arenas of fans when their seasons start later this month, Ontario Sports Minister Lisa MacLeod announced Friday. indoor capacity limits will be lifted in the arenas beginning Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend. Concert venues, theatres and cinemas are among the other facilities that will see capacity lifted.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 38 new cases for a total of 30,183 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598. There are 330 active cases and there have been 29,255 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, three in ICU. There are 19 outbreaks. So far, 1,617,737 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 761,505 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 643 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 414,573 infections. There have been 398,033 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,410 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 302 patients with 86 people in intensive care. The province completed 32,393 tests on Oct. 6. So far, So far, 13,190,577 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,901 cases, up 41. There have been 222 deaths. There are 198 active cases and 13,481 recoveries. There are three in intensive care. So far there have been 589,776 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec health authorities are lifting capacity restrictions on venues with assigned seating starting Oct. 8 but say it’s too soon to permit larger indoor private gatherings. Anyone attending events at those venues will need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The new rules apply to cinemas, theatres, conferences and graduation ceremonies, and they will also permit Montreal’s Bell Centre to be at full capacity for the Canadiens’ first NHL home game in October. Officials say it remains too early to declare victory in the fight against COVID-19 or to lift the 10-person indoor gathering limit inside private homes in advance of Thanksgiving.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19. Newfoundland and Labrador has eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death.
  • New Brunswick recorded two more COVID-related deaths and 130 new cases Friday.
  • There are 130 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Friday and two more people have died from the illness.
  • Saskatchewan saw 576 new cases. The province also reported four additional COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, 
  • In Canada, there have been 1,651,236+ cases with 28,141+ deaths and 1,581,546+ recoveries. There are 41,549+ active cases.
  • New modelling presented by PHAC on Friday suggests that if current transmission levels are maintained, the number of new daily cases could decline in the coming weeks. Progress hasn’t been even across Canada, officials say, but overall, numbers give “reason for optimism” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada.
  • Statistics Canada reported today that Canadian employment returned to its February 2020 level in September, increasing by 157,000 jobs, up 0.8 per cent. The employment rate was 6.9 per cent, 0.9 percentage points lower than in February 2020. The labour force participation rate was 65.5 per cent in September, matching the rate observed in February 2020.
  • Worldwide have been 236,917,231+ cases, 4,837,361+ deaths and 6,418,381,132+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The U.S reported a lower than expected jobs report today with American payrolls rising by just 194,000 in September, compared with the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8 per cent, better than the expectation for 5.1 per cent, and the lowest since February 2020.

Oct. 7

  • Ontario reported 587 new cases reported today for a total of 590,104 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,776 deaths, up five. There are 84 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 44 in York, 33 in Hamilton and 44 in Windsor-Essex. There are 279 in hospital. There are 149 in intensive care, 102 on a ventilator. There have been 575,753 cases resolved, up 586.
  • So far, there have been 21,974,193 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,665,079 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,485+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,979 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 37,057 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,299,448. There are 16,548 test results pending.
  • There are 13 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 37 resident cases, 25 staff. So far, 4,015 residents have died.
  • Documents obtained by CBC show that nursing home workers were calling Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions in the first wave of COVID-19 and little was done.
  • Ontario’s top public health official, Dr. Kieran Moore, says celebrating Thanksgiving indoors and unmasked with a fully vaccinated group is “absolutely appropriate.” He also said the celebrating out of doors is safer especially when vaccination status is uncertain. Ontario’s gathering limits are 100 outdoors and 25 indoors. Moore says if there is a combination of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the group, attendees may consider keeping masks on indoors, particularly for older people or those with chronic medical conditions.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 29 new cases for a total of 30,145 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598. There are 339 active cases and there have been 29,208 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, four in ICU. There are 18 outbreaks. So far, 1,614,421 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 759,546 are fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health expects Halloween to return this year with some precautions. Dr. Vera Etches said trick-or-treating can be done safely since it is outdoors, but certain precautions must be taken to protect children who are not yet vaccinated. She recommends outdoor gatherings only, while keeping them as small as possible, while trick-or-treating one family at a time and wearing a mask. 
  • Quebec reported 624 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 413,930 infections. There have been 397,404 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,405 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 297 patients with 88 people in intensive care. The province completed 33,936 tests on Oct. 5. So far, So far, 13,172,330 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,860 cases, up 12. There have been 221 deaths. There are 180 active cases and 13,459 recoveries. There are nine in hospital and three in intensive care. So far there have been 588,399 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé are defending their decision to impose mandatory vaccinations for health-care workers. Dubé says no vaccination exemptions would be given, even to those citing religious reasons. About 2,500 health-care workers were not fully vaccinated and could face suspension without pay after the government’s Oct. 15 deadline.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19.
  • Newfoundland is reporting seven new cases as the province’s vaccine passport is about to come into effect on Friday.
  • New Brunswick recorded 116 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, as the province’s two regional health authorities suspended all hospital visits.
  • Manitoba reports 132 new COVID-19 cases and another death on Thursday.
  • Sounding like his embattled fellow Tory premier in Alberta, Jason Kenney, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is not bringing in new pandemic restrictions despite rising cases and hospitalizations because the province doesn’t want to punish the vaccinated. Saskatchewan reported a total of 650 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including more than 200 that had not been entered into the province’s database last month.
  • There are 54 schools in Alberta classified with outbreak designations. Meanwhile, there are 702 schools with an alert status. This news comes as the province releases new modelling suggesting that the brutal fourth wave of infection may have peaked. Experts say if the province leaves restrictions in place and continues to increase vaccination rates, infections and hospitalizations will continue to decline. Meanwhile, the City of Calgary will require all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of by Nov. 1.
  • Alberta reported 1,254 new cases and 13 deaths Thursday.
  • Small- and medium-sized businesses that choose to implement Alberta’s restriction exemption program will be eligible for a one-time grant of $2,000, Premier Jason Kenney announced during a news conference Thursday afternoon. As well, the government is providing assistance for training and is doubling fines, from $2,000 to $4,000, for individuals who mistreat public facing workers trying to enforce the program.
  • B.C. records 624 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 more death. Meanwhile the BC COVID Modelling Group, which consists of experts in epidemiology and mathematics, says cases among children too young to be vaccinated rose steeply in the three regions of the province. Until children under 12 are immunized, “changes to the rate at which they contact others matter disproportionately to COVID-19 spread,” the group said in a report published Thursday. If the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children aged 5 to 11, the professors say it will not only benefit kids, but also have an indirect benefit for adults, including parents, teachers and school support staff.
  • The latest two weeks’ of data showed that B.C. communities where 90 per cent of eligible people are vaccinated have 3.3 times fewer cases than communities with a 70-per-cent immunization rate.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,647,153+ cases with 28,112+ deaths and 1,577,405+ recoveries. There are 41,636+ active cases.
  • U.S. drugmaker Moderna is asking Health Canada to authorize a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine. The company submitted data on a booster shot that is half the size of the doses used to give first and second shots of the vaccine so far.
  • Worldwide have been 236,635,576+ cases, 4,831,361+ deaths and 6,383,333,830+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Pfizer has now formally asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use of its vaccine ion children aged five to 11. The company is expected to make the same request to Health Canada by mid-October.

Oct. 6

  • Ontario reported 476 new cases reported today for a total of 589,517 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,771 deaths, up 14. There are 84 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 44 in York, 33 in Hamilton and 44 in Windsor-Essex. There are 280 in hospital. There are 156 in intensive care, 103 on a ventilator. There have been 575,167 cases resolved, up 617.
  • So far, there have been 21,948,953 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,649,353 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,479+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,941 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 39,460 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,262,391. There are 16,552 test results pending.
  • There are 14 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 40 resident cases, 27 staff. So far, 4,014 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • Ontario is providing $279 million to add 4,000 frontline staff, such as nurses, to long term care homes. This will increase the daily average of care to three hours a day. The government says it will add $1.82 billion a year starting in 2023.
  • Ontario MPP Rick Nicholls is out as deputy speaker at legislature after his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Nicholls was recently booted from the Tory caucus and sits as an independent. He will not run in the next provincial election slated for June 2022.
  • The Toronto Raptors are two weeks away from being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 25 new cases for a total of 30,116 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 598, up two. There are 360 active cases and there have been 29,158 cases resolved. There are nine in hospital, three in ICU. There are 16 outbreaks. So far, 1,614,421 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 759,546 are fully vaccinated.
  • Four union locals representing municipal employees have filed grievances over the City of Ottawa’s mandatory vaccination policy. Employees are required to provide their COVID-19 immunization status and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1. Three locals represent transit and transportation workers: Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 279, ATU 1760 and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 5500. And CUPE 503, which represents municipal employees including health-care workers, trades people and librarians, also filed a grievance.
  • Quebec reported 506 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 413,306 infections. There have been 396,867 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,400 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 294 patients with 90 people in intensive care. The province completed 32,541 tests on Oct. 4. So far, So far, 13,157,800 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,848 cases, up 27. There have been 221 deaths. There are 192 active cases and 13,435 recoveries. There are eight in hospital and three in intensive care. So far there have been 587,199 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Police responded to a rowdy party at an Airbnb in western Quebec on the weekend that was in violation of public health regulations, but the gathering was so big they say they couldn’t break it up. Nine busloads of people descended onto a newly built rental cottage in the quiet city of La Pêche along the Gatineau River. 
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting the province’s 98th death related to COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 25 new cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has five new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • New Brunswick Public Health reported 71 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and one death. A high number of COVID-19 transmissions in some areas of New Brunswick has prompted public health to implement “a circuit breaker” for 14 days beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Information about the circuit breaker rules, including a detailed list and map of affected communities, is available online.
  • Manitoba reports 95 new COVID-19 cases and another death on Wednesday. The province is providing COVID-19 booster shots to thousands of health-care workers and anyone who received full courses of the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan won’t limit the number of people who gather in homes in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, following a request to do so from the city of Saskatoon. The province reported 478 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths on Wednesday with a record 356 in hospital and 76 patients in ICU. 
  • In Canada, there have been 1,643,420+ cases with 28,050+ deaths and 1,573,010+ recoveries. There are 42,360+ active cases.
  • As expected the Liberal government has announced a vaccine mandate for all federal workers, including the RCMP and military, and for any person wishing to travel by air, rail or marine vessel. Federal workers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 29 or face leave without pay. Disciplinary action is expected to begin Nov. 15. The policy also applies to those who work from home and outside of the country. Public servants’ vaccination declaration will be tracked and audited by individual departments, and managers can ask for proof of vaccination at any time. Employees who provide false documents will face punishment, including firings. People who have had only one dose will be given 10 weeks to get their next one before they are put on unpaid leave. They won’t be allowed back at work until they are either vaccinated or the policy is no longer in effect.
  • Regarding travel, there will be a period during which people who are in the process of getting vaccinated can show a negative COVID-19 test, but by the end of November, testing will no longer be an option before boarding.
  • For bureaucrats and travellers, there will only be a few exceptions, like a valid medical condition. 
  • The government is almost done with its vaccine passport for international travel, and will cover the costs for provinces that roll out proof-of-vaccination programs.
  • The government is also working on legislation to make it a criminal offence to threaten or harass health-care workers.
  • The president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Katherine Smart, says provinces such as Alberta are “gaslighting” health-care workers over the toll the COVID-19 crisis is taking on the health-care system. She says health-care workers in the country feel their governments are not listening to them as they try to manage the pandemic and feel there’s no end in sight. She says people are tired of health-care being the “political hot potato” between the federal and provincial governments.
  • The CMA joined with the Canadian Nurses Association in an emergency summit. Together, they called on governments to address staffing shortages across Canada and provide “immediate relief” to those working in COVID-19 hot zones.
  • Worldwide have been 236,044,100+ cases, 4,820,945+ deaths and 6,362,799,259+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Oct. 5

  • Ontario reported 429 new cases reported today for a total of 589,041 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,757 deaths, up three. There are 108 new cases in Toronto, 55 in Peel Region, 29 in York, 23 in Hamilton and 15 in Windsor-Essex. There are 277 in hospital. There are 155 in intensive care, 101 on a ventilator. There have been 574,550 cases resolved, up 696.
  • So far, there have been 21,890,185 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,612,380 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,477+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,897 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 25,441 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,222,931. There are 17,885 test results pending.
  • There are 17 outbreaks in long term care homes. There are 48 resident cases, 37 staff. So far, 4,014 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • Ontario will offer rapid COVID-19 tests to some schools and child-care settings to help ensure students can continue with in-person learning as much as possible. Tests will only be provided to unvaccinated, asymptomatic children who are not considered high-risk contacts of a positive COVID-19 cases. Children 11 and under are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Local public health units will have discretion in requesting the tests based on factors such as the level of virus transmission and the vaccination rate in the community and the history of COVID-19 in a particular school or child-care facility. Participation is optional and tests will be conducted at home. Children who test negative can continue with in-person classes. Those who test positive will need to undergo lab-based, PCR testing and isolate until the results of a more accurate test is known.
  • Quebec reported 436 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of  412,800 infections. There have been 396,380 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,397 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 291 patients with 90 people in intensive care. The province completed 21,703 tests on Oct. 3. So far, So far, 13,147,201 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,821 cases, up 75 over the weekend. There have been 221 deaths. There are 188 active cases and 13,412 recoveries. There are nine in hospital and three in intensive care. So far there have been 587,109 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,640,606+ cases with 28,001+ deaths and 1,568,285+ recoveries. There are 44,320+ active cases.
  • COVID-19 variants of concern (VOCs), particularly the Delta variant, cause more severe illness than the native strain of the virus, increasing the risk of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and death, according to a large Canadian study released Tuesday.
  • Worldwide, there have been 235,526,472+ cases, 4,811,527+ deaths and 6,337,686,126+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Oct. 4

  • Ontario reported 511 new cases reported today for a total of 588,612 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,754 deaths, up two. There are 138 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 21 in York, 25 in Hamilton and 31 in Windsor-Essex. There are 146 in hospital. There are 159 in intensive care, 104 on a ventilator. There have been 573,854 cases resolved, up 488.
  • So far, there have been 21,704,159 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,493,722 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,477+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,864 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 23,667 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,197,490. There are 9,314 test results pending.
  • There are 19 outbreaks in long term care homes, two in Ottawa, the Peter D. Clark Centre and Residence Saint-Louis. There are 47 resident cases, 35 staff. So far, 4,014 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • The Doug Ford government is stressing avoiding future lockdowns as a key part of the provincial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a speech from the throne Monday that sets an agenda for the next eight months ahead of a provincial election. Thanks to Ontario’s high vaccination rates — more than 86 per cent of eligible residents have received at least one dose — the province is entering a “new phase” of the pandemic, and while cases may rise as people head indoors it won’t be cause for panic, the speech said. The province’s economic recovery will be fuelled by growth, not spending cuts or tax hikes. In particular, the speech mentioned building roads, highways and transit.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 31 new cases for a total of 30,048 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 596. There are 405 active cases and there have been 29,047 cases resolved. There are 17 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 16 outbreaks. So far, 1,606,633 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 754,481 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 402 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 412,364 infections. There have been 395,709 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,389 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 290 patients with 88 people in intensive care. The province completed 22,140 tests on Oct. 2. So far, So far, 13,139,254 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,821 cases, up 75 over the weekend. There have been 221 deaths. There are 188 active cases and 13,412 recoveries. There are nine in hospital and three in intensive care. So far there have been 586,977 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 86 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, while Newfoundland and Labrador has 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more New Brunswickers, and 75 more people have become infected with the virus.
  • Manitoba reports 324 new cases of COVID-19 and two more people have died over the last three days. New public health orders that come into effect Tuesday reduce capacity limits on gatherings that include people who are eligible to receive the vaccine but have not yet been fully vaccinated. Indoor private gatherings will be restricted to two households and outdoor gatherings on private property will be capped at 10 people if any unvaccinated person who is eligible for the shot is in attendance. Indoor public spaces are limited to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, if someone who chooses to remain unvaccinated is present. Indoor faith-based gatherings that don’t require proof of vaccination will be reduced to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Saskatchewan reported 445 new COVID-19 cases on Monday with five additional deaths related to the virus. The province also reported Monday that 325 people were being treated in hospital.  
  • The Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to send up to eight critical care nurses and the Canadian Red Cross is sending up to 20 medical professionals, some with ICU experience, to Alberta. The province reports 4,037 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday over the past three days. The province also reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths.
  • B.C. reports 1,986 new COVID-19 cases over three days, along with 10 deaths.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,629,142+ cases with 27,921+ deaths and 1,556,530+ recoveries. There are 44,691+ active cases.
  • Worldwide, there have been 235,013,212+ cases, 4,803,624+ deaths and 6,311,721,570+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Six months after receiving the second dose of the two-shot vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, many recipients no longer have vaccine-induced antibodies that can immediately neutralize worrisome variants of the coronavirus, a small new study suggests. This may necessitate a booster.

Oct. 3

  • Ontario reported 580 new cases reported today for a total of 588,101 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,752 deaths. There are 138 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 21 in York, 25 in Hamilton and 31 in Windsor-Essex. There are 144 in hospital. There are 163 in intensive care, 107 on a ventilator. There have been 573,366 cases resolved, up 616.
  • So far, there have been 21,704,159 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,493,722 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,475+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,230+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,815 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 32,220 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,173,823. There are 10,888 test results pending.
  • There are 18 outbreaks in long term care homes, two in Ottawa, the Peter D. Clark Centre and Residence Saint-Louis. There are 35 resident cases, 33 staff. So far, 4,014 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • An advocacy group representing strippers will argue in Ontario court this week that provincial pandemic measures affecting strip clubs have targeted the workers and violated their charter rights.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 64 new cases for a total of 30,017 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 596. There are 413 active cases and there have been 29,008 cases resolved. There are 18 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 14 outbreaks. So far, 1,606,633 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 754,481 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 499 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, along with one more death. There are 88 people in intensive care.
  • New Brunswick is announcing two more deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday, along with 93 cases.
  • Saskatchewan reported 354 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday with three additional deaths related to the virus.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,629,142+ cases with 27,921+ deaths and 1,556,530+ recoveries. There are 44,691+ active cases.
  • Canada could see a rise in so-called “breakthrough” infections among fully vaccinated people by Christmas time, prompting the need for a booster shot for the broader public, says the president of Moderna.
  • Meanwhile Pfizer has submitted preliminary data from a vaccine trial on children aged five to 11 to Health Canada for review and approval.
  • Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has received his COVID-19 vaccine and will be eligible to play in all games. Wiggins faced the possibility of not being allowed into Golden State’s home building at Chase Center for games starting Oct. 13. The NBA had said it “reviewed and denied” Wiggins’s request for a religious exemption and that he would not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfilled the vaccine mandate. 
  • Worldwide, there have been 234,788,562+ cases, 4,799,881+ deaths and 6,290,955,791+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The United States has surpassed 700,000 deaths with the total now at 700,982+. The case count stands at 43,669,745+.

Oct. 1

  • Ontario reported 668 new cases reported today (647 Wednesday) for a total of 586,817 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,743 deaths, up 20 over two days. There are 138 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 21 in York, 25 in Hamilton and 31 in Windsor-Essex. There are 278 in hospital. There are 163 in intensive care, 117 on a ventilator. There have been 572,105 cases resolved, up 635.
  • So far, there have been 21,704,159 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,493,722 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,471+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,230+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,622 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 35,927 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,112,093. There are 14,067 test results pending.
  • There are 19 outbreaks in long term care homes, two in Ottawa, the Peter D. Clark Centre and Residence Saint-Louis. There are 53 resident cases, 43 staff. So far, 4,012 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • Ontario is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for long-term care workers. Ontario has seen a recent rise in outbreaks at long-term care facilities. The workers need to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15. About 86 per cent of staff are fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 61 new cases for a total of 29,891 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 596. There are 391 active cases and there have been 28,904 cases resolved. There are 19 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 18 outbreaks. So far, 1,606,633 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 754,481 are fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa’s English-language Catholic school board has released its own mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy, and staff who fail to abide by it could be fired. The OCSB says 93.5 per cent of its 6,117 workers are fully vaccinated. Of the remaining workers, seven have received medical exemptions and 391 have either not submitted attestations, aren’t fully vaccinated or may be on some kind of leave, the board said.
  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) said it closed École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau in the Heron Gate area south of downtown out of an abundance of caution. According to Ottawa Public Health’s dashboard, 12 schools are experiencing outbreaks. Just five of the 70 cases linked to these outbreaks are staff. Barrhaven’s St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School was the first this school year to be closed by an outbreak, one of the largest school outbreaks of the pandemic.
  • Quebec reported 643 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 410,823 infections. There have been 393,595 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,377 deaths, up six. Hospitalizations stand at 310 patients with 84 people in intensive care. The province completed 35,307 tests on Sept. 29. So far, So far, 13,099,811 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,716 cases, up 19. There have been 220 deaths. There are 167 active cases and 13,329 recoveries. There are nine in hospital and five in intensive care. So far there have been 583,848 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 77 new cases over two days.
  • Newfoundland has announced two new deaths on Friday along with 41 new cases over the past two days.
  • Manitoba reported 193 new cases over the past two days. The province is moving to limit the size of gatherings where unvaccinated people are present.
  • Saskatchewan’s vaccine passport comes into effect today. The province has seen 470 new cases and five more deaths.
  • Alberta reports 1,630 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths today.
  • British Columbia is making masks mandatory for all students and staff in schools across the province.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,620,137+ cases with 27,819+ deaths and 1,547,960+ recoveries. There are 44,358+ active cases.
  • The federal government has no supply of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to share with the provinces, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today. Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia have requested tens of thousands of doses of the vaccine as a way of increasing vaccine uptake. Health Canada has approved the viral vector vaccine but says it is not as effective as its mRNA vaccine equivalents from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
  • Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product edged down 0.1 per cent in July following a 0.6 per cent increase in June. Total economic activity in July was approximately two per cent below the pre-pandemic level of February 2020. Preliminary data indicates August saw a 0.7 per cent increase.
  • Worldwide, there have been 233,833,601+ cases, 4,784,678+ deaths and 6,249,457,224+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The European Union’s drug regulator on Friday identified a possible link between rare cases of blood clotting in deep veins with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and recommended the condition be listed as a side-effect of the shot.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court says Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Merck & Co. said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S., Canada and around the world to authorize its use. If cleared, Merck’s drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic. All COVID-19 therapies now authorized in the U.S. require an IV or injection.

Sept. 30

  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 55 new cases for a total of 29,830 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 596, up one. There are 387 active cases and there have been 28,847 cases resolved. There are 17 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 19 outbreaks. So far, 1,602,331 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 751,671 are fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 655 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 410,180 infections. There have been 392,915 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,371 deaths, up two. Hospitalizations stand at 311 patients with 91 people in intensive care. The province completed 33,551 tests on Sept. 28. So far, So far, 13,080,192 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,697 cases, up 16. There have been 220 deaths. There are 161 active cases and 13,316 recoveries. There are nine in hospital and six in intensive care. So far there have been 583,848 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec’s political parties are clashing over whether the COVID-19 vaccine passport should be used in the National Assembly. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the Liberal Party (PLQ) want to impose it in parliament, but the Parti Québécois (PQ) and Québec Solidaire (QS) disagree.
  • Quebec facilities with assigned seating will be able to operate at full capacity as of Oct. 8. The new rules apply to cinemas, theatres, conferences and graduation ceremonies, as well as Montreal’s Bell Centre in time for the Habs first home game next month.
  • Ontario is not updating its COVID-19 numbers today because of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  
  • The Ontario government has sued a couple and two adult children, alleging they illegally issued and banked cheques under the Support for Families program, which aimed to offset the cost of children learning at home during the pandemic. The province is alleging embezzlement of $11 million. In addition, Sanjay Madan, who is a former provincial bureaucrat is accused of taking millions more in kickbacks in an alleged fraud worth more than $30 million.
  • A Kingston, Ont., sports pub, J.A.K.K. Tuesdays, can no longer serve alcohol as Ontario’s alcohol licensing agency, the AGCO, has removed its licence for breaking pandemic rules. The pub publicly shared on Facebook that it wouldn’t enforce the province’s proof-of-vaccine rules.
  • Public Health says there are a record 99 new cases of COVID-19, along with two more deaths in New Brunswick. 
  • Saskatchewan hit a devastating marker Thursday when the province recorded 601 new COVID-19 cases. The province also reported 10 deaths. Meanwhile Nadine Wilson, a Saskatchewan Party MLA, has resigned from the governing caucus “as a result of misrepresenting her vaccination status.” The remaining 47 MLAs in the caucus are fully vaccinated.
  • Nationally, the average COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 people for the last seven days was 0.7, according to online aggregate data from Monday. Alberta’s rate was 2.3, while Saskatchewan’s was 2.6. Over the last 14 days, the national average of COVID-19 deaths was 1.2, with 4.1 for Alberta and 4.0 for Saskatchewan.
  • Some family physicians in Alberta say they are dealing with an increasing number of aggressive, misinformed and untrusting patients who want a note exempting them from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The Canadian Press has more.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,620,137+ cases with 27,819+ deaths and 1,547,960+ recoveries. There are 44,358+ active cases.
  • Worldwide, there have been 233,434,862+ cases, 4,777,581+ deaths and 6,220,064,129+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Sept. 29

  • Ontario reported 495 new cases reported today for a total of 585,502 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,723 deaths, up eight. There are 138 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 21 in York, 25 in Hamilton and 31 in Windsor-Essex. There are 292 in hospital. There are 172 in intensive care, 123 on a ventilator. There have been 570,790 cases resolved, up 760.
  • So far, there have been 21,704,159 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,493,722 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,465+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,503+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,228+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,569 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 36,404 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,037,378. There are 19,128 test results pending.
  • There are 17 outbreaks in long term care homes, two in Ottawa, the Peter D. Clark Centre and Residence Saint-Louis. There are 54 resident cases, 39 staff. So far, 4,011 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • An increase in cases of myocarditis and pericarditis, a rare heart condition in young adults who have received the COVID-19 Moderna vaccines has prompted Ontario to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech shots for those aged 18 to 24 “out of an abundance of caution.”
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 41 new cases for a total of 29,775 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 595. There are 381 active cases and there have been 28,799 cases resolved. There are 17 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 21 outbreaks. So far, 1,598,505 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 749,373 are fully vaccinated.
  • For the second year in a row, public health officials are urging Ottawa residents to take COVID-19 precautions during the Thanksgiving long weekend and limit large gatherings.
  • Quebec reported 594 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 409,525 infections. There have been 392,267 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,369 deaths, up seven. Hospitalizations stand at 306 patients with 91 people in intensive care. The province completed 32,794  tests on Sept. 27. So far, So far, 13,063,398 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,681 cases, up 21. There have been 220 deaths. There are 161 active cases and 13,292 recoveries. There are eight in hospital and five in intensive care. So far there have been 582,616 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • New Brunswick will offer a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to seniors in long-term care homes and other communal settings who have already received two doses of a vaccine. The province reported 84 new cases and one death.
  • Nova Scotia reports 41 new cases. Newfoundland, which reported 16 new cases, is leaving the Atlantic bubble and PEI will now test all people arriving on the island. as the province reports
  • Manitoba confirmed 114 new cases Wednesday. 
  • Saskatchewan is reporting 394 new cases and three more deaths.
  • Alberta reported 1,682 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 34 deaths.
  • The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control reported 813 new cases and 11 more deaths on Wednesday.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,615,859+ cases with 27,754+ deaths and 1,543,328+ recoveries. There are 44,777+ active cases.
  • The country’s largest mental health teaching hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, is formally pushing for countrywide drug decriminalization.
  • A report released Wednesday shows that more than 60 per cent of Canadian businesses say that widespread labour shortages are limiting their growth. The report, produced by the Business Development Bank of Canada, combines the findings of two surveys one that polled 1,251 Canadian entrepreneurs in May 2021 and a survey of 3,000 Canadian employees conducted in June 2021. Its findings suggest 49 per cent of business owners have had to delay or have been unable to deliver orders to clients due to a lack of labour.
  • The Canadian Medical Association is urgently calling on the provincial and federal governments to work together in Alberta and Saskatchewan to: increase vaccination rates through mandatory vaccination in health care settings; institute effective public health measures such as ‘firebreakers’ or ‘circuit breakers’ to aggressively control COVID-19 cases; increase the mobility of health workers between provinces and support the safe transportation of patients to other jurisdictions who have ICU capacity. 
  • Worldwide, there have been 232,872,867+ cases, 4,767,576+ deaths and 6,168,975,972+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Sept. 28

  • Ontario reported 466 new cases reported today for a total of 585,007 cases. The province has seen a total of 9,715 deaths, up 11. There are 138 new cases in Toronto, 39 in Peel Region, 21 in York, 25 in Hamilton and 31 in Windsor-Essex. There are 315 in hospital. There are 180 in intensive care, 127 on a ventilator. There have been 570,030 cases resolved, up 819.
  • So far, there have been 21,704,159 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 10,493,722 fully vaccinated. Ontario is now aiming to have 90 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 146,461+ cases of infection by the Alpha (B1117) variant, 1,502+ by the Beta (B1351) variant, 5,229+ by the Gamma (P1) variant and 18,508 cases of the Delta (B1617) variant.
  • Ontario completed 23,785 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 18,000,974. There are 19,835 test results pending.
  • There are 17 outbreaks in long term care homes, two in Ottawa, the Peter D. Clark Centre and Residence Saint-Louis. There are 52 resident cases, 37 staff. So far, 4,011 residents have died.
  • Ontario remains in Stage 3 of reopening. This means activities such as indoor dining can resume, gyms can open for the first time in months, along with nightclubs, museums, galleries, cinemas and sports facilities for fans. 
  • Tonight 30,000 fans will be seated in the stadium when the Toronto Blue Jays play the New York Yankess with a playoff berth on the line. The larger crowd size is a recent decision by the province for stadium sports. Sporting events, meeting and event spaces, concerts, theatres, cinemas are now able to operate at 50 per cent capacity or up to 10,000 people.
  • Ontario’s science advisory table says, in its latest projections, that the fourth wave has been effectively flattened thanks to public health measures, and that the test positivity rate in Ontario appears to be declining. “New cases, hospitalizations and ICU occupancy are not increasing,” it wrote in a report released today.
  • The science table, as usual, outlined different scenarios for the coming months. It says in a status quo scenario, in which there are no changes in behaviour or policy, cases would begin to increase in October and would surpass 1,500 new cases a day by November. If transmission is reduced by 25 per cent or more, cases would track steadily downwards, though they are not projected to hit zero in the next two months even in that best-case scenario.
  • The science table projects ICU occupancy to range from 200 beds to more than 300 beds by the end of October. At the peak of the third wave, close to 900 ICU beds were being used by COVID-19 patients.It also points out that children under the age of 11, who have yet to be vaccinated, account for an increasing number of cases — and says young people will likely take up an increasing portion of ICU beds. 
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario says that Dr. Patrick Phillips — who is based in the rural community of Englehart, about 45 kilometres south of Kirkland Lake — is “incompetent” and that he has engaged in “disgraceful, dishonourable” conduct, including deliberately spreading misinformation about the pandemic. He has been has barred a family doctor from providing exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines and face masks and faces a disciplinary hearing.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 16 new cases for a total of 29,734 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 595. There are 412 active cases and there have been 28,727 cases resolved. There are 17 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 23 outbreaks. So far, 1,598,505 have received at least one dose of vaccine. So far, 749,373 are fully vaccinated.
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties announced 90 per cent of its eligible population is fully vaccinated, saying it’s the first health unit in the province to do so.
  • Cornwall is seeing an increase in cases, outpacing other parts of the region and most of the province, according to Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). In parts of Cornwall, 74.9 per cent of eligible residents have at least one dose and 67.3 per cent have two. The seven-day average test positivity rate in those areas is between seven and 7.6 per cent, where Ottawa Public Health is reporting 2.3 per cent in the capital, which is closer to the provincial average.
  • Quebec reported 469 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 408,931 infections. There have been 391,583 recoveries. There has been a total of 11,362 deaths, up six. Hospitalizations stand at 321 patients with 94 people in intensive care. The province completed 22,068 tests on Sept. 26. So far, So far, 13,051,466 doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 13,660 cases, up 96. There have been 220 deaths. There are 175 active cases and 13,265 recoveries. There are 11 in hospital and five in intensive care. So far there have been 582,377 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is announcing that seniors living in residences will be offered a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It is possible a third dose could soon be offered to more Quebecers. About 250,000 seniors are eligible for a third dose. Right now there are 140 active COVID-19 cases in Quebec seniors’ homes.
  • Quebec says there are 17,642 unvaccinated health-care workers. They will be suspended Oct. 15. Nearly half of those unvaccinated employees are front-line workers in direct contact with patients.
  • New Brunswick is announcing two more deaths and 68 new cases.
  • Nova Scotia reports one new death and 32 new cases on Tuesday.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has 14 new confirmed cases and PEI is reporting two new cases.
  • There are 42 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba on Tuesday. Two more deaths from the illness were also reported.
  • There are 449 new cases, 10 more deaths and 311 in hospital in Saskatchewan.
  • Alberta is reporting 1,246 new cases and 18 deaths as the province prepares to protect hospitals from protesters. 
  • British Columbia is moving forward with booster shots for vulnerable populations inn care homes and assisted living residences. The province is also expressing concern about a growing number of cases in school aged children. As of this week, around 30 people out of 100,000 aged nine to 11 in B.C. are getting COVID and 22 out of 100,000 aged five to eight are getting the virus. The next highest group are 18 to 39-year-olds at a rate of 15 out of every 100,000. The Vancouver School Board is extending its mask mandate to apply to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12. It’s the first school board in the province to go beyond the provincial guidelines for masking in schools for grades 4-12.
  • Another 652 cases were reported in British Columbia on Tuesday, along with two more deaths.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,612,368+ cases with 27,699+ deaths and 1,538,244+ recoveries. There are 46,425+ active cases.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is recommending booster shots for residents of long term care homes
  • By Tuesday morning, 80.14 per cent of the eligible Canadian population over the age of 12 had been fully vaccinated and 86.75 per cent had received one dose.
  • Worldwide, there have been 232,428,536+ cases, 4,758,529+ deaths and 6,143,891,362+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Russia has reported its highest one day COVID-19 death toll on Tuesday with 852 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response center. The country is in he midst of a surge with only with 47 million Russians having received a first dose of a vaccine. There are 110 million adults in Russia. It has registered 7,464,708 cases across the country, while the total number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 205,531, according to official figures. The actual is believed to be much higher.

The path of the pandemic from July 30 to Sept. 28