Ontario is close to having two-thirds of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ontario is close to having two-thirds of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Provincial statistics released Thursday show 7,925,787 people over the age of 18 (65.59 per cent of that population) have received two doses.
More than 80 per cent of the population has received one dose.
As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 18.6 million doses of vaccine had been delivered, including 125,166 doses administered on Wednesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.
Ontario reported 185 new cases and seven new deaths on Thursday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 548,794 confirmed cases and 9,307 deaths in Ontario.
There have been 22 new confirmed cases in Grey Bruce, 18 in Toronto, 17 in Hamilton, 13 in Peel Region and 13 in the Waterloo region.
According to Public Health Ontario, nine new cases have been reported in Ottawa. The city’s public health authority reports its own numbers later Thursday.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes Cornwall and Hawkesbury, reported five new cases Thursday. There were no new cases in the three remaining health units in the Ottawa area.
As of Thursday, 140 people were hospitalized in the province with 141 in ICU due to COVID-related illness and 84 on a ventilator. (Ontario Public Health statistics of ICU hospitalizations and ventilator cases contain some patients who no longer test positive for COVID-19 but who are being treated for conditions caused by the virus.)
Meanwhile, Ontario’s science advisors say a proof-of-vaccination system would allow high-risk settings to reopen sooner with greater capacity.
The group says COVID-19 vaccine certificates would set up infrastructure to guide the reintroduction of public health measures if cases spike in the future.
Premier Doug Ford has said he won’t introduce a proof-of-vaccination system.
A recent science table brief differentiates between vaccine passports, which relate to travel, and vaccine certificates, an official document attesting someone has completed a vaccination series.
It says the certificates have been used in some jurisdictions to incentivize vaccination and in the long-term, would serve as a secure record of immunization.
The group cautions that privacy and equity concerns will need to be considered before a certificate system is implemented.
Ottawa Public Health reported nine new cases and no new deaths on Thursday. Since the pandemic began, there have been 27,761 confirmed cases and 593 deaths.
There were no COVID patients in Ottawa hospitals for ICUs. There are no reported outbreaks in community, health care or child care settings.
However, 34 actives cases of COVID were reported in Ottawa on Thursday — up nine from the 25 cases reported on Wednesday.
In closely watched indicators, the rolling seven-day average case count is 2.7 per 100,000, community positivity in testing is 0.2 per cent.
In Ottawa, Glebe-based Jabapalooza founder and family physician Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth is calling for volunteers to come down for shots of Moderna vaccine.
Kaplan-Myrth said she doesn’t want to waste a drop of vaccine.
“Once we draw up a vial there are 14 (doses) per vial, so we won’t open the second or third vial if we don’t have any takers, but the first vial so far has only four people,” she explained on Thursday morning.
“The patients who are coming to our office don’t want to do anywhere else, so it is important for us to give them their shots here — just don’t want to waste the rest!” she said.
“It is so great that so many Ottawans have stepped up.”
Those 18 and over who want a first or second dose of Moderna can call ahead to Kaplan-Myrth’s office at 613-695-6687.
Quebec is reporting 99 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, with three more deaths.
It brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 376,429. The death toll is 11,238.
The province noted it had revised its case totals, and 189 cases were removed from cumulative list because they were duplicates.
There are 71 patients in hospital, a drop of one, and ICU cases are stable at 21 patients.
The province administered 105,088 doses administered for a total of 10,373,663 doses across the province.
-With files from The Canadian Press
The province is reporting 342 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday (Aug. 4), a number not seen since May.
Of the new cases, 66 are in Fraser Health, 57 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 171 are in Interior Health, 13 are in Northern Health, 32 are in Island Health and three new cases are in people who typically reside outside of Canada.
There are 1,764 active cases, of which 945 are in Interior Health. There are 55 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in intensive care or ICU.
Vaccination rates for people ages 12 and older have reached 81.5 per cent for first doses and 67.9 for second doses. There have been 6,931,815 doses of COVID vaccines administered so far.
There are five long-term care facilities currently experiencing COVID outbreaks: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health), Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care Centre (Interior Health).
According to the province, 78 per cent of cases are in people who are unvaccinated, while 18 per cent are in people who have had just one dose.
After days of reporting elevated case counts near 200 new per day, B.C. reported 342 new cases over the past 24 hours on Wednesday.
After a dramatic decline in cases from April to July, which the provincial government attributed to vaccinations taking hold in the province, cases have once again started spiking upwards, and the Interior Health region is leading the way.
On Wednesday, Interior Health accounted for 171 of the 342 new cases, continuing the trend of making up approximately half of all new cases in the province.
But daily case data from the BC Centre for Disease Control also shows other regions beginning to increase, including Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.
Interior Health now has nearly 1,000 active cases.
By the numbers, Fraser Health has 388 active cases, Vancouver Coastal Health has 258, Northern Health has 52, Island Health has 109, 12 are non-residents of Canada and Interior Health has 945.
As to where cases are emerging in Interior Health, weekly case data won’t be released until later on Wednesday. Previous weeks showed cases emerging in the Central Okanagan, where an outbreak was declared by Interior Health on July 28. That outbreak only affected the Central Okanagan local health area, but other local health areas also saw modest increases in cases.
Hospitalizations and deaths, however, remain low. No deaths were reported on Wednesday and only about a dozen deaths have been reported since the beginning of July.
As of Wednesday, B.C. had 55 people in hospital and 23 of those patients in ICUs.
With vaccinations continuing, B.C. has now put two doses in 67.9 per cent of everyone eligible to receive the vaccine in this province.
The province’s one-dose rate as of Wednesday is 81.5 per cent for everyone age 12 and older.
New case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise across B.C., with Interior Health yet again showing the most growth.
It seems that the disease may have spread beyond the 20 to 40 age group, as well, with two new outbreaks in area care homes being reported.
Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna and Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna are listed among the province’s long-term care facilities where there’s an outbreak. Brookhaven has eight cases: four residents and four staff. Cottonwoods Care Centre long-term care has three resident cases.
In the last 24 hours there have been 342 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, for a total of 150,973 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic. Of these new cases, 171 were in Interior Health.
It now has 945 of the 1,764 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of the active cases, 55 people are in hospital and 23 are in intensive care.
Fraser Health is reporting 66 new cases, for a total active caseload of 388, Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting 57 new cases for a total of 258 active cases, Northern Health had 13 new cases raising the active cases to 52 and Island Health had 32 new cases raising its active caseload to 109.
In the past 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,772.
Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,931,815 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 81.5% (3,777,588) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.9% (3,146,669) have received their second dose.
In addition, 82.4% (3,564,533) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 70.1% (3,033,200) have received their second dose.
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