COVID-19: Ontario reports 525 new cases; U.S. agency urges Americans to ‘reconsider’ travel to Canada

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Ontario reported 525 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a major drop after several days of 600-plus cases.


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Only 91 cases were among people fully vaccinated, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter, while 434 cases ware among people not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

There were five new deaths, although the province said three of the deaths occurred at least two months ago and were added in a data cleanup.

There are 336 more people in hospital, only 33 are fully vaccinated, while 158 people are in ICU, 93 of them on ventilators. 148 of them not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

Toronto, with 120 new cases, and Peel and Windsor-Essex, with 60 each, were the province’s worst-hit regions.

In health units in the capital region, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit saw its confirmed case numbers go up by three, while Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, Kingston and Renfrew County all reported no new cases.


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The new figures raise Ontario’s total number of COVID cases since January 2020 to 565,550 and its death toll to 9,503. There are 14,371 active cases in the province.

Additionally, 31,176 vaccine doses were administered in the province in the 24-hour period ending Monday evening, for a province-wide total of 20,757,954. A total of 9,942,834 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated, an increase of 19,228 over the previous day.

Overall, 83 per cent of eligible Ontarians (12 years old or older) have had at least one shot, while 76 per cent have received two.

Meanwhile, in response to a rising surge in COVID-19 cases among children, a southwestern Ontario hospital has opened a pediatric clinic.

The Windsor Regional Hospital says its paediatric urgent medical assessment clinic is intended for COVID assessments of those under the age of 18, and will hopefully divert patients from the emergency department.


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The clinic will offer COVID testing, urgent care medical assessment and vaccinations to those born in 2009 or earlier seven days a week. Children born in 2010 and later are not yet approved to be vaccinated against the virus.

Sources had hinted that Premier Doug Ford would unveil a vaccine certificate or “passport” system Tuesday, but there was no indication through the day of any such announcement.

The premier’s office sent an alert Tuesday afternoon that “In light of the government’s ongoing work on a proof of vaccination certificate, (chief medical officer of health) Dr. (Kieren) Moore’s regularly scheduled briefing is not proceeding today at his request.”

Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and no new deaths.


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The new figures bring the total number of COVID cases in the city to 28,353 since the pandemic started, while the death toll remains unchanged at 593.

There are currently 227 active cases in Ottawa. Of those, 10 people are in hospital with COVID, none in intensive care.

The city’s seven-day infection rate, meanwhile, is 19.2 per 100,000 population.

Ottawa’s seven-day positivity rate in testing is 1.9 per cent, while the seven-day reproduction rate, R(t), is 0.93, indicating that the virus’s spread is decreasing.

As of 3 a.m. Tuesday, 86 per cent of Ottawans 12 and over had received at least one vaccine dose, while 79 per cent were fully vaccinated.
There are no active outbreaks in Ottawa.
Of the new cases in Ottawa in the past 30 days that have been identified by their variant or mutation, 87 per cent were from the Delta variant.


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Latest COVID-19 news in Quebec

In Quebec, 425 new COVID cases were confirmed Tuesday, and one new death.

The new figures bring the province’s overall case count to 389,224 since the pandemic began, and its death toll to 11,286.

There are 131 COVID patients hospitalized in Quebec, including 36 in intensive care.

The province administered 22,200 vaccine doses in the most recent 24-hour reporting period, for a province-wide total of 12,340,055.

Meanwhile, as Quebec prepares for the entry of its vaccine passport system Wednesday, some Quebecers have reported experiencing issues securing their proof of vaccination, either because they don’t have a smartphone, have experienced long wait times on the government help line, or are concerned they may run into issues because of name variations on their government documents.


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COVID-19 news nationally

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has raised its travel advisory alert for Canada to a “level 3 – reconsider travel” status amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The new Level 3 travel advisory, issued today, marks a quick end to a three-week period when the warning to would-be travellers to Canada had been eased to “exercise increased caution.”

Citing the spread of the Delta variant, the U.S. is maintaining its existing restrictions on non-essential Canadian travellers until at least Sept. 21.

The department, along with the U.S. CDC, on Monday warned against travel to Switzerland, among other countries because of rising cases of the novel coronavirus.

Only about 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, compared with nearly 75 per cent of Canadians over the age of 12.

-With files from The Canadian Press and Reuters

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