All Of Ontario’s Schools Are Now Fully Ventilated – Full COVID-19 Update

All Of Ontario’s Schools Are Now Fully Ventilated – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s education minister says all 72 publicly funded school boards have achieved the goal of a stand-alone HEPA filter be installed in every learning space that wasn’t mechanically ventilated. Stephen Lecce had made that a mandate for the upcoming school year. The Toronto District School Board says that it has actually exceeded that goal, with many classrooms having both a HEPA filter and mechanical ventilation.

More Students Return to Class Today:

Today marks the first day of school for students in the Toronto, Peel, York and Durham boards, with students heading back to class amid a fourth wave of COVID-19. Some boards started their school years earlier this week. It will be the third school year affected by the pandemic, though this year Ontario’s science experts are calling for schools to stay open in all but the most catastrophic circumstances.

Study Shows Unvaccinated Are 7 Times More Likely To Become Infected:

The City of Toronto says new data shows unvaccinated individuals are seven times more likely to become infected with COVID-19. The city says the numbers also show more infections are being reported in younger adults. Toronto Public Health says 77.6 per cent of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated against the disease and 83.6 per cent of eligible residents have at least their first dose. Medical Officer of Health Doctor Eileen de Villa says COVID-19 case counts are highest among the 20 to 29 years old age group.

The Cost of Treating COVID:

Treating COVID-19 is proving to be costly for the hospital system. Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows the average cost for patients being treated for COVID in hospital is $23,000 dollars, which is four times higher than a patient with influenza. And the cost for a COVID patient treated in the intensive care unit can climb to an estimated $50,000 dollars. That compares to an average $8,000 tab for a pneumonia patient, who often doesn’t spend as long in hospital as someone with coronavirus. The report covers data from January 2020 to March 2021, but does not include doctors’ fees.

Porter Is Flying Again:

Nearly 19 months after being grounded due to COVID-19, Porter Airlines planes are back in the skies. The Toronto-based airline is recalling hundreds of workers as the resumption of operations accelerate. Flights have resumed to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay and in the next 10 days, planes will start to return to destinations such as Halifax, Quebec City, St. John’s and Moncton, New Brunswick. Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington will return starting September 17th. Porter says it has enhanced its health standards with high levels of sanitization to protect passengers and employees.

The US Job Market Continues To Soar:

US employers once again posted a record number of job openings in July — a sign that the labour market was bouncing back from last year’s coronavirus recession. The Labor Department says job openings rose to 10.9-million in July from the previous record — 10.2 million in June. But the department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report showed that actual hiring dipped slightly — to 6.7-million in July from 6.8-million in June. Layoffs rose slightly to 1.3-million and nearly 4.5-million people quit their jobs, up from 4.1-million in June — and a sign that many Americans are confident enough in their prospects to look for something new.

Ontario Numbers:

There were 554 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday, and 16 more deaths — although five of those deaths occurred more than two months ago. Health Minister Christine Elliott says of those new cases, 418 are either in people not fully vaccinated or their vaccination status isn’t known. She says there are 194 people in intensive care units due to COVID-related critical illness and 113 of those people are unvaccinated. There are 115 people on ventilators in the province due to COVID-related critical illness.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 21 new cases yesterday and a new death. Active cases are up by 7 to 176. There are still two people hospitalized.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says there were just 5 new cases yesterday. Active cases dropped by 20 to 115. There are now 6 people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Stephen Lecce via Twitter

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