New Modeling Data Comes Out Today – Full COVID-19 Update

New Modeling Data Comes Out Today – Full COVID-19 Update

A new set of COVID-19 projections is set to be released by Ontario’s science advisory table today. The new modelling will be posted online about an hour before Ontario’s chief medical officer of health holds his weekly briefing. Ontario’s daily case counts have so far remained under one-thousand during the fourth wave. The graph of the province’s seven-day average roughly shows a plateau since the beginning of September. That’s well under the worst-case scenario in Ontario’s previous modelling, which showed about four-thousand daily cases by now.

100 New Inspectors Hired By The Province:

Ontario has 100 new health and safety inspectors that graduated yesterday. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the new inspectors will help keep workers safe and support businesses in remaining open as Ontario fights a fourth wave of COVID-19. The province says the new inspectors will be visiting workplaces in construction, industrial and health care settings. Ontario now has a total of 507 labour inspectors.

Ford Government Makes 100 Million Dollars Available To For-Profit Tourism Businesses:

Ontario’s tourism sector will have 100-million-dollars made available to it by the provincial government to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19. Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod says the money will be distributed through the new Tourism Recovery Program. MacLeod says the program will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors. She says the money will help those businesses protect critical jobs and help them prepare to reopen to visitors.

COVID in Kids:

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds severe cases of COVID-19 were very rare in Canadian children in the first waves of the pandemic. But that was before the Delta variant started sweeping the country. Co-lead author Dr. Fatima Kakkar of Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital says only 150 children were hospitalized with COVID during the first two waves. But more than three per cent of children — a high among all age groups in the country — have recently been shown to carry antibodies to COVID-19, indicating they have been exposed to the virus.

Toronto Already Planning To Vaccinate Children:

The City of Toronto is developing a plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11 once COVID-19 shots are approved for them. Toronto Public Health says it has formed a planning group that includes health partners, school boards, community representatives, and the provincial Health Ministry. Mayor John Tory says the group is being assembled now so children can be vaccinated as soon as possible after Health Canada authorizes a COVID-19 shot them. The public health unit said the city is home to approximately 200,000 children in the five to 11 age cohort.

Biden Got a Booster:

US President Joe Biden has had a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. Several days ago, US regulators recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans age 65 or older and approved them for others with pre-existing medical conditions and high-risk work environments. Biden is 78.

Pfizer Running New Tests:

Pfizer has started testing its potential COVID-19 treatment as a preventive medicine aimed at warding off the virus if a close contact gets it.  The company says it will study the pill it is developing in combination with a low dose of the HIV drug ritonavir in people who are at least 18 years old and live in the same household with someone who is infected. The pill aims to block a key enzyme that the virus needs to replicate. Pfizer plans to enrol 2,660 people in the late-stage study. Researchers expect that the use of ritonavir will help slow the breakdown of the potential treatment so it remains active longer to help fight the virus.

More Calls To Lock Down Alberta:

The Alberta Medical Association has joined other doctors and infectious-disease experts in calling for an immediate lockdown and closure of businesses and schools to get COVID-19 cases under control. Premier Jason Kenney has rejected the idea, saying it would not be fair to people who have been vaccinated. Alberta health officials has reported an average of over 1,700 new COVID cases each day from Friday through to Sunday and 23 more deaths. Alberta now has over 21-thousand active cases and 265 COVID patients in intensive care, with doctors warning the already doubled-capacity ICU system is close to being overwhelmed.

Ontario Numbers:

There were 613 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and no new deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 159 of those cases are in fully vaccinated people. There were 135 new school-related cases reported, with the majority in students. More than one third of yesterday’s new cases were in people aged 20-39.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed just 13 new COVID cases yesterday and no new deaths. They say there is 1 more patient in hospital, for a total of 9. Active cases were down by 3 to 164.

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Public Health Unit announced 43 new cases from the whole weekend. There are now 128 active cases, which is a decrease of 19. There are still 6 people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: CPAC via YouTube screenshot

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