Toronto To Provide A COVID-19 Update Today:
Toronto’s mayor and its top doctor will provide an update today on the city’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. John Tory and Dr. Eileen de Villa are holding a news conference at 2pm. Toronto Public Health says the city has logged an average of 150 new cases per day for the last four days. Yesterday, Ontario reported 564 new infections for the previous day — 434 of them people who were not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status was unknown.
A Vaccine Passport Is Coming To The East Coast:
Newfoundland and Labrador will introduce a vaccination passport similar to the system used in Quebec. Premier Andrew Furey says the passport will use a QR code to show a person’s level of vaccination against COVID-19. Furey says the Quebec model has been tested and shown to be secure. He made the announcement yesterday as the province announced five new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
To further protect Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, our government will be introducing a vaccine passport and is working diligently to bring them to you in the coming weeks and will provide more details then.
This will be an app you can download, or a paper version. pic.twitter.com/0Ku3p7F2lE
— Andrew Furey (@FureyAndrew) September 7, 2021
Yukon Launching a Vaccine Passport:
Yukon is launching its own COVID-19 vaccination certification program, but officials are saying it is not for use at home in the territory. Instead, it is meant to facilitate travel elsewhere — be it across Canada or to other destinations requiring proof of vaccination. Yukon’s top doctor adds there are no current plans to create and enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The territory reported 22 active cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.
BC Numbers Piling Up In the 4th Wave:
British Columbia added 2,425 new cases of COVID-19 to its overall case count over the long weekend. That bumps the number of active infections in the province to 5,465. Officials note the bulk of the new cases are being reported in the Interior region, followed by the Fraser Health Authority. Meantime, residents can now get their proof of vaccination cards online. The cards will become necessary starting September 13th when entering businesses or organized events.
The BC Vaccine Card is a necessary tool to help keep social & recreational events safe & get BC’s economy running. Getting vaccinated means we can keep bringing people back together & do more, safely, with confidence. Go to https://t.co/o75mJnslCg to get your digital/paper card.
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) September 7, 2021
Yesterday’s provincial COVID-19 data release says five more people died from COVID-19 over the two-day reporting period. There were 1,145 new cases. The province logged 564 new infections yesterday and 434 of them were not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown. Provincial data show there were 581 new cases on Sunday, including 457 in people who have not received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or whose vaccination status isn’t known.
In Ontario, 20,985,716 vaccine doses have been administered. 83.7% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 77.2% have two doses.
295 people are hospitalized with #COVID19, and 192 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends and holidays.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 7, 2021
NFL Players Want Even More Testing:
The NFL Players Association wants daily COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated players. The league and the union agreed last week to update protocols so vaccinated players would be tested weekly instead of every 14 days as they were during training camp. That’s not enough, according to NFLPA president and Cleveland Browns centre JC Tretter. The league most recently announced 93 per cent of players are vaccinated. Unvaccinated players are tested daily and face strict protocol requirements.
Daily testing was key to saving our season last year and it’s not too late to put it back in place now. Also, no, the NFLPA did not recommend the taunting change. More here: https://t.co/oNiw2RleyF
— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) September 7, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health announced 39 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. That is a two-day total that includes Labour Day. There were no new deaths. Active cases remains at 169 and there are just 7 people hospitalized.
From the long weekend, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health had 59 new cases to report yesterday as their 3-day total. 34 of those cases were in Guelph, 6 were in Wellington and 17 were in Dufferin. Active cases were up by six to 135. There are 2 people hospitalized.
— Region of Waterloo (@RegionWaterloo) September 7, 2021
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