COVID-19: Ottawa reports 62 new cases; 704 in Ontario; Poll shows wide support for vaccination passports

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Ottawa Public Health reported Saturday there had been 62 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the capital.


The additions brought the total number of cases in Ottawa to 29,853 since the pandemic began in early 2020.

No new deaths were reported and the toll remained at 596.

OPH said it knew of 398 active cases in the capital.

There were 19 people in hospital with COVID-19 symptoms, 11 of them in intensive care.

The health agency reported three new outbreaks in schools for a total of 13. Outbreaks at the École élémentaire catholique Montfort, which involved 12 students or visitors and one staff member, and the Chapman Mills elementary school, which involved two students or visitor, were declared resolved on Friday.

Outbreaks in health care facilities and community settings remained unchanged, with three outbreaks and two outbreaks, respectively.


Latest COVID-19 news in Ontario

Ontario reported 704 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

The new cases brought the total number since the pandemic began to 587,521.

Seven new deaths were reported for a total of 9,750.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 506 of the new cases were among individuals who were not fully vaccinated or had unknown vaccination status.

The minister said in a tweet that 274 people were hospitalized, 243 of them not fully vaccinated or with unknown vaccination status. There were 162 patients in intensive care across the province, 110 of them on ventilators.

Across the province, more than 29,000 vaccine doses were administered for a total of 21,847,046. Nearly 81.2 per cent of Ontarians 12 years old and older are fully vaccinated with two doses.


Ottawa reported 70 new cases, according to the province. Ottawa Public Health reports its own statistics later in the day, which can vary from provincial totals because the data are collected at different times.

In health units in the Ottawa region, Eastern Ontario health (which includes Cornwall) reported 28 new cases, while there were three new cases in Leeds Grenville. No new cases were reported at the health units in Kingston and Renfrew.

COVID-19 news in Canada

A new poll suggests Canadians overwhelmingly support the idea of requiring vaccine passports to gain admittance to public places such as restaurants, bars and gyms.

Fully 78 per cent of respondents to the Leger poll said they strongly supported (56 per cent) or somewhat supported (22 per cent) requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to visit non-essential public places.


Just 13 per cent said they strongly opposed, while another nine per cent said they were somewhat opposed.

Support ranged from a low of 70 per cent in the Atlantic provinces to a high of 86 per cent in British Columbia. Eighty-one per cent of Alberta respondents also supported the move, although their province has been the most reluctant to adopt a vaccine passport system.

The poll of 1,537 Canadians was conducted Sept. 24-26 as health-care systems in Alberta and Saskatchewan were being overwhelmed by soaring cases of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The online poll cannot be assigned a margin of error as internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.

Seventy-four per cent of respondents said governments should not lift all public health restrictions now.


Opposition to relaxing public health orders included 76 per cent of respondents in Alberta, where Premier Jason Kenney lifted most restrictions over the summer, only to have to reimpose some recently as the fourth wave of the pandemic swept the province.

Unsurprisingly given their provinces’ struggles with the fourth wave of the pandemic, Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe ranked the lowest among provincial first ministers for their handling of the health crisis.

Fully 80 per cent of Alberta respondents said they were very or somewhat dissatisfied with Kenney’s performance, and 74 per cent of Saskatchewan respondents felt the same about Moe.

By contrast, 74 per cent of Quebec respondents expressed satisfaction with Premier François Legault’s handling of the pandemic, while 52 per cent of Ontarians were satisfied with Premier Doug Ford’s performance.


Fifty-seven per cent nationally said they were satisfied with the federal government’s handling of the pandemic, while 61 per cent expressed satisfaction with their municipal governments.

Meanwhile, Pfizer says it has submitted preliminary research to Health Canada on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11.

The drugmaker says it has provided the initial trial data to the federal department for review as it prepares to make a formal submission seeking authorization to use the product in children.

Pfizer says that formal submission could come later this month.

The two-shot Pfizer vaccine, developed in partnership with German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, is currently available for those aged 12 and older.


The company is testing a lower dose of the shots in children.

Pfizer and BioNTech said last week that researchers found the vaccine antibody responses in children were just as strong as those found in teenagers and young adults receiving regular-strength doses.

Latest COVID-19 news in Quebec

Quebec reported 640 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and five more deaths due to the pandemic.

Overall hospitalizations declined by nine to 301, while the number of people in intensive care units dropped by one to 83.

Health workers administered more than 13,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses since the last update, including 4,459 first shots.

About 89 per cent of Quebec’s eligible population 12 and over have received one shot of vaccine, and 84 per cent have received two doses.

With files from The Canadian Press

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