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October 7, 2023 coronavirus update for Oakville

Oakville Hospital Foundation
Oakville Hospital Foundation

This is Oakville's coronavirus update for Saturday, October 7, 2023. Halton's average of new daily cases is up almost 25% just this week.

While another institutional outbreak has recovered, the local testing positivity and the number of hospitalizations are still rising at concerning rates: 16 patients are in Halton hospitals and 1 in 6 tests are coming back positive. Those are both much higher than they should be, especially with flu season about to begin.

The latest Omicron subvariants EG.5 and XBB are now present and infecting cases in southern Ontario and across Canada. Provincial government has announced that vaccines targeting these new variants are expected to be available in the province by October 30 this year.

While hospitalizations and deaths increasing locally, so too are they nationwide: Canada's active hospitalizations increased by 250 cases this week - an increase of more than 1% per day.

Less than 4% of Halton residents have a full series of immunization. Among those 50 and under, those fully immunized has dropped to a worrying 1.3% of the population. Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending all eligible Canadians to get another COVID-19 booster shot this fall.

Canada's number of active cases and daily deaths from COVID-19 has risen every week this month, and this week's increase of more than 4,000 active cases is the largest since February this year.

The worldwide case total to date has, as predicted, surpassed 770 million cases this week recorded worldwide since the start of the pandemic. Confirmed global deaths are approaching 7 million people, though the real count of unofficial deaths is, almost certainly, millions higher.


**Vaccine booking: All doses and booster doses are now available for anyone in Halton age 5 and up, though fourth doses must be at least five months since your last dose and 90 days since having COVID-19.

Halton continues to book first and second-dose vaccinations for all residents age six months and older, plus third and fourth dose boosters for anyone age 5 and up.

**CLICK HERE to book a first, second, third or fourth vaccination appointment at a Halton Region vaccine clinic

New data from Halton Regional Health this week:

Halton is averaging 9.9 new COVID-19 cases per day, consistent from last week's reported 8.0 daily cases.

  • There are 3 active outbreaks in Halton (1 less than last week)
  • 16.4% of locally administered COVID-19 tests are coming back positive (1.1% more than last week)
  • 16 people are being treated in hospital with COVID-19 (4 more than last week)

Vaccinations in Halton Region:

  • At least 1.57 million doses have been administered in Halton
  • 90% of Halton residents have at least two doses (the primary series)
  • 4% of eligible Halton residents (age 12+) are up to date on their booster shots (have had the primary series and a booster dose in the last six months)
  • 58% of eligible residents have a primary series and a booster more than six months ago

Canadian COVID-19 Update:

  • Canada has had 4.59 million cumulative cases of COVID-19
  • There are 591,100 active cases in Canada (+4,800 this week)
  • 3,484 people are currently in hospital (+250 this week)
  • There are 51,057 deaths to date (+56 this week)
  • 82.64% of Canadians are fully vaccinated

Global COVID-19 Update:

  • U.S. hospitalizations are down 6% this past week
  • U.S. deaths have increased 3.8% this week
  • Americans with up-to-date with all recommended vaccine booster doses are no longer being reported by the CDC
  • 771.15 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic started; 6.96 million people have died

The evidence is clear: though transmission has dramatically slowed, vaccination (including all recommended booster shots) is still the best way to be protected from contracting COVID-19. 

Local, provincial, national and international health units affirm the same data that Canada's approved vaccines and all boosters effectively protect you from COVID-19 and significantly reduces your risk of getting sick, going to the hospital, and dying from the disease.