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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: August 25th, 2021

Niagara Health will require mandatory vaccination for new hires in addition to a mandatory vaccination policy.

Niagara Health announces mandatory vaccinations for new hires

As of Sept. 7, Niagara Health will require mandatory vaccination for new hires. This is in addition to last week’s announcement that Niagara Health, along with the other hospitals in our region, will be implementing a mandatory vaccination policy by Sept. 7 as per provincial directive. This program will require staff, physicians, contractors, learners/students, and volunteers to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or written proof of a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated or to participate in mandatory education about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination. Hospitals will also be required to implement regular and mandatory testing of individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

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Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.

Welland Transit to increase service in September

Riders of Welland Transit can expect a return to full services beginning Sunday, September 5. Transit, operating under reduced services during the recent steps of the province’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, brought 30-minute service back within the city during peak blocks on August 15.

Welland Transit continues to offer free rides to individuals travelling for their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

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One in five Canadians were victims of crime in 2019

One in five Canadians—19%, or nearly 6 million people 15 years and older—reported that they or their household had experienced at least one of the crimes measured by the GSS in 2019, Statistics Canada has reported. In total, there were more than 8 million incidents of criminal victimization, including sexual assault, robbery, physical assault, break and enter, theft of motor vehicles or parts, theft of household or personal property, and vandalism.

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Heat warning will remain in effect for Niagara through Thursday

Heat and humidity expected to continue today and possibly into the middle of this week. Daytime maximum temperatures are 30 to 33 degrees Celsius, with humidex values of 38 to 44. Slightly cooler conditions are likely closer to the Great Lakes. Nighttime minimum temperatures are 19-22 degrees Celsius.

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Air Canada mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all employees


Air Canada (AC.TO) said on Wednesday it would require all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the fast-spreading Delta variant drives an increase in infections.

The move by Canada’s largest carrier was in line with a government mandate that workers in the transportation sector be vaccinated by the end of October and follows similar moves by other major companies, including United Airlines.

Workers who are not vaccinated by Oct. 30 will face termination or be sent on unpaid leave, Air Canada said. It has also made full vaccination a condition of employment for new employees. However, the carrier will accommodate workers who cannot be vaccinated for reasons such as medical conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.

Delta Air Lines will soon charge unvaccinated workers $200 a month health premium

CBC News

Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 US a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline’s top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000 US.

CEO Ed Bastian said that all employees who have been hospitalized for the virus in recent weeks were not fully vaccinated.

The airline said Wednesday that it also will stop extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 on Sept. 30, and will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly beginning Sept. 12, although Delta will cover the cost. They will have to wear masks in all indoor company settings.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.

Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker

These data show the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Niagara. The Province of Ontario is now using a provincewide approach to reopening, and these data no longer have any influence on Niagara’s restrictions. Lower numbers are better in all metrics.

 December 18December 25January 1January 8January 15January 22January 29
Reproductive number1.
New cases per 100,000101.2267.3469.8575.8507.1295.5250.6
New cases per day (not including outbreaks)60.7178.7311.7376.9325.4182.7145.7
Percent of hospital beds occupied97%95.2%98.2%103.2%104.5%103.6%106%
Percent of intensive care beds occupied78.8%77.3%87.9%87.9%90.9%89.4%93.9%
Percentage of positive tests6.1%15.6%28.1%28.6%26.6%21.2%16.2%

Last updated: August 21, 2021

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There are currently 4 patients admitted to Niagara Health with COVID-19. There are currently 2 patients with COVID-19 in a Niagara Health Intensive Care Unit.

Data are drawn from Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Health.

Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Niagara’s most up-to-date vaccination numbers are presented below, along with comparison data from Ontario, Canada, and G7 countries.

 Percentage of population with one dosePercentage of population fully vaccinated
United States75%64%
United Kingdom78%72%

Total doses administered in Niagara: 654,899

New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 1,168

Last updated: August 25, 2021

Data are drawn from Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario, and Oxford University’s Our World in Data project.

Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, policies, forms, and posters for download and use, are available here. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.

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