COVID-19: What you need to know for April 6

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Apr 06, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 3,065 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 367,602 since the pandemic began; 1,161 people are in hospital, 510 of them in intensive care, and 310 on ventilators. To date, 7,458 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 52 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 8 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 121 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,755 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
  • As of 2PM yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 207 new school-related student cases (for a total of 10,128) 29 new staff cases (for a total of 2,207) and new unspecified cases for a total of 1,163; 1,062 schools are reporting at least one case and 83 schools have been closed. These numbers include cases reported over multiple days, from 2PM April 1 to 2PM April 5.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 76,199 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 2,621,839 since December 2020. 1,975,544 people have received only one dose, and 323,148 people have received both doses.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Ontario long-term care operators are being asked to do more to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake among staff, with the government recommending on-site vaccinations or paid transportation to clinics, reports CP24.
  • The medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa are urging the province to take further steps to protect their residents, saying the newly-applied “emergency brake” will not do enough to curb a new wave of virus spread in their regions, reports the Toronto Star.

  • CTV News reports that the latest measures in Ontario's "emergency brake" plan, introduced on Thursday, prohibit virtual concerts from taking place over the next four weeks in local venues -- an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of April 5, there are 1,045 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 118,477 since the pandemic began; 398 of them are in hospital (34 new). In total, 2,827 people have died (two new).
  • More than 20 Toronto schools are being closed due to COVD-19 investigations, reports CP24. Toronto Public Health and various school boards confirmed the closures Monday night. “Today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has recommended the temporary dismissal of all school cohorts for the following schools as a result of ongoing COVID-19 investigations,” Toronto Public Health said in a statement to CP24.
  • Today, the City of Toronto announced that, to date, 612,284 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. According to a statement,Toronto is the first health region in Ontario to achieve this vaccine milestone.
  • Yesterday, the City of Toronto opened its sixth City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinic at The Hangar in North York to vaccinate eligible residents age 60 years or older who have confirmed vaccination appointments. According to a statement, the clinic will operate seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Teams of up to 40 immunizers at a time will work to vaccinate five people per hour per immunizer. The clinic is opening at full capacity, able to vaccinate up to 1,800 people per day pending the availability of vaccine supply.

  • Schools in Peel Region are closed for in-person learning starting today, reports CP24. Lawrence Loh, the region's medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online.The closure will remain in place until April 18 and Loh says it may be extended if necessary.

  • Elected representatives in Hamilton's northern "lower city" released a statement decrying the decision by the province to exclude pharmacies in their area from the vaccine rollout. As CBC Hamilton reports, the statement, signed by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath, MP Matthew Green and four city councillors, calls it "incomprehensible" that this is the case given the area has a high proportion of essential workers, vulnerable people, and COVID-19 cases.

  • Nearly half of Hamilton businesses are no longer accepting cash, with payment company Square reporting Hamilton has the most cashless businesses in Canada, at 42 per cent. One business owner tells the Hamilton Spectator she's not taking cash because of the pandemic, but hopes to again to offset transaction fees for credit cards. The director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction tells the paper cashless businesses present a problem for low-income earners who may be unable to access credit.

  • According to a report from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, home sales in Hamilton and Burlington were up 73 per cent this March compared to March 2020. As CBC Hamilton reports, the organization found the average price for a residential property is up three per cent from last year and 32 per cent compared to March 2020, sitting at about $872,000.

  • Although Peel schools are closing in-person learning ahead of the April break, Hamilton's will remain open. A public health spokesperson told the Spectator that staff will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and support safety measures in schools. Hamilton schools reported more than 300 cases of COVID-19 in March.

  • For the first time, Niagara pharmacies began receiving shipments of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. The St. Catharines Standard reports 22 pharmacies got the shots and some started calling in pre-registered patients for jabs.

Indigenous

  • As of April 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 707 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 285 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 1,649 COVID-19 cases.
  • As of April 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 612 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 257,279 doses have been administered. ISC reminds the urban Indigenous population that First Nations living off reserve, Inuit and Métis are or will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services. ISC is aware of vaccinations already taking place in several urban centres, including Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Whitehorse.

Northern

Eastern

  • The Kingston region is leading the province — on a per capita basis — in getting doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents, the Kingstonist reports.
  • Active COVID-19 cases are dropping in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, hitting 68 on Monday, down from 104 a week earlier, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. This comes as numbers in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and in Ottawa, like much of Ontario, are trending upwards.
  • Restaurant-owners in Ottawa are fuming over a restriction, announced last Thursday, which prevented them from opening their patios, even as they saw Ottawans congregate in outdoor locations like the ByWard Market, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
  • The medical officer of health for Ottawa, along with top doctors in Toronto and Peel, called on Monday for a provincewide stay-at-home order, the Globe and Mail reports. In a letter, the doctors recommended the closing of non-essential businesses, provincial travel restrictions, paid sick days, and for schools to move learning online, if outbreaks are “significant.”
  • Unions representing staff at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are calling for learning to be moved online, until further safety measures are in place, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, said on Monday that schools will be open on Tuesday, CTV News reports. "It's something we're reviewing. We'll give you notice if they are needing to close," she said.

Southwestern

  • The London Free Press reports that the proportion of new COVID-19 cases in London and Middlesex that involve variants has been increasing in recent weeks.
  • Education workers in Sarnia-Lambton have started receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, reports BlackBurn News.

  • The Medical Officer of Health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is issuing an order that all schools in that region shift to remote learning on Wednesday, reports BlackBurn News.

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