COVID-19: What you need to know for February 11

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Feb 11, 2021

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TVO.org reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Here's what Ontarians need to know. 

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 945 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 282,511 since the pandemic began; 883 people are in hospital, 299 of them in intensive care, and 211 on ventilators. To date, 6,614 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 194 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 369 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 501 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,694 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
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.
  • As of February 11, in publicly funded schools in Ontario, there are 22 new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,242), seven new school-related staff cases (for a total of 1,124), and no new cases in an "individual not identified" (for a total of 1,125); 93 schools have a reported case, and two school are currently closed.

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  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, 426,836 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.

  • The Ontario government has announced that the first round of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in every long-term care home across Ontario to eligible residents who wanted one. According to a statement released by the government, more than 62,000 long-term-care residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 34,000 residents have received their second dose.

  • After visiting 2,308 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses across the province in 2021, the Ontario government announced that those complying with public health guidelines have increased by almost 19 per cent over three consecutive weeks. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, 218 tickets have been issued to businesses and individuals during 16 inspection campaigns.

  • The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (ALPHA) which represents 34 public health units, their medical leaders and each area’s board of health, wrote to Doug Ford on Tuesday asking the government to reinstate paid sick leave, reports CP24.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to data as of February 9, there are 440 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 91,368 since the pandemic began; 426 of them are in hospital (39 new). In total, 2,535 people have died (16 new).
  • On Wednesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced locations of nine city-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics, which will be ready to open once the Province of Ontario provides direction, and vaccine supply is secured by the Government of Canada. According to a statement, it is estimated that more than 120,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be administered each week through the network of City-operated immunization clinics.
  • The Toronto Star reports about Toronto Community Housing's door-to-door testing program. According to the paper, since April, the program has offered testing to about 1,398 tenants across five other TCHC seniors buildings and 912 have received tests.
  • A spokesperson for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board confirmed Wednesday that two teachers at one of their schools recently tested positive for COVID-19 and one of them contracted the U.K. variant of the virus, reports CP24.
  • Hamilton public health is fully contact tracing cases again after pausing to conserve resources, but it has yet to resume race-based data collection. As CBC Hamilton reports, previous data showed the most likely person to get COVID-19 in the city, is a health-care worker or a woman of colour living with two to five people in low-income housing.
  • Public health also says it is working with the Ministry of Education and health experts to look at implementing asymptomatic testing for students and staff in schools. CBC Hamilton reports the public school board is working out details, but that the chair previously said "asymptomatic testing is the only way we can really appreciate what the state of affairs are in Hamilton, in the community and in our schools."
  • The executive director of the Niagara Community Legal Clinic tells the St. Catharines Standard there needs to be an eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic. Niagara's current moratorium will lift with the stay-at-home order next week, but Aidan Johnson says evicting people when the virus is still spreading, and winter's coldest days are upon us, does not make sense from a public health standpoint.
  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health, Dr. Mustafa Hirji, is in agreement with other MOHs, the Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario in saying it's too soon to re-open Ontario's economy. Hirji tells the Standard doing so now risks a third surge of the coronavirus, whereas waiting until the end of the month could give regions a chance to issue more vaccines and better control infection rates. Hirji says the colour-coded framework did not keep Niagara safe before, and that GTA travellers could spread variants of the disease to the region. (TVO.org previously reported on the danger of traveller spread.)

Indigenous

  • As of February 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,834 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 190 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 607 COVID-19 cases.
  • On February 10, Chief R. Donald Maracle and Susan Barberstock, Director of Community Wellbeing, gave a COVID update as new cases are confirmed on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
  • Join First Nations Health Managers Association at their COVID-19 virtual town hall today, and every Thursday, at 1p.m.
  • Watch NAN COVID-19 task team lead and nurse practitioner Mae Katt talk about the COVID-19 Vaccine
  • The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte COVID-19 response team have been notified of two additional COVID-19 cases on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory bringing the total active cases to three.

Northern

  • Algoma Public Health is reporting one new COVID case in the Sault Ste. Marie area for a current total of 22 active cases.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has immunized 1,729 residents of long-term-care and high-risk retirement homes along with residents and staff of Elders’ lodges by February 10. Residents of Wikwemikong Nursing Home, the first group in the area to receive the first vaccine dose, have now also received their second dose. The second doses for all other residents will be scheduled over the coming weeks. “We have a long way to go but it is a joy to celebrate this milestone,” said Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health with PHSD.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among people in the city who are precariously housed or experiencing homeless. The health unit says they have put “significant measures” in place, including “enhanced testing and surveillance, static bed lists at shelters, and the expansion of the isolation shelter.”

Eastern

  • The co-owner of several hotels in Belleville tells Quinte News that they can only do so much about people coming to the region from other areas of the province and that they shouldn’t be responsible for policing that. (Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has issued an order requiring businesses to only book services to people who live in regions not under stay-at-home orders).
  • Some Kingston residents are celebrating the reopening of local businesses as the region returned to the ‘Green zone’ on Wednesday, reports CTV News. Public health officials have said businesses can ask for ID to check if someone is from the region, but one business owner said they wouldn’t be taking that step.
  • The head of Ottawa’s shelter system is calling for its clients, as well as shelter employees, to be prioritized for vaccinations, CBC News reports. There are six active outbreaks in the city’s shelters and one client has died since January.

Southwestern

  • A study by Western University and Lawson Health Research has found that people who require dialysis are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.
  • A Stratford man has been charged with using a forged document, according to the London Free Press. The charge came after the COVID-19 test result paperwork for a passenger arriving at Pearson International Airport came under dispute.
  • A Ministry of Labour and Skills Development blitz on workplace compliance for COVID-19 restrictions in Huron and Perth counties indicates one in three retailers were non-compliant, Blackburn News reports.

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