- Per today's government report, there are 9,706 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 888,297 since the pandemic began; 2,467 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 438 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 234 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,378 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 259 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,452 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 2,612 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,857 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
- As of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 93,741 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 28,551,554 since December 2020. 813,972 people have received only one dose, and 12,288,683 people have received two doses, and 4,769,378 have had three doses. 87.68 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 5 have received their first dose of vaccine and 81.89 per cent have received their second.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
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- According to January 7 data, Toronto reported 2,187 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 242,542 since the pandemic began; 212 of them are in hospital (45 new). In total, 3,769 people have died (6 new).
Team Toronto has now delivered more than one million third doses of COVID-19 vaccine. According to a news release, nearly 600 vaccination appointments remain available today for all eligible residents 12 or older at the City-run clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Those appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system.
The urgent care centre at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness will be closed until at least the end of day Monday, January 10 in order to direct staff and physicians were demand is greatest, reports the Brampton Guardian. William Osler Health System made the announcement Sunday, January 9, explaining the decision was made as a result of “increasing volumes in Osler’s emergency departments and patients who require admission for care, further compounded by extreme capacity and staffing pressures.”
After Hamilton and Niagara's top doctors said they'd be looking more closely at COVID-19 hospitalizations than case counts due to limits on testing, TVO.org's Hamilton-Niagara reporter Justin Chandler asked public health scientist Jeff Kwong what metrics he thinks we need to watch.
Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji was one of three top doctors on The Agenda with Steve Paikin Friday night. He told host Nam Kiwanuka about the state of COVID-19 in Niagara, challenges with the vaccine roll out, and shared some personal reflections on the pandemic.
The Hamilton Spectator reports that as of January 7, about 25 per cent of the city's COVID-19 outbreaks are in long-term care homes. As of that day, at least 16 active outbreaks in homes infected at least 62 staff, 50 residents and three visitors. A local personal support worker tells the paper it's been heartbreaking to work through another outbreak.
The St. Catharines Standard reports that on Saturday, public health protesters visited the homes of Hirji and Niagara Health CEO Lynn Guerriero, shouting obscenities and misinformation.
As of January 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 992,500 doses have been administered, of that 399,464 were second doses and 81,921 were third doses, in individuals aged 12+.
- As of January 6, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 3,927 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 569 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 5,300 COVID-19 cases.
- According to CBC Ottawa, more than 30 long-term care and retirement homes in Ottawa are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. Residents in long-term care are now eligible for fourth doses of a COVID-19 vaccine three months after their third dose.
- The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Public Health Unit reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday; 21 people are in hospitals and 11 are in ICU.
- The Kingston Health Sciences Centre is “ramping down” non-emergent surgeries, according to the Kingston Whig-Standard. The priority will be patients who have suffered traumatic injuries, along with cardiac surgeries, some cancer surgeries and neurosurgeries.
- According to the Peterborough Examiner, the city’s municipal services have not yet been affected by the COVID-19 surge and associated staffing problems. However, the city’s emergency manager says there could be “adjustments” still to come.
- Sudbury's longest outbreak has ended, Sudbury.com reports. The Memorial Park homeless encampment experienced an outbreak from October 11 to January and isolated 63 people, of which 44 tested positive.
- A CBC Sudbury report shows some small northeastern Ontario towns have experienced low vaccination rates relative to the province. While around 80 per cent of the province over the age of five, towns like Cochrane, Kapuskasing and the Sudbury East region have vaccination rates of 59 per cent, 62 per cent and 69 per cent. ""It's a bit alarming," Cochrane mayor Denis Clement tells CBC, adding the figures don't include vaccinations from pharmacies.
The Northwestern Health Unit currently has 419 active COVID-19 cases, including 181 in the Kenora region, and 162 in the Sioux Lookout region.
A patient at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances has tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, officials are investigating a suspected COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital, which has implemented additional precautions that include testing all inpatients for COVID-19, TBNewswatch reports.
An outbreak at Hogarth Riverview Manor has been expanded to include the long term care home’s Birch Resident Home Area, according to a media release from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The outbreak announced on January 6, began in the Spruce Grove Resident Home Area and was expanded to include the Birch Resident Home Area after an individual there tested positive for the virus.
- St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is experiencing its first COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic, CBC News reports. Three patients in its 5th-floor Acute Medicine Unit tested positive for the virus spurring the outbreak announcement on Friday. "This recent increasing surge of COVID-19 cases in our community puts our hospital at risk," says Karen Davies, the St. Thomas hospital’s president and CEO, in a news release.
- More than 500 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, the Windsor Star reports. The four latest deaths reported by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit have brought the region’s pandemic death toll to 501.
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