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

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jan 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.

This article was last updated on Monday at 4:52 p.m.

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 3,338 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 219,120 since the pandemic began; 1,563 people are in hospital, 387 of them in intensive care, and 268 on ventilators. To date, 5,012 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 252 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,502  confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,260 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 2,980 confirmed resident deaths and ten confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program,122,105 total does of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario. 

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  • CBC reports that Ontario's latest COVID-19 modelling will project the province's intensive care units to be filled beyond capacity by early February, and will also show how a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus risks accelerating the spread of infections. The government will make the modelling public on Tuesday.

  • On Saturday, Education Minister Stephen Leece announced an updated list of essential workers eligible for free child care, reports CBC. Workers now eligible for childcare include Canada Post employees, staff with the RCMP or Canada Border Services, court services staff, power workers and those providing services to unhoused people.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to data as of January 10, there are 978 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 71,078 since the pandemic began; 53 of them are in hospital. In total, 14 people have died.
  • More than 200 residents and staff have been vaccinated at a Tendercare Living Centre, a long-term-care home in Scarborough dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, reports CP24. According to North York General Hospital, which is temporarily managing Tendercare Living Centre, 102 residents and 113 staff were vaccinated on Sunday.

  • As the Toronto Star reported Friday, Halton police chief Stephen Tanner angered some officers by travelling to Florida on "personal property-related business matters." The trip, which goes against widespread stay-at-home advice, was approved by Oakville's mayor and the Halton police board chair. The chair maintains that he thinks the trip is essential.

  • On Friday afternoon, Hamitlon-area MPP Donna Skelly confirmed Hamilton will receive some doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine early this week. The Hamilton Spectator reports it is unclear who will get the vaccine, with Skelly telling the newspaper that will be determined by local authorities following provincial guidelines.

  • Earlier in the day, the paper reported just half of the 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines the city received Dec. 21 had been given out since Thursday. Thus far, staff at seniors' homes have been the priority for vaccines, with the city on track to issue 1,000 doses a day, up from 250 early last week.

  • Also on Friday, CBC Hamilton reported the president of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton told staff she knew the now-former CEO, Dr. Tom Stewart, was travelling out of the country on holiday in December. In a town hall meeting Wednesday, she said his decision was disappointing and not something she would have approved.

  • As of Sunday, there are seven COVID-19 outbreaks in Hamilton Health Sciences facilities, with the latest reported in the Hamilton General Hospital emergency department, the Spectator reports.

  • Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara's acting medical officer of health, was on Rosemary Barton Live Sunday night saying that contrary to the current practice, residents in long-term care homes should be vaccinated before workers.

  • Niagara this Week has collected a series of interviews with Niagara mayors on how the pandemic changed their approach to governing in 2021.

Indigenous

  • As of January 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 3,288 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 95 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 290 COVID-19 cases in total.
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Indigenous Services Canada
  • As of January 8, one additional case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Fort Albany. That increases the total number of cases in 2 in Fort Albany and in the James and Hudson Bay Region, reported the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
  • 43 Elders out of 47 that reside at William A. George Extended Care Residence in Sioux Lookout gave their consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the Elders is the mother of Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
  • Wasauksing First Nation is reporting 0 active COVID-19 cases in the week of January 4-8.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are underway for long term care staff at the Iroquois Lodge in Six Nations of the Grand River.
  • Following Ontario’s announcement to extend the province-wide shutdown, Nipissing First Nation Council has decided that NFN offices will remain closed to most staff until Monday, January 25.

Northern

  • On Saturday, the Northwestern Health Unit reported 20 COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase in the region since the pandemic began.
  • As a result of rising COVID-19 cases in Fort Frances, the Northwestern Health Unit has instructed the Rainy River District School Board to close 8 schools and programs for two weeks, until January 25.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit is warning travellers of possible low-risk COVID-19 exposure on 7 Toronto-Thunder Bay flights between December 28, 2020 and January 7, 2021.
  • On Saturday, Thunder Bay’s health unit reported one case of COVID-19 in Aroland First Nation, and the community’s chief says a large number of people in the community have been exposed to the virus, as TBNewswatch reports.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting 10 COVID-19 cases, for a total of 74 active cases in the region, including three people hospitalized, two of which are in the ICU. The health unit reported a total of 25 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
  • An outbreak was declared at the Kidd Operations mine in Timmins yesterdary after two workers tested positive, according to the Porcupine Health Unit. The PHU determined that the cases were related, and says that one worker lives in the PHU's area while the other lives in another jurisdiction. All close contacts have been reached and are isolating at home. There are 12 active confirmed in the PHU's region.
  • Algoma Public Health reported seven new cases yesterday, six in Sault Ste. Marie and one in Central and East Algoma. There are now 56 confirmed active cases in the health unit's area.

Eastern

  • Kingston has seen its first COVID-19 death – a man in his 80s who died while in hospital, Global News reports. As of Sunday, there were active 53 cases in the region, which have been steadily rising since the holidays.
  • Kingston hospitals are preparing to receive transfers of out-of-town patients as part of a strategy to manage hospital capacity throughout the province as COVID-19 cases spike, the Kingstonist reports.
  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches, has said that levels of COVID-19 are now “dramatically higher” than before the Christmas holidays, with three times the rate of new infections, CTV News reports. “If we do not reduce the number of close contacts that enable COVID-19 transmission, our hospitals will not be able to maintain services, and the number of deaths will increase,” Dr. Etches said.
  • On Saturday, Ottawa recorded 234 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its record of new cases reported in a single day, after marking the previous record – 210 – just a day earlier, CTV News reports.

Southwestern

  • London Health Sciences Centre has fired its CEO after finding out he had visited family several times since the pandemic first began, CBC reports. Healthcare unions and associations in London had been pushing hard for the resignation of Dr. Paul Woods after he confirmed the trips last week, The London Free Press reports.
  • Milk sales in Ontario have gone up since the start of the pandemic, The Owen Sound Sun Times reports.
  • An outbreak of COVID-19 that now numbers 22 confirmed cases of the virus at Oneida Nation of the Thames is being attributed to community transmission, CBC reports.
  • A lack of high-speed internet access — or access to any form of internet — is hampering the efforts of families in rural areas to support their kids' studies at home, CBC reports.
  • Local residents expressed uneasiness about a horse and buggy drive-in church service for an old-order Mennonite community in Arran-Elderslie ahead of the event, which was set to take place yesterday, The Owen Sound Sun Times reports.
  • Healthcare unions and associations in London are pushing hard for the resignation of the head of London Health Sciences Centre after he confirmed that he had visited family in the United States several times since the pandemic first began, The London Free Press reports.
  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a men's shelter in London, Blackburn News reports.
  • Western University has postponed in-person classes until Feb. 21, Blackburn News reports.
  • Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at its facility in Windsor, Blackburn News reports.
  • A COVID-19 contact tracing app that University of Waterloo researchers contributed towards the development is attributing to helping prevent hundreds of cases at the University of Arizona, The Record reports.

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