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.
- 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.
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.