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 Tuesday at 4:48 p.m.
- Per today's government report,there are 2,903 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 222,023 since the pandemic began; 1,701 people are in hospital, 385 of them in intensive care, and 262 on ventilators. To date, 5,053 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 249 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,553 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,244 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 2,995 confirmed resident deaths and ten confirmed staff deaths.
Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program,133,553 total does of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.
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Ontario's latest COVID-19 modelling has been released. The modelling shows that that Ontario’s health-care system is on the verge of being overwhelmed by the latest surge in cases. Read it in full on TVO.org.
Premier Doug Ford has announced a provincewide state of emergency, reports CP24. As of Thursday, at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order for at least 28 days requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of January 11, there are 879 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 71,923 since the pandemic began; 51 of them are in hospital. In total, 11 people have died.
CP24 reports that a large COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open up inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 18 as officials step up their efforts to prepare for the mass vaccinations that are slated to take place across the city this spring.
On Monday, Mayor John Tory said he supports the idea of a complete lockdown, like the one imposed by the province in the spring, in order to prevent the health-care system from becoming overwhelmed, reports The Toronto Star.
Hamilton reported Monday that there are 38 COVID-19 outbreaks in the city, nine of which are in hospital settings, the Spectator reports.
The former CEO of Niagara Health and a Hamilton health network is in for a big payout. Tom Stewart stepped down from several advisory boards after it was reported last week that he travelled to the Dominican Republic in December, contrary to public health guidelines. Stewart was removed from his role at Niagara Health on Wednesday and the St. Joseph's Health System on Thursday. Now, as CBC Hamilton reports, he is eligible for 24 months of pay, amounting to more then $1 million, because of terms in his St. Joseph's contract.
- As of January 11, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 4225 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 103 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 338 COVID-19 cases in total.
- As of January 11, Six Nations of the Grand River community is reporting 7 active cases of COVID-19. To date, the community has had 125 cases, with 117 of resolved and one COVID-19 related death.
- Six Nations of the Grand River COVID-19 assessment centre now has online appointment booking.
- Two more inmates at the Thunder Bay District Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, reports TBNewswatch, bringing the number of total inmates who’ve tested positive for the virus to 4.
- Porter Airlines, which has been grounded since last spring, announced it won’t be resuming flights until at least March 29, 2021.
- Porcupine Health Unit reported four new cases in Timmins yesterday, bringing total active cases to 31.
- One case has been resolved in Fort Albany, bringing the active case count down down to one, reports the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
- Algoma Public Health delays in-person learning for high schools in Sault Ste. Marie until January 25. Elementary schools and all other schools in Algoma but outside Sault Ste. Marie will give caregivers and students the choice between in-person and online learning. Those with special education needs who require in-person learning may continue to be accommodated.