COVID-19: What you need to know for January 12

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jan 12, 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 Tuesday at 4:48 p.m.

Provincewide

  • 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.

JMG Jan 12
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMG Jan 12
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program,133,553 total does of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario. 

  • 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 CHCH News reports, Niagara is expecting a shipment of vaccines soon and preparing to administer them. Hamilton expects to have vaccinated all long-term care and high-risk retirement home residents by January 18.

Indigenous

  • 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.
  • The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians is offering free kids sensory kits for children in JK-Grade 4. Priority will be given to AIAI member nation students.

Northern

  • 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.

Eastern

  • The Kingston region’s first COVID-19 death has been identified as 82-year-old Robert Pike, a retired professor who spent many years as the head of the sociology department at Queen’s University, Global News reports.
  • Ottawa Bylaw issued close to 500 verbal warnings for mask violations, failure to practice physical distancing, and playing hockey over the past weekend, according to a tweet, with a city councillor calling on the bylaw division to move to ticketing, Global News reports.
  • In a Facebook post, Ottawa Public Health reminded citizens of the seriousness of the COVID-19 numbers in the city, which set new records last weekend. “Do you have plans to gather with friends or extended family? Please cancel,” the post reads. “We know you're tired & many of you are understandably angry. Watching some officials travel while we stayed home was indeed very upsetting.”
  • Nearly one third of residents at an residential care facility in Ottawa for adults with disabilities have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The facility does not fall under Ontario’s long-term care umbrella.
  • Another outbreak has been declared at Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough, with three active cases as of Monday. The facility has seen two previous outbreaks in the last three months, resulting in the death of three residents, Global News reports.

Southwestern

  • Epidemiologists and others are questioning Middlesex-London's medical officer of health's claim that shutting schools could increase the spread of COVID-19, the London Free Press reports. Dr. Chris Mackie says local data shows that more students catch the virus at home rather than at schools.
  • While many retailers are struggling because of ongoing pandemic restrictions, those in the pet service industry say business is booming, CTV London reports.
  • The Windsor-Essex region is the first to have vaccinated all of those who live in or work at long-term care facilities for COVID-19, the Windsor Star reports.
  • An Aylmer pastor charged a second time for hosting an outdoor gathering that's above the limits in the Reopening Ontario Act calls the decision to charge him again "petty," the London Free Press reports.
  • Educational assistants refused to enter a Kitchener elementary school on Monday, claiming it was not safe, The Record reports.

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