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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.
- Per today's government report, there are 2,961 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 224,984 since the pandemic began; 1,674 people are in hospital, 385 of them in intensive care, and 276 on ventilators. To date, 5,127 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 249 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,542 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,278 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,029 confirmed resident deaths and ten confirmed staff deaths.
As of January 13, in publicly funded schools in northern Ontario, there is no new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,133), one new school-related staff cases (for a total of 1,093), and no new case in "individuals not identified" (for a total of 1,089); four schools have a reported case, and no schools are currently closed.
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Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program,144,784 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.
The Ontario government is expected to provide more details today regarding its newly issued stay-at-home order, which takes effect tomorrow, reports CP24.The province says it will publish the “legal parameters” for the order online today and offer more clarification on the measure.
As of January 7, the federal government confirms the distribution of 196,025 vaccinations in Ontario. The total distribution across the country of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, on January 7, is 548, 950.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of January 12, there are 789 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 72,679 since the pandemic began; 13 of them are in hospital. In total, 23 people have died.
Toronto mayor, John Tory, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to provide financial support for Canadian cities, reports CP24. On Tuesday, Tory said that if the higher levels of government don't come through with renewed funding Toronto will have to cut up to $860 million of capital spending.
- Every intensive-care unit bed at Hamilton General is full and Juravinski Hospital has only two free, the Hamilton Spectator reports. This is happening as hospitals throughout Ontario report meeting or almost meeting their ICU capacity due to the surge in COVID-19 infections. Hamilton health officials say the system is overwhelmed and consequently, they've stopped collecting important demographic data about who is being infected.
- Hamilton police say they charged two people who they allege were organizers of two anti-mask events that took place in the city this month. As CBC Hamilton reports, police say about 40 people attended the first event and more than 60 attended the second. There is sound evidence that physical distancing and wearing a mask when that is difficult or not possible, helps reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
- As Hamilton Community News reports, the public school elementary teacher's union is criticizing the board for banking $1 million in federal pandemic funding. While the union says it should be spent on cleaning and e-learning equipment, the board says the money is not needed right now and will be saved until it is.
- Niagara received its first vaccine shipment and is set to start issuing jabs today, CHCH News reports. The region's acting medical officer of health, Dr. Mustafa Hirji, had publicly expressed his dismay with Niagara not receiving doses sooner. He said yesterday that 72 people in long-term care homes have died in Niagara in the last three weeks alone.
- While many students will continue to learn remotely in southern Ontario, 165 students with special education needs have been in Niagara classrooms since Monday. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, about 300 school staff have also returned to in-person work to meet the need.
- 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.
- The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is working with leadership to make sure they can offer information on the COVID-19 vaccinations in all the languages their membership speaks in. Consent forms and information sheets are being developed and will be translated into Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibway.
- Minister Miller and Indigenous Services Canada officials will hold a news conference to provide an update on COVID-19, today, January 13, at 12pm EST.
- A total of 13 inmates at the Thunder Bay District Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, reports TBNewswatch. There are two active COVID-19 cases at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit has declared an outbreak at Hogarth Riverview Manor, where one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.
- An outbreak was declared at Eastholme Home for the Aged in Powassan after a staff member tested positive for COVID, according to the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit. The staff member is currently in isolation and individuals who are high-risk contacts have been contacted by the Health Unit and are self-isolating.
- An outbreak at Amberwood Suites in Sudbury has seen 13 new cases from residents, bringing the total count to 35. which includes three staff members, according to the Sudbury Star. The Star reports that nine residents are in hospital, though none are in intensive care units.
- COVID-19 vaccines will soon be coming to Thunder Bay’s long term care homes, reports TBNewswatch. Which long term care homes are yet to be determined, but the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre says the vaccinations could begin by the “end of this week.”
- Long-term care workers received the first available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in eastern Ontario on Tuesday at a Kingston hospital, Global News reports.
- The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) presented COVID-19 data to the Cornwall city council on Tuesday, reflecting August 2020 to January 2021, pointing out that transmission through households was more common in lower-income neighborhoods of the city, where families may be less likely to self-isolate, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports.
- Joanna Awa, a 59-year-old Inuk woman from Nunavut, told CBC News about the experience of quarantining at one of Ottawa’s isolation hotels before returning home. She had received special permission to visit her 17-year-old daughter in Ottawa, who has a disability and lives in a care home in the city.
- The Ottawa Hospital is set to resume vaccinations on Friday, after it paused its vaccination clinic last week due to dwindling supply of doses, CTV News reports.
- With COVID-19 cases surging throughout the province, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre has said that it is prepared to accept more patients by making use of “nonconventional spaces” if the need arises, Global News reports.
- The Ontario Nurses' Association and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are locked in a dispute about using volunteers and non-nursing staff to help in health facilities, the Simcoe Reformer reports.
- While he'll still leave his den to assess his own shadow, Wiarton Willie won't be sharing the results in person this year. He'll use Facebook instead, the Owen Sound Sun Times reports.
- Residents at a long-term care home in Oneida Nation of the Thames became the first long-term care residents in the London region to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the St. Thomas Times-Journal reports.
- The City of Guelph has announced bylaw officers will conduct a blitz on local transit this week to enforce the use of masks. "Most people know masks are required on transit, and most people wear them; some have good reasons why they can’t," says Colleen Clack-Bush, deputy chief administrative officer of Guelph’s public services in a news release. "We’ll use this week to educate riders about possible charges and fines before we start issuing tickets on Monday.”
- Karen Redman, chair of the Region of Waterloo, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo reports.
- A Windsor therapist warns it may be harder to bounce back from Ontario's second lockdown, CBC Windsor reports.
- COVID-19 cases are now showing up in the Waterloo Region's homeless population, The Record reports.
- Grand River Hospital in Kitchener is using a mobile clinic to deliver COVID-19 vaccintions to three long term care facilities in the region, The Record reports.
- The City of Stratford has announced programs to help its residents who have low incomes with rent and utility bills, the Stratford Beacon Herald reports.
Hospitals in the Grey-Bruce region are planning to accept transfers from other hospitals as the number of people needing hospitalization because of COVID-19 rises in the southwestern Ontario region, Owen Sound Sun Times reports.