COVID-19: What you need to know for January 13

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jan 13, 2022

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 9,909 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 915,940 since the pandemic began; 3,630 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 500 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 275 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,480 people have died.

  • As of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 164,160 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 29,017,284 since December 2020. 815,167 people have received only one dose, and 12,319,449 people have received two doses, and 5,174,098 have had three doses. 87.9 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 5 have received their first dose of vaccine and 82.1 per cent have received their second.

  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 311 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,905 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 3,609 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,884 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.

JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Ontario’s top doctor, Kieran Moore, is stressing that COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 are safe and effective against the virus, reports the Toronto Star. Moore made the clarifying statement on Wednesday, after saying earlier in the day that the vaccines are too new to require that children take them to attend school.
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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to January 12 data, Toronto reported 2,060 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 252,864 since the pandemic began; 352 of them are in hospital (78 new). In total, 3,796 people have died (7 new).
  • CTV News reported about the intensive care unit at Toronto General Hospital where 70 per cent of the patients in the ICU are not vaccinated. Niall Ferguson, head of critical care medicine at the UHN and senior scientist with the Toronto General Research Institute told CTV News that the patients are in their “twenties, thirties, forties" and  “often without any significant comorbidities, any other major illnesses.” “Omicron is certainly breaking through two vaccine doses and causing a lot of infections. And that's allowing it to spread and find unvaccinated people and make them really sick enough to be hospitalized and even need intensive care,” said Ferguson. 
  • Brampton Transit will cancel more than 20 routes until further notice amid staff shortages and reduced ridership, reports CP24.
  • Peel Region is behind the provincial average in vaccinating children five to 11 — and community health professionals say it will take a concerted outreach effort to meet the goals, reports the Toronto Star.
  • The city of Toronto will hold a one-day mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in northwest Toronto later this month in the hopes of increasing vaccine rates in some neighbourhoods, reports CBC Toronto. Mayor John Tory said at a city hall briefing on Wednesday that the "Vax the Northwest" event is set for on Sunday, January 23 in York University's Aviva Centre, the home of Tennis Canada. The clinic will take place in the stadium's centre of excellence from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kids and teens are returning to in-person classes Monday, and fewer than half aged five to 11 have had a first vaccination dose. Ontario-wide, 47 per cent have one but in Hamilton, the Hamilton Spectator reports, 42 per cent have a first dose. Six per cent have two. The highest child vaccination rates in Hamilton are in the wealthier parts of the city and the lowest are in the poorer parts.
  • As the St. Catharines Standard reports, Niagara's school boards say they feel comfortable with the province's plan to re-open schools.
  • Some Hamilton long-term-care workers have been denied pre-approved vacations because of staffing crises, a union representing employees at seven local homes tells the Spectator. About a quarter of Hamilton's COVID-19 outbreaks are at long-term-care homes and have infected 308 people. Over half the infected are the homes' workers, and many more are believed to be self-isolating as a result.
  • The Standard reports Niagara is dealing with 67 outbreaks — the most since March 2020 — and 28 of them are in congregate-care settings such as senior's residences. Acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says for the most part, outbreaks are small due to vaccination and public health measures.

Indigenous

  • As of January 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 992,500 doses have been administered, of that 399,464 were second doses and 81,921 were third doses, in individuals aged 12+.
  • As of January 11, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 4,985 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 573 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 5,803 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • According to a recorded video message from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington medical officer of health Piotr Oglaza, COVID-19 infections in the region might be stabilizing, citing the per cent positivity rate and hospitalization numbers. Weekly briefings will return next week.
  • The Kingston-Whig Standard reports that Limestone District School Board is still awaiting 35-40 HEPA filters, as well as rapid COVID-19 test kits, promised by the province. The board says it hopes the supplies arrive before next week.
  • According to the Peterborough Examiner, of the last ten COVID-19 deaths in the region, four were infected with the Omicron variant, while six others had the Delta variant of the virus. Additionally, Peterborough Public Health has had its staff depleted by virus cases among its workers.

Northern

  • An outbreak at Living Space shelter in Timmins has been declared by the Porcupine Health Unit.
  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is reporting 77 active cases in the James and Hudson Bay region. There are 30 active cases in Attawapiskat, 29 in Moose Factory, 12 in Moosonee, and three cases in Peawanuck and Kashechewan.
  • Health Sciences North in Sudbury is limiting its visitor policy to allow one designated care partner per patient, the Sudbury Star reports. and the hospital will no longer accept doctor's exemptions to the COVID vaccine for entry.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting 106 new COVID-19 cases among vulnerable individuals and those in high-risk settings.There are 365 active cases in the city, with 13 local residents hospitalized with the virus, including 2 people in ICU. 

  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has 352 active COVID-19 cases, including 134 cases in both the Kenora and Sioux Lookout regions. 

  • The City of Thunder Bay is increasing its testing of wastewater to detect COVID-19, CBC Thunder Bay reports

  • An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared in another area of Hogarth Riverview Manor in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. Three people in the home’s Daffodil Resident Home Area have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • A COVID-19 outbreak at the Shelter House in Thunder Bay is expected to grow as testing results come in, TBNewswatch reports. There are five confirmed cases linked to the outbreak, while 15 people are isolating due to potential exposure. 

  • The number of people using a COVID-19 isolation shelter in Thunder Bay has been increasing in recent weeks, TBNewswatch reports. As of Wednesday, 20 people were voluntarily self-isolating at the shelter.

Southwestern

  • London Health Sciences Centre has more patients with COVID-19 than at any other point during the pandemic, CTV News London reports. As of Wednesday, LHSC reported it was caring for 129 inpatients who are infected with the virus, an increase of 22 over the previous record reached the day before. Patients in critical care once again numbered 21.
  • There were 324 new cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London on Wednesday, though the London Free Press reports that the numbers aren’t considered accurate as not enough testing is being done. The area has now seen 24,896 COVID-19 cases and 264 deaths — including one announced by the local public-health unit on Wednesday — since the pandemic began.
  • Two London Knights games scheduled for this week are among several that the Ontario Hockey League announced on Wednesday it is postponing over COVID-19 protocols, Global News reports. No new date has been set for either Thursday’s road game against the Saginaw Spirit or the Friday matchup that would’ve seen the Knights host the Spirit.
  • A pop-site handing out free rapid COVID-19 tests at a University of Windsor parking lot drew thousands of people on Wednesday. “It’s like gold, isn’t it?” Carol Legge, one of those in attendance, tells CTV News Windsor. While it took only 45 minutes for supplies to run out on Wednesday, the pop-up returns to the school’s education parking lot today and tomorrow at 10 a.m.


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