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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 3,326 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 228,310 since the pandemic began; 1,657 people are in hospital, 388 of them in intensive care, and 280 on ventilators. To date, 5,189 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 244 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,603 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,297 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,063 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 5,130), 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); two 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,159,021 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.
Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that is preparing to immunize up to 8.5 million people before the end of Phase Two of its vaccine implementation plan. According to a statement released by the government, the province has mapped out the next steps for transitioning into Phase Two and has adopted an approach for identifying the next groups to receive the vaccination as early as March 2021. Phase One of the vaccine implementation program is expected to see approximately 1.5 million eligible people vaccinated.
The Ontario government has released its legal parameters around a new stay-at-home order enacted for at least the next 28 days, reports CP24. The order says people cannot leave home, except for essential reasons.
The union that represents teachers in Ontario's Catholic school boards is calling for an extension of online learning during the province's state of emergency, reports CP24.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of January 13, there are 1,035 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 73,675 since the pandemic began; 71 of them are in hospital. In total, 28 people have died.
- In response to the provincewide stay-at-home order, The Toronto Star reports that Matthew Pegg, who is leading Toronto’s preparedness and response to COVID-19, says the city lacks the details needed to develop and implement an enforcement plan.
- Ontario's stay-at-home order comes into effect today but on Wednesday, Hamilton city councilors said the rules (which are similar to those Ontarians lived under in March and April but with many more businesses allowed to open) are confusing. The Spectator reports the director of Hamilton's Emergency Operations Centre asked for patience given he did not have the rules. They came out late Wednesday night.
- As of Wednesday, Hamilton hospitals were caring for a record number of 117 COVID-19 patients and 230 health-care workers were in self-isolation, the Hamilton Spectator reports. This comes amidst a surge in cases of the coronavirus leaving hospital staff overwhelmed and ICUs full or near-full in Hamilton, and across Ontario.
- For residents in Hamilton's hard-hit long-term care homes, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines was cause for cheering and applause. The Spectator reports that Hamilton's mobile clinic pilot, launched January 10, has been delivering the Pfizer vaccine to homes in the city. Today, it's due at Grace Villa, the site of Hamilton's worst outbreak.
- A group of protesters lamenting COVID-19 masking rules and defying public health restrictions met to administer an unsuccessful "citizen's arrest" on St. Catharines' mayor Wednesday. According to Niagara This Week, a group of about 35 people gathered at City Hall with the stated purpose of arresting the mayor for enforcing the law, which they claim is tantamount to criminal negligence and child abuse, among other things. The mayor was not there and was not arrested. Organizers of the event have conducted similar gatherings in Burlington and Milton.
- On Monday, Hamilton's medical officer of health said the province had directed them not to share information about vaccine supply in the city. While the Spectator has asked the province why, they have not heard an answer. One expert tells the paper it may be to limit criticism.
- More information that has become public makes clearer the Niagara medical officer of health's vocal push to get vaccines in the region last week. Dr. Mustafa Hirji told the St. Catharines Standard that behind the scenes, he was trying to get the province to reverse its decision to redirect vaccines from Niagara. A scheduled shipment of the Moderna vaccine had been sent elsewhere without explanation, Hirji says. He told the paper he cannot discuss the size of the shipment, which the province deemed confidential, but said it would have gone to front-line healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Health officials and leaders in Niagara penned an open letter Wednesday asking the shipment be restored.
- As of January 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 4432 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 112 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 364 COVID-19 cases in total.
- Atikameksheng Anishnawbek will be following the updated Ontario Government Stay at Home Guidelines put in place from January 14 - February 11.
- Today at 1pm the First Nations Health Managers Association will be holding a virtual town hall COVID-19 information session and Q+A. You can stream it live on their website
- The Wasauksing First Nation Nursing station will be closed this Friday, January 15, 2021 for maintenance.
- Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau was on Wawatay Radio on January 13 to give an update on the Moderna vaccine and rollout in NAN Territory.
Matawa Health Co-op has shared a message from Dr. Golding on the COVID-19 Vaccine for their community members. The statement outlines how the vaccine works, how safe it is, which priority groups will receive the vaccination first and the importance of maintaining the layers of protection we already have in place including distancing, wearing a mask, and washing our hands.
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts announced that the Wikwemikong Nursing Home received the first delivery of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. “I am so grateful to the Wikwemikong Nursing Home and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory for their leadership in an efficient and effective rollout of the first arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in our service area,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & District in a statement.
- The Sudbury Star reports that police in the region are still waiting for details from the province about how the new provincewide stay-at-home order will impact enforcement in the area.
- The Northwestern Health Unit has issued the closure of Pathways Atelier Day Care in Fort Frances following an outbreak of COVID-19, reports Fort Frances Times. It’s unclear how many cases of COVID-19 were found at the daycare, or whether staff members or children are infected.
- Long Lake #58 First Nation is in lockdown after several residents of the community tested positive for COVID-19, reports TBNewswatch.
- Another resident of Southbridge Roseview long term care home in Thunder Bay has died of COVID-19. A total of 21 residents at the facility have died since an outbreak began in November. Currently, only 2 staff members of the facility are positive for COVID-19.