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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 2,998 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 231,308 since the pandemic began; 1,647 people are in hospital, 387 of them in intensive care, and 280 on ventilators. To date, 5,289 people have died. (Today's count of COVID-19 deaths includes 46 cases from the Middlesex-London public health unit that occurred earlier in the pandemic but are only being confirmed in the data now due to data-cleaning.)
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 243 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,650 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,336 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,085 confirmed resident deaths and ten confirmed staff deaths.
As of January 15, in publicly funded schools in northern Ontario, there are no new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,130), no 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); no 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,174,630 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.
Yesterday, the Ontario government issued an emergency order to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions. According to a statement released by the government, the Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement of eviction orders will be postponed for the duration of the emergency order, except in urgent situations – such as for illegal activity.
Beginning this Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 workplace health and safety inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York, and Durham to ensure that workers and patrons are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and following health and safety measures. In a statement released by the government, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development said, "where we find an employer who has been acting in bad faith, we won't hesitate to take action by immediately slapping them with a ticket and a fine. There will be real consequences for those who break the rules."
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- As of January 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 4,432 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.
- Ornge, the provincial air ambulance service, will begin administering vaccines in 31 remote First Nation communities starting February, 1, TBNewswatch reports.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts reports 76 new cases in the last week. 69 of those cases are in Greater Sudbury, while five are in Manitoulin and two are in the Sudbury District. There is one active outbreak, and there are 11 hospitalizations.
- A Timiskaming First Nations woman who lives in London is among several people across the southwest region raising concerns about how police and bylaw enforcement could potentially target people who are racialized or marginalized. "I've definitely had some serious conversations with my son, with a lot of friends and family members and my nephews especially, about how they can make sure to remain safe," Elizabeth Moore tells CBC London. Police in Waterloo tell The Record that ticketing will be used as a last resort; London police tell CBC London that officers have anti-bias and implicit bias training, and Windsor police tell CBC Windsor, that officers will "strike a measured balance between enforcement and overall safety."
- As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge in the Waterloo Region, demand for Cambridge Memorial Hospital ICU beds has now exceeded the hospital's 12-bed capacity, and Grand River Hospital in Kitchener has begun accepting patient transfers from the GTA, The Record reports.
- An inspection blitz under way to ensure big box stores are complying with provincial COVID-19 emergency orders in the GTA will likely include stores in Kitchener, CTV Kitchener reports.
- The provincial government has announced a $3 million fund to help businesses with horse-related businesses feed their animals during COVID-19 restrictions.
- The operator of a shelter in downtown Windsor tells CTV Windsor he's concerned an outbreak of COVID-19 is imminent in the city's homeless population because the new restrictions are creating fewer options for people to find supports through the day.
- Trails, parks and and playgrounds in the Waterloo Region will remain open during the second COVID-19 province-wide shutdown, as will outdoor community rinks and tobaggan hills, Cambridge has announced. Farmers markets in Kitchener and Cambridge will also continue to operate on Saturdays.