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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 2,578 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 240,364 since the pandemic began; 1,571 people are in hospital, 394 of them in intensive care, and 303 on ventilators. To date, 5,433 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 248 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 1,615 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 1,272 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,150 confirmed resident deaths and ten confirmed staff deaths.
As of January 18, in publicly funded schools in northern Ontario, there are no new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,132), no new school-related staff cases (for a total of 1,094), and no new case in "individuals not identified" (for a total of 1,089); two schools have a reported case, and one school is currently closed.
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Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, 209,788 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.
On Saturday, the Ontario government announced that it will be extending orders under the Reopening Ontario Act for another 30 days. According to a statement by the government, most of the orders under the ROA are now extended to February 19, 2021. CTV News reports that this does not change the length of the provincewide stay at home order. Orders under the ROA include the province's ability to implement rules on public gatherings, business closures and managing outbreaks in hospitals or long-term care homes.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of January 17, there are 892 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 77,327 since the pandemic began; 25 of them are in hospital. In total, 2 people have died.
- A vaccination site in Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre opens today, reports CP24. According to a statement released by the city, the site, which aims to vaccinate 250 people a day, will help test and adjust immunization clinic setup in non-hospital settings, ensuring safety and increasing efficiency in advance of wider immunization.
Safety inspectors found more than 30 businesses violating COVID-19 safety rules during a big-box blitz across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, reports CP24. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said that inspectors visited 110 stores on Saturday and found 31 stores in violation of provincial orders, which is equal to about 70 per cent compliance.
The Canadian Red Cross has been deployed to help manage a major outbreak at a long-term care home in Barrie that has left 62 residents and 43 staff infected with COVID-19, reports CBC.
As CBC Hamilton reports, the province has directed Hamilton officials to temporarily stop vaccinating people for COVID-19, unless they are residents, staff or caregivers in long-term care. That's because of a delay in vaccine shipments. In a statement, Mayor Fred Eisenberger called the direction "extremely frustrating."
Niagara's acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji told CHCH News that Ontario delay "increases the disruptive impact" from the province re-allocating a vaccine shipment meant for Niagara this month. Niagara Regional Police released a statement saying that in just 10 months, Niagara has seen the equivalent of 10 years' worth of traffic fatalities, and 40 years' worth of homicides, due to COVID-19.
Hamilton's Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, declared Friday, the Hamilton Spectator reports. It's the ninth ongoing outbreak of the virus in the city's hospitals. A new unit with 40 beds was opened for COVID-19 patients in the Juravinski Hospital on Friday.
- The president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says any board members who knew the former CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System was taking a Caribbean vacation last month should step down. As the Spectator reports, the board approved Dr. Tom Stewart's trip but has not stated publicly if members knew he was travelling aboard, contrary to public health guidelines. Stewart was removed as CEO following news of his trip being made public.
- CBC Hamilton is reporting that the chief of staff at Norfolk General hospital recently travelled outside Canada for non-essential reasons too.
- And following questions about why people were seeing film crews in Hamilton despite the stay-at-home order, CBC Hamilton reports there are four crews working in the city, having been deemed essential. The city says in 2020, about 113 productions that filmed in Hamilton spending a combined total of about $50 million.
- As of January 15, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 4,827 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 113 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 382 COVID-19 cases.
- This past week, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and Ornge brought medical teams into Attawapiskat First Nation and Fort Albany First Nation to provide vaccines to Elders in long-term care settings and health care workers.
- A second person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Ginoogaming First Nation, confirmed this Sunday through follow-up testing reports TBNewswatch. While contact tracing and testing were underway, the council urged members to stay home except for essential trips for groceries or health needs.
- Two positive cases have been detected in the Wahta Mohawk community as of January 16. The heath unit has made contact isolating and self-monitoring for a two-week period.
- Wasauksing First Nation is reporting zero COVID-19 cases for the week of January 11-15.
- Two new deaths were announced at Amberwood Suites retirement home in Sudbury today, according to Public Health Sudbury and Districts, bringing the total number of deaths at the residence to three people. According to the Sudbury Star, at least 36 people have contracted COVID at the retirement home.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts declares an outbreak at École St-Denis elementary school today after a second person tested positive. PHSD confirms the case is related to a previous case at the school.
- Two new outbreaks were declared at Elizabeth Centre nursing home and Extendicare Falconbridge retirement home after one staff member at each facility tested positive, according to Public Health Sudbury and Districts. There now are four active outbreaks in PHSD's region.
- Algoma Public Health announces four new cases over the weekend, all from the Sault Ste. Marie Area, bringing the total number of active cases to 37.
- At least five individuals working at Valard Construction’s East-West Tie Project camp in Marathon have tested positive for COVID-19.
- A third resident at Rainycrest Long Term Care in Fort Frances has tested positive for COVID-19, reports TBNewswatch. The Northwestern Health Unit declared an outbreak at the facility on January 2, 2021.
- The Northwestern Health Unit expects to receive its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine in early February, with the first doses reserved for long term care home staff, residents and essential caregivers in the region.