COVID-19: What you need to know for July 12

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 12, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 114 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 547,263 since the pandemic began; 142 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 204 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 123 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,251 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 18 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 10 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,786 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 121,653 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 17,119,624 since December 2110. 3,187,078 people have received only one dose, and 6,966,273 people have received both doses. 77.86 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 53.42 per cent have received their second.
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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.
  • Family doctors are awaiting clear details of Ontario's plan to ramp up their involvement in the COVID-19 vaccination effort, reports CBC News. Provincial officials said last week that they hope to include more family care practitioners in the immunization campaign in an effort to reach residents still without first doses and slowly shift away from mass clinics.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 10 data, there are 41 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,114 since the pandemic began; 63 of them are in hospital (zero). In total, 3,579 people have died (one new). 
  • As Toronto approaches a new milestone of 60 per cent of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the city is launching a new campaign to shift its focus to neighbourhoods with the lowest vaccination rates, reports CP24.  As part of the “Home Stretch Vaccine Push” campaign, which was launched this weekend, city staff and health partners are setting up a series of clinics to inoculate residents in six priority areas in the city’s northwest, including Elms-Old Rexdale, Kingsview Village-The Westway, Mount Dennis, Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, Weston and Englemount-Lawrence.

  • A Burlington long-term-care home has confirmed a second resident death in less than a week, reports the Hamilton Spectator. The Star reported on the home’s first resident death on July 5, the result of an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

  • Niagara recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and another resident with the virus has died, reports the St. Catharines Standard. The Standard reports that this was Niagara’s first COVID-related death since June 22, and brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the region since the start of the pandemic to an estimated 427, based on data from Niagara Health and Niagara Regional Public Health.

Indigenous

  • As of July 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 655,634 doses have been administered, of that 260,591 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of July 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 399 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 368 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,853 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • This week, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will be offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccines at its clinic at the Bora Laskin building at Lakehead University, TBNewswatch reports.

Eastern

  • Queen’s University has removed its COVID-19 case tracker from its website, as it reports on plans to re-open to in-person learning this fall, the Kingstonist reports. The university is now directing traffic to the regional health unit’s COVID-19 figures, which do not provide a breakdown specifically for Queen’s community members, as their page previously did. Three Queen’s students were recently charged for their role in hosting a massive street party, according to Global News.
  • There were 20 active COVID-19 cases in the Kingston region on Saturday, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. There were six active cases late last week in Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, according to the Belleville Intelligencer.
  • The Peterborough region had 23 active cases early last week, which was the first time it had a higher incidence rate than the provincial average, Global News reports. Rosana Salvaterra, the region’s medical officer of health, said that if the cases keep increasing, it could delay the region entering Stage 3.
  • Children in Ottawa have been getting vaccinated in record numbers, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Among 12- to 17-year-olds in the city, 78 per cent have had at least one dose; across Ontario, that figure sits at 58 per cent. “Yes, there is a risk associated with vaccination. It is an extremely low risk,” said CHEO cardiologist Jane Lougheed. “And our opinion is this very low risk is very much outweighed by the risk of getting COVID-19.” Health experts also spoke to CBC News about the importance of younger people getting vaccinated.

Southwestern

  • The Grey Bruce Health Unit posted another double-digit increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area Sunday, reports Blackburn News. In a release Sunday, the health unit says the rising number of cases is being driven by unvaccinated people participating in two kinds of activities. That includes people going to private gatherings like birthday parties where parents are allowing young children to play with others while sick.
  • A lower than expected COVID-19 vaccine uptake among Windsor-Essex youth has the region’s medical officer of health concerned, reports the Windsor Star. The Star reports that, although children age 12 to 17 have been eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech jab since May, only about half of that age group has received a shot locally. That’s much lower than the coverage rate for local adults, including the age groups that encompass teens’ parents.

  • More than half of Chatham-Kent’s adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, reports the Chatham Daily News. The Chatham-Kent public health unit reported Friday that 51 per cent of residents 18 and older have received two doses of vaccine and 75 per cent have received at least one dose.

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