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

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jul 13, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 146 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 547,409 since the pandemic began; 173 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 192 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 123 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,258 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 13 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 14 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,788 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 176,834 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 17,296,458 since December 2120. 3,048,444 people have received only one dose, and 7,124,007 people have received both doses. 78.01 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 54.63 per cent have received their second.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The Ontario government has issued a statement after the World Health Organization’s chief scientist called mixing COVID-19 vaccines a "dangerous trend," reports CTV News. The World Health Organization's Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday that she advised against people mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers. 

    In a statement to CTV News Toronto on Monday, Carly Luis, the director of communications for Health Minister Christine Elliott, said Ontario will continue mixing vaccine doses. "Ontario continues to follow the advice of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which recommends that it is safe to mix vaccines based on studies from the UK, Spain and Germany that have found that mixing vaccines is safe and produces a strong immune response," Luis said. 

  • The Toronto Star reports that parents are looking for more guidance from the province for their children under 12, who aren’t eligible to receive any of the shots approved for use in Canada. “We feel kind of stuck, where there’s clear guidance on what we can do individually but not us as a family,” he said in a recent interview. “I know I can go into a restaurant and all that, but what can we do with him?” said Stephen Ouderkirk, a parent referencing his newborn son. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 12 data, there are 77 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 170,179 since the pandemic began; 66 of them are in hospital (eight). In total, 3,581 people have died (two new). Data as of July 12 includes new case counts and outcomes from July 9. 
  • Peel Region reached another milestone in its vaccine campaign Saturday, with more than 50 per cent of its adult residents now fully vaccinated, reports CP24. 

  • Four residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 at a Hamilton long-term care home dealing with an outbreak, reports CP24. St. Joseph’s Villa confirmed the outbreak in a statement Monday evening. “It is believed exposure came from outside the Villa community,” the statement said without specifying further. “The affected residents are in isolation. Contact tracing has been established and outbreak protocols have been implemented.” According to the home, 93 per cent of residents and 72 per cent of staff are vaccinated.

  • Hamilton city pandemic leaders are warning the Delta variant is the “dark cloud on the horizon” as they urge residents to follow the rules in Step 3 to keep COVID numbers low, reports the Hamilton Spectator. As much of the city reopens Friday and gathering sizes significantly increase, a briefing Monday set out where Hamilton stands and the goal for the next three weeks. “I hate to be doom and gloom about it because I don’t think this is a moment where we have to be overly negative about the situation,” said Paul Johnson, director of the city’s Emergency Operations Centre. “It’s important for us to be aware that the virus remains with us. It has not disappeared. It’s not over.”

  • The St. Catharines Standard reports that while the rate of Niagara residents booking their first COVID-19 vaccine has slowed to a trickle for close to three weeks now, this has not been the case with those coming back for their second doses. As of Monday, 50.5 per cent of Niagara residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated, reflecting an increase of more than 10 per cent in a single week, according to Niagara Region Public Health data.


  • 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 12, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 357 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 371 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,865 COVID-19 cases.


  • For the sixth day in a row, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has reported no new COVID-19 cases, reports TBNewswatch. There are two active cases, and no local hospitalizations, according to health unit data.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has administered over 185,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Over 68 per cent of the population has received one COVID-19 vaccine, and 46.4 per cent of the population, all ages, is fully vaccinated.
  • There are no active COVID-19 cases in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment. The health unit has administered over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines, with 74.5 per cent of the population aged 12 and up have received at least one dose, and 55.7 per cent of the population, 12 and up, are fully vaccinated.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts is opening a mobile vaccination clinic that will travel across the region. The clinic is a converted bus, will offer doses to anyone 12 and older and will not require appointments. Over the course of two weeks, the bus will travel to communities in Greater Sudbury, Chapleau, and Manitoulin Island.
  • An outbreak at the North Bay jail has been declared over on Monday. The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit says the outbreak began on June 22 and infected 43 people.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting two new cases and 22 resolved cases for a total of 15 cases in the health unit. The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority says there are 11 cases in the James Bay, 10 in Kashechewan and one in Attawapiskat.


  • Ottawa Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as a growing number of people receive their second dose of the vaccine, Global News reports. (It was the first time in over a year that zero new cases were reported in a day, according to CTV News.) Active cases in the city had fallen to 35. Around 54 per cent of Ottawa residents ages 12 and older have received two doses of the vaccine.
  • Movie theatre owners in Ottawa are preparing for Step 3 of the reopening plan, which as of Friday, will allow them to welcome viewers after a long hiatus, CTV News reports. Movie theatres will be allowed to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.
  • Peterborough Public Health reported eight new cases over the weekend, Global News reports. There is a COVID-19 outbreak on a construction site in the city, but case details were not provided by the health unit.
  • Vaccination clinics for youth ages 12 and older are ramping up in Prince Edward County, County Live reports. Local youth 12 and 17 can walk in without an appointment and receive Pfizer, including for their first or second dose, at the Rotary Club of Picton Hall on Thursday, July 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm. Adults can also walk in.


  • The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reporting 22 new cases of COVID-19 during a 24-hour period over the weekend, and multiple cases have been linked to a field party earlier this month, reports CBC London. 
  • A pop-up vaccination clinic will be held today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City of Windsor parking lot at Bruce Avenue and University Avenue West, reports the Windsor Star. Young people ages 12 to 17 as well as adults aged 18 and over are welcome to get their first or second dose. People who have mobility issues can get the vaccination while seated in their car.

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