COVID-19: What you need to know for July 2

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jul 02, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 200 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 545,381 since the pandemic began; 179 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 252 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 160 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,196 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 9 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 4 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,782 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 145,674 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 15,154,499 since December 2020. 4,784,499 people have received only one dose, and 5,185,939 people have received both doses. 76.44 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 39.76 per cent have received their second.
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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.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The Ontario government announced this morning that all children 12 to 17 will be eligible to reserve their 2nd doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as of 8 a.m. on Monday, July 5. The only vaccine currently approved by Health Canada for that age group is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This expansion follows the eligibility of young people in Ontario's 10 "Delta hot spot" public health units by a bit more than a week.

  • The Toronto Star reports that a tool will be made available to family doctors in Ontario by mid-July to help them reach the roughly 22 per cent of the adult population that has not been vaccinated yet. The Star reports that the tool will provide primary care physicians with access to information about which patients have been vaccinated, when, and the type of vaccine, so they can find those falling through the cracks.
  • CTV News reports that Ontario is the only place in North America where indoor dining is still not allowed because of COVID-19. Indoor dining isn't allowed to open in Ontario until the province enters Step 3 of the reopening plan, which will happen in just under three weeks. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 30 data, there are 52 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,800 since the pandemic began; 121 of them are in hospital (seven). In total, 3,553 people have died (13 new). According to Toronto Public Health, the number of new deaths is over-reported by 11 because of planned quality assurance work.
  • On Wednesday, the city of Toronto announced that it had administered first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 45 per cent of Toronto adults. According to a news release, Toronto has also set the highest seven-day moving average so far in the vaccine campaign with 51,896 total doses per day
  • COVID-19 admissions at Brampton Civic Hospital have fallen 94 per cent in eight weeks, reports the Brampton Guardian. As of June 30, Brampton Civic Hospital was treating just five COVID-19 patients, including one in intensive care. “To add some context, we had at one point one of the busiest, overburdened hospitals in the country. Our ICU was packed … (It’s) tremendous progress, and the lowest number we’ve seen in months," said Mayor Patrick Brown. 
  • On Thursday, Hamilton recorded a 400th person died from COVID-19 in the city, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Public health logged nine new cases of the virus on Thursday, following a trend where for nearly three weeks, the number of daily new cases has been below 30 while vaccinations rise. The average for daily new cases (15) and the rate of new cases per 100,000 people (18) are the lowest since October 7. About 73 per cent of Hamiltonians had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and about 35 per cent had two as of Thursday.

  • Niagara set vaccination records three days in a row this week, issuing 7,392 jabs Monday, 8,179 Tuesday and 8,820 on Wednesday, the St. Catharines Standard reports. About 74 per cent of Niagara residents had one vaccine and about 31 per cent had two as of Thursday. Niagara public health says there continues to be more demand for shots than supply.

Indigenous

  • As of June 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 624,241  doses have been administered, of that 247,163 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of June 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 491 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 360 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,760 COVID-19 cases.

  • Blackburn News reports that Saugeen First Nation is taking further steps because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the community. All Saugeen First Nation Services and Businesses are closed as of noon today for a two-week period. A state of emergency was announced Wednesday.

Northern

  • Resource-based tourism operators in northern Ontario are calling on the Canadian government to reopen the Canada - US border, reports CBC Sudbury. Hunting and fishing lodges in northern Ontario rely heavily on American visitors, and most have been affected during the pandemic. They've either been closed or had to operate under provincial restrictions.
  • The most recent epidemiology report from the Porcupine Health Unit region indicates that there have been 33 confirmed cases of the Delta B.1.617.2 variant of concern — 31 in Timmins, one in Iroquois Falls and one in Smooth Rock Falls, reports Timmins Today. Since last week's report, 7,218 more people have been fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of people with both doses of the vaccine to 31,322. 

Eastern

  • Over the past weekend, between 12,000 and 13,000 doses were administered in the Kingston region through various channels, including mass immunization clinics, pharmacies and pop-up clinics, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard
  • Ottawa's medical officer of health, Vera Etches, says the current situation in Ottawa is “positive” with daily cases declining and vaccination rates growing, and Etches said officials have not seen evidence of a wide spread of the Delta variant in the city, reports the Ottawa Citizen

Southwestern

  • The London Free Press reports that London-area hair salons and barbershops are booked to the max since the province moved into step two of its reopening plan on Wednesday and allowed businesses offering personal-grooming services — such as hair salons, beauty parlors and barbershops — to reopen with restrictions. 
  • CBC London reports that after 16 months in operation, the COVID-19 assessment centre at the Oakridge Area will be shutting down permanently. "As the COVID-19 testing centre closes, we'll be working to assess the facilities and make the transition back to a community centre," said Jon-Paul McGonigle, the Director of Recreation and Sport with the City of London.​​​​​​​

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