COVID-19: What you need to know for July 20

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jul 20, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 127 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 548,474 since the pandemic began; 145 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 149 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 98 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,296 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 24 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 12 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,790 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 132,963 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 18,338,512 since December 2020. 2,254,028 people have received only one dose, and 8,042,242 people have received both doses. 78.96 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 61.68 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.
  • As of August 9, the land border between Canada and the U.S. will be open for fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Travellers will need to upload proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app. Fully vaccinated travellers from other countries are expected to be allowed into the country without a quarantine beginning on September 7. 
  • The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, along with physicians from children's hospitals across the province and other experts, released a report that outlines a return to school for children in the fall. In all but a "catastrophic" scenario, the report recommends children return to in-person learning. 
  • The Ontario NDP is calling for an investigation into an $80 million contract for unproven COVID-19 testing devices the government awarded to Spartan Bioscience last March.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 19 data, Toronto reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 170,343 since the pandemic began; 51 of them are in hospital (five new). In total, 3,595 people have died (four new).
  • This weekend, the City of Toronto will host a weekend-long #VaxTheNorth clinic at Mel Lastman Square.
  • More than 65 per cent of adults in Toronto are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • As Canada prepares to open its border to fully vaccinated Americans next month, the St. Catharines Standard reports Niagara is significantly more vaccinated than its U.S. neighbours. In Niagara, 68.1 per cent of people have at least one COVID-19 vaccination and 53.2 per cent have two doses. In Erie County, which includes Buffalo, 59.8 per cent of people have at least one dose and 55.6 per cent of people have two. In Niagara County, which includes Niagara Falls, New York, 55.3 per cent of people have at least one dose and there is no data on second doses.


  • As of July 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 659,343 doses have been administered, of that 271,916 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of July 19, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 266 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 376 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,905 COVID-19 cases.


  • Yesterday, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced that there are zero COVID-19 cases in the district, for the first time since November 5, 2020, TBNewswatch reports. More than 69 per cent of people in the Thunder Bay district have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, while 53 per cent are fully vaccinated, according to health unit data.

  • There is only one active COVID-19 case in the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment. Over 76 per cent of people aged 12 and older in the region have received at least one vaccine dose, while 60.3 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

  • On Monday, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announced it was closing its dedicated COVID-19 care unit, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Students planning to move into Lakehead University’s student residence are required to have their first COVID-19 vaccine, and must confirm plans for their second dose, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Algoma Public Health reported one new case in the region for a total of four active cases in the region, Soo Today reports.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported one new case and four resolved cases, with 34 active cases in the region. Over the weekend, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority saw 11 new cases and three resolved for a total of 24 cases. There are 22 cases in Attawapiskat and two cases in Kashechewan.


  • Some Kingston area museums are planning their re-opening, Global News reports. The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites says seven local museums are either currently open or will be soon.

  • Several business owners in Ottawa spoke with CBC News about the changes to alcohol regulations that Ontario implemented during the pandemic, which they hope to keep in place. That included allowing home delivery of alcohol and restaurants providing alcohol to-go.

  • Roughly 500 evacuees of the forest fires in northern Ontario are being housed at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, reports the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder. Most evacuees are already vaccinated for COVID-19 and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit will be coordinating second doses for those still requiring them.


  • Students will not be required to have had a COVID-19 vaccine to return to campus at Western University this fall. Students in residence will be required to have at least one dose. "We're obviously encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and we feel that we've gone as far as we can go legally, and we're very comfortable with our decision," said university president Alan Sheppard.

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