COVID-19: What you need to know for July 5

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jul 05, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 170 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 545,973 since the pandemic began; 155 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 228 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 157 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,215 people have died
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 22 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 6 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,783 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 144,795 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 15,705,866 since December 2040. 4,330,912 people have received only one dose, and 568,747 people have received both doses. 76.83 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 43.61 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.
  • Ontarians aged 12 to 17 became eligible to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine this morning, reports CBC News. Appointments opened up at 8 a.m. on the provincial portal, directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, and via participating pharmacies.

  • The Toronto Star reports that more than 10 million people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 67.9 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 76.8 per cent of the eligible population

  • The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) says it wants to see a concrete plan from the province for reopening schools well before late August, reports CBC News. Karen Littlewood, president of OSSTF, said she applauds the Ontario government's "reopening metrics," saying they're "really helpful" and provide "a lot of safety and reassurance." But more is needed because the September semester is approaching, she says.

  • Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to July 2 data, there are 53 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,846 since the pandemic began; 93 of them are in hospital (six). In total, 3,561 people have died (eight new). According to Toronto Public Health, the number of new deaths is over-reported by six due to planned quality assurance work.
  • On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that there were more than 250,000 July vaccine appointments available in the provincial booking system for City-operated clinics, including 65,000 appointments for this week.
  • On Friday, a long-term-care home in Burlington reported an outbreak when 14 residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at University Health Network. told the Toronto Star that the current outbreak is a testament to the Delta variant’s rapid spread across Ontario, even among those who have received both doses. However, the Star reports that the outbreak also reflects how the vaccines offer protection from the worst-case scenarios. “We saw what happened when a variant was unleashed in a long-term care facility in the pre-vaccine era. The mortality rate was astronomical. If the residents here weren’t vaccinated, the variant would rip through the facility and they would have a number of deaths,” said Bogoch.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reports that the 96 active cases public health reported Sunday — down from 102 Saturday — is the lowest count since at least October, according to The Spec’s records.

  •  The St. Catherines Standard reports that over the weekend, the vaccination clinic at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre in St. Catharines operated by Niagara Health reached a new milestone after Niagara resident Nick Swift received vaccine dose number 200,000. This marks almost half of all vaccines administered in the region.​​​​​​​


  • As of July 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 635,242  doses have been administered, of that 254,240 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of June 30, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 508 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 2,806 COVID-19 cases.


  • Starting today, a walk-in vaccine clinic is open at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds in Thunder Bay. Anyone aged 12 and over can receive their first or second vaccine dose at the clinic without an appointment, TBNewswatch reports.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit reported no new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of 5 active cases, TBNewswatch reports.
  • Today, the Northwestern Health Unit’s vaccine clinic in Kenora is fully booked and won’t be accepting walk-ins. According to a Facebook post, walk-in spots are only available when the clinic is not fully booked. The health unit is asking people to book appointments online.


  • The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is announcing that in alignment with the province, youth aged 12 to 17 are eligible to book an accelerated second dose appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine through the Renfrew County and district booking system and participating pharmacies as of this morning, reports the Kingston-Whig Standard
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will be holding a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic today, Monday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benson Centre, reports Cornwall Seaway News


  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reported daily COVID-19 case counts in the single digits or low teens, the lowest levels since October, reports the London Free Press. 
  • Starting on Tuesday, all 11 library branches across the Chatham-Kent will reopen with limited capacity, reports Blackburn News. Libraries will let patrons pick up holds and select library materials as well as access computers, printers and photocopiers. Curbside service will continue to be offered to those who prefer it.

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