COVID-19: What you need to know for June 1

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 01, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 699 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 532,158 since the pandemic began; 804 people are in hospital, 583 of them in intensive care, and 387 on ventilators. To date, 8,766 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 29 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 51 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 96 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,773 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 120,195 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 9,202,220 since December 2020. 7,722,776 people have received only one dose, and 739,722 people have received both doses.

Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.Graphs showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

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  • Ontario's stay-at-home order is set to end tomorrow, as statistical indicators show slower COVID-19 spread across much of the province. Most public health restrictions will stay in place until the province enters the first phase of its economic reopening plan.
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government is still targeting June 14 as the date to loosen some restrictons.
  • Later today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is expected to announce that it now recommends people can receive vaccine doses from two different suppliers. For example, someone who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine could safely receive a second dose of one manufactured by Pfizer. 
  • The Ontario government announced that it will become the first province to mandate immunization policies in long-term-care homes. Under the new policy, each staff member will have to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a documented medical reason as to why they can't be vaccinated. Failing that, staff members will have to participate in an educational campaign which explains the benefits of vaccination and the risks of being unvaccinated.  

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 31, there have been 707 new cases in Toronto since May 28, for a total of 166,928 since the pandemic began; 846 of them are in hospital (43 new). In total, 3,382 people have died (20 new).
  • According to a news release from the City of Toronto, it's expected that, by the end of the day today, more than 70 per cent of adults in the city will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • Mirvish Productions announced the return of live indoor theatre in Toronto. Blindness, a socially distanced "sound installation," is set to premiere at the Princess of Wales theatre on August 4, so long as public health restrictions allow. Indoor theatre has been closed in the city for more than a year.  
  • On Saturday, the City of Toronto announced that it had administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 50 per cent of Torontonians age 16 to 19. According to a news release, many of the 62,601 people age 16 to 19 who have now received their first dose of vaccine were vaccinated within the last week at one of the City-run, partner-run or pop-up clinics held across Toronto.
  • The Hamilton Spectator compared Hamilton to a Potemkin village — a city with a shiny exterior in which people struggle greatly — based on the findings of this year's Vital Signs report. The report, compiled by the Hamilton Community Foundation, indicates that the pandemic has emphasized stark inequalities in the city, noting that people who are racialized or earn low incomes have been more likely to get sick with COVID-19. Additionally, opioid deaths in the city have spiked and McMaster Children's Hospital is admitting more youth following suicide attempts. While some economic sectors have been devastated, property values and rents continue to go up, pricing many out of the market. 
  • Niagara This Week reports the region's acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, expressed concern over the B1617 variant of COVID-19 during his regular media briefing. Niagara's COVID-19 numbers seem to be going down, he says, and that should mean public health will be able to conduct detailed contact tracing soon to map viral transmission. However, Hirji says the United Kingdom's experience with the B1617 variant shows cases of that version of COVID-19 may surge with a re-opening. Hirji notes Ontario tests don't currently screen for this variant, which was first identified in India. 

Indigenous

  • As of May 31, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 705 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 341 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2176 COVID-19 cases.

  • As of May 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 484,560 doses have been administered.
  • The Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic in Thunder Bay is now booking appointments for second does vaccination appointments for the urban Indigenous community.

  • For the first time since December 13, 2020, there are zero active cases of COVID-19 in Six Nations of the Grand River.

  • As of May 28, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is reporting 0 active cases of COVID. They have administered 3102 first doses of the COVID vaccine and 2004 members have had first and second doses completed.

  • All Indigenous adults age 16 and older, and members of their household, who live in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Hastings Prince Edward County or Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington County can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

  • In preparation for Indigenous youth vaccinations, the Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic, in Thunder Bay, is taking registration for youth 12 years of age and older.

  • Appointments are available for both first and second doses at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Six Nations of the Grand River. Call to book.

  • First Nation, Inuit, and Métis community members who are age 16+, as well as their spouses and family household members, can book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the St. Laurent Complex, in Ottawa.

  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit has put together a list of vaccination clinics happening for Inuit living in Ontario including ones in Ottawa, Kingston, Durham, and Peel Regions.

  • There will be an Indigenous youth COVID-19 vaccination clinic on June 6, for First Nation, Inuit and Metis individuals 12-15 years of age at Rideau High School, in Ottawa. Call Ottawa Public Health to book an appointment.

  • Vaccine clinics for youth aged 12-17 start next week in the James and Hudson Bay Region. Visit their website to learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Northern

  • Yesterday, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, and a total of 54 active cases — the highest number of active cases since May 5, TBNewswatch reports.

  • The Northwestern Health Unit reported no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, and a total of 12 active cases.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is collaborating with community partners to increase accessibility to vaccines by employing dedicated vaccine clinics for youth ages 12-17, neighbourhood-based pop-up clinics, and clinics in rural areas outside of Thunder Bay.

Eastern

  • The City of Ottawa said Monday that problems with the provincial vaccine booking system meant that nobody could use it to make or move an appointment. The problem persisted as of Monday evening, CBC News reports.
  • Gyms and fitness centres in Peterborough spoke with Global News about the challenges that the pandemic has brought. One local facility recently posted on Facebook that they were closing down for good. Under the province's plan, indoor facilities cannot open until Step 3, which will come at the end of July, at the earliest.
  • Eastern Ontario's medical officer of health, Paul Roumeliotis, reported Monday that there were seven new cases of COVID-19 added over the weekend in the region, according to Nation Valley News. In the Kingston region, the health unit reported no new cases of the virus on Monday, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. There are 10 active cases in Kingston region.
  • Ottawa reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, which was the lowest daily case count since February, CTV News reports. The numbers came the same day as the province as a whole reported fewer than 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since March.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the area reported on Monday, and zero additional deaths. 
  • According to the local chapter of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, London-area elementary schools have not yet received ventilation upgrades. "Only about 40 per cent — as I understand it — of schools actually have air conditioning and those more modern ventilation systems," said Craig Smith, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Thames Valley. Schools were meant to receive ventilation upgrades as a measure against COVID-19 spread in classrooms. 

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