COVID-19: What you need to know for June 10

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 10, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 590 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 538,077 since the pandemic began; 516 people are in hospital, 450 of them in intensive care, and 291 on ventilators. To date, 8,931 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 17 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 35 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 38 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,780 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 182,350 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 10,627,469 since December 2020. 7,827,917 people have received only one dose, and 1,399,776 people have received both doses. 73.24 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 11.55 per cent have received their second.

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.

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Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

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

Graph showing COVID-vaccination data by age in Ontario

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

  • Ontario is accelerating second doses for those living in areas at increased risk of the Delta variant. Starting June 14, people who live in Toronto, Peel Region, Porcupine, York Region, Halton Region, Waterloo, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will be able to book a second dose if they received their first on or before May 9, 2021. 
  • The province will enter the first phase of its economic reopening plan tomorrow. In Step One, outdoor gatherings can be expanded to up to 10 people, restaurant patios can seat tables of up to four people, Ontario Parks are open for overnight camping, and non-essential retail can open to up to 15 per cent capacity. A full list of guidelines can be found here. 
  • The province says it is expanding the use of rapid tests for COVID-19, with more than12 million kits sent to workplaces across Ontario. 
  • Later today, Deputy Premier Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones will provide an update on the province's vaccination plan. It's expected to include information on hot spot prioritization. 
  • In-vehicle road tests resume in Ontario on Monday, as COVID-19 caseloads continue to decline. Bookings are now available.  
  • According to The Toronto Star, the Canadian and U.S. governments are discussing reopening the international border, and an announcement on eased restrictions could come as soon as Friday. According to CTV News, fully-vaccinated travellers who fly into the country will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 9 data, there are 117 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,401 since the pandemic began; 706 of them are in hospital (22 new). In total, 3,438 people have died (12 new). 
  • The city of Toronto is launching its Team Toronto Sprint Strategy 2.0, which targets neighbourhoods with low vaccine risks that are at greater risk of the Delta variant
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • The City of Toronto added features to its "VaxTO" text line. Residents can text "vaccine" to 1-833-750-0888 to receive help booking a COVID-19 vaccine in 14 languages. 
  • The city also added 10,000 new vaccine appointments for the June 9-13 period. 
  • CHCH News reports that Ontario's education minister didn't provide an answer yesterday when asked if he would grant Hamilton's public school board's request to hold in-person classes for the last week of school. Trustees said they want to support student mental health and allow students to support their relationships with teachers and peers. Hamilton's medical officer of health has said she would support the plan.

  • As it stands, Hamilton has cancelled most community events until July 31, Hamilton News reports.

  • The latest article by TVO.org's Hamilton-Niagara reporter Justin Chandler asks what mobility data can tell us about COVID-19 transmission at this point in the pandemic. As Niagara looks toward balancing safety with its economic re-opening, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says travel and socialization continue to present risks to the region. Hirji adds that he thinks it's still too early to open the Canada-U.S. border, but that there might be a good opportunity toward the end of the summer.

Indigenous


  • As of June 8, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 540,581 doses have been administered, of that 197,249 were second doses in individuals 12 and older. ISC reminds the urban Indigenous population that First Nations, Inuit and Métis living off reserve will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services.

  • As of June 8, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 839 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 348 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have seen a total of 2371 COVID-19 cases.

  • Nipissing First Nation will re-open its offices to staff starting on June 14.

  • Nipissing First Nation is advising the public of several positive cases of COVID-19 associated with the community of Yellek in Nipissing First Nation. The confirmed cases involve both adults (18 years and over) and youths (12 to 17 years). This notice is further directed at community members that have used the Yellek Playground. The potential exposure dates include Saturday June 5th, 2021 and Sunday June 6th, 2021. All high-risk exposures or close contacts who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated have been advised to immediately stay home and self-isolate, self-monitor and to get tested for COVID-19.

  • The Métis Nation of Ontario has put together a list of vaccination clinics across the province.

  • Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte status members age 12 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. First and second dose appointments are available on June 10, 11, 17, and 24.

  • Vaccine clinics for youth aged 12-17 will be held on June 8-9 in Kashechewan First Nation. Visit the website to learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

  • There will be a vaccination clinic for Indigenous community members in the Guelph area on Friday June 11. Deadline to register for an appointment is June 10 at 2pm.

  • Wasauksing First Nation will hold a youth vaccine clinic today.

Northern

  • The Porcupine Health Unit won't reopen with the rest of the province Friday, reports Timmins Today

  • CBC Sudbury reports that people trying to book vaccines over the phones have experienced long waits. Nastassia McNair, program manager and Public Health Sudbury and Disctrics, says the region is having a difficult time keeping up with widening vaccine eligibility.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit now has the capacity to vaccinate 1,200 people per day. Using the “hockey hub” model, healthcare workers move between patients, instead of patients moving between stations. The method is quicker and uses less staff, TBNewswatch explains.

  • The Northwestern Health Unit has only two active COVID-19 cases, but medical officer of health, Kit Young Hoon is calling on residents to be vigilant. “I urge the public to see these low case numbers as a call to action, that we must do our part to keep them low and not use this opportunity to get complacent,” Young Hoon told CBC Thunder Bay.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has released instructions for residents 70 and older and those who received their first dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on or before April 18. Those who received Pfizer as their first dose can book their second appointment through the provincial booking system, and those who received Moderna must book through the TBDHU website.

Eastern

  • In Ottawa, nearly 60 per cent of the city’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, CBC News reports. More than half of residents in their thirties have had at least a first dose, as well as around 35 per cent of children ages 12 to 17.

  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Vera Etches, was vaccinated recently, posting on Twitter that she is now “vaccinated Vera.” She added: “We're getting there. We've made amazing progress, but we're not there yet. COVID's still out there, so I'll continue following the guidelines until it's safe to end them.”

  • The partner of an inmate incarcerated at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay spoke with Kawartha Lakes This Week about concerns around worsening conditions in the jail, as the facility has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. “Garbage is piling up in their cells and on their ranges with no removal. Inmates are starting to see a bug infestation,” she says, adding that her partner has not been permitted to leave his cell for four to six days at a time. As of June 4, which is the most recent data that is available, there were 46 active cases in the jail, down from a peak of 146.

  • The City of Ottawa has released a set of rules for patio diners and owners, the Ottawa Citizen reports. They include: patrons must stay seated at all times, except under specific circumstances, and operators must collect patrons' contact tracing information. Patios are permitted to reopen on Friday under the province’s economic reopening plan.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 22 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit on Wednesday, and no additional deaths. 

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