COVID-19: What you need to know for June 11

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 11, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 574 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 538,651 since the pandemic began; 489 people are in hospital, 440 of them in intensive care, and 292 on ventilators. To date, 8,935 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 16 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 19 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 24 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,781 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 199,951 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 10,827,420 since December 2020. 7,759,936 people have received only one dose, and 1,533,742 people have received both doses. 73.66 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 12.65 per cent have received their second.

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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. A full update from the province can be found here. 
  • The province enters the first phase of its economic reopening plan today. 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. 
  • Ontario released it's updated COVID-19 modelling yesterday. The full presentation can be found here.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 9 data, there are 119 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,499 since the pandemic began; 665 of them are in hospital (11 new). In total, 3,442 people have died (4 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
  • The city has also added 60,000 new appointments for the June 14 - July 4 period. 
  • Toronto has now administered more than 2.5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 

  • The Hamilton Spectator reports that as most of Ontario (including the Hamilton-Niagara region) enters Stage 1 of Ontario's new re-opening plan, drive-ins, patios, and berry picking will all be open in Hamilton.

  • The paper also reports Hamilton was not included in the list of public health units getting access to earlier vaccine appointments to fight the contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 (also called the B.1617 strain). This is despite the city having Ontario's third-highest COVID-19 rate and test positivity. Two infectious disease specialists say this makes sense, given Hamilton does not have a high amount of Delta cases. 

  • A McMaster University research team says they have found a treatment for rare but dangerous vaccine-related blood clots, the Spectator reports.

  • In Burlington, city officials and police say they are hoping to prevent illegal gatherings after about 1,000 people attended one in a park last weekend, contrary to public health orders, the Burlington Post reports.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health, Mustafa Hirji, says he wants cases to be much lower before he rescinds a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act that requires people seated at restaurant tables to all be from one household (unless they're essential caregivers or otherwise necessary for someone's health). As the St. Catharines Standard reports, Hirji says the region appears to be at a plateau, with average daily cases not decreasing. 

  • A Welland food security program tells Niagara This Week it saw a 31 per cent increase in food bank visits in May compared to the same month last year. The CEO says that's indicative of the financial hardship many are dealing with. The co-ordinator of another food program says they've been unable to serve hot meals in churches, and instead switched to delivering frozen meals. They hope to return to in-person dining this November.

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 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 761 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 had a total of 2389 COVID-19 cases.
  • The Métis Nation of Ontario has put together a list of vaccination clinics across the province.
  • Nipissing First Nation will re-open its offices to staff today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Northern

  • The Porcupine Health Unit won't reopen with the rest of the province Friday, reports Timmins Today. It reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is reporting 43 new cases of COVID-19 and four resolved cases, for a total of 202 in the region.

  • Travel restrictions are expected to loosen for those living within the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s catchment, TBNewswatch reports. Current health unit recommendations, last updated in November, advise against non-essential travel outside of the region and ask those who do travel to quarantine for 14 days. However, DeMille said it’s “reasonable” to expect people can safely travel this summer. She adds that people who do travel should be at least partially vaccinated and still need to take precautions due to the Delta variant.

  • 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.

Eastern

  • Following the Islamophobic attack in London, Ottawa Public Health reminded its 126,000 Twitter followers in a viral thread Thursday that racism is a public health issue. “We know that racism is a barrier to secure employment, education, and healthcare. We know it can cause chronic stress, anxiety, depression and trauma,” they wrote.

  • COVID-19 cases continue to drop in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, with the unit reporting 12 active cases on Thursday, according to Kingston This Week. The region’s medical officer of health expressed satisfaction about the region’s vaccination numbers. “I am delighted to see our numbers,” said Paul Roumeliotis. He also noted on Thursday that around 78 per cent of adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

  • In Ottawa, thousands of patients are waiting for surgeries that were delayed during the pandemic, CTV News reports. The Ottawa Hospital says that it has more than 20,000 patients in the region waiting for surgeries.

  • Ottawa opened more vaccine slots on Thursday, in light of an impending shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, Global News reports. Appointments are available to anyone aged 12 and older in need of a first dose or anyone ages 70 and older who received their first shot before April 18.

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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