COVID-19: What you need to know for June 14

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 14, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 447 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 540,130 since the pandemic began; 384 people are in hospital, 409 of them in intensive care, and 268 on ventilators. To date, 8,961 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 15 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 21 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 135,574 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 11,344,441 since December 2020. 7,555,801 people have received only one dose, and 1,894,320 people have received both doses. 74.66 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 15.61 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.

  • Starting today, people who live in Toronto, Peel Region, Porcupine, York Region, Halton Region, Waterloo, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph are able to book a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they received their first on or before May 9, 2021. A full update from the province can be found here. 
  • As of this morning, people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are able to book a second dose of either an mRNA vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine after an eight week delay. Previously, the waiting period was 12 weeks.
  • Novavax released the results of a large study of its COVID-19 vaccine, which shows the shot is highly effective against the virus and its current variants. Canada has signed a deal with the company to produce doses of the vaccine at a new facility in Montreal.
  • Ontario released it's updated COVID-19 modelling Thursday. The full presentation can be found here.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 11 data, there are 114 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,598 since the pandemic began; 660 of them are in hospital (14 new). In total, 3,444 people have died (2 new). 
  • With expanded eligibility in the city, the Team Toronto Sprint Strategy 2.0, is underway and targeting neighbourhoods 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. 
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • The Ministry of Health's mobile vaccination team will be in Hamilton on June 15 and 16 to offer a pop-up clinic in a Stoney Creek area with lower rates of vaccine coverage, CBC Hamilton reports. People can speak with a community ambassador or call the city's COVID-19 hotline to book a slot at this outdoor clinic.

  • On Saturday, Hamilton's active case count dropped bellow 300 for the first time since February, the Hamilton Spectator reports. There are 11 outbreaks in the city, nearly half of which are in workplaces or businesses. The paper calculates the city's seven-day case average to be 26, the lowest since last October.

  • People out and about in Hamilton this weekend told the Spectator they were feeling happy to be out and enjoying newly re-opened activities.

  • Niagara's number of new daily COVID-19 cases went up last week. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, the daily average last week was 26. The week before it was 24.

Indigenous

  • As of June 11, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 549,123 doses have been administered, of that 203,770 were second doses in individuals 12+. ISC continues to remind the urban Indigenous population that First Nations, Inuit and Métis living off reserve are or will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services.

  • As of June 11, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 842 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 350 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2469 COVID-19 cases.

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

Northern

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts has opened walk-in vaccination clinics this week for anyone who is eligible to receive a first or second dose. Clinics will be available in Espanola, Greater Sudbury, and Sudbury East. Details can be found here.

  • The North Bay jail has a COVID-19 outbreak in corridor three, according to the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Those who've tested positive are self-isolating and high-risk contacts have been notified. Testing for inmates and staff has begun. “As we are well aware, the local COVID-19 situation changes rapidly. We will have a better understanding of the situation at the North Bay Jail once we receive all the COVID-19 test results,” says Jim Chirico medical officer of health. “In collaboration with the North Bay Jail and the Ministry of the Solicitor General, we will work diligently to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the facility.”

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 97 new cases over the weekend, 83 of which were reported in the James Bay area. Five of the cases have been identified as the Delta variant.

  • Kashechewan First Nation, which has 222 cases as of Sunday, is receiving military assistance. Chief Leo Friday confirmed to TVO.org that the Canadian Armed Forces will be helping the community, alongside alongside 15 rangers, six extra nurses, and paramedics from Indigenous Services Canada.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported six COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 39 active COVID-19 cases in the region.

  • Over the weekend, the Northwestern Health Unit reported one COVID-19 case for a total of five active cases in the health unit’s catchment.

  • The City of Thunder Bay has reopened campgrounds, outdoor patios, and outdoor fitness programs. Other amenities like splash pads, outdoor pools, and city-run summer camps will open in the coming weeks, TBNewswatch reports.

Eastern

  • The Ottawa Citizen reports that police are stepping up patrols at the city’s beaches and parks, in the ByWard Market, and in downtown Rideau. Police will also be helping City of Ottawa bylaw officers in assessing possible violations of the province’s reopening plan.

  • Patios were bustling in downtown Kingston over the weekend, Global News reports. “We’re a lot happier now — it was a little stressful for a while there,” said Bruce Clark, the owner of the Toucan Pub. “People are dying to get out.”

  • Ottawa’s pharmacies will receive 13,000 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Mayor Jim Watson sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford last week, asking for 40,000 additional doses, concerned that the city hadn’t received its per-capita share of doses. (There were 350 active COVID-19 cases in the city as of Saturday.)

  • Campgrounds reopened to overnight use on Friday and were busy in the eastern Ontario region, with one couple telling CTV News that they came out to Fitzroy Provincial Park in Ottawa's west end as early as they could on Friday morning.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 12 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit over the weekend, and no additional deaths. 
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at University Hospital in London. The outbreak was declared on Sunday, and currently there are fewer than five cases reported. 

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