COVID-19: What you need to know for June 15

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 15, 2020



This article was last updated at 3:40 p.m. reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Here's what Ontarians need to know. 


  • Per today's government report, there are 181 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 32,370 since the pandemic began; 419 people are in hospital, 104 of them in intensive care and 69 on ventilators. To date, 2,527 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 74 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,380 confirmed cases in residents, and 2,041 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,629 confirmed resident deaths and six confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The provincial government says it will support a regulatory change mandating the collection of data on race, income, language, and household size from those who have tested positive for COVID-19."We recognize that some Ontarians may be at greater risk of COVID-19 infection," Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement. "This includes racialized Ontarians and individuals with lower incomes." 

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  • Premier Doug Ford announced that, as of this Friday, the following public-health-unit regions will be allowed to enter Stage 2: Durham Region Health Department, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, Halton Region Health Department, Hamilton Public Health Services, Lambton Health Unit; Niagara Region Public Health Department, and York Region Public Health Services.

  • Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health, and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, a press release states, "will remain in Stage 1 under ongoing assessment until trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into Stage 2."

  • The Ontario government announced today that is extending the number of people allowed to attend indoor wedding or funeral ceremonies to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the venue. Outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies will be limited to 50 attendees. 

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the federal government will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. "We'll have more details this week," he said. "But, for today, I want you to know that we'll continue to be there for you and your family."

  • Federal health minister and Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Patty Hajdu says that Canada is in “no rush” to open international borders to non-essential travel.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 90 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 13420 since the pandemic began; 296 of them are in hospital and 71 in intensive care. To date, there have been 160 institutional outbreaks. In total, 985 people have died.

  • The City of Toronto announced today that online registration for CaféTO is now open.

    "A City staff report on CaféTO, scheduled for consideration at Executive Committee on June 22, proposes the City take quick action to make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars," a press release states. "A simple online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is now available at"

  • There were 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hamilton over the weekend. As of  Sunday morning, the city had 769 confirmed and probable cases of the virus. People in their twenties made up 39 per cent of new cases in the last 10 days. People older than 60 made up 11 per cent, and people under 20 made up 14 per cent of new cases. 

  • If the lockdown of courts and other services in Hamilton lasts until December, city staff say the municipality will face a budgetary shortfall of $122 million. If it ends at the end of June, that amount will be about $62 million, CBC Hamilton reports.





  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued an order requiring employers of migrant farm workers to ensure they have potable water and nutritious, well-balanced meals and are not moved to any non-inspected living accommodationwhile they are undergoing isolation in connection with COVID-19 requirements.

  • A spokesperson for the Middlesex-London Health Unit tells the London Free Press that, so far, there has been no surge of positive COVID-19 cases in connection with a Black Lives Matter rally held in the city over a week ago. The rally attracted about 10,000 people.

  • London has lifted a ban on homeless encampments during COVID-19 as a way to help those who cannot find shelter elsewhere, the CBC reports.

  • Grand River Hospital has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility in Kitchener, according to the CBC.

  • London non-profits are struggling with the costs of re-opening as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the London Free Press reports.

  • Wearing masks won't become mandatory in Waterloo Region at this point in time, its acting medical officer of health tells the Waterloo Record.

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