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

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 15, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 296 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 540,426 since the pandemic began; 433 people are in hospital, 382 of them in intensive care, and 244 on ventilators. To date, 8,974 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 14 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 22 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 25 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 184,989 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 11,529,430 since December 2020. 7,453,928 people have received only one dose, and 2,037,751 people have received both doses. 74.91 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 16.79 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.

  • According to the Toronto Starthe Ministry of Health is working to amend the province's vaccine booking system in order to allow people who received a first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to book a second dose of the other mRNA vaccine. 
  • 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.
  • Yesterday, the province released its plan for a safe return to sport for professional and elite amateur organizations. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 14 data, over the weekend there were 310 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,880 since the pandemic began; 609 of them are in hospital (nine new). In total, 3,456 people have died (13 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
  • Medical officer of health Eileen de Villa says the city needs more vaccine doses.
  • According to the City of Toronto, 20 per cent of adults in the city are now fully vaccinated. For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • On Monday, Hamilton's board of health voted to have staff report on how to mandate infection control measures in buildings more than 12 storeys tall. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, the current approach has been to recommend protocols. In Toronto, they are enforced. As has reported, experts cite a number of concerns in apartment buildings, from close quarters living to airflow between units.

  • The Spectator also reports that while COVID-19 numbers in Hamilton are down below what they were at the start of the third surge in cases, the Delata variant (also known as the B.1617 strain) could cause a spike in cases in July. The weekly average of daily new cases in Hamilton (24) is the lowest its been since October. Scarsin Forecasting, which models COVID-19 trends for Hamilton, predicts that, under the best-case scenario, Delta will make up 78 per cent of cases in Ontario by the end of August, leading to 465 cases, 27 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. In the worst-case scenario, it will make up 92 per cent of cases by the end of July, resulting in 1,518 cases, 89 hospitalizations, and 20 deaths.

  • In Niagara, incoming vaccine shipments should help make more appointments available, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji tells the St. Catharines Standard. Currently, there's a lot of competition for appointments as mostly older people try to book second doses and mostly younger people try for their firsts. Nearly 90 per cent of people in Niagara 60 and older have at least one vaccine dose, but for people under 40, that number is closer too 60 per cent. Two doses are needed to provide strong protection against the Delta variant.

  • In St. Catharines, the Standard reports, councillors unanimously voted to waive patio fees and several types of business fees for 2022. It did the same for this year to provide businesses with some pandemic relief.


  • 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.


  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported six new cases and 27 resolved in the James Bay Region for a total of 262 cases, with 216 in Kashechewan, 17 in Moosonee, 15 in Fort Albany, 11 in Attawapiskat, and three in Moose Factory.

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts' walk-in clinic vaccine had run out of doses within two hours on Monday, according to CBC Sudbury. A screener at the site said about 60 people were turned away after all doses available were administered.

  • On Wednesday, Ontario’s cross-border travel restrictions expire and travellers will be able to freely cross the Ontario-Manitoba and Ontario-Quebec borders, TBNewswatch reports.

  • As a new provincial vaccine mandate comes into effect for long-term-care homes, most staff at Thunder Bay long-term care homes are vaccinated with at least one dose, CBC Thunder Bay reports. More than 80 per cent of staff at St. Joseph’s Care Group have received at least one vaccine, while the figure is 70 per cent among staff at Pioneer Ridge. At least 80 per cent of staff in homes operated by Southbridge Care Homes have at least one dose.


  • In Ottawa, bylaw officers issued ten charges over the weekend for pandemic-related offenses after the province moved into the first step of its econmic reopening plan, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Nine charges were for breaking rules related to social gatherings.

  • Police and municipal bylaw officers also were called in to Sandy Beach in Selwyn Township over the weekend over concerns of overcrowding and illegal parking, My Kawartha reports. OPP Staff Sgt. Chris Galeazza said that people must be mindful of physical distance.

  • With 216 active COVID-19 cases in Kashechewan First Nation, about a half a dozen patients have been airlifted to Kingston for treatment in intensive care, CBC News reports.

  • Peterborough Public Health is reporting that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been detected in the region. The case was identified Saturday, but it’s being treated as a cluster because it involves a household where four people are now symptomatic, Global News reports.


  • According to CBC London, there were 18 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit Monday, and no additional deaths. 

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