COVID-19: What you need to know for June 16

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 16, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 384 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 540,810 since the pandemic began; 438 people are in hospital, 377 of them in intensive care, and 242 on ventilators. To date, 8,986 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 22 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 17 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 202,984 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 11,732,414 since December 2020. 7,334,984 people have received only one dose, and 2,198,715 people have received both doses. 75.16 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 18.11 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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 15 data, there are 93 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,939 since the pandemic began; 608 of them are in hospital (nine new). In total, 3,456 people have died (0 new). 
  • With expanded vaccine 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
  • Toronto added 30,000 new appointments for the Moderna vaccine for next week.
  • 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. 
  • A nurse who used to work at the Grace Villa long-term care home tells the Hamilton Spectator she's still haunted by the experience of caring for people during a COVID-19 outbreak that infected 234 people and killed 54 residents. Workers were in short supply and had too little equipment, Lisa Scott alleges, meaning they weren't able to properly care for residents. Grace Villa says it worked to get more staff as quickly as it could. She resigned, and five months after the outbreak ended, some other workers have yet to return. Some are on sick leave, diagnosed with PTSD. The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition says the toll the pandemic took on LTC workers could cause staffing shortages going forward.

  • The Spectator reports many GTA residents were able to book COVID-19 vaccinations in Haldimand County when booking for accelerated second doses started this week. The health unit started using a new system of vaccinating people in Cayuga's hockey arena in which residents stay in one spot rather than move between stations. This has increased output, with staff being able to immunize about 2,000 people per day, up from 550, and means more appointments can be made available.

  • To adapt during the pandemic, a Hamilton entrepreneur started selling Pokémon cards, which have been extremely popular in recent months. Chelsea Clappison tells the Spectator her store hasn't been able to open in-person but Pokémon has kept business booming.

  • St. Catharines CAO tells the St. Catharines Standard that city staff and private security enforcing new parking pass rules have been experiencing abuse from beachgoers. Staff are checking bags and cars at gates, too. Parking and locals-only rules are being enforced in several Niagara municipalities to prevent crowding and bad behaviour on busy beaches as the weather warms.

  • The Standard reports Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji is calling for an enforcement blitz of COVID-19 restrictions at businesses. He says it will help to ensure businesses are re-opening safely.

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 and older. 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 15, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 889 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 353 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2600 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.

  • Join the First Nations Health Manager’s Association for their weekly COVID-19 town hall, today at 1 p.m.

  • As of Monday, there were 216 active cases of COVID-19 in Kashechewan First Nation, reports Timmins Today. 105 cases were in children 12-years-old and younger, 33 cases were in youth between 13 and 17, and 78 cases were in adults over 18. A donation fund has been set up to help airlift emergency supplies to the James Bay communities.

Northern​​​​​​​

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

  • In its weekly vaccine update, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit reports that 63 per cent of the entire population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 16.5 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

  • In the Northwestern Health Unit's weekly vaccine update, it reports 69.9 per cent of people aged 18 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, while 34.9 per cent of people 18 and older have been fully vaccinated. Starting Wednesday, the health unit is speeding up eligibility for people who received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least 28 days ago, CBC Thunder Bay reports.

Eastern

  • This week, Ottawa health workers will be calling rural residents who received their vaccine shot at a pop-up clinic to reschedule their second for the days to come, Global News reports. The second-shot clinics will be held at the R.J. Kennedy Memorial and Metcalfe arenas and the West Carleton and South Carleton high schools.
  • Scientists in Ottawa say that the presence of COVID-19 in the city’s wastewater has been increasing for the past ten days, which coincides, in part, with the provincial reopening, CBC News reports. Case levels have dropped significantly, but wastewater monitoring has acted as an early warning sign of in previous waves.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay was down to one active case as of Sunday, the Peterborough Examiner reports.
  • The City of Kingston announced Tuesday that a $22.2 million investment by the provincial and federal government will be made in the municipality’s infrastructure, Global News reports. The money will be used, in part, to replace and upgrade two elevators at a nursing home, as well as its tub and shower rooms.

Southwestern

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