COVID-19: What you need to know for June 17

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 17, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 370 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 541,180 since the pandemic began; 397 people are in hospital, 362 of them in intensive care, and 232 on ventilators. To date, 8,993 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 10 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 21 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 20 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 210,611 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 11,943,025 since December 2020. 7,200,955 people have received only one dose, and 2,371,035 people have received both doses. 75.38 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 19.52 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.

  • The province released its latest vaccine update today. Anyone in Ontario who is 18 years or older and received their first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna on or before May 9, 2021, will be eligible to book a second dose starting June 23. The government will also be expanding the list of Delta hot-spot PHUs to include Hamilton, Durham, and Simcoe-Muskoka, starting June 23; on that day, anyone in the 10 Delta hot spots who received their first dose on or before May 31 will be able to book their second dose.
  • Ontario's Science Table now estimates that the more infectious Delta variant now makes up half of all new cases in Ontario. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 16 data, there are 84 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,003 since the pandemic began; 605 of them are in hospital (nine new). In total, 3,463 people have died (seven new). 
  • The City of Toronto is providing resources to support accelerated second doses of COVID-19 for those without an OHIP card. 
  • 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. 
  • Toronto General Hospital's medical-surgical ICU is not treating any cases of COVID-19 for the first time in 15 months
  • Mississauga is tightening its mask mandate to fight against "insufficient masking." Masks now must be secured around your mouth and nose, meaning bandanas, scarves, and plastic shields are no longer sufficient.
  • The Niagara Falls Review reports the federal government is expected to reveal a plan on re-opening the Canada-U.S. border Monday. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said pandemic rules would be phased out slowly and cautiously. Niagara's tourist sector is particularly dependent on U.S. travel, which acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji pointed out in discussion with this month. He said he wants to see higher vaccination rates, lower case numbers, and assurances there's not a new variant of the coronavirus on one side of the border before he'll be comfortable with a re-opening.

  • Vaccine appointments continue to be booked almost as soon as they're added in Niagara as demand outpaces supply, the St. Catharines Standard reports. More appointments should be available in a few weeks, Hirji says. 

  • As the Welland Tribune reports, Niagara's public school board is hoping to hold in-person summer school classes if the province permits it.

  • Hamilton's finances show COVID-19 cost the city $93 million in expenses and lost revenues last year. This year, the Hamilton Spectator reports, the figure is expected to be $141.6 million, which will be covered by $191.45 million in government funding.

  • While reports have come up in some countries, Hamilton has not had any cases of heart inflammation following a COVID-19 vaccine. There have been none in Canada at all according to medical officer of health Elizabeth Richardson, the Spectator reports.

  • Little Ray's Nature Centres, which operates in Hamilton and Ottawa, as well as New York State, won't shut down after all, CBC Hamilton reports. The founder had said he may need to shut the rescue zoos down and find new homes for the exotic animals they care for after needing to borrow about $1.4 million during the pandemic.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • The North Bay Nugget reports 13 people at the North Bay jail have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak, which was declared Sunday, is now considered facility-wide.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 12 new cases and 53 resolved for a total of 304 active cases in the region. The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported nine new cases and 35 resolved, with 210 active cases in Kashechewan.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new COVID-19 case, for a total of 35 active cases. Six people are hospitalized with the virus including 3 in ICU. Yesterday, the Geraldton District Hospital (which gets its data from the TBDHU) reported three new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 24 in Geraldton and surrounding First Nations communities, down from a high of 47 active cases last Friday.

  • 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.


  • As of Sunday, 82 per cent of the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark region’s adult population had received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Kingston Whig Standard reports. In Hastings-Prince Edward, that figure is currently at 70 per cent, the Belleville Intelligencer reports.

  • CTV News reports that some drivers in Ottawa are unable to book a driver’s licensing road test before 2022. "(Sudbury) was the only spot within an eight-hour drive of Ottawa that had anything this year," said one. More than 400,000 road tests have been cancelled across the pandemic due to closures throughout the pandemic.

  • Ontario has lifted the restrictions on non-essential travel at its borders with Quebec and Manitoba, CTV News reports. In Ottawa, a surge in business is expected from the reopening, as Quebec residents can once again come to the city for recreation. Active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa fell below 300 on Wednesday for the first time since November, CTV News reports.

  • Visitor policy restrictions were eased at hospitals in Cobourg and Peterborough on Wednesday, Global News reports. The change in restrictions comes as the hospitals see a decrease in COVID-19 cases, both in their hospitals and respective communities.


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