COVID-19: What you need to know for June 18

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 18, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 345 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 541,525 since the pandemic began; 378 people are in hospital, 352 of them in intensive care, and 221 on ventilators. To date, 8,994 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 23 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 210,638 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 12,153,663 since December 2020. 7,059,181 people have received only one dose, and 2,547,241 people have received both doses. 75.59 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 20.96 per cent have received their second.

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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. 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.
  • The National Advisory Council on Immunization now says that, for people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a second dose of an mRNA vaccine is preferred
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been extended until July 21.
  • 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 17 data, there are 96 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,068 since the pandemic began; 600 of them are in hospital (four new). In total, 3,463 people have died (seven new). 
  • The City of Toronto is opening up 90,000 new vaccine appointments over the next two weeks. For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • Toronto announced its ActiveTO closures for this weekend, including a portion of Bayview Avenue.
  • The city has started offering second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors.  
  • 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.
  • On June 23, Hamilton residents who received their first COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 31 will be eligible to book their second dose. This is because Hamilton is now considered by the province to be at elevated risk of the Delta variant. TVO.org published the full plan.

  • A local man experienced inflammation of the membrane around his heart after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, the Hamilton Spectator reports. This is the second time he's had the condition and he says he does not regret getting the shot. The condition is being investigated in the United States and Europe to see if there is a connection to mRNA vaccines. This comes shortly after Hamilton's medical officer of health told the paper there had been no cases in the city. The country is monitoring the condition but officials say they are not seeing higher than expected rates. 

  • The Tourism Industry Association of Canada held a panel Thursday in which industry leaders and politicians discussed the economic impact of keeping the Canada-U.S. border closed. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, industry leaders warn of lost revenue and jobs. Niagara is heavily reliant on tourism, but public health officials stress it's still not safe to open the border.

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.

  • 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​​​​​​​

  • 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 Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 today. Medical Officer of Health Janet DeMille told CBC Thunder Bay she is comfortable with the pace of reopening, particularly outdoor activities, “as long as people are following public health measures.” DeMille also confirmed there have been no confirmed cases of the Delta variant in the region.

Eastern

  • There was one new case of COVID-19 in Kingston on Thursday, for a total of three active cases, two of which are in hospital, the Kingston Whig Standard reports. Hugh Guan, acting medical officer of health for the region’s public health unit, said Thursday that the two patients are “quite stable.”

  • Peterborough Public Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, for a total of 32 active cases within its region, Global News reports. The health unit confirmed the region’s first Delta variant case last weekend.

  • In Ottawa, there were 32 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday, with a total of 282 active cases in the city as of Wednesday, Global News reports. The city’s mayor also said in a tweet that 75 per cent of adults in Ottawa have now received their first dose of the vaccine.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit Thursday, and no additional deaths. 
  • A migrant worker from Guatemala died of COVID-19 while in a hotel quarantine in Sarnia, according to an advocacy group. 


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