COVID-19: What you need to know for June 2

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 02, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 733 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 532,891 since the pandemic began; 708 people are in hospital, 576 of them in intensive care, and 399 on ventilators. To date, 8,791 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 28 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 45 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 92 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,773 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 139,901 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 9,342,121 since December 2020. 7,779,795 people have received only one dose, and 781,163 people have received both doses.

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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.

Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

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  • Later today, Premier Doug Ford, along with Health Minister Christine Elliott and Education Minister Stephen Lecce, will announce whether students can return to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. According to the Toronto Star, it's expected that students will not be allowed back in the classroom. 
  • Ontario's stay-at-home order expires today, as statistical indicators show reduced COVID-19 spread across much of the province as well as widespread coverage of first doses of vaccines. Most public health restrictions will stay in place until the province enters the first phase of its economic reopening plan.
  • According to Richard Southern from 680 News, Premier Ford is expected to meet with his cabinet today to discuss entering the first phase of the economic reopening plan earlier than the targeted date of June 14. 
  • According to data from the Toronto Starthe B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Ontario, despite declining overall case counts. The variant, which was first isolated in India and is spreading rapidly in the U.K., is suspected to be more transmissable than earlier variants of the virus. 
  • Yesterday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization announced that it now recommends people can receive vaccine doses from two different suppliers. For example, someone who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine could safely receive a second dose of one manufactured by Pfizer. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of June 1, there are 208 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 167,113 since the pandemic began; 828 of them are in hospital (7 new). In total, 3,383 people have died (1 new).
  • According to a the City of Toronto, more than 70 per cent of adults in the city now have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • Toronto Public Health is warning residents about fraudulent text messages informing people of COVID-19 test results. The text messages claim to be from Toronto Public Health. Residents are urged not to share any personal information via text message. Text messages from TPH will be from 77000 and include a secure link to complete a personal assessment form.
  • Allure Lounge in Hamilton has been charged under the Reopening Ontario Act after allegedly hosting a party in the restaurant's basement last week. 
  • Niagara Regional Police say a man was stabbed outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in St. Catharines on Monday following an argument over a face mask. The victim was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


  • As of May 31, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 705 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 341 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2176 COVID-19 cases.

  • As of May 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 484,560 doses have been administered.
  • Six Nations of the Grand River will enter "alert level red" of its reopening framework today, a step down from "black," which it has been in since mid-January.
  • The Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic in Thunder Bay is now booking appointments for second does vaccination appointments for the urban Indigenous community.

  • For the first time since December 13, 2020, there are zero active cases of COVID-19 in Six Nations of the Grand River.

  • As of May 28, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is reporting 0 active cases of COVID. They have administered 3102 first doses of the COVID vaccine and 2004 members have had first and second doses completed.

  • All Indigenous adults age 16 and older, and members of their household, who live in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Hastings Prince Edward County or Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington County can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

  • In preparation for Indigenous youth vaccinations, the Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic, in Thunder Bay, is taking registration for youth 12 years of age and older.

  • Appointments are available for both first and second doses at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Six Nations of the Grand River. Call to book.

  • First Nation, Inuit, and Métis community members who are age 16+, as well as their spouses and family household members, can book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the St. Laurent Complex, in Ottawa.

  • 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.

  • There will be an Indigenous youth COVID-19 vaccination clinic on June 6, for First Nation, Inuit and Metis individuals 12-15 years of age at Rideau High School, in Ottawa. Call Ottawa Public Health to book an appointment.

  • Vaccine clinics for youth aged 12-17 start next week in the James and Hudson Bay Region. Visit their website to learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.


  • The senior cohort at the Garderie Soleil Child Care Centre in North Bay returned to the centre yesterday. It's been closed since May 18 due to a case of COVID-19. 
  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 26 new cases yesterday. The health unit is holding vaccination clinics for all individuals aged 12 and older. There are appointments available in Moosonee, Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst, and Hornepayne. Visit the health unit's vaccine page to book an appointment.
  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 86 active cases. There are 28 cases in Fort Albany, 26 in Moosonee, 20 in Attawapiskat, 11 in Moose Factory, and one in Kashechewan.
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has administered over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Over 53 per cent of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, while over 10 per cent of the population has been fully immunized against the virus.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit has administered over 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines. At least 55 per cent of residents in the health unit’s catchment have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • In a letter to the editor published by TBNewswatch, small business owners in Thunder Bay’s personal care industry say they’re struggling and they “desperately need to reopen” their businesses. “We want to work in partnership with our government to come to a compromise so that all needs can be met, and our community can remain safe,” reads the letter.


  • Ontario’s stay-at-home order is set to expire Wednesday, but most public health restrictions will remain in place in eastern Ontario and across the province. Outdoor gatherings remain limited to five people and restrictions are still in place in Ontario Parks, for instance, CBC News reports.
  • The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has voted to rescind its emergency curfew, meaning that as of Thursday, the curfew hours and the travel radius will no longer be in effect, according to a press release from the nation. “This decision was made based on the local trends of decreasing COVID-19 cases and the increasing rate of vaccinations,” the release said.
  • The Ottawa Citizen reports that it’s a “good news/bad news day” for Ottawa seniors trying to book their second COVID-19 vaccination. The good news is that a computer glitch which had prevented some from booking or moving their second shots has been fixed, but the bad news is that there are no appointments available to book, following the glitch. The booking issue on the provincial site seemed to only affect Ottawa.
  • The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre has imposed an institution-wide lockdown in an attempt to control an outbreak of COVID-19 in the jail, the Ottawa Citizen reports. As of Monday, 19 inmates and one staff member had tested positive for the virus, according to Ottawa Public Health.


  • According to CBC London, there were 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit on Tuesday, and zero additional deaths. 

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