COVID-19: What you need to know for June 21

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 21, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 270 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 542,468 since the pandemic began; 261 people are in hospital, 323 of them in intensive care, and 202 on ventilators. To date, 9,022 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 18 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 15 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,782 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 118,625 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 12,669,775 since December 2020. 6,724,375 people have received only one dose, and 2,972,700 people have received both doses. 76.14 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 24.44 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.

  • Starting 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 is eligible to book a second dose. On Wednesday 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 Canadian and U.S. governments are expected to announce the loosening of border restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers today. As of now, restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been extended until July 21.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 18 data, there are 70 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,110 since the pandemic began; 591 of them are in hospital (seven new). In total, 3,475 people have died (seven new). 
  • As of today, all adults who have vaccine appointments booked at mass clinics in Toronto or Peel will receive the Moderna vaccine, regardless of their first dose. A shipment from manufacturer Pfizer has been delayed, but the National Advisory Council on Immunization considers the two mRNA vaccines to be interchangeable. 
  • This weekend the City of Toronto, alongside Scotiabank and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, will host a vaccine clinic at Scotiabank Arena for people aged 12 and older. It will aim to administer 10,000 shots on Saturday, 
  • In Toronto, 75 per cent of adults have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 25 per cent are fully vaccinated.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reports Hamilton public health logged 36 new COVID-19 cases this past weekend. Two people died of the virus, both over the age of 80, according to the Spectator's records. There are six active outbreaks in the city.

  • An Out of the Cold program in St. Catharines, which had been extended beyond the usual end date of mid-April to account for shelter capacity problems during the pandemic, wrapped up this weekend, leaving about 40 people unsure where to go. The St. Catharines Standard reports outreach workers and a pastor expect most program users to end up in encampments somewhere.

  • The Standard also reports that acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says people should expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna, even if they received a first dose of AstraZeneca's or Pfizer-Biontech's vaccine. For people who got Astra Zeneca, experts now say an mRNA vaccine like Moderna is more effective as a second dose than getting the same one again, and for people who got Pfizer, Hirji says switching brands is like switching brands of bottled water and will be just as safe and effective. The region is expecting large shipments from Moderna. 


  • As of June 18, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 588,916 doses have been administered, of that 227,408 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.

  • As of June 18, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 896 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 354 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2641 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 this morning, people who received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines on or before May 9 are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have opened up additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments, which can be booked through the TBDHU website, or the TBRHSC Bora Laskin Clinic website.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported one new COVID-19 case on Saturday, for a total of 23 active cases in the district, including four people hospitalized with the virus, two of which are in intensive care. Meanwhile, the Northwestern Health Unit reported four new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of 12 active cases in the region, including two people hospitalized with the virus.

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported a high-risk exposure at Morgan beach between Chelsmford and Dowling. The health unit is asking anyone who attended on June 16 between 2:30 and 8 p.m. to get tested and self-isolate even if you receive a negative test until June 30.

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 26 new cases over the weekend. As of Friday there are 281 active cases within the health unit.


  • High school students in Kingston say that they are disappointed by virtual graduation ceremonies this year, Global News reports. “It’s the strangest feeling and I think we’re all quite disappointed that it couldn’t have been something a little bit bigger,” said one graduate.

  • The Kingston region health unit is rebooking appointments for youth aged 12 to 17 due to a delay in the delivery of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, CTV News reports. The shipment was delayed two to three days.

  • As Ottawa opens five new community vaccination clinics, it's dealing with a delay in this week’s shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, CTV News reports. The city said late on Sunday that all vaccine appointments this week will be kept by replacing the Pfizer shots with Moderna, which is an interchangeable equivalent. (The federal government has said it expects to have enough vaccine supply to fully vaccinate everyone who wishes to receive one by the end of July.)

  • Peterborough Public Health is warning of a low-risk exposure for people who were at the Pine Crest Golf Club in Peterborough County from June 11 to 13, after a staff member tested positive, Kawartha Now reports.


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