COVID-19: What you need to know for June 22

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 22, 2020

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TVO.org reporters and editors are tracking stories about the coronavirus pandemic in all regions of the province. Here's what Ontarians need to know. 

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 161 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 33,637 since the pandemic began; 265 people are in hospital, 76 of them in intensive care and 58 on ventilators. To date, 2,609 people have died.
  • According to Public Health Ontario's daily epidemiologic summary, there are 77 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5,364 confirmed cases in residents and 2,192 confirmed cases in staff. To date, there have been 1,654 confirmed resident deaths and six confirmed staff deaths.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • As of Tuesday, all VIA Rail passengers will have to wear a mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the company has announced.

  • Ontario's chief medical officer of health, David Williams, is strongly recommending that local medical officers of health in southwestern Ontario, including Windsor-Essex, begin registering all workers, including temporary foreign workers, in order to assist the province's contact-tracing and infection-control efforts.

  • Premier Doug Ford said today that, as of 12:01 a.m. on June 24, Toronto and Peel region will allowed to enter Stage 2. "We will do everything we can to get our final region, Windsor-Essex, into Stage 2 as soon as possible," he said in a press release. "That's why we are ramping up testing and inspections on Ontario's farms to protect workers and keep our food supply chains strong and healthy."

  • Mexico will resume sending temporary farm workers to Canada after the two countries agreed to additional health and safety protocols during the pandemic. At least three men from Mexico who were working on Canadian farms have died from COVID-19, the CBC reports.

  • DriveTest centres across the province will begin offering "limited service" today, CP24 reports.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to today's report, there are 37 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 13,893 since the pandemic began; 248 of them are in hospital and 62 in intensive care. To date, there have been 164 institutional outbreaks. In total, 1,044 people have died.

  • Toronto has issued a press release outlining what entering Stage 2 on June 24 will mean for the city. 

  • Starting today, lifeguards will be on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach, and Woodbine Beach.

  • The Building Industry and Land Development Association says that construction delays caused by the pandemic will reduce Toronto’s housing supply by stalling 9,000 housing starts and the occupancy of another 8,000 homes in the next 18 months, the Toronto Star reports.

  • After entering Stage 2 on Friday, Niagara Falls was busy this weekend, the Niagara Falls Review reports. While there were fewer visitors than on an average summer day pre-pandemic, the tourism district saw a steady stream of visitors. Most did not wear masks, and physical distancing was not possible in some crowded areas.

  • Someone in St. Catharine's purchased the winning ticket to Friday's $10 million Lotto Max draw but can't claim their prize because of a COVID-19 closure. Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s prize centre in Toronto has been closed since March. An OLG spokesperson told the Hamilton Spectator that the winner should sign and validate their ticket, then keep it in a safe place.

Indigenous

  • The CBC is reporting that some First Nations in northeastern Ontario, such M'Chigeeng, have reopened their borders, while others, such as Mattagami First Nation, still has a border checkpoint in place. 
  • In a brief for Ryerson University's Yellowhead Institute, Mihskakwan James Harper considers whether we can "achieve climate action and reconciliation in a post-COVID world."

Northern

  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting one new confirmed case of COVID-19. The case is located in the Thunder Bay area. The health unit reports that there are currently six active and 83 resolved cases in its catchment area.

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will not be allowing visitors to see patients, although the restriction has been lifted across the province, TBNewswatch reports
  • A screening program at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win has turned up several positive test results, Drydennow.com reports. The Northwestern Health Unit has been notified, but it says there are no cases of illness at this time.

  • The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has delayed site analysis for the potential burial of Canada's nuclear waste in the Ignace area. Staff say that the NWMO doesn't want to bring outsiders into the community due to safety concerns over COVID-19.

  • According to the Fort Frances Times, three new cases were identified in the Northwestern Health Unit catchment area on Friday. Two are in the Sioux Lookout area and one is in the Kenora area.

  • The Finn Festival planned for Sudbury has moved online, the CBC reports

Eastern

  • Kingston's public market will return to Springer Market Square on June 22, Global News reports.

  • An outbreak at Carlingview Manor — the long-term-care home where 59 residents have died of COVID-19 — has been declared over, CTV News reports.

  • A patient unit at Kingston General Hospital was put under quarantine on the weekend after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports.

  • Carleton University will be giving its staff and faculty two extra days off next week, as a token of gratitude for a challenging winter term, CTV News reports.

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