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

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 22, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 296 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 542,764 since the pandemic began; 334 people are in hospital, 314 of them in intensive care, and 202 on ventilators. To date, 9,082 people have died. Both of today's reported number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths have been affected by two separate data cleanup processes at Toronto Public Health and Public Health Ontario, according to the Ministry of Health. The data cleanup processes increased Ontario's new case count by approximately 80 and increased the count of deaths by 54.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 19 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 16 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 199,535 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 12,869,310 since December 2020. 6,578,566 people have received only one dose, and 3,145,372 people have received both doses. 76.32 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 25.86 per cent have received their second.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 21 data, there are 251 new cases in Toronto over the past three days, for a total of 169,335 since the pandemic began; 554 of them are in hospital (nine new). In total, 3,496 people have died (21 new). June 21 data includes new cases and outcomes since June 18 and is over-reported by 80 cases due to planned quality assurance work over the weekend. 
  • The Team Toronto vaccination initiative announced that it has administered first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 per cent of Toronto youth aged 12 to 17 years of age. According to a news release, last week alone, more than 10,900 Toronto youth received their first dose of vaccine. 
  • Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced that Team Toronto has administered more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. To date, 3,021,228 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. According to a news release, as of yesterday evening, approximately 831,652 people have booked COVID-19 vaccination appointments at a City-operated clinic.
  • Toronto Western Hospital is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak  ‘likely’ caused by the Delta variant and health officials say some of those infected had been vaccinated, reports CP24. The outbreak on a 6th-floor area was first declared on June 17 and so far four patients and three staff members have been affected.

  • Public health officials in Hamilton and Niagara are working to reach people who haven't gotten their first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations. As CBC Hamilton reports, Niagara public health is using Instagram to target messaging toward young people and both health units are making youth-specific clinics. In Hamilton, about 72 per cent of adults and 55 per cent of people aged 12 to 17 have at least one dose. In Niagara, 64.7 per cent of residents are vaccinated. Hamilton's medical officer of health Elizabeth Richardson said she thinks only two per cent of people won't ever decide get vaccinated, and that the rest can be encouraged with education. In Niagara, the informal goal is to vaccinate 80 to 85 per cent of people, but the region is already hitting a slowdown, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says.

  • The Hamilton Spectator reports that Hamilton's rate of unvaccinated adults (28 per cent) is slightly higher than the Ontario average of one quarter. Health officials say that's concerning given the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious and causes more severe illness. Local modelling shows it could spread rapidly in Hamilton is the proper steps aren't taken to control it, including vaccinating most of the population with two doses.

  • CBC Hamilton also reports Hamilton is reserving its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 and says most adults getting their jab this week will be offered a Moderna dose. While experts consider both to be interchangeable and virtually identical, only Pfizer's shot is approved for youth and the health unit wants to save it for them. On Wednesday, Hamiltonians who received their first dose on or before May 31 will be eligible to book second doses.

  • After months of pressure from local officials and restauranteurs, and a welcome decline in COVID-19 infections, Hirji says he's almost ready to lift local restrictions on restaurant dining. Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, he'd required people seating together at restaurants (previously indoors but now just outdoors) to be from the same household, with some exceptions for caregivers. The St. Catharines Standard reports Hirji says numbers are now below the goal he set, but he wants to wait a few days to be sure they stay that way. He adds that dining with others, even outside is a risk he hopes people will avoid.


  • 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.


  • Active COVID-19 cases in the Thunder Bay district have dropped to their lowest point in 2021, with no new cases reported on Tuesday for a total of 12 active cases, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski is glad the government is easing travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated Canadians coming back to Canada, but has expressed disappointment that the government isn’t opening the border to fully-vaccinated Americans sooner, TBNewswatch reports.

  • In the interests of being transparent, Public Health Sudbury and Districts says it is “carefully following” reports of people suffering myocarditis and pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, particularly in adolescents and young adults, reports the Sudbury Star. The Star reports that there have been a small number of reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in Canada. Canada is not seeing higher rates than would be expected for these conditions. As of June 12, Public Health Ontario reported 19 cases in Ontario. Currently, there is no clear association between myocarditis and pericarditis and the mRNA vaccines.


  • Health officials in eastern Ontario are preparing for the possibility that some people will reject a Moderna vaccine as their second dose, as shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are temporarily delayed, reports CBC Ottawa.
  • Ottawa opened several new vaccination clinics Monday as the province makes another group of Ontarians eligible to rebook their second dose for an earlier appointment, reports the Ottawa Citizen. 
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health reported one new COVID-19 case on Monday, following seven over the weekend, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard


  • London Health Sciences Centre is cancelling surgeries as it works to stem a COVID-19 outbreak in its transplant unit, reports the London Free Press. The outbreak was declared June 13 and is affecting fewer than five employees and five patients, the hospital says.
  • Amid a delay in a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will be solely administering Moderna doses at three of its four mass vaccination clinics, reports CBC London

  • Middlesex-London Health Unit officials say they’ve had a very small number of Londoners refuse the idea of mixing vaccine doses, and they’re hoping it stays that way throughout the vaccine rollout, reports Blackburn News


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