COVID-19: What you need to know for June 25

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 25, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 256 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 543,571 since the pandemic began; 275 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 284 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 202 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,101 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 8 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 11 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 10 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 246,393 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 13,568,209 since December 2020. 6,045,767 people have received only one dose, and 3,761,221 people have received both doses. 75.20 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 28.84 per cent have received their second.
  • The Ontario government has announced that second dose eligibility is being accelerated once again. Starting on Monday, June 28 any Ontarian 18 years old or over will be eligible to book their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in any public health unit. In addition, starting Saturday, June 26, children 12-17 who live in so-called "Delta hotspots" will also be eligible to book their second doses. The Delta hotspot public health units are; Toronto, Peel, Durham, York, Halton, Hamilton, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Waterloo, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

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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 22 data, there are 70 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,387 since the pandemic began; 555 of them are in hospital (five new). In total, 3,498 people have died (two new). 
  • According to a news release, 35 per cent of adults in Toronto — one in three adults — will have received both their first and second doses of vaccine as of today. 
  • As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Hamilton is behind the provincial average, with 73 per cent of adults having one COVID-19 vaccine, as opposed to Ontario's 76 per cent. Public health says 10,000 appointments in Hamilton were added to the provincial booking system for Hamilton today, with another 10,000 due soon. Hamilton's average daily new cases per 100,000 people continues to trend down, as does its test positivity rate (2.2 per cent).

  • A resident has filed a formal complaint after being one of four people to accidentally receive an AstraZeneca dose instead of a Moderna dose at Hamilton's David Braley Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday. The Spectator reports that while the complainant said they feel fine, they want to make sure this doesn't happen again.

  • The Hamilton Public Library has joined the ranks of many public libraries, including St. Catharines', to have eliminated late fines during the pandemic, CBC Hamilton reports. The library says they cost slightly more to administer than they brought in, and that they discouraged some people from using the library.

  • As of Thursday, members of different households can gather in bars and restaurants in Niagara, the St. Catharines Standard reports. Niagara's acting medical officer of health repealed part of a Section 22 order preventing that. Food and beverage service operators must still screen patients for symptoms and log contact tracing information.

  • And, the Standard reports, Niagara hospitals are welcoming back visitors for the first time since January 26. Patients can only have one person at their bedside at once, but they can have any number of visitors in a day so long as they pass COVID-19 screening.


  • As of June 22, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 601,430 doses have been administered, of that 233,504 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of June 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 617 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 357 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,679 COVID-19 cases.


  • The North Bay jail has been cleared out and temporarily closed as the province tries to stem a COVID-19 outbreak, reports CBC Sudbury. The Ministry of the Solicitor General says it has moved 61 inmates to other jails so they can safely isolate from other prisoners.
  • The City of Timmins offices and city hall are open as the health unit enters the first phase of reopening. The capacity to enter has been reduced and masks are required for entry.

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reports nine new cases and 21 resolved for 87 active cases in the region. There are 73case in Kashechewan, seven in Moose Factory, three in Moosonee, three in Fort Albany and 1 in Attawapiskat.

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts says appointments booked on or after June 12 must be rescheduled in light of the province's acceleration of delivering vaccine doses.

  • There are 10 active COVID-19 cases in the Thunder Bay District, and Dr. Janet DeMille, the city’s Medical Officer of Health, credits the low case count to a combination of vaccinations, good weather, and people following public health measures, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Shannon Skinner, a salon co-owner in Thunder Bay who says she didn’t qualify for any government COVID-19 relief programs, is “more than ready” to reopen her business next week as Ontario moves into the second stage of its economic reopening, CBC Thunder Bay reports.


  • Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now available at Ottawa's 11 community vaccination clinics, now that a delayed Pfizer shipment has arrived, reports CTV News

    The city also confirmed that a "relatively small number of residents" declined to receive the Moderna vaccine because they wanted a Pfizer shot for their second dose.

  •  Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, praised the area's residents for reaching the threshold of 70 per cent of eligible adults with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but said that the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations for people between the ages of 18 to 45 has fallen behind, reports CBC


  • As of Thursday afternoon, Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced that anyone who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 30 can book their second-dose appointment, as long as it's scheduled for 28 days after their first if they received the Pfizer BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine as their first dose. CBC London reported on Thursday that there were more than 40,000 appointments added to the MLHU's vaccination booking system.
  • A youth-only COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for Friday, July 2, at the Hanover P&H Centre Hockey Hub. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, reports Blackburn News

  • Chatham Daily News reports that 91 per cent of residents 60 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 50 per cent have received two doses.

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