COVID-19: What you need to know for June 28

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 28, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 210 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 544,414 since the pandemic began; 218 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 287 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 191 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,129 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 6 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 8 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 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 180,369 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 14,207,510 since December 2020. 5,557,970 people have received only one dose, and 4,324,770 people have received both doses. 77.35 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 35.41 per cent have received their second.
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JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • All Ontario adults are eligible for an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of today. CP24 reports that the expansion of accelerated second doses comes just days before Ontario is due to enter Stage 2 of its reopening, which will allow indoor gatherings of up to five people and see hair salons resume operation for the first time in months.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 25 data, there are 68 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,532 since the pandemic began; 511 of them are in hospital (eight new). In total, 3,505 people have died (three new). 
  • Yesterday, the City of Toronto announced that 26,771 Torontonians joined the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners at the Toronto Vaccine Day “Our Winning Shot” clinic at Scotiabank Arena. According to a media release, the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered are believed to be a new world record for most one-day COVID-19 vaccinations given at a single clinic.
  • The Toronto Star reports that Toronto Public Health has developed a system for registering COVID-19 vaccine doses administered outside of Ontario. Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health, told the Star that this information will be fed into the provincial COVax vaccine management system.
  • Starting Saturday, Hamilton youth were able to book accelerated second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through select pharmacies or the online booking portal, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Today, all adults can book a second mRNA dose as of 8 a.m.
  • As eligibility for second doses expand, Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji is urging the 24 per cent of eligible Niagara residents who don't have a first shot to book one quickly. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, he says many of those people are in their teens, 20s or 30s. Hirji told regional councillors on Friday that 40 per cent of Niagara's new cases since June 1 are people who caught the virus from someone in their own household. Nineteen per cent of new COVID-19 cases are in people who caught the virus from a friend and six per cent caught it from a co-worker, underscoring the need to limit socializing in-person and follow public health guidelines, Hirji says. Federal public health officials say that thanks to the highly-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, 83 per cent of Canadians need the vaccine before life can become more normal.
  • Paramedics in Niagara are starting to vaccinate 200 homebound people with vaccines, the Standard reports. They had been prepared since March and waiting to see if they could get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is easier to transport. Once public health determined that wait would take too long, they decided to make due with transporting Moderna, as vaccinators in areas such as Toronto are doing. Other homebound people were able to get their vaccines through other methods including a drive-thru clinic.
  • One fully-vaccinated person with COVID-19 died in Hamilton, the Spectator reports. Experts tell the paper that while no vaccine gives someone 100 per cent protection, the COVID-19 vaccines we have in Canada are extremely effective and usually turn what is a serious infection into a mild illness.
  • The Standard reports a three-day COVID-19 safety blitz resulted in inspectors giving 36 formal warnings to Niagara businesses. Of 214 businesses inspected in the area, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development says 112 were given assistance to better comply with rules.
  • The paper also reports that on Saturday, the leader of the federal political party the People's Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, held his second rally against public health measures in Niagara Falls. This one included a walk down the Rainbow Bridge to connect with a group of Americans. Few, if any, protesters wore masks.

Indigenous

  • As of June 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 614,126  doses have been administered, of that 240,802 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.

Northern

  • The City of Lakes Family Health Team has announced it will host a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic on Wednesday at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex (Countryside Arena) reports the Sudbury Star
  • CBC reports that many camps in northern Ontario have decided to sit out a second summer. And others say it is tough to make plans without specific COVID protocols from the government. "Because a lot of the questions I get from parents are 'What's your masking policy going to be? What's your social distancing policy going to be?' and I said 'Well, we're still waiting on guidance from the government at this point,'" says Ryan Lidstone, managing director for Camp Aush-Bik-Koong, near the hamlet of Walford, west of Sudbury. "It's a little bit frustrating to not know exactly what's going to be laid out."

Eastern

  • Ottawa Civic Hospital President and CEO Cameron Love told the Ottawa Citizen that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for a hospital that can rapidly expand its intensive care services and has the physical infrastructure to curb the spread of a contagious, airborne virus.
  • The Renfrew County Health and District Health Unit announced that it will be cancelling all appointments that were previously booked after July 18. According to a news release, residents will need to re-register online to book an earlier appointment at an upcoming clinic because many appointments will be added over the next 2 weeks to support individuals booking their second dose sooner.

Southwestern

  • Local police charged a 26-year-old man who “repeatedly and blatantly” disregarded orders to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 in Owen Sound, reports Global News. Officers found the man had left his residence for non-essential purposes after the Grey Bruce Health Unit directed him to self-isolate at home earlier in the week.
  • The Owen Sound Times reports that the Grey Bruce Health Unit reported 23 cases on Friday. Ian Arra, Grey-Bruce’s medical officer of health, said earlier this week that increased testing of high-risk close contacts stemming from a recent outbreak at a Hanover rooming house, and the virus moving between the local transient population, has led to a recent local spike.

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