COVID-19: What you need to know for June 29

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 29, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 299 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 544,713 since the pandemic began; 257 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 276 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 185 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,154 people have died. Both today's number of new cases and new deaths reflect data-cleanup processes at Toronto Public Health (which added 90 cases from earlier in the pandemic) and Public Health Ontario (which added 19 deaths from earlier in 2021.)
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 8 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 5 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 265,231 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 14,472,741 since December 2020. 5,345,803 people have received only one dose, and 4,563,469 people have received both doses. 77.53 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 37.32 per cent have received their second.
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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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 28 data, there are 216 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,735 since the pandemic began; 363 of them are in hospital (13). In total, 3,522 people have died (17 new). Data as of June 28 includes new cases and outcomes since June 25. Due to planned quality assurance work over the weekend, case counts for June 28 are over-reported by 91 and new deaths are over-reported by 15. Quality assurance work also contributed to a drop in the number of people currently in the hospital. 
  • Yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that 375,000 new appointments at city-run clinics will be available on the provincial booking site as of 8 a.m. today. The appointments will be for the weeks of July 5, 12 and 19, reports CP24

  • 76.6 per cent of adults in Toronto have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 41.8 per cent of adults have received their first and second doses and completed vaccination. In total, 1,087,979 Toronto residents are now fully vaccinated. "The more efficient we are at administering first and second doses of vaccine, the sooner we will have additional protection against the Delta variant. Toronto is taking this need to heart and thousands are receiving a dose of vaccine every day," said Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health in a media release

  • CTV News reports that York Region has joined a growing number of regions posting the results of a sewage surveillance network that boasts it can warn public health officials of an outbreak before people even get sick. Mike McKay, a professor at the University of Windsor says that in late March, his staff found a positive test in the pipes under a residence and called public health right away. “We had a mobile testing unit on campus the next day that tested students living in the residence hall and detected, and likely averted, a larger outbreak on campus,” McKay said.

  • As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Hamilton's active COVID-19 cases are the highest in populations with the lowest vaccination rates. About 40 per cent of the 121 active cases are in people age 10 to 29. Fewer than 60 per cent of the eligible people in that cohort have a first shot. It's the lowest rate of age group. People over 70 have a vaccination rate of about 90 per cent and just three per cent of active cases. The paper also reports that in Hamilton, six of the nine FSAs (the first three letters of a postal code) with vaccination rates lower than the city average of 60 per cent are among the city's 10 poorest.

  • Norfolk EMS chief and vaccine task force lead Sarah Page tells the Spectator that 80 to 85 per cent of migrant workers offered the COVID-19 vaccine in Norfolk choose to be vaccinated. Just half opt to get the shot upon arrival from Mexico or the Caribbean, she says. Once workers arrive, health officials can provide them with education about vaccines in their own languages, and with time to think.

  • In Niagara, healthcare workers and pharmacists have been able to vaccinate more people per day than in recent weeks, the St. Catharines Standard reports. They attribute this to increases in vaccine supply.

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 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 575 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 2,697 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions, CBC Thunder Bay reports. Hospital president and CEO Rhonda Crocker Ellacott said the move is “a really positive step” as it allows the hospital “to bring back more learners and improve the situation for volunteers as well as ensuring that we’re able to bring in essential care partners to support our patients while they’re in the hospital.”
  • As the school year comes to a close, the Lakehead District School Board is just starting $1 million of work, including improved ventilation, upgraded HVAC filters, duct cleaning and disinfecting, and purchasing portable air filtration units, CBC Thunder Bay reports.

Eastern

  • The Ottawa Citizen reports on the challenges personal care businesses in the region faced during the pandemic. The Citizen reports that while some businesses are experiencing slower-than-normal bookings because of the increase in underground personal care services, others are nervous at the possibility of not being able to keep up with the sudden demand.
  • Fleming College in Peterborough will require students to have at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they want to live in a campus residence starting this fall semester, reports Global News

Southwestern

  • Chatham-Kent is nearing 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered, reports the Chatham Daily News. As of Monday morning, 93,668 doses had been given, including approximately 10,000 in the past week.
  •  A first dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held at the Drayton Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, reports Blackburn News. Anyone 12 and older who has not received their vaccine is eligible and no appointment is needed.

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