COVID-19: What you need to know for June 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Jun 03, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 870 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 533,761 since the pandemic began; 729 people are in hospital, 546 of them in intensive care, and 370 on ventilators. To date, 8,801 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 25 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 43 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 74 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,774 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 150,884 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 9,493,005 since December 2020. 7,823,043 people have received only one dose, and 834,981 people have received both doses.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.Graphs showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

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  • Ontario announced updated guidance for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca. People who received a first dose of the vaccine but have not yet received a second can now receive an mRNA vaccine, if desired. This comes after the National Advisory Council on Immunization updated its recommendations earlier this week. 
  • Yesterday, the province announced that schools will not reopen to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. 
  • Premier Doug Ford says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the province could enter the first phase of its economic reopening earlier than expected. He says he is awaiting guidance from the medical officer of health. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of June 2, there are 328 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 167,400 since the pandemic began; 774 of them are in hospital (26 new). In total, 3,396 people have died (14 new). 
  • The City of Toronto says that more than 45 per cent of children aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • This Saturday, the city of Toronto will expand its ActiveTO program to Allen Road. Northbound lanes will be closed to cars between Eglinton Aveue West and Lawrence Avenue beginning at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. For a full list of ActiveTO sites this weekend, click here. 
  • A hard-hit hospital in Brampton is finally getting some relief. According to the Toronto Star, Brampton Civic Hospital was, three weeks ago, overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and transferring more than 100 patients a week to other hospitals. As of yesterday, the hospital was treating 37 patients with COVID-19 and 24 that are awaiting test results. Nine are in intensive care. 
  • The Delta COVID-19 variant, first isolated in India, has been spreading in Peel Region, according to the area's medical officer of health. “Members of the science table this week have advised Peel Public Health that B.1.617.2, now known as the Delta variant, first detected in India, is increasingly being detected in Ontario and that Peel region has the highest proportion of this variant of the entire province,” said Lawrence Loh.
  • Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford warned the prevelance of the Delta COVID-19 variant has increased 600 per cent in the last two weeks. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, Hamilton has three confirmed cases of the variant. In Niagara, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says the variant could jeopardize a safe re-opening if we're not careful.
  • Hamilton's medical officer of health told the Spectator in a statement that she is disappointed the province is not sending students back to in-person classes, adding that public health will work with schools to support a safe return to classrooms in September. Some parents told the Spectator and the Welland Tribune that the time away from teachers and peers has been hard for students.
  • The St. Catharines Standard reports seniors in the municipality can collect activity kits from the city. They're aimed at easing isolation and boredom and also contain information about home safety, fitness, birding, and gardening.
  • Port Colborne is considering making exemptions to its locals-only beach rules, the Port Colborne Leader reports. This comes as councilors consider the cases of people who have roots in the municipality but live away now — such as a Port Colborne native who wants to visit the cenotaph in the beach where his dad's name is etched.


  • As of June 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 700 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is reporting 343 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2199 COVID-19 cases.

  • As of June 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 508,883 doses have been administered. ISC reminds the urban Indigenous population that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis living off reserve will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services.

  • Effective June 2, Six Nations of the Grand River entered Alert Red level of its pandemic response plan. Under Alert Red, private gatherings are not permitted except with immediate household members; weddings and funerals may have five people maximum indoors and 10 maximum outdoors; outdoor dining and curbside pickup are allowed but indoor dining is still prohibited. Previously, the community was in Level Black with further restrictions.
  • Nipissing First Nation will re-open its offices to staff starting on June 14.

  • Indigenous adults age 16 and older, and members of their household, who live in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Hastings Prince Edward County, or Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington County can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

  • The Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic in Thunder Bay is now booking appointments for second does vaccination appointments for the urban Indigenous community.
  • In preparation for Indigenous youth vaccinations, the clinic is also taking registration for youth aged 12 and older.

  • Appointments are available for both first and second doses at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Six Nations of the Grand River. Call to book.

  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who are age 16 and older, as well as their spouses and family household members, can book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the St. Laurent Complex, in Ottawa.

  • All Indigenous adults age 16 and older, and members of their household, who live in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Hastings Prince Edward County or Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington County can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit has put together a list of vaccination clinics happening for Inuit living in Ontario including ones in Ottawa, Kingston, Durham, and Peel Regions.

  • There will be an Indigenous youth COVID-19 vaccination clinic on June 6, for First Nation, Inuit and Metis individuals 12-15 years of age at Rideau High School, in Ottawa. Call Ottawa Public Health to book an appointment.

  • Vaccine clinics for youth aged 12-17 start next week in the James and Hudson Bay Region. Visit their website to learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.


  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 49 new cases in its region, for 309 active total cases in the region.

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported 20 new cases and 10 resolved for a total of 96 active cases in its area. There 45 cases Fort Albany, 19 in Moosonee, 22 in Attawapiskat, nine in Moose Factory and one in Kashechewan.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has administered over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Over 53 per cent of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, while over 10 per cent of the population has been fully immunized against the virus.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit has administered over 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines. At least 55 per cent of residents in the health unit’s catchment have received at least one vaccine dose.


  • Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for the Kingston region, gave his last video update to the region before he takes on the role of Ontario’s top doctor, Global News reports. “Well, in the hockey analogy, I think we really are in the third period,” he said, referring to the region’s low COVID-19 caseload.

  • The head of Ottawa’s Catholic School Board has called Premier Doug Ford’s directive to plan outdoor graduation ceremonies later this month “aspirational,” CTV News reports. The head of the city’s two largest school boards both said they were “surprised” by the guidance.

  • Cases of COVID-19 are dropping at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay; there were 74 active cases on May 31, which is the latest data available. That was a drop from 116 the day prior, according to the Peterborough Examiner.


  • According to CBC London, there were 33 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit on Wednesday and one additional death, a man in his 70s. 

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