COVID-19: What you need to know for June 30

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 30, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 184 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 544,897 since the pandemic began; 251 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 271 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 181 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,168 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 9 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 4 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 268,397 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 14,741,138 since December 2020. 5,124,798 people have received only one dose, and 4,808,170 people have received both doses. 77.69 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 39.28 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.
  • The province moved into the second step of its reopening plan today. Step two focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place. More details about what is allowed under step two of the province's reopening plan can be found here

  • Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it has updated its guidance on long-term-care homes. Some changes include that residents can have outdoor visits of up to 10 people, personal care services can resume, and cohorting of residents can be relaxed during outdoor activities. In a news release, the province says it will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 activity, particularly in this vulnerable sector. 

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they are investing more than $51.2 million to protect the health, and well-being of residents in 129 municipalities across Southwestern, Midwestern and Central Ontario. Improvements to the Sunnyside Long Term Care Home in the Region of Waterloo is one project being funded by this investment. According to a news release, funding for this project includes the purchase of two new generators, upgrades to the HVAC system and exhaust fans to improve the air quality throughout the facility.

  • Kieran Moore, Ontario's new chief medical officer of health told reporters that It will be at least another three weeks before it is safe to reopen indoor restaurant dining and gyms, reports the Toronto Star. "We need that 21 days to be able to understand the impact of opening on our communities,” said Moore on Tuesday. 

  • A new report from Ontario's ombudsman finds that local public health units lack independent oversight and calls on the province to address the issue as soon as possible. CBC News reports that the ombudsman's office received 87 complaints about public health units on a range of issues, including COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, amenity closures and access to vaccines. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 29 data, there are 38 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 169,768 since the pandemic began; 229 of them are in hospital (four). In total, 3,540 people have died (18 new).
  • As the province enters step two of its reopening plan, the city of Toronto announced that it has issued permits for outdoor sports leagues, fitness classes and use of picnic spaces and fire pits. The city also continues to support bars and restaurants through the CaféTO and small- and medium-sized businesses with tools including new rapid screening kits.
  •  Peel Public Health is hosting “Crushing COVID,” a youth vaccination clinic at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Saturday, July 3 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a goal of administering 1,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech to youth aged 12 to 17, reports the Brampton Guardian
  • The Hamilton Spectator published a list of what is and is not open in Hamilton as it moves into Step 2 of Ontario's re-opening plan today. The paper also reports that while the Public Health Agency of Canada has released new guidelines for determining the risk of activities like hugging and socializing based on one's vaccination status, those are not rules and do not supersede local public health orders and instructions.

  • CBC Hamilton reports that a new study by McMaster researchers says understanding how antibodies respond to viruses could help develop needle-free vaccines using nasal sprays or that are inhaled. They note that better knowing how Immunoglobulin antibodies (found in the lungs, intestines and other parts of the body) work could also help treat people with COVID-19.

  • The City of Hamilton is sending staff to investigate the Rebecca Towers apartment building, the site of a major COVID-19 outbreak this spring after tenants shared multiple photos appearing to show damage in units and bed bugs, CBC Hamilton reports. They say the landlord has not fulfilled about 50 work orders. As TVO.org has reported, tenants voiced concerns about issues with airflow between units contributing to the viral spread.

  • The Port Colborne Leader reports Port Colborne will open Nickel Beach to more non-locals in July after restricting access due to worries of crowding. Multiple Niagara municipalities have implemented similar locals-only rules.

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 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 491 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 360 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2,760 COVID-19 cases.

Northern

  • Last week, Thunder Bay surpassed 150,000 vaccines administered, at a total of 157,324 doses. So far, 66.6 per cent of the population has received at least one dose, while 30.4 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit has administered 91,824 vaccines, with 72.5 per cent of the population aged 12 and up having received at least one dose, and 51.5 per cent of the population ages 12 and over have been fully vaccinated.

Eastern

  • Ottawa has topped the one-million milestone for vaccine doses on the same day Ottawa Public Health reported no new COVID-19 infections and a net subtraction of one case from its database, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
  • The Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N) is hosting two more rural COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, reports the Peterborough Examiner. The Team will be at the Keeler Centre at 80 Division St. in Colborne today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or until all supply is distributed.)

Southwestern

  • The London Free Press reports that the city has received $5.5 million in federal and provincial funding to tackle public works and other city-led projects in response to the pandemic. The Free Press reports that London will receive $4.4 million from the federal government and $1.1 million from the province.
  • CBC News reports that the outbreak in the transplant unit at University Hospital has been declared over. The outbreak was first declared on June 13, affecting fewer than five patients and fewer than five staff.

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