COVID-19: What you need to know for June 7

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 07, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 525 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 536,607 since the pandemic began; 547 people are in hospital, 497 of them in intensive care, and 339 on ventilators. To date, 8,869 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 27 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 41 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 71 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,777 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 116,829 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 10,109,404 since December 2020. 7,935,794 people have received only one dose, and 1,086,805 people have received both doses. 71.96 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 8.96 per cent have received their second.

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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.

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Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

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

Graph showing COVID-vaccination data by age in Ontario

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

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of June 4, there are 220 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 167,836 since the pandemic began; 753 of them are in hospital (14 new). In total, 3,407 people have died (8 new). 
  • For an update on the city's vaccination progress and a list of available city clinics, click here. 
  • The City of Toronto added features to its "VaxTO" text line. Residents can text "vaccine" to 1-833-750-0888 to receive help booking a COVID-19 vaccine in 14 languages. 
  • Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, which opened earlier this year and was exclusively for COVID-19 patients, is now transitioning to full-service facility thanks to declining COVID-19 caseloads.
  • This week, the Hamilton Spectator reports that the city will operate several youth-only vaccination clinics so children can get their COVID-19 jabs.

  • Hamilton MPP Donna Skelly is recognizing several people for helping others during the pandemic, including a local woman who moved into the retirement residence she directed to better care for residents, the Spectator reports.

  • Niagara has faced job losses in its important service and tourism-related jobs due to the pandemic, but as the St. Catharines Standard reports, employment statistics show about 3,900 more people got jobs in May. While there are still about 16, 000 fewer people employed than in December 2019, the Region's chair Jim Bradley says recovery forecasts bode well for Niagara.

  • Following Toronto Star reporting last week that most Ontario jails had vaccinated fewer than half their inmates, the Standard reports about half the inmates in the Niagara Detention Centre got their jabs. Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says inmates have been offered shots but some distrust authority (for often legitimate reasons) and did not want them. Overall, 60 per cent of Niagara residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine as of Sunday.

Indigenous

  • As of June 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 690 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also 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 2215 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.

  • On Tuesday, June 8, there will be an Indigenous vaccination clinic for youth ages 12-17 and their families in the Greater Sudbury area.

  • 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.

  • Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte status members age 12 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.

  • Beginning June 7, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte administration and Community Wellbeing Centre will be resuming in office operations. The Kanhiote Library will continue to offer curb-side pick-up and beginning on June 8 will allow access to computers or copier by appointment. Tyendinaga Fitness Resource Centre will open on June 7 with a schedule of outdoor classes.

  • 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.

  • Beginning today, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte administration and Community Wellbeing Centre will be resuming in office operations. The Kanhiote Library will continue to offer curb-side pick-up and beginning on June 8 will allow access to computers or copier by appointment. Tyendinaga Fitness Resource Centre will open on June 7 with a schedule of outdoor classes.

Northern

  • According to Timmins Today, there were 38 new cases o COVID-19 reported in the Porcupine Health Unit on Sunday. 

  • CBC News compiled a round-up of COVID-19 numbers across northeastern Ontario.

  • A serious COVID-19 outbreak has taken hold in Long Lake #58 First Nation, where at least 60 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the community of 535, TBNewswatch reports. More than half of the households in the community are isolated.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 81 active COVID-19 cases in the region. Meanwhile, the Northwestern Health Unit reported no new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of 3 active COVID-19 cases, TBNewswatch reports.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has fined at least 5 salons who opened their doors last week $880 in violation of public health orders, TBNewswatch reports. The health unit says it will waive the fees for salons that remain closed going forward, but that fine could grow to $25,000 for businesses that continue to defy public health orders.

Eastern

  • Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says that the city is not getting its fair share of COVID-19 vaccines, as city staff work to accommodate residents’ second doses, CTV News reports. “We have frustration with the province because they continuously lower the age limits, but they don't give us a corresponding increase in doses so it creates this level of frustration,” he said.

  • A 56-year old man has been charged by Kingston police for punching a Via Rail employee who asked him to put on a mask while in the station and attempting to board the train, the Kingston Whig Standard reports.

  • On Saturday, about 500 people were vaccinated at an Ottawa high school at the city's third Jabapalooza, a community vaccination event organized by a local family doctor, Nili Kaplan-Myrth, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The event was run with a dozen volunteer medical students, 30 community volunteers, two volunteer nurses, and three other doctors. It also featured musicians to keep the crowd entertained.\

  • The City of Kingston has removed the metal fencing that surrounded the city’s Breakwater Park as a COVID-19 measure, Global News reports.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 30 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit over the weekend and one additional death. 

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