COVID-19: What you need to know for June 8

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 08, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 469 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 537,076 since the pandemic began; 621 people are in hospital, 481 of them in intensive care, and 305 on ventilators. To date, 8,887 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 20 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 40 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 45 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 158,209 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 10,267,613 since December 2020. 7,918,953 people have received only one dose, and 1,174,330 people have received both doses. 72.41 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 9.68 per cent have received their second.

Graph showing COVID-19 data in Ontario

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.

  • The province will enter the first phase of its economic reopening plan on Friday. In Step One, outdoor gatherings can be expanded to up to 10 people, restaurant patios can seat tables of up to four people, Ontario Parks are open for overnight camping, and non-essential retail can open to up to 15 per cent capacity. A full list of guidelines can be found here. 
  • According to The Toronto Starthe Canadian and U.S. governments are discussing reopening the international border. Declining case rates and increasing vaccination numbers have prompted the discussion, but leaders say they don't want to rush to reopen and lose any gains. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data covering June 4-7, there are 394 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,204 since the pandemic began; 713 of them are in hospital (22 new). In total, 3,421 people have died (15 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. 
  • Toronto launched ParkFitTO, which offers outdoor fitness programming for residents. Hamilton reported 25 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, the lowest figure seen in three months, CBC Hamilton reports. The local average of new infections each week is 52. There are 15 active outbreaks in the city.
  • Due to worries about COVID-19 transmission, Hamilton has once again shut off water fountains in its parks. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, this has led to some concerns about people, particularly seniors, people experiencing homelessness, and people walking pets, being unable to drink to cool off during heatwaves. The city plans to install five new bottle refilling stations and is still running the ones it already operates, since those don't require people to put their mouths near the spouts. It also works to send out bottles of water to vulnerable people.
  • A Niagara Falls paramedic, who also works as the co-chair of occupational health and safety for her union, was given the Niagara Emergency Medical Services Star Care award for supporting paramedics during the pandemic. Niagara This Week reports Leila Paugh was spending so much time on the phone working with her fellow members that Bell contacted her, thinking the thousands of texts she was receiving indicated a compromised number.
  • A local lawyer tells the St. Catharines Standard that Niagara's courtrooms are overwhelmed to the point of "becoming bedlam." He says the pandemic has slowed things down and that the backlog is tremendous.

Indigenous

  • As of June 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 520,086 doses have been administered, of that 187,541 were second doses in individuals 12 and older. 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.

  • As of June 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 835 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 346 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 2292 COVID-19 cases.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Beginning yesterday, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte administration and Community Wellbeing Centre resumed 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

  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 23 new cases Monday, for a total of 361 active cases. The health unit is also reporting an outbreak at Dutch Love Cannabis in Timmins, where at least two people have tested positive. 

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported 24 new cases and 14 resolved for a total of 172 active cases. Of those cases, there are 59  in Kashechewan, 56 in Fort Albany, 29 in Moosonee, 23 in Attawapiskat, and five in Moose Factory. 

  • The Porcupine Health Unity, which has Ontario's highest rate of COVID-19 infection, will not reopen Friday along with the rest of the province. 

  • 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 has released instructions for residents 70 and older and those who received their first dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on or before April 18. Those who received Pfizer as their first dose can book their second appointment through the provincial booking system, and those who received Moderna must book through the TBDHU website.

Eastern

  • Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is calling for a “strategic allocation” of 40,000 vaccine doses to the city, Global News reports. His request comes in light of “overwhelming demand” for second dose bookings exacerbated by an issue on Monday that left Ottawa residents shut out of the provincial booking system.

  • Police will continue to check for non-essential travellers crossing the border from Quebec into Ontario, despite Ontario moving into Step 1 on Friday, CTV News reports. The order closing both the border with Quebec and Manitoba will remain in place until at least June 16 and could be extended.

  • A COVID-19 outbreak at Fairhaven Long-term Care in Peterborough has been declared over, Global News reports. Declared on May 21, the outbreak involved one resident and two staff members. With the outbreak over, the facility is making changes to allow for contact with visitors — including hugs.

  • For the first time in months, there are less than 100 active COVID-19 cases across the region of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Review Newspaper reports. In the Kingston region, meanwhile, the public health unit reports its third day in a row with no new COVID-19 cases, according to Global News.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 3 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit on Monday, and no additional deaths. 

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