COVID-19: What you need to know for June 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Jun 09, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there 411 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 537,487 since the pandemic began; 571 people are in hospital, 466 of them in intensive care, and 314 on ventilators. To date, 8,920 people have died, with 11 of today's 33 reported deaths having actually occurred in April and May, according to the minister of health's office.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 19 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 35 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 40 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,780 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 177,506 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 10,445,119 since December 2020. 7,879,767 people have received only one dose, and 1,282,676 people have received both doses. 72.84 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of vaccine and 10.58 per cent have received their second.
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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.

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. 
  • In-vehicle road tests resume in Ontario on Monday, as COVID-19 caseloads continue to decline. Bookings are now available.  
  • According to The Toronto Star, the Canadian and U.S. governments are discussing reopening the international border, and an announcement on eased restrictions could come as soon as Friday. 
  • According to CTV News, fully-vaccinated travellers who fly into the country will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to June 8 data, there are 130 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 168,306 since the pandemic began; 717 of them are in hospital (7 new). In total, 3,427 people have died (6 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. 
  • The city also added 10,000 new vaccine appointments for the June 9-13 period. 
  • Toronto launched ParkFitTO, which offers outdoor fitness programming for residents. 
  • The Hamilton Spectator has published a list of common questions explaining what people need to know about getting their second COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton. People need two doses to be best protected against the coronavirus, especially against the Delta variant (also called B.1617), which is thought to be more contagious.

  • Niagara Health will resume Sunday vaccinations on June 20, but will reduce the number of bays in which people get shots. The hospital system is capable of administering over 2,000 shots per day, the St. Catharines Standard reports, but is unning out of shots most weeks and is no longer able to run at full capacity.

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 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 824 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 2362 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. First and second dose appointments are available on June 10, 11, 17, and 24.

  • Vaccine clinics for youth aged 12-17 will be held on June 8-9 in Kashechewan First Nation. Visit the website to learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

  • There will be a vaccination clinic for Indigenous community members in the Guelph area on Friday June 11. Deadline to register for an appointment is June 10 at 2pm.

  • Wasauksing First Nation will hold a youth vaccine clinic on Thursday, June 10.

Northern

  • The Porcupine Health Unit won't reopen with the rest of the province Friday, reports Timmins Today. The health unit reported 26 new cases and and 38 for a total active case count of 349.

  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is reporting seven new cases and 22 resolved for a total of 157 active cases in the region: 65 in Kashechewan, 53 in Fort Albany, 23 in Moosonee, 11 in Attawapiskat, and five in Moose Factory.

  • CBC Sudbury reports that people trying to book vaccines over the phones have experienced long waits. Nastassia McNair, program manager and Public Health Sudbury and Disctrics, says the region is having a difficult time keeping up with widening vaccine eligibility.

  • Over 10,000 people in the Thunder Bay region received a COVID-19 vaccine last week, TBNewswatch reports. At least 58 per cent of the population has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 14 per cent of the population has been fully immunized, according to data from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

  • The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium announced the return of live music to the facility this winter, with July Talk set to take the stage on December 13, TBNewswatch reports.

  • The City of Thunder Bay has rescinded the state of emergency declaration that has been in place since February 2, TBNewswatch reports. The state of emergency was declared in response to a COVID-19 outbreak among people living with homelessness and those vulnerably housed, and allowed the city to request assistance from other levels of government in order to manage the outbreak.

  • 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

  • There have been some good COVID-19 numbers in eastern Ontario recently: total active cases in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region dropped to 14 on Tuesday, down from 95 on June 7, The Review Newspaper reports. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe said on Tuesday that there are zero active cases in the southern portion of Akwesasne, marking only the second time since the beginning of the pandemic, the Kingston Whig Standard reports.

  • In-person driving road tests, including the G and G2, are set to resume on Monday, June 14, Global News reports, following an announcement from the provincial government. (TVO.org has previously reported on the challenges for drivers in eastern Ontario and across the province who are facing massive testing backlogs and cancellations.)

  • Some Ottawa parents are worried about the effect of school closures on their childrens’ learning, reports CTV News. One parent noted, “You know, with two little boys, there isn’t much learning going on over here.” A new provincial analysis shows that Ontario public school students are likely two to three months behind in their learning.

  • Others in Ottawa spoke to CTV News about their excitement for the first step of the provincial reopening on Friday, which will include outdoor dining. To help avoid crowding, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson urged residents to make a reservation if they plan to visit a patio this weekend. He also said that Ottawa Bylaw and police will have an increased presence to look for any people violating the regulations.

  • In the Ottawa Valley, small- and medium-sized businesses are being given COVID-19 rapid testing kits by the local chamber of commerce, CTV News reports. The chamber of commerce says that it hopes employees will test themselves at least twice a week to help catch any asymptomatic spread.

Southwestern

  • According to CBC London, there were 8 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Middlesex London Health Unit on Tuesday, and no additional deaths. 

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