- Per today's government report, there are 2,362 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 504,533 since the pandemic began; 1,582 people are in hospital, 777 of them in intensive care, and 560 on ventilators. To date, 8,431 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 36 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 57 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 120 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,765 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 141,765 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 6,771,128 since December 2020. 5,940,066 people have received only one dose, and 415,531 people have received both doses.
- The Ontario government announced yesterday that it will be extending the stay-at-home order until June 2. It also announced that youth aged 12 to 17 will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine as of May 31.
- The province announced yesterday that it is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 "to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant."
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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of May 13, there are 691 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 159,347 since the pandemic began; 1,063 of them are in hospital (62 new). In total, 3,238 people have died (15 new).
- Toronto Public Health's dashboard now indicates how the vaccine rollout is progressing in different neighbourhoods.
- The City of Toronto announced today that it is extending the cancellation of in-person city-led and city-permitted outdoor events until September 6.
- Physical-distancing circles have made a return to Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park.
- Secondary students with the Toronto District School Board will be be using the quadmester model during the 2021-2022 academic year, CTV News reports. In a memo, the board said that it has been necessary to develop a timetable that “meets both the anticipated public health measures and students’ needs.”
- Hamilton public-health officials say they'll offer residents of Rebecca Towers (the apartment building at the site of a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected at least 109 people) more vaccination appointments if needed. As CBC Hamilton reports, residents have said the 150 shots set aside at the FirstOntario Centre mass-vaccination site weren't enough.
- A CBC News analysis of more than 2,100 patient transfers this year found that air-ambulance service Ornge and local paramedic services moved patients as far as 1,400 kilometres while Ontario's hospital system struggled with capacity. In April alone, 1,133 patients were moved, most leaving the GTA. About 200 patients came to Hamilton-area hospitals.
- St. Catharines Liberal MP Chris Bittle tells the St. Catharines Standard that it would be a challenge to impose hotel quarantine requirements on non-essential travellers crossing at land borders. There are 120 land crossings between Canada and the United States, many in rural areas not near hotels. Even in Niagara, some crossings aren't near hotels, Bittle says, making the Ontario government's call for Ottawa to require a three-day quarantine for land-border crossers difficult to implement. Travel spread continues to be one of the lowest sources of COVID-19 spread.
- As of May 13, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 2,036 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
- Starting yesterday, Pfizer vaccines became available for those 12 and up at Anishnawbe Health, in Toronto.
- Neskantaga First Nation has declared a state of emergency after two positive cases were confirmed in the community.
- The owner of Dawson Heights Pharmacy in Thunder Bay says he expects a shipment of Pfizer vaccines ready to administer late next week, after not having received a shipment of vaccines in two weeks due to the province’s decision to increase vaccine shipments to hot-spot locations, TBNewswatch reports.
- Public Health Agency of Canada advised residents of Angle Inlet, a community of about 100 people in Minnesota on Lake of the Woods, have been advised to go to Kenora to get essential items such as groceries, instead of travelling through Manitoba back to the U.S., Kenora Daily Miner & News reports.
- A patient’s death has been linked to a COVID-19 outbreak at Belleville General Hospital, the Belleville Intelligencer reports. The outbreak was reported on April 27 and began on the Quinte 5 medical unit before a second outbreak was declared in the hospital’s ICU.
- The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning of a phone scam referencing COVID-19 vaccinations and demanding payment for booking, the Cornwall Seaway News reports. “Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine is free. If you receive a call requesting financial information to receive the vaccine, please hang up immediately and do not provide any personal information such as your health card or credit card number,” the health unit said in a statement.
- On Thursday, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra asked Peterborough residents to remain vigilant after the provincial government extended the lockdown until June 2, Global News reports. “Fifteen months into this pandemic I understand people are weary. I also understand the toll and sacrifice this pandemic has imparted on our business community. But this is not the time to give up,” she said.
- As a part of efforts to alleviate hospital capacity issues, Kingston General Hospital received the third most patient transfers, of any Ontario hospital, since the start of the year, according to reporting by the CBC. “We basically take anything that we get told to take,” said Renate Ilse, Kingston Health Sciences Centre's vice-president of patient care. “Anybody that is kind of quiet, quieter, helps out.”
- Some business owners of outdoor activities in Ottawa, such as boating and golf courses, are questioning the provincial government’s decision to keep them shut for at least another two weeks, CBC News reports.
- London’s medical officer of health, Chris Mackie, says the Middlesex-London Health Unit is aiming to vaccinate 12- to 17-year-old children by late June. The London Free Press reports that the health unit will work with local school boards to roll out the vaccines.
- The CEO and chief nursing officer for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Theresa Marentette, relayed good news to the Windsor Star yesterday: expanded vaccine eligibility and general vaccination progress has been “moving well. The uptake in our area has been going very well.” To date, around 55 per cent of the region’s adults have received at least one dose.
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