COVID-19: What you need to know for May 25

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on May 25, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 1,039 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 524,950 since the pandemic began; 1,025 people are in hospital, 692 of them in intensive care, and 498 on ventilators. To date, 8,655 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 35 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 51 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 102 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,771 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 86,927 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 8,251,642 since December 2020. 7,163,066 people have received only one dose, and 544,288 people have received both doses.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  •  Ontario residents who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in mid-March will be able to book their second shot this week as the province seeks to use up its stockpile before it expires, reports CP24

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  • As of 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021, youth aged 12 and over across Ontario became eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking.

  • The Ontario government announced that friends and family can now visit long-term care homes to see residents for an outdoor visit. More details about the visitor policy can be found here

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 21, there are 461 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 163,990 since the pandemic began; 979 of them are in hospital (29 new). In total, 3,307 people have died (11 new). 
  • The city of Toronto announced that its vaccination partners have administered at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 65 per cent of all Toronto adults age 18 or older.
  • The Brampton Guardian reports that some public health units are giving outdated COVID-19 safety guidance. A Torstar review of the websites of 10 public health departments in the GTA and surrounding area — including Durham — found seven of them made no mention of aerosol transmission in fact sheets about COVID-19’s spread. Four of the 10 agencies continued to disseminate outdated safety information that some experts say may actually be dangerous.
  • This past week,'s Hamilton-Niagara reporter Justin Chandler told The Agenda With Steve Paikin and The 905er Podcast that apartment outbreaks in the city have tenants worried and onlookers questioning how COVID-19 is spreading in multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Restaurateurs tell the Hamilton Spectator they're optimistic about Ontario's re-opening plan, noting they want to be careful and will need prep time before they can get welcome diners. Owners who will have to wait longer to re-open stress the financial hardship they're facing.
  • Niagara Falls' mayor and two Niagara business owners told The Agenda Friday that the region's economy is still hurting from a lack of tourism, something they hope will change once the province re-opens more activities and businesses.

  • Today, CHCH News reports, Niagara-area hospitals will resume day surgeries and outpatient procedures.


  • As of May 23, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 2,077 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
  • As of May 21, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 457,160 doses have been administered.
  • As of May 18, Indigenous Services Canada is reporting that the rate of reported active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations people living on a reserve is currently 112 per cent of the rate for the general Canadian population, the COVID-19 case fatality rate among First Nations people living on a reserve is 63 per cent of the case fatality rate in the general Canadian population and 96 per cent of First Nations people living on a reserve who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

  • As of May 20, Six Nations of the Grand River is reporting 2 active cases in the community.

  • As of May 21, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is reporting 0 active cases of COVID. They have administered 3,318 first doses of the COVID vaccine and 2,021 members have had first and second doses completed.

  • All Indigenous adults age 16 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.

  • In preparation for Indigenous youth vaccinations, the Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic, in Thunder Bay, is taking registration for youth 12 years of age 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+, as well as their spouses and family household members, can book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the St. Laurent Complex, in Ottawa.

  • 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.

  • The Province of Ontario announced that all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people may get their second vaccine dose of COVID vaccine sooner than 16 weeks. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health has announced that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) phone line staff will call all Indigenous people who received their first vaccination to rebook their second dose appointment. They started calling people on May 14, starting with those who got their first dose early on, and will gradually work their way forward to those who got their first dose more recently. If you received your first vaccine dose prior to March 10, you may not be on the list for a phone call.


  • Algoma Public Health is reporting two COVID-related deaths over the May long weekend. The region's fifth death since the start of the pandemic was announced Sunday, while the sixth death was reported on Monday. As of Monday, there are 38 active cases in the region.
  • COVID vaccine appointments today in Greater Sudbury and Chapleau are being rescheduled due to a shipment delay. Anyone with appointments at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Greater Sudbury will be rescheduled to May 27, while those scheduled today at the Chapleau Recreation Centre will be rescheduled to May 26. Neither clinic will change the time or location of the appointment. If you are unable to attend the clinic on the rescheduled days you can call 705-674-2299 or toll-free at 1-800-708-2505.
  • The Porcupine Health Unit reported 129 new cases over the long weekend and an outbreak at Ontario Power Generation in Timmins. There are 275 active cases within the health unit, of which 208 are in Timmins and 60 within the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority's region in the James Bay.
  • Two health units in northwestern Ontario reported single-digit COVID-19 cases over the long weekend. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 4 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 25 active cases as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Northwestern Health Unit reported 3 COVID-19 cases in the Kenora region over the weekend, for a total of 29 active cases as of Tuesday.

  • Two Thunder Bay MPPs who pushed the province to take a regional approach to reopening have expressed disappointment in the province’s new reopening plan, TBNewswatch reports.


  • An Ottawa pediatrician is urging Ontario to reopen schools to in-person learning, citing the mental health, physical health, and “academic” crisis among students. With schools closed since mid-April, Dr. Jane Liddle told CTV News that the problems for youth have been escalating.
  • In Brockville, residents headed outdoors on the May long weekend, following an easing of some COVID-19 restrictions, the Brockville Recorder & Times reports. Splash pads, for instance, were able to reopen as of Saturday in Ontario, CTV News reports. (Kingston’s splash pads will open Wednesday, according to the Kingston Whig-Standard).
  • Vineyards have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Press reports. Caroline Granger says that the pandemic has damaged all aspects of the small winery she runs in Hillier, Prince Edward County, with her daughter. “I'm a farmer and a worrier and I love to make up all the bad things that could possibly happen and I could never imagine such a perfect storm,” she said.
  • Cornwall native and AHL linesman, Jesse Pletsch, 32, is recovering from a heart transplant performed earlier this month at the University of Michigan Hospital, the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports. After catching COVID-19 in September, Pletsch was put into a medically-induced coma, while he recovered kidney function, yet the virus activated a gene that impacts heart elasticity, which led to Pletsch needing a heart transplant.


  • Chatham-Kent public health has announced 200 additional vaccination appointments for Tuesday’s clinic at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, reports Chatham Daily News
  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 97 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend, with 63 cases logged Saturday and 34 recorded Sunday, reports CBC London.

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