COVID-19: What you need to know for May 26

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 26, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 1,095 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 526,045 since the pandemic began; 1,073 people are in hospital, 672 of them in intensive care, and 469 on ventilators. To date, 8,678 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 33 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 49 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 95 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 135,308 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 8,386,950 since December 2020. 7,248,316 people have received only one dose, and 569,317 people have received both doses.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
JMM COVID Graph
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it will be providing one-time funding of $3 million to the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) as part of the province’s efforts to support the film, television, and new media industries, as they continue to deal with the daily impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The approximately 90,000 people who got their first shot of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 became eligible to book their follow-up appointment on Tuesday but many have already taken to social media to complain after discovering that the pharmacy where they received their first shot is not administering second doses, reports CP24. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones told CP24 that the province does have “sufficient supply” but will be distributing the vaccine to fewer pharmacies than it did during March’s pilot project as part of a “cluster” approach.

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  • Health officials in Ontario have recorded the first death of a person with a rare blood clot who received a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in April, reports CP24. According to Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Barbara Yaffe  the man in his 40s received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine “toward the end of April” and died a “few weeks later.”

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 25, there are 1,485 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 165,440 since the pandemic began; 944 of them are in hospital (127 new). In total, 3,341 people have died (36 new). Data as of May 25 includes new cases and outcomes since May 21. Toronto Public Health notes that the number of people newly hospitalized is over-reported by 28 due to quality assurance completed over the weekend. And the number of people in ICU and intubated is also over-reported due to quality assurance work completed.
  • This morning, Toronto mayor John Tory announced that Team Toronto has now administered more than two million COVID-19 vaccine doses. According to a news release, Toronto is the first local health region in Canada to administer more than two million vaccine doses and this news comes shortly after Toronto confirmed more than 65 per cent of eligible adults have received at least their first dose of vaccine. 
  • The Toronto Star reports that hot-spot neighbourhoods in Ontario are seeing lower COVID-19 vaccination rates for seniors over 80 than neighbourhoods with lower incidence of the virus — indicating the most at-risk populations are still being missed for the vaccine.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reports Hamilton's weekly rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people (114 as of May 23) is above the rate Ontario's medical officer of health floated as a potential metric by which schools could open for in-person learning. He suggested Tuesday that in areas where the weekly rate of new cases is below 100 per 100,000, it may be worth opening schools before the term's end.

  • Hamilton life sciences graduate Cha Cha Yang tells the Spectator she launched a training program to help students share accurate information during the pandemic. She says over 70 students from more than 30 schools have participated. Her organization also works with community groups to distribute vaccine information in 10 languages.

  • Ontario's chief coroner is investigating sudden deaths due to COVID-19 at a home in Hamilton and in Haldimand and Norfolk. The deaths occurred in April, but all the public knows is that fewer than 10 people died in both areas combined, the Spectator reports. Overall, 29 people died suddenly from the coronavirus in April and 17 had in May, as of May 18.

  • The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is investigating the May 20 death of a migrant worker who had COVID-19. CBC Hamilton reports health officials wouldn't say where Fausto Ramirez Plazas contracted the coronavirus, despite repeated tests for it and a two-week quarantine upon his arrival to Canada, which migrant farmworkers are undergoing.

  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says people who got the AstraZeneca vaccine and are now eligible for another dose should feel comfortable getting it, despite the risk of rare blood clots now being known. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, he says the already low risk of clotting is probably 20 times lower with the second dose.

Indigenous

  • 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 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.

Northern

Eastern

  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting its second consecutive day of less than 50 new COVID-19 infections, as overall levels of the virus drops in the city, Global News reports. Wastewater trends are also going down, CTV News reports, though the number of deaths did not drop in May. Fifty-one COVID-19 deaths have been reported in May to date, compared to 41 in April.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly accelerated at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Global News reports. An outbreak was first declared on May 17, involving six inmates in various parts of the jail. As of Tuesday afternoon, the outbreak had grown to 131 confirmed cases, involving 122 inmates and nine staff members.
  • Hastings Prince Edward Health reported just four new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to Quinte News. The region is moving toward 50 per cent of adults having received at least one dose of the vaccine, at 46 per cent as of Tuesday.

Southwestern

  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has added a potential COVID-19 exposure point. The health unit has asked that anyone who visited the TD Bank branch on Notre Dame Street in Belle River between May 12 to May 18 to self-monitor for symptoms over a 14-day period, reports Blackburn News
  • London’s mayor and chief medical officer of health are pushing the province for more COVID-19 vaccines, saying the area is by now about 20,000 doses short of what it should have received since the start of the rollout, reports the London Free Press. According to the medical officer of health, Chris Mackie, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has the capacity at its four mass vaccinations to deliver about 7,000 shots a day but is stuck doing about 3,500 because of the supply shortfall. 

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