COVID-19: What you need to know for May 27

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 27, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 1,135 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 527,180 since the pandemic began; 1,072 people are in hospital, 650 of them in intensive care, and 452 on ventilators. To date, 8,697 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 37 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 61 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 119 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,773 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 143,748 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 8,530,698 since December 2020. 7,340,990 people have received only one dose, and 594,854 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.
  • Several Ontario school boards said Wednesday that they would be able to resume in-person learning with a few days' notice if the government decides to send students back to classrooms for the last month of the academic year, reports CP24.

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  • A new report released by Ontario's Financial Accountability Office revealed Ontario will not meet its goal of creating 15,000 new long-term care beds by 2024, reports the Globe and Mail. The Financial Accountability Office also said that the 30,000 new beds the province has promised to add over 10 years won’t be enough to meet the demands of a growing and aging population.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 26, there are 353 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 165,674 since the pandemic began; 942 of them are in hospital (35 new). In total, 3,348 people have died (seven new).
  • More than 100 pharmacies in Toronto are yet to receive the promised supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the head of the Ontario Pharmacists Association says that the delay could result in some doses expiring before they can be used, reports CP24.

  • Yesterday, the City of Toronto launched VaxTO campaign. According to a news release, the campaign will use texts, emails, voice broadcasts, telephone town halls and targeted multilingual social media advertising to provide information to Torontonians about when and how they can be vaccinated.

  • Yesterday, the City of Toronto opened an additional 1,080 vaccination appointment bookings for today, Thursday, May 27, at the City-run immunization clinic in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The appointments are available to anyone age 12 or older and can be booked by residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

  • As of Tuesday, May 25 over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the Peel region, according to Peel Public Health. According to Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, the region is currently sitting at 69 per cent first dose coverage for those aged 18-plus, with expectations to hit 75 per cent sometime this week, reports the Brampton Guardian

  • Four employees at Brampton grocery stores, as well as a Shoppers Drug Mart location, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Brampton Guardian.

  • Hamilton News reports the public school board will use up to $6 million in reserve funds to keep in-person classes smaller this fall. The aim is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and give more attention to students behind on curriculum after pandemic interruptions to learning.

  • COVID-19 killed two more people younger than 60 in Hamilton. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, officials announced their deaths Wednesday. One person was in their 30s and one in their 50s. Only 12 of the 380 people the coronavirus killed in Hamilton have been younger than 60 (about three per cent).

  • The Spectator also reports that while most residents and staff in long-term care homes are vaccinated against the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreaks continue in some of the city's homes. Experts say the virus poses a much lower risk in LTC now, but that health officials will have to be mindful of how long they remain effective, including against new variants of COVID-19.

  • On the vaccination front in Hamilton, about 1,900 people are currently eligible for a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 10 weeks after their first. The recommended time is 12 weeks but thousands of doses are set to expire at the end of May, the Spectator reports. Health officials say the risk of a specific type of blood clot from the vaccine is very low and especially low for people who already got one dose. They also say getting the shot early makes it slightly less effective.

  • Three racialized business owners tell Hamilton News they're expecting a longer haul to recover from COVID-19's economic impacts than white-owned businesses due to systemic barriers and what they say are gaps in government support.

  • Hospitals in Niagara are working to clear a backlog of surgeries, including 1,200 cataract operations, 500 joint replacements, 230 hernia surgeries and 46 hysterectomies, the St. Catharines Standard reports. Niagara hospitals, still over-capacity in intensive care, are expected to ramp up to full activity by late June. The speed at which they clear the backlog will largely be dependent on the number of COVID-19 patients they care for.

  • Farmers and health officials tell the Standard migrant farmworkers should be much safer from COVID-19 this year thanks to more rigorous infection prevention controls, and an inspection regime to ensure those are followed.

Indigenous

  • As of May 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 2,095 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
  • As of May 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 459,380 doses have been administered.
  • There will be an Indigenous youth COVID-19 vaccination clinic on May 30 and June 6, for First Nation, Inuit, and Metis individuals 12-15 years of age. Call Ottawa Public Health to book an appointment.

  • 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

  • The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting 29 new COVID cases and 45 resolved cases for an active case count of 311 in the region.
  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reported nine new cases in its region for a total of 81 cases. There are 45 cases in Moosonee, 21 in Fort Albany, 14 in Moose Factory and one in Attawapiskat.
  • The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is currently treating a total of 11 COVID-19 patients, including five patients in its Intensive Care Unit, TBNewswatch reports. Three patients are from the Thunder Bay District, while the remaining 8 patients are from other areas, including 6 patients from Manitoba. The hospital is operating at 80 per cent capacity, up from 74 per cent last Friday.

  • Thunder Bay residents looking to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine have more options now that 18 pharmacies in the city are now administering either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, TBNewswatch reports.

  • The Northwestern Health Unit is looking to boost vaccine uptake in certain areas according to TBNewswatch. At least 57.1 per cent of the region’s eligible population 12 years-old and up has received at least one vaccine, but vaccine uptake among seniors in the health unit’s catchment is 10 per cent lower than in the neighbouring health unit, and the NWHU’s medical officer of health, Kit Young Hoon, says they are looking to address concerns “that are out there.”

Eastern

  • In a COVID-19 outbreak at Centre d’accueil Champlain, a long-term care home in Ottawa, 35 people — including six residents — have contracted the virus, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
  • On Wednesday, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Vera Etches, said that levels of COVID-19 have fallen low enough to allow students to return to in-person learning, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Etches said that although the city doesn’t track what per cent of educators are vaccinated, she believes that most teachers and staff have had a shot.
  • Ottawa Bylaw officers issued seven $880 tickets at illegal gatherings over the long weekend, including for gatherings at private homes and in Kanata park, CTV News reports. (Gatherings of more than five people are forbidden under current provincial orders.)
  • Some residents who received a vaccine as part of an AstraZeneca vaccination pilot program in the Kingston region are seeing difficulties in getting their second dose, Global News reports. While 13 Shoppers Drug Marts in the region offered the first dose, only three will offer the second. As for the five Loblaw’s and No Frills which participated in giving first doses, none will be giving the second.

Southwestern

  • Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 46 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, as the provincial case count dropped below 1,100 for the second straight day, reports the London Free Press
  • Lambton Public Health reported just one new case of COVID-19 Thursday morning, reports Blackburn News.


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