COVID-19: What you need to know for May 28

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 28, 2021

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This article was last updated on Friday at 11:28 a.m.

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 1,273 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 528,453 since the pandemic began; 1,023 people are in hospital, 645 of them in intensive care, and 458 on ventilators. To date, 8,711 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 35 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 61 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 116 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,772 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 159,775 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 8,690,473 since December 2020. 7,440,633 people have received only one dose, and 624,920 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.
  • The province has released its latest vaccine update, which states Ontarians over the age of 80 who haven’t already received their second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to do so starting next week, and those 70-plus will be eligible starting June 14. Read more about the Province's plan on TVO.org
  • Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, David Williams, says that he believes that schools can be reopened safely and has received feedback from all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area public health units indicating that they are “prepared” to have children return to the classroom as soon as next week, reports CP24
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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 27, there are 285 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 166,020 since the pandemic began; 931 of them are in hospital (29 new). In total, 3,354 people have died (six new).
  • The city of Toronto announced the launch of  “Homebound Sprint” to deliver first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to all remaining homebound Toronto residents. According to a news release, the team focused on vaccinating homebound Torontonians in their place of residence has already administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 65 per cent of those residents, in many cases also vaccinating the resident’s essential caregiver at the same time.
  • Nearly 100 Toronto pharmacies will receive limited supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine today, just four days ahead of their expiry, reports CP24

  • The Toronto Star reports that volunteer staff at a downtown Toronto pop-up vaccine clinic are in shock after they were harassed for hours Wednesday by hundreds of angry people demanding second doses of the coronavirus vaccine. The Star reports that the pop-up clinic in Chinatown’s Cecil Community Centre was only vaccinating people who live or work in the surrounding area who had yet to receive a COVID-19 shot, but more than 200 people, who had already gotten their first doses, many of them arriving in luxury vehicles, some coming from a half-hour drive away on Wednesday, demanded the clinic give them shots.
  • Cam Woodburne, an employee with the Toronto Transit Commission who worked for more than two decades has died after a month-long battle with COVID-19 reports CP24. In a note sent to TTC staff Thursday, CEO Rick Leary said Woodburne will be remembered for his “warmth and friendliness.”
  • Hamilton Health Sciences is set to open its mobile health unit Monday, though it's possible the hospital will remain on standby and not accept patients for the time being. As TVO.org's Hamilton-Niagara reporter Justin Chandler found, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's field hospital in Toronto has paused accepting patients as the strain on Ontario's hospital system is lessening. Hospital officials tell TVO.org the facilities will be ready to help Ontario hospital systems should the need arise, and that they are much more sophisticated than their army-green exteriors may suggest.

  • As the Hamilton Spectator reports, nurses are planning to rally against legislation suppressing their wages, as doctors temporarily get up to $450 to work in hospitals during COVID-19 surges. The highest-paid nurses in the province get $48.53 hourly, while new nurses get $33.90. They stopped getting pandemic pay over eight months ago. The Ministry of Health says the temporary envelope of pay ($125 to $450/hour) for doctors is not pandemic pay, but a way to avoid doctors having to track and bill OHIP for the work they do during intense periods of work. Nurses are one of the unions fighting Bill 124, which restricts public sector raises to one per cent each year for three years. TVO's union, the Canadian Media Guild, is one of over 40 unions also fighting against Bill 124.

  • Scarsin Forecasting estimates that if Hamilton schools re-open Monday, there will be 422 new COVID-19 infections, 13 hospitalizations, and one added death, the Spectator reports. While the province mulls over the decision to re-open in-person learning and consults health officials, it has also predicted an increase in cases if schools re-open, possibly 4,000.

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with an increase in overdose deaths and unpredictability in the drug supply, the Spectator wrote about a Hamilton man who survived a coronavirus outbreak in a shelter, then died of a drug overdose.

Indigenous

  • As of May 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 2,101 cases on First Nations reserves in Ontario.
  • As of May 26, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 484,560 doses have been administered.
  • Six Nations youth, 12 to 17 years of age, living on the Six Nations of the Grand River territory are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. To book call the vaccine call centre at 226-227-9288, between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

  • Six Nations of the Grand River has started a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence podcast series. May 27th guest was Kylie Miller sharing her personal vaccine story.

  • 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 Weeneebayko Area Health Authority is reporting five new cases in the James Bay for a total of 75 active cases. There are 36 cases in Moosonee, 23 in Fort Albany, 13 in Moosone Factory, two in Attawaiskat and one in Kashechewan.
  • The Porcupine Health Unit is reporting 19 new cases and 65 resolved cases for a total of 280 active cases in the area.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts says between May 20 and 26 there were 19 new cases reported and 35 resolved alongside five active outbreaks. By May 26, there were 31 active cases, two of which were hospitalized.
  • Local leaders in Thunder Bay are frustrated over the province’s lack of a clear school reopening plan, TBNewswatch reports. The city’s medical officer of health, Janet DeMille, has said she would like to see students return to in-person learning. “Our case numbers are so low at this time, I wouldn’t necessarily anticipate an increase in our case numbers here,” said DeMille.

Eastern

  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health is reminding residents to be vigilant until they receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, stating she is aware that people “need more guidance” about how to they should behave with only a single shot, CBC News reports. According to a pre-print study released last week, there is a major difference in protection against the virus variant common in Ontario between having just one dose and both.
  • The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is creating an extra dose sign-up list for people who have not yet had a first vaccine or for Indigenous people who are being prioritized to receive their second dose, the Belleville Intelligencer reports. The list will allow residents to be called for last-minute or same-day appointments at various clinics across the district.
  • The Kingston region health unit reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, marking the second time this week, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. Active cases in the region were down to 23, as of Thursday.
  • Ottawa-area businesses told CTV News that they are frustrated about the slow return to operations under Ontario’s reopening plan. In Gatineau, hair salons opened last week, while in Ottawa, owners may hope to reopen sometime in July. “Our livelihood is dependent on what the decisions are made and if they were aligned with one belief system then I think they would have the trust of the public to follow these protocols,” said one salon owner in Ottawa.

Southwestern

  • Long-term care home workers in Chatham-Kent continue to lag well behind their peers across Ontario in being vaccinated against COVID-19 because of “unscientific beliefs,” says David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health. According to Colby, approximately 60 per cent of workers at local long-term care and retirement homes have received at least one dose, reports the London Free Press
  • As of Thursday morning, 52,677 doses had been administered in Chatham-Kent. That included doses given at pharmacies and primary-care providers, as well as by the vaccination team. There were 50,283 Chatham-Kent residents who’d received at least one dose, reports Chatham Daily News. 

  • Lambton Public Health reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, reports Blackburn News. 


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