COVID-19: What you need to know for May 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 03, 2021

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This article was last updated on Monday at 5:05 p.m.

Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 3,436 new cases in Ontario, for a total of  473,901 since the pandemic began; 1,925 people are in hospital, 889 of them in intensive care, and 611 on ventilators. To date, 8,118 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 50 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 56 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 170 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,760 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 53,880 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,378,249 since December 2020. 4,626,439 people have received only one dose, and 375,905 people have received both doses
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • On Sunday, the Ontario government announced that as of today, at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 and over in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. CP24 reports that minutes after bookings opened at 8:00 a.m., the site showed an estimated wait of more than an hour, with tens of thousands of users in the queue.
  • In addition, the government announced that beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. individuals turning 50 and over in 2021; individuals with high-risk health conditions; people who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, through the provincial online booking system and call centre or directly through public health units that use their own booking system:
  • Over the weekend, the Ontario government announced that 40 Per Cent of Ontario Adults Have Received At Least One Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. A statement issued by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, notes that Ontario is on track to offer first dose vaccinations to ten million people by the end of June with a steady supply of vaccines from the federal government.
  • Ontario is extending its college and university tuition freeze for residents by another year, reports CP24.The province says it wants to protect students' and families' pocketbooks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 3, there are 3,111 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 151,197 since the pandemic began; 1,142 of them are in hospital (201 new). In total, 3,115 people have died (31 new). Today's data includes new cases and outcomes since April 30
  • Peel Region has launched a vaccine stand-by list that will allow residents to take advantage of leftover doses at COVID-19 clinics, reports CTV News.
  • York Region Public Health said Sunday that it is not booking appointments for individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 in hot spots at this time due to a lack of supply. CP24 has provided a breakdown of who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in York Region
  • Toronto Public Health confirmed to the Toronto Star that it is investigating COVID-19 cases linked to a quarantine hotel near Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Public Health did not disclose how many confirmed cases are associated with the hotel.

  • People aged 18 and up in Hamilton and Niagara's "hot spot" postal codes can book COVID-19 vaccinations today. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, residents in the provincially-identified L9C and L8W can book through the province's portal, whereas residents in L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N and L9K can book through Hamilton's public health COVID-19 hotline.

  • A Hamilton COVID-19 survivor told CHCH News he is grateful to be alive after being discharged from hospital after a near-two-week stay on Friday. The 43-year-old says he was initially hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but not anymore, and that he wants people to know the coronavirus is a real threat.

  • Hamilton police say they're investigating "the source" of a Stoney Creek protest against public health measures after it occurred on Saturday. As the Spectator reports, about 150-200 people attended in close contact to one another, many without wearing masks. Protesters claim, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, that public health measures such as lockdowns and wearing masks do not work to prevent COVID-19.

  • In Niagara, new daily case counts continue to be in the triple digits with people aged 20-39 and 40-59 making up about two-thirds of active cases, the St. Catharines Standard reports. While more dangerous variants make up about 60 per cent of cases, acting medical officer of health Dr. Mustafa Hirji says outbreaks have been less severe than during the second surge of COVID-19, thanks to vaccinations.

Indigenous

  • As of April 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 684 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 317 COVID-19 related deaths in total across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, First Nations communities in Ontario have had a total of 1,900 COVID-19 cases.
  • As of April 30, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 661 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 369,497 doses have been administered. ISC reminds the urban Indigenous population that First Nations living off-reserve, Inuit, and Métis are or will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services. ISC is aware of vaccinations already taking place in several urban centres, including Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Whitehorse.
  • Urban Indigenous community members aged 55+ who reside in the Greater Sudbury area can now call to book a vaccination appointment through the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre.
  • 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.
  • Six Nation Health Services is offering one-hour webinars with vaccine educators so that community members can get their vaccine-related questions answered. Webinars are taking place today at 12 p.m. and continuing until May 5.
  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for Indigenous adults 16 years of age or older, living in Thunder Bay, through the Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic.
  • 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.
  • May 4 at 3.p.m EST the First Nations Health Manager’s Association will be hosting a webinar on system anti-Indigenous racism in health care during COVID-19.

Northern

  • According to Public Health Sudbury and Districts, there are eight active workplace COVID-19 outbreaks as of April 30, including one at Sudbury jail, a daycare, and the fourth floor of Health Sciences North.
  • On Sunday, Public Health Sudbury & Districts reported a COVID-19 related death in Greater Sudbury. A total of 28 deaths have now been reported across the public health unit's service area since the beginning of the pandemic

Eastern

  • Ottawa resident Ravideep Kaur spoke with CBC News about being separated from her seven year old son and husband, who traveled to India, but due to the flight ban into Canada, the pair are now unable to return home. "I feel devastated, I feel depressed and I feel emotionally weak. I don't know when I'll get to see them again," she says.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak at Belleville General Hospital has now spread to 11 people, which includes six staff members and five patients, Global News reports. The outbreak was first declared last Tuesday, with three staff members infected.
  • Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell has tested positive for COVID-19, but he says that he’s doing well and is in quarantine at his home in South Glengarry, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The MPP also shared in a statement that he was recently vaccinated, but less than two weeks ago.
  • Kingston city council is joining neighboring municipalities in asking the premier to censure the independent MPP Randy Hillier for his spreading of COVID-19 disinformation, the Ottawa Citizen reports. “He is trying to get his 15 minutes of fame by preying upon folks who are frustrated, anxious and ignorant of the issues,” said city councilor Wayne Hill. ”He is doing this by disavowing the science that is supported by public health officials, doctors and other scientists, and in sewing this mistrust, his impact may very well last well beyond this pandemic.”

Southwestern

  • Windsor will be getting two pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in area codes that are considered hot spots for the virus, CBC Windsor reports.
  • Another Sunday and another church service in Aylmer with the number of people attending in excess of the province's lockdown limits for religious gatherings, CBC London reports. Meanwhile, a Woolwich Township church that has also been holding large gatherings on Sunday after a judge granted a temporary injunction requiring it to look its doors on the weekend, CTV Kitchener reports.
  • The OPP have ticketed 10 golfers playing on a course in Tillsonburg for violating rules under the Reopening Ontario Act, CTV London reports.


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