COVID-19: What you need to know for May 31

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on May 31, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 916 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 531,459 since the pandemic began; 731 people are in hospital, 617 of them in intensive care, and 382 on ventilators. To date, 8,757 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 29 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 57 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 105 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 97,747 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 9,082,025 since December 2020. 7,668,361 people have received only one dose, and 706,832 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 Ontario government announced that it will table a motion today, that, if passed, would appoint Kieran Moore as the next Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario. Moore would succeed David Williams effective June 26, 2021. Since July 1, 2017, Moore has served as the local medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health.  Moore is also a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.

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  • Ontario will allow spectators inside Scotiabank Arena for the final and decisive game in the NHL playoff series between Toronto and Montreal on Monday night as Quebec allowed on Saturday. CP24 reports that public health officials in Quebec allowed 2,500 spectators inside Montreal’s Bell Centre on Saturday. Asked if they would do the same, an Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Tourism, Culture and Sport spokesperson said it was just not possible for Monday.

  • Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is recommending the province reopen schools on a regional basis. In a statement posted online Saturday morning in response to Premier Doug Ford’s request for advice on the matter, the science table said schools that reopen should “vigorously” maintain public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, reports the Toronto Star.

  •  Canada is set to receive 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks in large part to an increase in planned deliveries from Pfizer and Moderna, reports CP24. 2.4 million of the vaccines will come from Pfizer and 500,000 will come from Moderna. 

  • Health Canada has extended the expiry date of roughly 45,000 AstraZeneca doses that were supposed to expire on Monday by a month, according to the Ontario government. CTV News reports that this Saturday, the Ministry of Health released a statement stating that Health Canada had extended the shelf life of specific lots of AstraZeneca vaccines from six months to seven months, following the review of stability data.

  • CTV News reports that the Ontario Government has extended certain orders under its Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act within the province, which includes a ban on recreational camping. The extension will see the prohibition of recreational camping on public lands, a ban on recreational interprovincial border crossings, the continuation of redeployment of staff and patients between Ontario hospitals as necessary, and the enforcement of COVID-19 measures until at least June 16, 2021.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area 

  • According to data as of May 28, there are 280 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 166,256 since the pandemic began; 909 of them are in hospital (29 new). In total, 3,362 people have died (eight new).
  • On Saturday, the City of Toronto announced that it had administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 50 per cent of Torontonians age 16 to 19. According to a news release, many of the 62,601 people age 16 to 19 who have now received their first dose of vaccine were vaccinated within the last week at one of the City-run, partner-run or pop-up clinics held across Toronto.
  •  Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have charged six Toronto-area residents after learning about an illegal gathering in a Simcoe County short-term rental over the Victoria Day long weekend, reports CTV News
  • A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic is running from May 28 to June 6 at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton for ages 12 and up, reports the Brampton Guardian

  • As CBC Hamilton reports, the COVID-19 outbreak at Hamilton's Rebecca Towers apartment building is over as of May 27. The virus killed one person and infected 110 people in a series of unfortunate events that has captured the city's attention and highlighted the inequalities facing working-class people during the pandemic. Two more multi-unit residential buildings in Hamilton had outbreaks including Wellington Place, where 45 people were infected before that outbreak was declared over on May 27. The Village Apartments outbreak is ongoing, with 74 cases as of Friday.

  • COVID-19 killed three more people in Hamilton this weekend, with the deaths two people in their 60s and one in their 40s reported Sunday. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, that brings the city's death toll to 386. The number of active cases in the city, 560, is the lowest since March 17 when there were 527 and the seven-day average of daily new cases continues to fall.

  • The Spectator interviewed four families with loved ones in long-term care to find out what loosening restrictions mean for them. Throughout the pandemic, multiple long-term care facilities were the sites of brutal COVID-19 outbreaks, which many say highlighted systemic issues and societal negligence. Now, reunited families share that being able to meet in-person with their loved ones is a much-needed boost to their morale and well-being.

  • While there are still 1,700 seafarers waiting for their vaccines, about 50 received them in Owen Sound, Quebec, the United States and Niagara last week. The St. Catharines Standard reports 17 crew members from two Algoma ships got their shots in Niagara last week. The president of Seafarers International Union of Canada calls it a slow start. COVID-19 vaccinations for seafarers have been complicated by virtue of crew members' mobility and by crew requirements that keep a set number of people on ships at all times. Public health officials in Niagara have told shipping companies to give them notice before they come through the Welland Canal so they can set aside spots at a clinic.

Indigenous

  • As of May 28, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 2,133 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.
  • The Mindimooyenh vaccination clinic in Thunder Bay is now booking appointments for second does vaccination appointments for the urban Indigenous community.

  • For the first time since December 13, 2020, there are zero active cases of COVID-19 in Six Nations of the Grand River.

  • As of May 28, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is reporting 0 active cases of COVID. They have administered 3102 first doses of the COVID vaccine and 2004 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

  • Northeastern Ontario health units are advising of a high-risk exposure at the Baffinland Mary River Mine on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Anyone who attended the mine since April 30 is asked to immediately self-isolate and call their health unit.
  • Eighty-two new COVID cases were reported in the Porcupine Health Unit's area over the weekend. There are 307 active cases in the region as of May 28.
  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority says there are 98 active cases in the James Bay. Of those cases, 41 are in Moosonee, 27 in Fort Albany, 16 in Attawapiskat, 13 in Moose Factory and one in Kashechewan.
  • Operation Remote Immunity 2.0, a provincial initiative to administer vaccines to youth aged 12 to 17 in remote communities, is set to begin this week, TBNewswatch reports.

  • Thunder Bay residents 80 years old and up are eligible to book their second vaccine appointment, TBNewswatch reports. Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can book online through the provincial booking system, while people who received the Moderna vaccine will need to book through a separate link, which the Thunder Bay District Health Unit says will be available on its website Monday afternoon.

  • Over the weekend, the Northwestern Health Unit reported 3 COVID-19 cases, for a total of 21 active cases. To the east, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported 9 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 42 active COVID-19 cases.

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  • An Amazon employee working at the company’s Ottawa warehouse told CBC News that working during the pandemic has been a “nerve-racking” experience, alleging that safety measures such as physical distancing have been ignored during the pandemic. “You know, working closer together, you have to lift more heavy things together.... Not everybody wears a mask properly,” said the worker.
  • No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Kingston region on Sunday, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. The total number of active cases in the region is 11.
  • A drive-thru vaccine clinic in Amherstview, near Kingston, aims to administer 1,200 doses of the vaccine by Monday, Global News reports. “It was a little nerve-wracking at first, you know, giving vaccines to people and making sure you hit the right spot,” said a pharmacy technician employed there.

Southwestern

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit is rushing to offer seniors 80 and older a chance to bump up their second dose appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine, but may not be able to make the Monday target the province has set because of limitations in its online booking system and vaccine supply, reports the London Free Press
  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 57 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend, with 35 cases logged Saturday and 22 recorded Sunday, reports CBC London


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