COVID-19: What you need to know for May 6

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on May 06, 2021



This article was last updated on Thursday at 5:37 p.m.


  • Per today's government report, there are 3,424 new cases in Ontario, for a total of  483,057 since the pandemic began; 1,964 people are in hospital, 877 of them in intensive care, and 600 on ventilators. To date, 8,213 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 46 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 62 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 163 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,762 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 141,038 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 5,740,761 since December 2020. 4,971,583 people have received only one dose, and 384,589 people have received both doses.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • The Ontario government announced that is further expanding its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan with the launch of mobile vaccine units for small to medium-sized businesses in hot spot communities. According to a statement, these mobile units will begin offering vaccinations in Toronto, York and Peel at select businesses that have employees who cannot work from home and have a history or risk of outbreaks. Each public health unit will determine the small to medium-sized businesses where mobile units will be deployed.
  • People aged 50 and older across Ontario are among a number of new groups who can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting today, reports CP24. The province announced Wednesday the 50-and-older age group, in addition to those with high-risk health conditions, and a number of employees who cannot work from home are now eligible to get the shot.

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  • The province says it is on track to administer first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 per cent of Ontario residents aged 18 and older by the end of May, reports CP24. During a vaccine briefing on Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed that thanks to consistent supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, about 65 per cent of all Ontario adults should receive their first shot by the end of the month.

  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford has approached the governor of Michigan about the possibility of having essential workers who cross the border from Canada vaccinated against COVID-19 stateside, reports CBC News.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to data as of May 6, there are 1,047 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 154,121 since the pandemic began; 1,163 of them are in hospital (71 new). In total, 3,149 people have died (11 new).
  • Global News reported that workers and managers at the Canada Post facility in Mississauga held a retirement party for a departing postal worker in April, as COVID-19 cases rose in the region. On April 21, a source said another event was held at the Toronto “exchange” office, a different Canada Post facility. Six days later, Peel Region’s public health department ordered the third shift to isolate at home for 10 days because of 12 cases of COVID-19, the same shift where the celebration took place.
  • More than a thousand patients were transferred, mostly from the GTA, to hospitals across the province over the month of April, reports the Toronto Star. The transfers skyrocketed up from around 200-250 per month from January to March, with the most patients sent from hard-hit Brampton Civic, Etobicoke General and Humber River to hospitals as far away as Ottawa and Owen Sound, according to data provided by Ornge.
  • Almost every appointment at Toronto's city-run COVID-19 sites has been booked for the month of May, says Mayor John Tory. The city will make another 60,000 appointments available today as the province begins allowing people 50 and older and with high-risk health conditions to book online. The catch is the new appointments won't be until June, reports CBC News.

  • As of this morning, every adult in Peel Region is now eligible to receive a vaccine. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said on Wednesday that vaccine eligibility is expanding to include those who are 18 years and older but who live outside provincially designated hot-spot postal codes, reports CBC News. According to a news release from Peel Region, this expansion opens eligibility for 50,000 residents who do not live in hot spots and who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated. 

  • CBC Hamilton reports some nurses are worried they might lose their licences for taking on extra work in their overwhelmed hospitals. This is despite a recent provincial order allowing health care providers to perform tasks outside their usual scope of practice in order to help fight the pandemic. The College of Nurses of Ontario says it's up to nurses to work within their knowledge, skill and judgement, meaning some may have to decide themselves if they should be performing a given procedure. They note this is a stressful situation for nurses, who may feel pressured to do more but nervous about going too far.

  • The COVID-19 outbreak at the Rebecca Towers apartment building in downtown Hamilton continues to grow, with public health officials reporting 12 new cases Tuesday. The Hamilton Spectator reports at least 66 residents have tested positive for the virus along with one staff person. The virus has killed one person during the outbreak. Public health officials say they noticed the outbreak because the same address kept coming up again and again. They add that they didn't find anything wrong with the building's cleanliness or maintenance. Tenants say one elevator hasn't been working for months but public health says they've seen no evidence of transmission in the elevator. As CBC Hamilton reports, the president of Hamilton and District Apartment Association says this shows property managers need more help protecting tenants.

  • Hamilton police say they haven't charged more people during protests against public health measures because they want to protect theirs and the public's safety. In Hamilton and Niagara, police have been criticized for not charging people who go out to protest in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. The Spectator reports that police say they can't stop and ticket every protester. Instead they have been investigating and charging organizers.

  • As the St. Catharines Standard reports, Niagara is experiencing a 22 per cent drop in new cases this week compared to last. There are still 61 patients in hospital with 22 in intensive care for COVID-19. Niagara Health says it's highest level of ICU beds are at 193 per cent capacity compared to pre-pandemic levels, and that hospitals are still struggling to keep up.

  • In a move more and more libraries have adopted during the pandemic, the St. Catharines Library is eliminating overdue fines. The Standard reports that as of Tuesday, the city library is waiving overdue fines for children, teens and seniors 65 and up to try and encourage more library use.


  • As of May 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 732 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 319 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 1,947 COVID-19 cases.
  • As of May 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 391,983 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for Indigenous adults 16 years of age or older, living in Thunder Bay, through the Mindimooyenh Vaccination Clinic.


  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts opens its vaccine clinic eligibility today to people aged 50 and older, as well as a set of essential workers. School workers like teachers, bus drivers administrative staff, and workers in agriculture, food manufacturing and distribution, childcare, enforcement and compliance and workers responding to critical events can now book appointments online or by calling 705-674-2299. A full list of new eligible workers can be found here.
  • The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority reports three new cases: two in Moose Factory and one in Moosonee, for a total of four cases in James and Hudson Bay coasts.
  • Janet DeMille, Thunder Bay’s medical officer of health, says she is “fairly reassured” about low COVID-19 case counts and an increasing vaccination rate in the Thunder Bay District, CBC Thunder Bay reports. As of Wednesday, there were 45 active COVID-19 cases in the district - the lowest number of cases since January - including 5 people currently hospitalized by the virus.
  • Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit, says the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area is “disappointing,” Kenora Daily Miner & News reports. The region currently has 75 active COVID-19 cases. So far, the Northwestern Health Unit has administered over 29,000 COVID-19 vaccines, or nearly 50 per cent of the population aged 18 and up.


  • A workplace outbreak affecting a construction site in Kingston has grown to 34 associated cases as of Wednesday, Global News reports. The site is at All Seniors Care at Midland Avenue and Princess Street and is run by Pomerleau. Approximately 900 workers have attended the site over the last several weeks.
  • A second COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Belleville General Hospital, this time in the ICU, with three associated cases. The hospital’s first outbreak was linked to the hospital’s Quinte 5 unit, which as of Tuesday, had 17 cases associated with it, Global News reports.
  • Macleans reports this week on one family doctor’s “Jabapalooza,” a pop-up vaccination clinic in Ottawa’s Glebe neighborhood. (People aged 50 and older, those with “high risk” health conditions, and others who can’t work from home, such as education workers, are now eligible to register for the vaccine in Ontario, reports CBC News).


  • Advocate group says five migrant farm workers headed to Ontario farms have died during their arrival quarantine, the Simcoe Reformer reports.
  • The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit is preparing to begin issuing second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the Simcoe Reformer reports.
  • As of Wednesday, the London Health Sciences Centre had a record-breaking 99 patients with COVID-19, 41 of whom were in intensive care, the London Free Press reports. Of the intensive care patients, 35 had been transferred from areas outside of the region.
  • Windsor's mayor wants Detroit to share its COVID-19 vaccines, CTV Windsor reports.
  • As Ontario revises its vaccine distribution to focus on GTA hot spots, vaccine supply in the Waterloo Region could suffer, CTV Kitchener reports.

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