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COVID-19 Provincial and National Update:  as of 12:30 P.M. on Friday January 8th, 2021

  • Globally: 88,857,633 cases, 1,913,336 deaths, 63,802,386 recovered

  • USA: 21,259,997 cases, 359,849 deaths, 13,149,036 recovered

  • Canada: 635,134 cases,16,579 deaths, 538,267 recovered

  • Ontario: 208,394 cases, 4,882 deaths, 175,309 recovered

 

Press Conference Highlights: January 4th to 8th, 2021

  • COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase across the country at alarming levels.

  • Ontario has extended lockdown in Northern Ontario by two weeks. This means that all of Ontario will remain in a province wide lockdown until at least January 25th.

  • Children in Northern Ontario will return to school January 11th, while all children in Southern Ontario will continue to learn online through January. Additional details can be found here.

  • Canada is on track to deliver 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to provinces by January 31st.

  • Effective January 7th, all travellers flying into Canada must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

 

Canada wide updates:

  • There are 80,250 active cases and there have been 16,579 deaths across the country, and the average daily case count over the past week was 7,672. An average of about 80,000 tests were processed daily this week, and the average test positivity rate was about 4%.

  • The number of people experiencing severe illness is increasing, with over 4,336 cases currently hospitalized across Canada. More than 800 of those cases are in ICU.

  • To date, two vaccines have been approved – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both are 94-95% effective and require two doses, three weeks apart. Moderna can be more easily stored and transported, making it a better candidate for distribution in remote and Northern communities.

  • Canada has procured the largest number of vaccine doses compared to all other countries. This week, over 124,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech were distributed across Canada.

  • It is expected that approximately 208,000 doses will be delivered to provinces per week. Over 171,000 doses of Moderna will be delivered to provinces next week, with additional doses to be distributed as stock arrives.

  • Canada is on track to deliver 1.2 million doses of vaccines to provinces by January 31st. By September, it is expected that enough doses will be available to vaccinate every Canadian who wants one.

  • Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced that it is beginning vaccination of older, medically vulnerable federal inmates against COVID-19 as part of the first phase of the vaccine rollout, as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

  • A COVID-19 vaccine safety report will be launched starting January 8th and updated each Friday on the Government of Canada website.

  • Effective midnight on January 7th, regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure.

  • Canadian Armed Forces have approved a request to provide support to Fort Albany First Nation where there is a COVID-19 outbreak. Rangers will be supporting until at least January 11th.

 

Ontario specific updates:

  • There are 28,203 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. The average daily case count over the past week was 3,394. An average of about 60,000 tests were processed daily this week, and test positivity reached 9%, indicating increased community spread.

  • This week, Ontario reached a record high of 89 deaths in one day. Record numbers were also reached in severe illness, with 1,472 cases in hospital, 373 of those in ICU.

  • Only 54% of cases reported are in York, Toronto, and Peel Regions. This indicates that the virus is spreading outside the GTA in greater numbers than in previous months.

  • Ontario plans to release updated data modelling early next week. Premier Ford notes that more strict lockdown measures will be announced, should the numbers continue to rise.

  • Ontario has extended lockdown in Northern Ontario by two weeks. This means that Ontario will remain in a province wide lockdown until at least January 25th.

  • Children in Northern Ontario will return to school January 11th as previously planned, while all children in Southern Ontario will continue to learn online through at least the end of January.

    • Childcare centres and home-based childcare services will remain open. The targeted emergency childcare program is expanding to a broader number of frontline health and safety workers (details to come).

    • Ontario has recommended investing $80 million in already received federal funding to help purchase technological devices, such as laptops and tablets. This will help school boards to procure 160,000 additional devices province-wide.

    • Financial support is available for families during online learning through the Support for Learners program.

  • Ontario’s vaccine rollout has been underway since December 14th. To date, over 70,000 vaccine does have been administered to healthcare workers and residents in long term care homes.

  • Currently, limited doses of the vaccine are available for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, other congregate care settings and remote Indigenous communities.

    • There are no publicly available details on logistics and locations for “other congregate care settings” nor remote Indigenous communities at this time.

    • Ontario has committed that residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York, and Windsor-Essex receive a COVID-19 vaccination by January 21st, 2021.

  • Ontario has implemented a voluntary COVID-19 test centre at Pearson Airport. This is in addition to the new federal requirement for all travellers to provide negative COVID-19 tests prior to boarding.

 

 

COVID-19 Related Press Releases January 4th to 8th, 2021:

Provincial

 

Federal

 

Additional Resources

 

[1]https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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