The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. The City has been in Step One of the Province of Ontario’s reopening framework since Friday, June 11. All people in Toronto are reminded that provincial COVID-19 restrictions limiting gathering sizes and prohibiting activities where people are in close contact remain in effect. Everyone should continue to practise physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible and wash hands often.
Since June 11, there have been 310 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto – a daily average of 103 new cases. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 168,880 cases in the city. There are 609 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,456 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 163,649 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard.
Vaccination coverage is a key consideration in the provincial reopening plan and will impact the timing for moving into next steps of the Roadmap to Reopen.
At 8 a.m. today, the Province opened accelerated second dose bookings to both individuals who received a first dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine on or before May 9 (previously April 18 and earlier) and people who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks or more ago (previously 12 weeks or more). Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. this morning, 62,241 appointments were booked for City-run immunization clinics. As of this morning, appointments for City-run clinics are 99 per cent booked.
Anyone looking for a vaccination appointment is asked to be patient and to continue checking the provincial booking system for openings, including those from cancellations. Anyone unable to attend an appointment or who has booked an earlier appointment is urged to cancel their appointment in the provincial booking system or, in the case of partner clinics, with the clinic directly so that the appointment can be made available to someone else. When looking at bookings in the provincial booking system, eligible individuals should select “Toronto” as the location to see availability across all City-run clinics. The City is working with the Province to increase capacity where ever possible based on vaccine supply.
The Province has said Ontario, including Toronto, will remain in each step of the Roadmap to Reopen for at least 21 days. Everyone is encouraged to review the COVID-19: Guide for Toronto Residents with information about what is and is not permitted in Step One. Residents are encouraged to check back often to ensure they are following the most up-to-date public health guidance, provincial regulations and City bylaws.
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