Federal health officials provided a COVID-19 vaccine update; Prime Minister Trudeau participated in a year-end interview with Breakfast Television;


The Ontario government has allocated an additional $695 million to provide financial relief for municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement;


A statement on the $9.92 million funding York Region will receive was shared on and posted to Facebook and Twitter Ontario launched a new “Support Local” marketing campaign.

Investments from York Region and the federal government will bring high-speed internet to Georgina Island and Udora.

York Region COVID-19 enforcement officers visited 885 businesses and laid 71 charges between Monday, December 7 and Sunday, December 13; details were shared on the Enforcing COVID-19 Regulations web page and on Facebook and Twitter.

Asymptomatic testing in York Region schools takes place in Aurora (December 16) and Richmond Hill (December 17); learn more at As a result of data quality activities, the number of patients in York Region hospital ICUs reflected in today’s dashboard increased from 8 to 20; these data quality activities will be completed on a weekly basis moving forward.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of December 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

13,959 total confirmed cases 210 new cases* since yesterday175.9 average daily cases over past 7 days102.5 total cases per 100K population**20 new hospitalizations86 confirmed cases in hospital, 20 of which are in Intensive Care393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*No new fatalities 329 total confirmed fatalities 12,479 resolved cases5.76% positivity rate** (explanation below)84 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 30 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)1 Child Care Centre10 Schools; 69 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing43 Workplaces 404 closed outbreaks

*Data quality is an on-going process and may result in the more/less cases reported on a day-over-day basis or other changes to how cases are classified (e.g., municipality, acquisition, etc.). These data quality activities have also resulted in the re-categorization of individuals. Data quality activities do not increase or decrease total case counts.

**The daily COVID-19 Council Update includes the 7-day average daily case numbers, cases per 100K population, new hospitalizations and positivity rate (positivity rate refers to the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among all individuals being tested for COVID-19).


As of this morning, there are:

More than 72.2 million total cases worldwide (585,455 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.6 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 475,214 total cases (6,352 new); with 13,659 related fatalities in Canada (106 new); 385,975 resolved in Canada (as of December 15 at 7 p.m.)146,535 total cases (2,139 new); with 4,035 related fatalities; 125,416 resolved in Ontario


5 new cases reported today.