Prime Minister Trudeau did not address the media today.


Premier Ford announced details of a provincial long-term care staffing plan;

The Ontario government is providing $77 million to help people who were laid off due to COVID-19 find in-demand jobs in their communities.

The Ontario government is investing $147 million to expand mental health and addictions supports and address capacity issues in response to COVID-19.

The Ministry of Education advised Ontario school boards to prepare for remote learning in January, if necessary.


Unfortunately, York Region reported a record high 311 COVID-19 cases today.

In observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, York Region will not update its dashboard nor issue a 5 p.m. COVID-19 update on Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021.

York Region Public Health issued a Public Notice regarding 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to a private home birthday party in City of Vaughan.

A statement to honour the 329 York Region residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19 was issued and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

The video highlighting York Region’s vaccine depot is available on YouTube Viva bus rapid transit opened in Richmond Hill and celebrates connectivity across York Region.

Asymptomatic testing in York Region schools is taking place in Richmond Hill (December 17); learn more at


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of December 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

14,267 total confirmed cases 311 new cases* since yesterday176.6 average daily cases over past 7 days103.0 total cases per 100K population** 13 new hospitalizations93 confirmed cases in hospital, 21 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*No new fatalities 329 total confirmed fatalities 12,666 resolved cases 6.24% positivity rate** (explanation below) 78 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 28 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)1 Child Care Centre10 Schools; 66 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing39 Workplaces 412 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 72.8 million total cases worldwide (642,738 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.6 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 481,630 total cases (6,416 new); with 13,799 related fatalities in Canada (140 new); 391,946 resolved in Canada (as of December 16 at 7 p.m.) 148,967 total cases (2,432 new); with 4,058 related fatalities; 127,425 resolved in Ontario


9 new cases reported today.