Due to technical issues, dashboard statistics for workplace outbreaks were not updated today; it will be corrected for tomorrow’s update.

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.


Prime Minister Trudeau announced Pfizer will provide 500,000 vaccine doses in January.


Premier Ford provided remarks ahead of an emergency meeting with Ontario hospital leaders: Indicated an emergency meeting with Cabinet will be held over the weekend.

Revealed lockdown orders in Toronto and Peel set to expire on Monday, December 21 will be extended and re-assessed on January 4, 2021.

Additional information for the balance of the province will be provided through an announcement Monday, December 21 at 1 p.m.

The Ontario government announced five public health regions will move to stricter levels in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework; the City of Hamilton will move to Grey-Lockdown at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 21;

Ontario will distribute doses of the Pfizer vaccine to 17 more hospitals over the next two weeks, including regions with the highest rates of COVID-19 infection; Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health were designated for York Region.

The province is taking measures to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures.

The Ontario government is capping food delivery fees to protect small businesses.

The province is investing an additional $60 million over three years for the Black Youth Action Plan to include targeted COVID-19 supports.

The Ontario government is providing Mississauga-based McRae Imaging with $332,000 to support the production of face masks featuring an innovative lip-reading lens.

Ontario declared Santa Claus an essential service.


York Region remains in Grey-Lockdown.

York Region through York Link provided an overview of federal and provincial government funding programs to support York Region businesses impacted by COVID19

11 COVID-19 cases linked to a home birthday party in Vaughan.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of December 18, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

14,432 total confirmed cases 174 new cases* since yesterday176.6 average daily cases over past 7 days (as of December 17)103.0 total cases per 100K population** (as of December 17) 9 new hospitalizations 98 confirmed cases in hospital, 22 of which are in Intensive Care393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*No new fatalities 329 total confirmed fatalities 12,841 resolved cases 6.24% positivity rate** (as of December 17) 80 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 27 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)2 Child Care Centre 12 Schools; 63 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing39 Workplaces (as of December 17) 413 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) 488,638 total cases (7,008 new); with 13,916 related fatalities in Canada (117 new); 398,916 resolved in Canada (as of December 17 at 7 p.m.)151,257 total cases (2,290 new); with 4,098 related fatalities; 129,417 resolved in Ontario


4 new cases reported today.