Prime Minister Trudeau did not address the media today.

The Correctional Service of Canada announced it will start vaccinating older, medically vulnerable federal inmates against COVID-19 on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Chief economists from Canada’s big banks expect the economy to rebound this year.


Ontario breaks COVID-19 records with more than 3,500 new cases, 89 deaths.

The Ontario government announced in-person learning will be extended until January 25, 2021 for elementary school students in Southern Ontario public health unit regions, including York Region;

Dr. Williams expressed concern with the rapid increase in cases per 100,000; Ontario is averaging 129 cases per 100,000, a 23% increase over the past week.

York Region surpassed 20,000 COVID-19 cases.

York Region will continue to share new information and the latest developments on its vaccination program at

Southlake, York Region Public Health and the Town of Newmarket partnered to open a Vaccination Centre at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.

York Region Public Health issued a Section 29.2(1) Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to Willows Estate Long-Term Care Home in Aurora. From ‘bed’ to worse: York Region ranks last in ICU bed capacity after COVID-19 surge

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in York Region, marking a hopeful and life-saving milestone in the on-going fight against this disease. With two safe and effective vaccines currently approved by Health Canada and the likelihood of more on the way, we can be certain vaccination will be top of mind and central to our work throughout 2021. Like almost everything else related to this pandemic, the provincial vaccination program is developing rapidly under the government’s three-phase COVID-19 vaccine distribution planImmunization of priority groups is underway in York Region, with more vaccine supply expected to expand the program as quickly as possible. With new information and developments emerging daily, updates will continue to be shared through a number of communication channels including a dedicated web page:

Updates will also be shared via York Region’s social media channels. Throughout the rollout of the vaccination program, York Region remains committed to community health and well-being. Understandably, our constituents will have many vaccine-related questions including when they and their families will be eligible for immunization.

York Region will continue to follow provincial direction and work in partnership with the Ministry of Health to bring immunization to all York Region residents in priority sequence as rapidly as possible.

COVID-19 immunizations remain a priority for York Region Public Health and we thank you for your patience as further details are determined and shared.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of January 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

20,039 total confirmed cases 388 new cases* since yesterday 332.3 average daily cases over past 7 days 193.8 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below)12 new hospitalizations 142 confirmed cases in hospital, 23 of which are in Intensive Care393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*1 new fatality 378 total confirmed fatalities 17,293 resolved cases 12.14% positivity rate** 75 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 40 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 4 Child Care Centre 2 Schools; 2 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing29 Workplaces 513 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 85.9 million total cases worldwide (735,944 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 1.8 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 626, 799 total cases (8,153 new); with 16,369 related fatalities in Canada (136 new); 531,227 resolved in Canada (as of January 6 at 7 p.m.)204,145 total cases (3,519 new); with 4,856 related fatalities; 172,571 resolved in Ontario


8 new cases reported today, our active cases drop to 55.