Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement on the resignation of the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Julie Payette. Federal health officials provided a technical briefing on COVID-19 vaccines;


The Ontario government is providing over $12 million to add more mental health beds in hospitals and to expand programs that support the mental health and well-being of seniors across the province. Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, issued a statement on which schools will resume in-person learning on Monday, January 25; schools in the following Public Health Units will return: Grey Bruce Health Unit Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Peterborough Public Health Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

As previously announced, York Region will currently set to resume in-person instruction on February 10, 2021.

The Ontario government appointed members to the Board of Directors of Supply Ontario, a new centralized procurement agency to enable the purchasing of goods and services for the public, broader public and health sectors. The Ontario government announced COVID-19 isolation centres opened this week in Oshawa and Brampton and two isolation centres serving the City of Toronto are expanding; York Region’s Voluntary Isolation Centre will open on Monday, January 25. The Ontario government is working with transportation agencies and providers to support the Stay-At-Home Order in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Ontario government recognized six outstanding young leaders with the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for their commitment to anti-racism and equity in their communities; Markham’s own Julius Nuako K. Adu was named the 2020 Student Award Recipient.


Town of Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas issued a statement on behalf of the Small Urban GTHA Mayors following a virtual meeting with Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott and President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre, Arden Krystal to discuss impacts of COVID-19 on the provincial health-care system; they also called on the provincial government to level the playing field for small businesses and only allow essential items to be sold in big box stores during the lockdown; the statement is available on Facebook and Twitter.

As part of its Stay Connected campaign, York Region engaged in a digital takeover of

Under the Trends Over Time tab on the COVID-19 in York Region Dashboard, the Total Cases per 100,000 Residents per Past 7 Days shows cases numbers are starting to trend downwards in all health units . York Region through YorkLink provides information on the latest government funding programs, business resources, webinars and more at

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Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of January 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

23,915 total confirmed cases 247 new cases* since yesterday 217.9 average daily cases over past 7 days 127.0 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below)7 new hospitalizations169 confirmed cases in hospital, 21 of which are in Intensive Care392 cases among health care workers, of which 390 cases have resolved*1 new fatality 425 total confirmed fatalities 21,688 resolved cases 8.29% positivity rate** 88 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 57 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 6 Child Care Centre1 School; 12 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 24 Workplaces 556 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 95.6 million total cases worldwide (610,413 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 2 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 725, 495 total cases (5,744 new); with 18,462 related fatalities in Canada (196 new); 638,620 resolved in Canada (as of January 20 at 7 p.m.) 247,564 total cases (2,632 new); with 5,614 related fatalities; 215,881 resolved in Ontario


Only one new case reported today.