Canada negotiated an accelerated delivery schedule for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine: Canada will receive 2.8 million additional doses of Pfizer between April and June and an additional 6.2 million doses between July and September. An additional 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine have been purchased and are expected to arrive by the end of September. 84 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are expected by the end of September 2021.
With COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country, further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry were announced: For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival. As of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. As of February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving to Canada by air will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Effective February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight. The Government of Canada is investing $53 million to address COVID-19 virus variants of concern.
The federal government announced further measures to ensure international students won’t miss out on opportunities after they graduate due to the pandemic; temporary changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program put in place earlier in the pandemic are being extended and expanded. The federal and provincial government announced funding for the expansion of the Parya Trillium Foundation community centre in the City of Markham; the Government of Canada is investing more than $1.9 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.6 million and the Parya Trillium Foundation is providing more than $1.3 million for the project.
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is transitioning 27 public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open on Tuesday, February 16 Four remaining public health regions, Toronto, Peel, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound, will remain in the shutdown; the Stay-at-Home order and existing public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply until at least Monday, February 22, 2021. The following public health regions will be moving to the Grey-Lockdown and Red-Control zones of the Framework on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order: Grey-Lockdown: Niagara Region Public Health Red-Control: Chatham-Kent Public Health, City of Hamilton Public Health Services, Durham Region Health Department, Halton Region Public Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, Southwestern Public HealthThunder Bay District Health Unit Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
Ontario has deployed rapid tests to be used in long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care settings, First Nations communities and many essential workplaces.
York Region advocates to move into the Red-Control zone of provincial COVID-19 response framework.
COVID-19 IN YORK REGION:
Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at york.ca/covid19data. As of February 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:
27,191 total confirmed cases 131 new cases* since yesterday 127.7 average daily cases over past 7 days 74.5 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below) 141 total variant cases identified 6 new hospitalizations 151 confirmed cases in hospital, 15 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*0 new fatalities499 total confirmed fatalities 25,690 resolved cases 4.89% positivity rate** 66 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 32 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 8 Child Care Centre0 Schools; 3 Schools under surveillance 0 Emergency Housing 26 Workplaces 653 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).
COMBINED CASE NUMBERS:
As of this morning, there are:
More than 107.4 million total cases worldwide (417,768 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 2.3 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 817,163 total cases (3,1851 new); with 21,088 related fatalities in Canada (84 new); 758,328 resolved in Canada (as of February 11 at 7 p.m.) 283,587 total cases (1,076 new); with 6,632 related fatalities; 264,459 resolved in Ontario
3 new cases reported today.