Prime Minister Trudeau did not address the media today.

Deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are back on track following weeks of reduced shipments. Timeline projections show at least 14.5 million Canadians will be fully vaccinated (second dose received) by the end of June with Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines. An updated vaccine distribution tracker is available at

The federal government announced measures to keep communities safe, fight systemic racism and make the criminal justice system more effective.


Ontario’s testing positivity rate has dropped to 2.2%

There are 359 confirmed variants of concern in Ontario.

The Ontario government announced it is providing Facedrive Inc. with $2.5 million through the Ontario Together Fund to accelerate the deployment of its wearable contact tracing technology, TraceSCAN, that alerts users within a workplace if they have been in close contact COVID-19 positive individuals.


A Public Notice has been issued for a confirmed COVID-19 variant case who travelled by GO Train while infectious. As a reminder to York Region families to screen before they go to school, York Region engaged in a digital takeover of; more information visit

York Region issued a media release announcing the appointment of Dan Kuzmyk as Regional Solicitor.


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of February 18, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:

27,833 total confirmed cases 112 new cases* since yesterday 123.7 average daily cases over past 7 days 72.1 total cases per 100K population** (explanation below) 290 total variant cases identified 6 new hospitalizations 141 confirmed cases in hospital, 18 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved*4 new fatalities 511 total confirmed fatalities 26,377 resolved cases5.51% positivity rate** 51 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 27 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals) 7 Child Care Centre0 Emergency Housing0 Schools; 2 Schools under surveillance 17 Workplaces 679 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 109.5 million total cases worldwide (363,654 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; more than 2.4 million related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) 834,182 total cases (2,606 new); with 21,435 related fatalities in Canada (40 new); 779,761 resolved in Canada (as of February 17 at 7 p.m.) 289,621 total cases (1,038 new); with 6,773 related fatalities; 272,146 resolved in Ontario


On behalf of Council, I offer condolences to the family and loved ones of our 17th resident who passed away due to COVID-19.