WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 108,534,275up from 105,711,588 at 3:30 p.m. on
February 5, 2021. Canada now reports 819,278 cases, up from 796,512 cases of COVID-19 on February 5. Ontario reports 283,587 cases, up from 275,330 cases on February 5.
The Province reports 1,076 (0.4%) new cases since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 264,459 have been resolved (93.3%) and there have been 6,632 deaths (2.3%). The province has now completed 10,268,451 tests and reports 38,345 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
The Government of Canada continues to work to ensure that Canadians have access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Successful efforts to expedite this access demonstrate Canada’s commitment to ensure more people in Canada have access to vaccines even sooner. Today, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that Canada has negotiated an accelerated delivery schedule for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and will receive all 40 million of its secured doses from Pfizer-BioNTech by the end of September. More information here.
Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment. Today, funding was announced for the expansion of the Parya Trillium Foundation community centre in Markham. The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.9 million in this project 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, while the Parya Trillium Foundation is providing more than $1.3 million toward this project. More information here.
The Government of Canada is taking a multilayered approach to detecting and addressing variants of concern in Canada. To this end, the government developed a monitoring program with provinces and territories to identify new COVID-19 virus variants in Canada, such as the ones originating in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1). Today, the Government of Canada is increasing our capacity to find and track these variants in the country by investing $53 million in an integrated Variants of Concern Strategy. This will help rapidly scale up our surveillance, sequencing and research efforts. More information here.
Today, the Government of Canada announced testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry with the new COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain. More information here.
Investing in public transit infrastructure shortens commute times for families, creates good middle-class jobs, grows our economy, and cuts air pollution. Prime Minister On February 10, Justin Trudeau announced $14.9 billion for public transit projects over the next eight years, which includes permanent funding of $3 billion per year for Canadian communities beginning in 2026-27. This announcement provides cities and communities the predictable transit funding they need to plan for the future, and is part of our plan to create one million jobs, fight climate change, and rebuild a more sustainable and resilient economy. More information here.
On February 9, the current COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of affordable, accessible, inclusive, and high-quality childcare for Canadian families. While much progress has been made in recent years, there is more to be done to meet the needs of children and families. The federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers* most responsible for early learning and childcare met virtually to discuss next steps for further pan-Canadian collaboration in early learning and child care to improve the lives of children and families. More information here.
On February 9, the first application intake for projects under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative was launched. The Government of Canada will fund eligible projects that fall under three main themes: creating safe and vibrant public spaces, improving mobility options, and digital solutions. The goal is to fund projects that can quickly help communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 as they continue to navigate the pandemic. More information here.
On February 9, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, and the Minister of Digital Government, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced that the COVID Alert app will be updated to help measure its uptake, performance and effectiveness in limiting the spread of COVID-19. This will be done through the collection of certain metrics, while maintaining strong privacy measures to protect confidentiality. More information here.
Today, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is transitioning twenty-seven public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”). The four remaining public health regions, Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, York Region Public Health and North Bay Parry Sound District, will remain in the shutdown, and the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply to these four public health regions. More information here.
Today, based on the successful use of rapid tests in select settings across the province the Ontario government is deploying test kits to more essential workplaces and sectors in order to quickly identify and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Rapid tests are now being used in long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care settings, First Nations communities and many essential workplaces. More information here.
On February 10, Ontario’s provincial offences officers have visited more than 2,308 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses across the province in 2021, and those complying with public health guidelines have increased by almost 19 per cent over three consecutive weeks. More information here.
On February 9, the Ontario government is investing $4.5 million through the Seniors Community Grant Program to support over 180 diverse community projects. This year’s funding focuses on helping older adults stay connected with their communities while self-isolating from the safety of their home during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information here.
On February 9, the Ontario government is providing $7 million to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for postsecondary students during COVID-19. The funding will provide more supports for students, both on-campus and virtually and can also be used to address the needs of vulnerable and diverse groups, such as Indigenous students, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities. More information here.
On February 9, the Ontario government continues to implement its High Priority Communities Strategy to provide targeted supports to 15 communities hardest hit by COVID-19. As part of the strategy, the province is providing $12.5 million to local lead agencies to work in partnership with Ontario Health, public health units, municipalities, and other community partners to help high risk neighbourhoods contain the spread of the virus and access services to better protect individuals and families. More information here.
On February 11, following the Board of Health decision on January 18, 2021, Toronto Public Health (TPH) will increase reporting of active COVID-19 outbreaks at local workplaces. This information will be published on the COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard, which is updated weekly on Thursdays. More information here.
On February 10, Mayor John Tory announced the locations of City-operated COVID-19 immunization clinics. The City of Toronto’s Immunization Task Force is working to ensure all nine City-operated clinics will be ready to open once the Province of Ontario provides direction, and vaccine supply is secured by the Government of Canada. More information here.
On February 7, Toronto Public Health (TPH) reported that a Toronto resident has tested positive for the P.1 COVID-19 mutation, known as the Brazilian variant of concern. The individual, who is hospitalized, recently travelled from Brazil. This is the first case of P.1 COVID-19 variant of concern reported in Toronto. TPH is also reporting the first confirmed case of the B.1.351 mutation in a Toronto resident, known as the South African variant of concern. This case has no recent travel history and has had no known contact with anyone who is a returned traveler. More information here.
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