Ontario reports 2,578 new COVID-19 cases, fewest since early January

Grant Boone
January 19, 2021

As the number of COVID-19 cases neared 4,000 a day in early January, Ford declared a state of emergency and issued a stay-at home order.

Dr. David Williams said while the province's virus rates remain high - with 2,578 new cases reported Monday - he thinks the impact of a provincewide lockdown that started on Boxing Day is beginning to emerge.

A portion of the funding will also be used to temporarily transition Mackenzie Health's Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital into a resource supporting the province's COVID-19 response.

In the past week 421 people have died of COVID-19 in Ontario.

The hospital will add 35 new critical care beds and 150 medical beds to the province's bed capacity. They include 815 in Toronto, 507 in Peel Region, 151 in both York and Niagara regions, and 121 in Hamilton. Nearly all infections in residents can be traced to staff.

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Across Ontario there are slightly more than 400 people being treated in hospital intensive care units with just over 300 more patients on ventilators.

The clinic will help test and adjust immunization setup in non-hospital settings, ensuring safety and increasing efficiency in advance of wider immunization.

The clinic will be located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre under the direction of the Ministry of Health, the City and Toronto Public Health.

A clinic dedicated to administering COVID-19 vaccines opened in a Toronto convention centre on Monday.

It was announced on Friday by Pfizer-BioNTech that worldwide shipments of its vaccine are temporarily delayed while production facilities in Europe are upgraded.

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