The city saw 670 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – the most across the province. There were 302 people in the hospital, including 53 in the intensive care unit, and two more deaths, according to medical officer of health Dr Eillen de Villa. Just under 35% of new cases were in people aged 20 to 39.
“Anecdotally, I hear colleagues from Toronto hospitals say that more and more admissions are for younger people and often directly in the ICU,” de Villa said Monday.
Toronto has also recorded a total of 7,752 cases of worrying variants of COVID-19, de Villa said.
Toronto to provide home vaccines
Health care workers administered 481,000 doses of the vaccine to 19 clinics in Toronto on Monday, Tory said.
“There’s no better time than now to get this protection,” Tory said.
Toronto will now provide home vaccines for people who cannot leave their homes due to physical, social or mental barriers, Tory said. Approximately 3,500 residents are eligible and will be contacted by their home care agency or primary care provider.
Two more mass vaccination sites opened in Toronto today, and anyone 70 or older can reserve a spot. Currently active mass vaccination sites are:
- Metro Toronto Convention Center
- Toronto Convention Center
- Downtown Scarborough
- Malvern Community Recreation Center
- Mitchell Field Arena
Mayors and regional presidents of the 11 largest regions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including the Conservatives, called on the Ontario and federal governments to provide an additional supply of vaccines on Monday.
“We’re saying as a region, as one, as 11 municipalities, this is a hot spot,” Tory said.
“We were unanimous in calling for this to be taken into account for immunization allocations with other hotspot regions of the country.”
Vaccination clinics experience short wait times, says fire chief
Toronto Fire Chief and Emergency Management Chief Matthew Pegg said there were 42,000 vaccinations this week at five city-run mass vaccination clinics.
He added that the lines are now short for most patients.
“The majority of clients get in and out of clinics in about 30 minutes,” he said.
Anyone born in 1951 or earlier can now book their vaccination through the online reservation system or by calling 1-888-999-6488.
For more information on how to book a COVID-19 vaccine, check out this guide: