COVID-19: What you need to know for December 1

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Dec 01, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 780 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 619,270 since the pandemic began; 296 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 155 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 90 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,005 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 4 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 4 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 18 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,824 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 167 new school-related student cases (for a total of 6,871) 16 new staff cases (for a total of 747) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 124; 763 schools are reporting at least one case and 13 schools have been closed.

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

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  • According to November 30 data, Toronto reported 114 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 183,319 since the pandemic began; 24 of them are in hospital (6 new). In total, 3,713 people have died (1 new). 
  • More than 900 employees of the Toronto District School Board seeking COVID-19 vaccine exemptions are still working with kids in schools while the board reviews their requests, a situation experts say puts unvaccinated students at risk, reports the Toronto Star
  • The Toronto Police Service has placed more than 200 employees on unpaid leaves after they failed to comply with the terms of its vaccine mandate, reports CP24. In a news release issued on Tuesday afternoon, the TPS confirmed that it has placed 205 of its members, accounting for 2.7 per cent of its entire workforce, on “indefinite” leaves for either refusing to disclose their vaccine status or for being unvaccinated.
  • The City of Toronto will be reopening all of its office buildings at maximum capacity in January and asking its employees to return to the office at least part-time, reports CP24. Mayor John Tory announced on Tuesday that city-owned office buildings will reopen to all employees on January 4, 2022, while still complying to public health restrictions.
  • Team Toronto’s month-long Vax The Holidays campaign continues with clinics from Thursday, December 2 to Sunday, December 5. This week, residents can choose from 14 mobile clinics across the city, operating during various days and times, to get their COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • In the weeks since officials made the data public, faith-based Hamilton schools continue to be the city's least-vaccinated schools, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Public health data shows eight of the 10 schools with the lowest per cent of fully vaccinated students are Christian or Catholic, ranging from 25 to 44 per cent. The 10 most vaccinated schools, with rates of about 87 to 90 per cent, are in wealthier parts of the city.
  • Health officials in Haldimand-Norfolk say two more residents died with COVID-19. The Spectator reports both were unvaccinated but only one's death was attributed to the virus. This makes for 56 people in the health unit who the coronavirus killed and eight who had it when they died but were killed by other causes.
  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says there's little evidence that the new omicron variant of COVID-19 is circulating in the region but that if it arrives, the United States will be the most likely source. The St. Catharines Standard reports Hirji warned there is weaker testing and sequencing regime south of the border, and that Niagara and Erie counties both have "extremely high incidence of infections." So far, U.S. officials have not detected omicron.


  • As of November 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 873,511 doses have been administered, of that 378,847 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 30, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 862 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 543 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,700 COVID-19 cases.


  • 18 employees at the Cornwall Community Hospital have been let go as part of the hospital's vaccination mandate, the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports. The hospital says none of these employees are physicians and that services have not been disrupted.


  • The Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Young Hoon, says travel to areas such as Minnesota comes with a risk, reports TBNewswatch. The state currently has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in North America.


  • Active disease outbreaks in Windsor-Essex have been the source of at least 135 recent COVID-19 cases, the Windsor Star reports.
  • The Sarnia and Lambton County area has seen 4,372 cases of COVID-19 and 77 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began, Blackburn News reports.
  • Southwestern Ontarians have varying opinions on day trips to the US now that Canadians don’t have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test if they’re back within 72 hours. "We get the big city amenities over there and being locked out of there for two years has been really hard," Matt Bouwmeester, who looks forward to trips from Windsor to Detroit, tells CBC News. Anne Brousseau of Amherstburg, however, has a different view: "I really think that they're probably jumping the gun a little bit on this."

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