COVID-19: What you need to know for December 13

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Dec 13, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 1,536 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 632,147 since the pandemic began; 253 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 161 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 90 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,079 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 9 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 18 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 30 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,828 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
  • Ontario's publicly funded schools are reporting 189 new school-related student cases (for a total of 8,459), 23 new staff cases (for a total of 919) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 152; 944 schools are reporting at least one case and 20 schools have been closed.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to December 10 data, Toronto reported 301 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 184,962 since the pandemic began; 26 of them are in hospital (3 new). In total, 3,719 people have died (1 new).
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  • As Ontarians over 50 become eligible for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to address potentially waning immunity, the Hamilton Spectator compiled the steps for how to book in Hamilton.
  • The paper also reports that vaccination rates are slowly increasing in local retirement homes, with 21 of 33 homes having at least 90 per cent of staff vaccinated by the end of October (when data was reported to the regulatory body). November data will be available next week.
  • Niagara this Week reports that as of Saturday there were 31 cases of COVID-19 among inmates at the Niagara Detention Centre in Thorold. Staff that have been in close contact with those infected were told to isolate at home and infected inmates are being transferred to a Toronto jail to isolate while receiving medical care.

Indigenous

  • As of December 7, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 916,796 doses have been administered, of that 383,602 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of December 10, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 830 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 545 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,958 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Queen's University has cancelled in-person exams due to rising COVID-19 cases in Kingston, CTV Ottawa reports. Exams will be shifted to an alternate-delivery format where possible. When this is not possible, exams will be rescheduled for the new year.
  • Ottawa Public Health announced there was evidence of the Omicron variant spreading in the community over the weekend, CTV Ottawa reports. Saturday had the highest one-day increase in cases since May.
  • Several schools in Kingston have been forced to move to online learning due to outbreaks, Global Kingston reports. Nine schools in the Limestone District School Board are currently closed due to a lack of staffing during outbreaks.
  • An Ottawa family doctor isn't waiting for Ontario to roll out doses to those under 50 who have passed six months since their second shot, CBC Ottawa reports. Nili Kaplan-Myrth held her sixth Jabapolooza event over the weekend. "We had doses that were going to expire," says Kaplan-Myrth. "I could not abide throwing those in the garbage when we had these essential workers who, six months ago when I gave them their second dose, I promised them we would do whatever we needed to do to continue to keep them safe." Her clinic administered 366 doses Sunday.

Northern

  • A single COVID-19 case has been found at Hammarskjold High School, in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. Parents and guardians of affected cohorts will be contacted, and public health officials will notify close contacts.

Southwestern

  • A vaccine clinic on wheels was a popular attraction in southeast London over the weekend, the London Free Press reports. At the GO-Vaxx bus’s only scheduled London-area stop, there were more than 30 people lined up outside the retrofitted GO Transit vehicle within its first hour of service on Saturday.
  • Having so far identified 50 cases linked to the highly contagious Omicron COVID-19 variant, London health officials may soon lose track of where it’s spreading, the London Free Press reports. “Within the next couple of days, we will likely not be able to track this cluster because it will have branched out too far,” says Alex Summers, acting medical officer of health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit. About 200 people identified as close contacts of the Omicron cluster are in quarantine.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has identified Bright Lights Windsor as the site of a possible COVID-19 exposure just two days after the annual seasonal light show opened for the holidays, the Windsor Star reports. The public-health unit asks anyone who attended the Jackson Park event on Saturday between 6 and 8:30 p.m. to monitor for symptoms.

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