COVID-19: What you need to know for December 2

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Dec 02, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 959 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 620,229 since the pandemic began; 291 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 85 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,012 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 4 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 20 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 148 new school-related student cases (for a total of 7,034) 15 new staff cases (for a total of 763) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 125; 761 schools are reporting at least one case and 10 schools have been closed.

  • The Ontario ministry of health did not report vaccine data in its usual way for the 2nd day today, however, a ministry spokesperson confirmed that Ontario has now administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 90 per cent of the population 12 and older.

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to December 1 data, Toronto reported 131 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 183,439 since the pandemic began; 24 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,713 people have died (0 new). 
  •  A City of Toronto report says people are travelling through the city more since the pandemic began, but deciding to drive more than other modes of transportation, reports CTV News. The report also shows that ride-hailing delays in the city have risen from about 2.5 minutes to just under 6 minutes a trip. 
  • A study of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Peel Region found a majority were recorded in elementary schools, reports the Brampton Guardian. According to the most recent epidemiological report from Peel Public Health (PPH) since October 25, 33 outbreaks were declared. Out of those outbreaks, 39 per cent were found in schools, specifically in elementary or joint elementary/secondary schools.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences says it expects to give notice of termination to 185 more staff this week for not complying with its mandatory vaccination policy. The Hamilton Spectator reports HHS (the city's biggest employer) had fired 13 people as of November 30. Those receiving notices of termination can keep their jobs if they get two jabs by January 12. Fewer than five workers have a medical exemption.
  • While other Niagara cities have hosted vaccine clinics for children, the St. Catharines Standard reports that one in St. Catharines isn't scheduled until December 14. Mayor Walter Sendzik says that's too late and that he's been trying to coordinate a location. Acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says his team will do what they can, but they're already hosting three clinics per day and he isn't confident that they have the resources to staff four. There are 17 pharmacies in St. Catharines offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.
  • COVID-19 killed a third Niagara resident younger than 40. The Standard reports public health officials say the man was between 20 and 29 and it's not known if he was vaccinated. Overall, Hirji says that the age group has a comparatively low rate of vaccination and more severe illnesses as of late.
  • The Ontario Health Coalition, including members from the Niagara branch held an online news conference and criticized the province for investing in for-profit long-term care after many such homes were exposed for improper or unsafe practices during the pandemic, the Standard reports.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • 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.

Eastern

  • Kingston's medical officer of health says he is considering instituting new restrictions in the region of cases continue to rise, but won't say what those are, Global News reports. Do we want to maintain acute care, hospital health-care capacity and children still being able to go to school? These are very important goals and they are a very serious consideration in implementing some of the additional measures,” says Piotr Oglaza.
  • Ottawa businesses are optimistic about the holiday season despite continued restrictions, the Ottawa Citizen reports.“We’re in a completely different place than last year and we’re cautiously optimistic that we can get through to the end of this thing without another lockdown or reduction in capacity,” says restaurant owner Stephen Beckta.

Northern

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts advises of a high-risk COVID for anyone who attended the Sheguiandah Roundhouse and Community Centre on Manitoulin Island between November 27 to 29.
  • Algoma Public Health reported 39 new cases, including 37 in Sault Ste. Marie, for 361 active cases. According to APH, 27 of those cases are close contacts of a previous case.

Southwestern

  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London has fired 40 employees for failing to meet the hospital’s Tuesday vaccination deadline, the London Free Press reports.
  • The Multicultural Association of Perth Huron is trying to increase vaccine uptake among the 5,000 newcomers it serves in southwestern Ontario, as more than 20 per cent haven’t received a jab, the Stradford Beacon Herald reports. The organization hosts public meetings with community leaders and health-care workers who have similar backgrounds as the newcomers in an effort to build trust and combat misinformation. It also has volunteers distributing rapid antigen tests to stop the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces.
  • Windsor-Essex’s COVID-19 new case rate is now one of the province’s highest, while hospitalizations and ICU admissions are surging — but the local top doctor says his public-health unit is “reluctant” to add pandemic restrictions, CTV News Windsor reports. “We can manage with the current burden of disease,” says Shankar Nesathurai, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s acting medical officer of health.


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