COVID-19: What you need to know for December 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Dec 03, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 1,031 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 621,260 since the pandemic began; 286 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 146 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 92 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,016 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 7 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 5 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 18 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,826 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.

  • Ontario is reporting 787,013 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines today, though that number includes 738,075 third doses administered previously that are only being reported today. A total of 23,832,474 vaccine doses have been administered since December 2020. 1,269,512 people have received only one dose, and 11,281,481 people have received both doses. 90.02 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine; 87.22 per cent have received their second; 5.27 per cent have received third doses.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 152 new school-related student cases (for a total of 7,187) 18 new staff cases (for a total of 781) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 127; 792 schools are reporting at least one case and 9 schools have been closed.

  • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced yesterday that it is accelerating COVID-19 vaccine booster dose eligibility to Ontarians aged 50 and over and additional high-risk individuals. Starting on Monday, December 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., individuals aged 50 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select pharmacies and primary care settings. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose.

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  • According to December 2 data, Toronto reported 137 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 183,566 since the pandemic began; 27 of them are in hospital (5 new). In total, 3,714 people have died (1 new). 
  • The City of Toronto announced today that in the first full week that Team Toronto began vaccinating children 5 to 11 years old in the city, 32,640 first doses of vaccine have been administered – about 16 per cent of the approximately 200,000 eligible children in Toronto.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Toronto East Detention Centre after five people tested positive for COVID-19, including at least one who is confirmed to have contracted the Omicron variant, reports CP24. Toronto Public Health declared the outbreak on Thursday afternoon, noting that it was doing so “out of an abundance of caution” because an individual linked to the facility was under investigation by the Durham Regional Health Department with a suspected case of the Omicron variant.
  • Two health units in the Toronto area reported Ontario's fifth and sixth cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Thursday, reports CP24. The two new cases were detected in Durham Region and Halton Region. Durham Region Public Health said the Omicron-positive individual is a close contact of someone who recently returned to Canada from southern Africa.
  • A Catholic school in Etobicoke will temporarily be closed to in-person learning as city health officials investigate COVID-19 cases linked to the school, reports CP24. Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) posted to Twitter that following a recommendation from Toronto Public Health (TPH), the Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic School will be dismissed starting Friday "as a precautionary measure due to an ongoing #COVID19 investigation."
  • The City of Toronto has launched a new webpage that will disclose COVID-19 exposures in large settings where contact information may not be available, reports CTV News. The webpage, which launched Thursday, will notify community members when one or more COVID-19 cases have been detected in a setting within a defined timeframe. The settings will be in public areas where 20 or more people were present. The addresses of private residences will not be posted.
  • Hamilton reported COVID-19 killed a 420th COVID-19 resident on Thursday: a senior older than 80. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, 80 per cent of deaths have been among people 70 and older. Of the city's 12 active outbreaks, nine are at elementary schools.
  • After saying the province should put restrictions on sports and recreation facilities to quell outbreaks, Niagara Region Public Health did so themselves on Thursday. The St. Catharines Standard reports there will be new rules for operators to control capacity and physical distancing, close loopholes on proof of vaccination and mandate employee vaccination. The goal, acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says, is to quell outbreaks and reduce the need for stronger measures later on.
  • Hirji also tells the Standard that he's not convinced there should be a rush to give out booster doses for COVID-19, given it's not clear if they would impact the omicron variant of the virus. He says people who can get the shot should, but there may not be a need to quickly increase eligibility further.


  • As of December 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 891,972 doses have been administered, of that 383,602 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of December 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 817 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 3,732 COVID-19 cases.


  • Ottawa's case count came to the highest point it has been since the end of September, Global News reports. There were 62 cases on Thursday, and the last time the daily cases hit 60 was Sept. 29.


  • Public Health Sudbury Districts is reporting another five cases in Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory, the Sudbury Star reports. There are now 18 cases on the reserve and 324 cases within the Health Unit.


  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s manager of epidemiology warns of a spike in the region’s weekly infection rate, now the third highest in the province. “We are seeing an explosion of cases,” says Ramsey D’Souza, as per the Windsor Star. The seven-day rate has soared to 123 cases per 100,000 people, up from 74 cases a week ago.

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