COVID-19: What you need to know for December 6

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Dec 06, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 887 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 624,384 since the pandemic began; 137 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 168 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 101 patients are on ventilators. To date, 10,027 people have died.
  • As of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 39,472 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 24,015,833 since December 2020. 583,868 people have received only one dose, and 11,295,706 people have received two doses, and 826,303 have received their third. 84.77 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 5 have received their first dose of vaccine and 80.6 per cent have received their second.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.
  • As of 2 p.m. Friday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 162 new school-related student cases (for a total of 7,357) 16 new staff cases (for a total of 796) and new unspecified cases for a total of 127; 810 schools are reporting at least one case and 7 schools have been closed.

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JMM COVID Graph
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.
JMM COVID Graph
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 3 data, Toronto reported 172 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 183,727 since the pandemic began; 24 of them are in hospital (2 new). In total, 3,716 people have died (2 new). 
  • Unvaccinated staff at a correctional facility in Milton have been placed on unpaid leave after Halton Public Health issued an order that barred them from working, reports CP24. In a statement sent to CP24 Sunday afternoon, the Ministry of the Solicitor General said it complies with the Section 22 order issued in response to the growing outbreak at Maplehurst Correctional Complex.
  • Students at an east end elementary school will be moving to remote learning starting Monday as a COVID-19 outbreak has forced the school to close temporarily, reports CP24. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) announced Sunday the dismissal of students at Wilkinson Junior Public School from in-person learning and activities following a recommendation from Toronto Public Health (TPH).
  • CTV News reports that the mandatory COVID-19 testing program for all international travellers is still not in place at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson said they are still waiting for a date from the federal government about when the new testing program will come into effect. Until the program comes into effect, COVID-19 testing of international travellers only happens randomly and vaccinated travellers do not need to isolate.
  • CBC News reports that GTA says riders should be prepared for some GO train cancellations after a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for crews went into effect. In a statement, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the potential cancellations will be "limited," likely falling into the range of 10 to 15 — or between two and three per cent — of the roughly 500 train trips on the GO network each day. 
  • One of two suspected cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in Hamilton. As CBC Hamilton reports, the other is still under investigation. The city says the two individuals and their contacts are isolating and has said they did not experience any unusual symptoms from the virus.
  • Haldimand-Norfolk, whereas last week there were three about times as many active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 as in Toronto or Peel, is exemplary of an urban-rural vaccine divide in Ontario, the Toronto Star reports. The town of Dunnville has the health unit's lowest vaccine uptake with 76.6 per cent of residents over 12 fully vaccinated. For the health unit at large, that figure is 81.8 per cent, both below the provincial rate of 87.2 per cent. Sources tell the Star there are entrenched anti-vaccination and anti-governmental views driving some residents apart.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • 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 3, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 823 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 3,817 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • There have been 90 grievances filed by federal government employees in relation to the vaccine mandate, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Information about the grievances came to light in a recent court ruling where some employees sought an injunction to stop the vaccine mandate for federal employees. The injunction was denied.

Northern

  • Omicron has been found in Thunder Bay, where the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting four confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant. The health unit says it’s “anticipating” that an additional four cases will be confirmed as the omicron variant “in the coming days.” People are encouraged to continue following public health measures such as staying home when they’re sick, isolating and getting tested, limiting contacts and wearing a mask.
  • COVID-19 cases continue to be found at schools in Thunder Bay, including one case at both St. Patrick and Hammarskjold High Schools, one case at Woodcrest Public School, and two additional cases at St. Margaret Elementary School, where a single case was reported the week before.

Southwestern

  • The Thames Valley District School Board has announced a COVID-19 outbreak at West Oaks French Immersion Public School. Over the weekend, the board also reported COVID-19 cases at six other elementary public schools: Byron Northview, F.D. Roosevelt, Mountsfield, Riverside, Southside, Tecumseh.
  • An Elgin County woman in her 70s has died, marking the 100th COVID-19 related death in Southwestern Public Health’s catchment area since the pandemic began, the Woodstock Sentinel-Review reports.
  • Waterloo region has seen various school outbreaks recently, and that trend will likely continue — at least until vaccination rates for those aged five to 11 increase, the local medical officer of health suggests. "We have the sense that there is increasing numbers of children who are testing positive," says Hsiu-Li Wang, as per CBC News.
  • Stricter public-health measures are returning to Windsor-Essex on Friday at 12:01 a.m., the Windsor Star reports. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is capping indoor and outdoor social gatherings at 10 and 25 people, respectively, while bars and restaurants are limited to 50 per cent capacity. There are also new rules for social events related to weddings, funerals, and religious services, and “strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings” is mandatory, according to the health unit.
  • Windsor-Essex’s health unit is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure during a recent OHL game at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre, Blackburn News reports. Anyone who attended the entertainment complex on November 24 is asked to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.


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