- Per today's government report, there are 454 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 604,606 since the pandemic began; 243 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 136 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 74 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,912 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 2 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 4 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,824 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.
Per the government's report on the province's vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 15,257 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,652,266 since December 2020. 436,750 people have received only one dose, and 11,107,758 people have received both doses. 88.54 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.2 per cent have received their second.
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As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 102 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,743) 10 new staff cases (for a total of 530) and 7 new unspecified cases for a total of 91; 497 schools are reporting at least one case and 3 schools have been closed.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to November 9 data, Toronto reported 58 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,494 since the pandemic began; 24 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,700 people have died (3 new).
- The City of Toronto says it will be cancelling some recreational classes as it deals with staff shortages resulting from the implementation of its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, reports CP24. The cancellations could include fitness classes, swimming lessons, sports, dance, art and other general interest activities.
- Peel Public Health has confirmed they didn’t see a “significant increase” in overall case incidence during the Thanksgiving long weekend, reports the Brampton Guardian. However, Peel Public Health is cautioning that now is not the time to stop practicing COVID-19 safety precautions. “It’s important that we preserve our progress” by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, complying with proof of vaccination programs and masking indoors and in crowds “as much as possible.”
- An ethicist tells the Hamilton Spectator that public health's decision to remove six deaths from its pandemic count was right, while an infectious disease specialist says totally removing them from local data, as staff did, is the wrong way to go about it. Hamilton public health changed its guidelines for reporting COVID-19 deaths from including anyone with the virus who dies, to including only people whose deaths the virus contributed to or caused.
- The Spectator interviewed several business owners in Hamilton who closed their restaurants during the pandemic. Owners pointed to closures, the labour shortage and time to rethink their careers as reasons for closing up shop. Restaurants Canada estimates at least 15,000 restaurants have closed in Ontario during the pandemic.
- A hospital in Haldimand County continues to fight a COVID-19 outbreak. As the Spectator reports, 11 patients with COVID-19 were admitted between Friday and Monday, with four later transferred to other hospitals. The Haldimand War Memorial Hospital does not have an ICU. Officials declared an outbreak there on November 3. Patients and staff have been infected by the virus spreading in the hospital.
- Niagara This Week reports food banks in the region are preparing for a surge in demand as federal pandemic supports wind down. Niagara Falls organization Project SHARE says 1,000 new families started coming to the food bank this year, making for over 4,000 households it serves. It says it needs to raise $740,000, or 30 per cent more than before the pandemic.
- As of November 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 852,618 doses have been administered, of that 366,282 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
- As of November 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,218 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 509 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,442 COVID-19 cases.
- Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, is warning residents to be cautious as COVID-19 cases are on the rise once more, CBC News reports. The region's average was 35 cases this week, a jump from last week's 26, and test positivity was at 2 per cent. "We are seeing the pandemic grow again," says Etches, asking residents to "go forward with a little more caution."
- CANImmunize, an Ottawa company that built vaccine booking systems for provinces, including Nova Scotia, is now building a digital tool that it hopes will help manage a safe return to the office, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The tool will keep track of workers' vaccination status, including, eventually, whether someone might be at risk of waning immunity and need a booster.
- The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new COVID-19 cases. There are 21 active cases in the region, including four people hospitalized with the virus.
- The St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital is introducing a new COVID-19 vaccination policy for visiting caregivers, CTV News London reports. Effective November 15, essential caregivers must be fully vaccinated — having received their second dose at least two weeks prior — to visit or accompany patients in the hospital, which already has a vaccine mandate in place for staff.
- Waterloo region’s top doctor is stressing the continued importance of following public-health measures as the jurisdiction’s daily COVID-19 case rate has surpassed the provincial average, CBC News reports. “We have seen our daily rate double over the past couple of days and we're above the provincial average at this time," says Hsiu-Li Wang, Region of Waterloo Public Health’s medical officer of health.
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