COVID-19: What you need to know for November 12

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 12, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 598 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 605,846 since the pandemic began; 207 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 130 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 72 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,921 people have died.
  • Per the government’s report on the province’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 13,468 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,681,696 since December 2020. 428,370 people have received only one dose, and 11,126,663 people have received both doses. 88.62 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.34 per cent have received their second.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 2 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 0 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 6 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,824 confirmed resident deaths and 13 confirmed staff deaths.

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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 November 10 data, Toronto reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,566 since the pandemic began; 18 of them are in hospital (2 new). In total, 3,701 people have died (1 new).
  • As part of the City of Toronto’s latest Shop And Vax campaign, dozens of mall and neighbourhood clinics across Toronto will be offering COVID-19 vaccines until Sunday, November 14. A list of participating clinics can be found here
  • Through a needs-based and equity data analysis, Toronto Public Health has identified 30 neighbourhoods for the first roll-out of the school-based clinics to vaccinate five to 11-year-olds. According to a media release, the analysis included the COVID-19 case rate during wave four of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination rates in the 12 to 17-year-old population as a proxy for anticipated vaccine uptake in five to 11-year-olds. The analysis also included the percentage of residents in each neighbourhood who fall below the low-income measure, the proportion of racialized individuals, and the percentage of people living in crowded housing. Neighbourhoods include Scarborough Village, Malvern, Dorset Park, and Eglinton East. A full list can be found here
  • A Mississauga long-term-care home that saw one of the most devastating COVID-19 outbreaks during the first wave of the pandemic in Ontario is now in the process of being sold, reports CBC News. Sienna Senior Living, which owns the for-profit home along with dozens of others in the province, is in the midst of turning over Camilla Care Community to a not-for-profit organization and Trillium Health Partners (THP), a Greater Toronto hospital network, pending provincial approval.
  • In Peel region, there is a school bus driver shortage due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, reports the Brampton Guardian. According to a report from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, the shortage is causing commute delays for students. The bus operators also reported that the implementation of the vaccination mandate resulted in a loss of 40 drivers’ across the region.
  • Lawrence Loh, Peel region's medical officer of health told reporters that just one patient was hospitalized at Brampton Civic last week, while 15 were admitted across Trillium Health Partners hospitals in Mississauga, reports the Brampton Guardian. Loh attributed the larger number of hospitalizations in the city to the “relatively lower” vaccination rates in “south-central and east Mississauga.”
  • Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington fired 13 staff and put 38 on unpaid leave this month as it became the first local hospital to enforce mandatory vaccination against COVID-19. The Hamilton Spectator reports after the mandate came into effect November 1, those 51 account for fewer than three per cent off the hospital's staff. This comes as COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly around Ontario. Hamilton is currently not seeing that sort of rise, with cases reproducing below the threshold for exponential growth.
  • A Hamilton Health Sciences infectious diseases physician tells the Spectator there hasn't been  any community transmission of influenza detected in the city so far, but adds that getting the flu shot is the best way to keep people from getting very ill when and if it starts spreading. Influenza season is usually from late October to December.
  • Niagara Region's human resources director said in an update Wednesday that 92 per cent of staff are fully vaccinated and one per cent have one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As the St. Catharines Standard reports, the remaining employees either received exemptions or are on leave. Employees without an exemption will be required to test for the virus regularly

Indigenous

  • 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.

Eastern

  • An Ottawa doctor is pleading for help from the prime minister after receiving death threats for holding vaccine clinics, CTV News reports Every time the prime minister tweets and says, 'keep going, keep getting vaccinated,' he's speaking to the Canadian public," says Nili Kaplan-Myrth. "But also, (health-care workers) are the people doing it on the ground, and we are the ones being harmed." Kaplan-Myrth says she is asking the prime minister for help because of a lack of support from the provincial government so far.

Northern

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting three new COVID-19 cases. Currently there are 22 active cases in the region, including four people hospitalized with the virus. Janet DeMille, the district’s medical officer of health, says the region is doing well, but she has not ruled out imposing additional public health measures like capacity limits if cases continue to rise, TBNewswatch reports.
  • The Sudbury Star reports that proof of vaccination will be required for children aged 12 and older to play in organized sports starting November 15.
  • There are a total of seven new COVID cases in three Sudbury area schools according to the Sudbury Star, including four cases in Espanola and Manitoulin Island schools. On Manitoulin, there is one positive case at Central Manitoulin Public School and two more positive cases at Little Current Public School, while there is one confirmed case at A.B. Ellis Public School in Espanola. There are 12 active cases within facilities of the Rainbow District Public School Board, and another 12 within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

Southwestern

  • A Lambton County restaurant owner who says he’s against the proof-of-vaccination requirements for businesses like his own tells the London Free Press that he recently received three $880 tickets from provincial inspectors. “Up until now, I have adhered to all the protocols,” says Tom Stoukas, owner of Athena’s Diner, in Petrolia. “The vax pass is – that’s where I draw the line.”
  • Lambton’s medical officer of health is worried that the COVID-19 case spikes being observed elsewhere in the province could be a bellwether for local increases, the Sarnia Observer reports. During the pandemic, the region’s caseload has often lagged the rises and falls seen in other areas. “So that’s something that we’re going to have to pay attention to even as our cases are coming down,” says Sudit Ranade, medical officer of health for Lambton Public Health.
  • Two youth hockey teams in Tecumseh have been sidelined after a player tested positive for COVID-19, CTV News Windsor reports. “It’s unfortunate, but we anticipated it and we addressed it correctly,” says Tony Rosa, president of the Tecumseh Shoreline Minor Hockey Association.


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