COVID-19: What you need to know for November 17

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 17, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 512 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 608,718 since the pandemic began; 274 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 133 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 77 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,950 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 2 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2 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 15,040 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,748,337 since December 2020. 408,803 people have received only one dose, and 11,169,767 people have received both doses. 88.8 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.67 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 110 new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,304) 16 new staff cases (for a total of 586) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 102; 558 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 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.
  • Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Kieran Moore, told CFRA in Ottawa that vaccinations for Ontarians between 5 and 11 will likely start before the end of the month, but that children won't be getting their second doses on a three-week schedule as recommended by Pfizer; instead they will likely be on an 8-week interval between first and second doses.

  • Ontario’s Ministry of Health is allowing pharmacies to conduct COVID-19 tests on symptomatic patients for the first time and tests could get underway as soon as this week, reports CP24. A senior government official told CP24 the program is free for the subject, voluntary and open to any willing pharmacy in the province.

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

  • According to November 16 data, Toronto reported 56 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,985 since the pandemic began; 15 of them are in hospital (2 new). In total, 3,710 people have died (2 new). 
  • Today, Mayor John Tory announced that Team Toronto has now administered two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 85 per cent of eligible Toronto residents. A news release stated that Toronto has the highest fully vaccinated rate for its entire population when compared to other major metropolitan cities such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, England.
  • The TTC says it will be reducing service on several routes across the city starting next week, including on one of its subway lines, due to operator shortages caused by the transit agency’s mandatory vaccination policy, reports CP24
  • Toronto Public Health (TPH) has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at two schools after cases of the virus were linked between the two facilities, reports CTV news. In a series of tweets published Tuesday evening, the agency said that the affected schools include Rawlinson Community School, located in the area of St. Clair Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue, and Swansea Junior and Senior Public School, located off of Windermere Avenue just south of Bloor Street.
  • Toronto police are asking educators to stop filing complaints about their school boards’ COVID-19 vaccination policies, reports the Toronto StarTo date, 53 staff with the Toronto District School Board, and three with the city’s Catholic board, have filed police reports.
  • Hamilton is opening two mass vaccination clinics to meet the demand for boosters and prepare for the approval of a COVID-19 jab for children, the Hamilton Spectator reports. Hamilton is still among Ontario's least-vaccinated areas, with about 83 per cent of eligible people vaccinated. The goal is 90 per cent. Two-thirds of appointments at the new clinics will be reserved for children once that shot is approved.
  • The Spectator also reports nearly 100 students who attend a Norfolk County elementary school are studying at home due to an outbreak in which seven students have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week.
  • Niagara This Week reports one person has died and 30 residents have tested positive for the virus (all of whom were fully vaccinated) in an outbreak at a St. Catharines retirement facility.
  • Niagara's acting medical officer of health Mustafa Hirji says cases are not increasing too quickly in the region to manage right now, but he worries that could change and things could get out of control. He told the St. Catharines Standard that lifting capacity limits on sporting arenas and similar spaces were a tipping point and that unless more action is taken to prevent a spike in infections now, more drastic action may be needed by the holidays.

Indigenous

  • As of November 9, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 837,958 doses have been administered, of that 371,810 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 16, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,154 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 523 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,502 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Kingston's medical officer of health has declared that there is now community spread in the area, and is asking people to go "back to basics" to curb the spread, Global News reports. Although Kingston's case numbers have been trending higher for some time, Piotr Oglaza, the region's medical officer of health, says things are different now because cases cannot be traced to known exposures. “This puts everyone in the community at risk. If you feel sick, or even if you just have mild symptoms, make the responsible choice and get tested to protect yourself and your community,” Oglaza says.
  • Students at Carleton University are upset due to what some see as a last-minute switch back to online course delivery for the winter term, the Ottawa Citizen reports. On Monday, the university sent out an email to students scaling back the number of in-person course offerings it will offer in January. Some students are upset because they had been making plans to move to the city. "It has impacted me mentally because you’re doing online classes in your own room, isolated when your family is miles away. Apart from the struggles of doing online schooling with a 10-hour time difference, I came back to Canada with the belief that some classes will be in person again," says Athul Abraham, a student from Indonesia.

​​​​​​​Northern

  • ​​​​​​​A second case of COVID-19 has been detected at St. Martin School in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board says it’s investigating whether this case is linked with the case reported earlier. The school board and a public health nurse will be contacting those affected, and the school will be thoroughly disinfected, says the board.
  • An outbreak has been declared at Isabel Fletcher Public School in Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Star reports. There were 18 new cases reported within Algoma Public Health yesterday, for a total of 186 active cases and 17 hospitalizations.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported its 35th death yesterday, according to the Sudbury Star. The individual lived in Greater Sudbury. There are 243 active cases in the region.

Southwestern

  • A man in his 70s is the latest COVID-19 death in Windsor-Essex, pushing the region’s death toll to 467 since the pandemic began, CTV Windsor reports. Along with the death, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Wednesday reports 49 new COVID-19 cases.


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