COVID-19: What you need to know for November 18

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 18, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 711 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 609,429 since the pandemic began; 278 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 129 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 78 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,955 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 13,862 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,762,199 since December 2020. 405,247 people have received only one dose, and 11,178,476 people have received both doses. 88.84 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.74 per cent have received their second.
  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 114 new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,427) 14 new staff cases (for a total of 602) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 103; 589 schools are reporting at least one case and 5 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 November 17 data, Toronto reported 107 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,085 since the pandemic began; 11 of them are in hospital (0 new). In total, 3,710 people have died (0 new). 
  • A survey of 43,000 parents of children aged five to 11 in Toronto found that 66 per cent of them are either certain or somewhat likely to get their child vaccinated once Health Canada approves the vaccine for use in the age group, reports CP24. “I think the 66 per cent actually represents quite a solid start and it is not dissimilar to that which we saw for adult vaccination,” Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa told reporters during a briefing on Wednesday.
  • In a news release issued Thursday, the city said starting November 29, online reservations will no longer be offered at city-run fitness centres, weight rooms, indoor playgrounds, or for leisure swims at indoor pools, reports CP24. “In line with the provincial government's lifting of capacity restrictions in many sport and recreation facilities, online reservations will soon no longer be required,” the news release read.
  • As the holiday season kicks off, Team Toronto announced he is launching its Vax The Holidays campaign to focus on direct community access to COVID-19 vaccines. Vax The Holidays features mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics that offer first, second and third doses in local shopping malls, community centres, schools and places of worship over the next month.
  • A Burlington school has now closed two classrooms in an attempt to manage the spread of COVID-19, reports the Toronto Star. The Halton Catholic District School Board on Monday reported two new cases at St. Mark Catholic Elementary School in Burlington and has since closed two classrooms related to the infections.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences has fired six and disciplined 52 staff for not complying with vaccination reporting and COVID-19 testing requirements, the Hamilton Spectator reports. It has yet to enact its mandatory staff vaccination policy, which takes effect November 30. As of Tuesday, about 95 per cent of staff were vaccinated. That accounts for roughly 12,500 people vaccinated, with 673 unvaccinated. HHS says more and more people are getting the jab as the deadline nears. St. Joseph's Healthcare, Norfolk General Hospital, West Haldimand General and Niagara Health all have upcoming mandatory vaccination deadlines.
  • For the second time, the chair of Niagara's regional council has condemned West Lincoln mayor Dave Bylsma's behaviour. This time, as the St. Catharines Standard reports, it was for a job post he appears to have shared online using the term "purebloods" in presumed reference to unvaccinated people. The term has historical racist connotations and has gained traction in anti-public-health circles. Bylsma did not comment for the article, but a West Lincoln councillor said he told them he made the post, which used Bylsma's name and phone number.

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

  • 40 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health on Wednesday, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard. With 25 cases resolved, there are now 199 active cases of COVID-19 in the KFL&A region, the highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
  • Ongoing outbreaks at The Ottawa Hospital's General and Civic campuses have led to three deaths, the Ottawa Citizen reports. There have been six separate outbreaks and 64 confirmed cases across the two campuses so far. A spokesperson for the hospital says the hospital has put precautions in place to stop further transmission, including not transferring infected patients.

Northern

  • An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at St. Martin School in Thunder Bay. According to the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, five people associated with the school have tested positive for COVID-19. High-risk contacts have been contacted by public health, and classes and cohorts affected by the outbreak have been dismissed but the school remains open.

Southwestern

  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has confirmed a young person is the latest casualty of the pandemic in the Windsor area, reports Blackburn News. WECHU stated it would not be providing further information, including the vaccination status of the latest victim.
  • The municipality of Bluewater has approved a vaccination policy for its employees, reports Blackburn News.

  • A rise in COVID-19 cases linked to social gatherings has prompted renewed words of caution from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, reports the Windsor Star. Chains of disease transmission linking from in-school exposures to sporting events to private parties have recently been identified public health unit staff, said acting medical officer of health Shanker Nesathurai on Wednesday.


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