COVID-19: What you need to know for November 2

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Nov 02, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 331 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 600,708 since the pandemic began; 230 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 84 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,881 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 3 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 9 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 13,774 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,535,918 since December 2020. 472,874 people have received only one dose, and 11,031,522 people have received both doses. 88.23 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 84.61 per cent have received their second.

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  • Between 2 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Monday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools reported 123 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,225) 20 new staff cases (for a total of 469) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 75; 503 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 schools have been closed.

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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
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Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

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

  • According to November 1 data, Toronto reported 163 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,014 since the pandemic began; 26 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,694 people have died (1 new). Data as of November 1 includes case counts and outcomes since October 29.  ​​​​​​​
  • Today, Mayor John Tory announced that 84 per cent of eligible Toronto residents have now received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A media release from the city notes that as of November 1, 2021 at 8 a.m., the City of Toronto and Team Toronto partners have administered over 4.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 84 per cent of eligible residents who have received two doses of the vaccine and 87.7 per cent of eligible residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

  • 98 per cent of city of Toronto employees have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, leaving fewer than 1,300 workers facing imminent unpaid suspension and possible dismissal reports the Toronto Star. 

  • CBC News reports that long-term-care homes serving the Ukrainian-Canadian community are among those with the highest rates of unvaccinated staff. The latest available provincial data show 26 per cent of staff at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre and Ivan Franko Homes, both located in Etobicoke, were not fully vaccinated as of last month. The rate was more than two-and-a-half times the provincial average in the long-term care sector.  
  • Citing administrative issues, Hamilton public health is replacing Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine booking system with its own. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, the city is preparing to administer about 100,000 jabs once a children's vaccine is approved. It will open a clinic in CF Lime Ridge Mall and one in the lower city. Hamiltonians looking to book will be able to go to Hamilton's vaccine uptake is declining. Usually, fewer than 1,000 people get shots each day. The least-vaccinated age group is 25 to 29 at 70 per cent of those eligible fully vaccinated, 11 per cent below the citywide average.


  • As of October 27, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 813,450 doses have been administered, of that 361,809 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of October 29, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,618 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 491 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,406 COVID-19 cases.


  • Up to 27,000 federal public servants have missed a deadline to attest that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ottawa Citizen reports. They now have until Nov. 15 to confirm that they have received at least a first dose before facing suspension. Those who do receive their first dose between now and Nov. 15 will have another 10 weeks to get a second dose, or they will face suspension again.
  • Ottawa Public Health has released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, CBC News reports. Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, says the goal is to vaccinate 9 per cent of children in that age group.
  • Smith's Falls council has deferred a vote on whether to institute a vaccination mandate for its employees, the Brockville Recorder reports. The vote is now scheduled for next Monday.
  • Kingston region is now seeing its highest number of COVID cases since May, Global News reports. As of Nov. 1, there were 73 active cases in the region, with the majority among adults ages 18-29, and school-aged children.


  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new COVID-19 cases. There are 15 active cases in the region, including one person hospitalized in the ICU with the virus.
  • The Northwestern Health Unit currently has two active COVID-19 cases.
  • Algoma Public Health has hit a record-high 58 active cases in the region, Soo Today reports. John Tuinema, Algoma Public Health's associate medical officer of health, says there has been an uptick in cases among under-11-year-olds, with three outbreaks at educational facilities: Grand View Public School, River View Public School and at Child Care Algoma’s Before and After school program.
  • A child care program at Levack Public School has been closed after a positive COVID case was found, according to There are 19 active cases of COVID-19 in area schools, according to Public Health Sudbury and Districts says there are 206 active cases in the region.


  • Wilberforce Public School has switched to virtual learning until November 8, Blackburn News reports. The Thames Valley District School Board made the call to close the school as it was struggling to maintain in-person learning with COVID-19 cases affecting several classes.

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