COVID-19: What you need to know for November 22

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Nov 22, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 627 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 612,318 since the pandemic began; 136 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 78 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,968 people have died.
  • Per the government’s report on the province’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 6,488 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,809,355 since December 2020. 392,021 people have received only one dose, and 11,208,667 people have received both doses. 88.97 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.97 per cent have received their second.

  • As of 2 p.m. Friday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 95 new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,612) 17 new staff cases (for a total of 626) and 0 new unspecified cases for a total of 105; 600 schools are reporting at least one case and 9 schools have been closed.

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
  • As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, children in Ontario who were born on or before December 31, 2016 -- that is, children who are five or will turn five this year -- will be eligible to register for their first dose of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine. The province will be adhering to the 8-week interval between first and second doses, so children who receive their first doses in coming days will not be able to get their second dose until January. Starting on January 1, 2022, any child born in 2017 will also be eligible for a first dose. The province will receive approximately one million doses by the end of the week, which should be more than enough for all eligible children in Ontario.
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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to November 19 data, Toronto reported 121 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,278 since the pandemic began; 11 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,710 people have died (0 new).
  • The Toronto District School Board says more than 300 staff members who did not comply with the board’s vaccination mandate have been put on administrative leave starting today, reports CP24. In a memo to parents, the TDSB confirmed that 330 staff members have been placed on “non-disciplinary administrative leave without pay” for failing to disclose their vaccination status.
  • More than 50 bus routes in Toronto, as well as the Bloor-Danforth subway line, will be impacted by service changes starting Monday as a result of staffing shortages caused by the TTC's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, reports CP24
  • On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that it will open approximately 20,000 appointment bookings for vaccination for five to 11 year-olds between November 25 and December 5 at City-run immunization clinics. When booking for these vaccine appointments is opened next week, all Toronto children aged five to 11 years old, regardless of their neighbourhood, will be eligible to book an appointment through the provincial booking system. The new bookings are for appointments at the City’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall and Mitchell Field Arena.
  • Canadians should only cross the border to visit the United States for essential reasons, Niagara's acting medical officer of health says. The St. Catharines Standard reports that Mustafa Hirji says fewer restrictions and more cases in the U.S. mean even fully vaccinated people are at risk. He notes public health is seeing cases linked to border crossing and says that despite being five times smaller, Niagara County (in the U.S.) has five times as many daily cases as Niagara Region (in Canada).


  • As of November 16, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 857,376 doses have been administered, of that 374,479 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 18, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,086 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 528 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,531 COVID-19 cases.


  • Ottawa physicians are waiting for information on when they can begin vaccinating their young patients as vaccines for those five to 11 are about to arrive, CTV News reports. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a family doctor, is hoping to receive doses this week. "That takes pressure off of public health and off of the other systems in place," she says.


  • Algoma Public Health reports 41 new cases on Sunday, according to the Sault Star. Thirty-nine of those cases are in Sault Ste. Marie while the remaining two are from central and east Algoma. There are 271 active cases in the region.
  • The Thunder Bay Police Service is investigating “multiple incidents” of fraudulent vaccine certificates in Thunder Bay. According to a media release, a local social media account was advertising fake vaccine certificates for sale, and another social media user claimed to create and use a fake proof-of-vaccination certificate.


  • A “suspect outbreak” has been declared at an Aylmer long-term-care home after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, CTV News London reports. Terrace Lodge staff are consulting Southwestern Public Health on outbreak management.
  • With two employees at the Region of Waterloo International Airport Operations Centre testing positive for COVID-19, local public-health officials have declared an outbreak at the facility, the Waterloo Region Record reports. Members of the public have not been exposed to the outbreak, according to Region of Waterloo Public Health.

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