COVID-19: What you need to know for November 23

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 23, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 613 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 612,931 since the pandemic began; 282 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 134 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 81 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,974 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 8 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 11,096 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,820,451 since December 2020. 389,301 people have received only one dose, and 11,215,575 people have received both doses. 89.01 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.02 per cent have received their second.

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 authorities are investigating reports of a possible security breach associated with the provincial COVID-19 vaccine booking portal, reports CTV News. A spokesperson for the Solicitor General confirmed the government has received multiple reports of spam text messages received by individuals who scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the COVID-9 immunization system.

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Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to November 22 data, Toronto reported 241 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,505 since the pandemic began; 15 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,710 people have died (0 new). Data as of November 22 includes case counts and outcomes since November 19. 
  • At 8 a.m. this morning, more than 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments went live in the provincial booking system for five to 11-year-old children in Toronto. All Toronto children, regardless of their neighbourhood, who are turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) are eligible to book an appointment. Appointments can be booked by visiting the City of Toronto COVID-19 page and clicking the blue button or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Learn more and book here.
  • A Flemingdon Park elementary school will be closed for in-person learning as of tomorrow amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has seen at least 15 students test positive for the virus, reports CP24. Toronto Public Health announced the closure of Grenoble Public School near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue on Monday afternoon, just three days after declaring an outbreak at the school.
  • The Toronto Star reports that Peel’s strategy to vaccinating young children will mirror its success in vaccinating the region’s teens and adults by offering a mix of locations to get immunized, including mass clinics, community and school-based clinics and using its two mobile Vax Vans, according to Paul Sharma, co-lead of the COVID-19 vaccination program at Peel Public Health. As of Sunday, about 89 per cent of Peel’s residents aged 12 and older have received their first COVID shot and about 85 per cent have had two doses. Currently, the region has a COVID infection rate lower than many other public health units.
  • Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who serves as vice-chair of the city’s board of health, is apologizing for spreading misinformation about vaccines in a column she wrote for the Toronto Sun recently, reports CP24. In the column, Wong-Tam said that according to public health statements, vaccinated people spread COVID-19 to others just as easily as unvaccinated people and cited Ontario Chief Medical Officer Kieran Moore as advocating that natural immunity be considered as part of Ontario’s reopening plan.
  • Hamilton is booking COVID-19 vaccine for children born in 2016 and earlier today with shots starting Thursday. Public health is using the city's own booking system — not the province's. The Hamilton Spectator wrote up a list of common questions and answers about the process. The paper reports that one quarter of active COVID-19 cases are among people 19 and younger (47 out of 181). The age group with the most cases are 10- to 19-year-olds. Overall, people under 40 in Hamilton are the least-vaccinated and make up just over half the vases in the city (93 of 181).
  • As of Monday, the Spectator reports, two more Haldimand-Norfolk residents died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 55. Seven people died in the past two months; four were unvaccinated and three were vaccinated but had other terminal conditions. Two weeks ago, there were 65 active cases in the health unit but on Monday, there were 136. Acting medical officer of health Matt Strauss says the trend mirrors other rural health units seeing increasing case loads, particularly in parts with lower vaccination rates.
  • Six Nations Public Health confirmed the 15th COVID-related death on Six Nations of the Grand River territory since the pandemic started. Including newly-eligible children, about 54 per cent of on-reserve band members are fully vaccinated, so public health is encouraging more people to get jabbed, the Spectator reports.

​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • 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 22, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,038 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 532 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,584 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • The owner of a Kingston pub has failed in his bid to have the restraining order prohibiting him from entering his business removed after the business was shut down due to public health violations, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. Kelly Hale, the owner of J.A.K.K. Tuesday's, has been locked out of his business since November 13, after public health authorities obtained an emergency order shutting it down

Northern

Southwestern

  • A total of 252 deaths in London-Middlesex have been attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the London Free Press reports.
  • London Transit is proposing route expansion and adding thousands of new service hours next year — but pandemic-related factors may put the breaks on at least some of the plans, the London Free Press reports. The transit operator faces a driver shortage due to resignations and retirements during the public-health crisis, and supply-chain delays could impact necessary equipment orders.
  • Youth-vaccination efforts in Windsor-Essex are ramping up as children aged 5 to 11 will be able to get the jab at the Devonshire Mall mass-vaccination clinic beginning this Thursday, the Windsor Star reports.


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