COVID-19: What you need to know for November 24

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 24, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 591 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 613,522 since the pandemic began; 289 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 137 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 84 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,981 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 4 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 12,706 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,833,157 since December 2020. 386,491 people have received only one dose, and 11,223,333 people have received both doses. 89.04 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.08 per cent have received their second.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 154 new school-related student cases (for a total of 6,001) 13 new staff cases (for a total of 666) and 3 new unspecified cases for a total of 108; 666 schools are reporting at least one case and 15 schools have been closed.

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 23 data, Toronto reported 94 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,591 since the pandemic began; 22 of them are in hospital (10 new). In total, 3,711 people have died (1 new). 
  • A small group of Toronto children have become the first kids in Canada to receive Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, reports CP24. On Tuesday afternoon Toronto Public Health and the Hospital for Sick Children partnered together on a special event to inoculate 10 children ahead of the beginning of a wider rollout later this week.
  • The City of Toronto announced yesterday that more than 28,000 first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments have been booked for residents five to 11 years old so far at the City’s five major kid-friendly immunization clinics. A total of 30,000 appointments were made available yesterday through the Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination plan. The appointments were 93 per cent booked by noon. With 200,000 eligible kids in the city, this represents more than 14 per cent of all kids already with an appointment to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Parents and guardians were able to book COVID-19 vaccinations for children in Hamilton yesterday but many reported issues to media and politicians, including glitches and difficulty booking siblings on the same day, the Hamilton Spectator writes. Hamilton Public Health notes kids can be booked together by calling the city's COVID hotline. Hamilton is using its own booking tool online, not Ontario's.
  • Niagara public health says there was misinformation online alleging children would be vaccinated against COVID-19 at school without parent or guardian consent, but that is false. The St. Catharines Standard reports the public school board in Niagara reiterated that the rumour was false. The paper shared a list of frequently asked questions and answers about childhood vaccinations.
  • With case counts in the region rising quickly, Haldimand-Norfolk's acting medical officer of health Matt Strauss says he's inviting people to phone him about vaccinations directly so he can answer their questions. He says dozens have done so, CBC Hamilton reports. Meanwhile, Ontario Liberal house leader John Fraser called Strauss out for saying "individual families, parents and children will have to consider what the risks are," arguing it sowed doubt and saying Strauss should be removed from office. The Spectator reports that several doctors were also critical of Strauss' statement, saying it could lead fewer people to take a safe vaccine.
  • Conservative MP for Haldimand-Norfolk Leslyn Lewis — who has shared misinformation about vaccines and said on the campaign trail that she was taking daily rapid tests — is back in the House of Commons but refuses to say if she's vaccinated against COVID-19. The Spectator reports Lewis has declined multiple interview requests and shared posts on social media about medical privacy and individual rights in regards to vaccination.

​​​​​​​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

  • Anti-vaccination protesters gathered yesterday outside the Cornwall office of Eric Duncan, MP for Stormont--Dundas--Glengarry, the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports. One protester, Amy Alguire, says she does not want to vaccinate her children: "As a parent, I feel that I know what’s better for my children than someone who has never met them, and that’s somebody that may not have their best interest at heart." In response, Duncan encouraged vaccination: “I strongly believe that the best way to move past this pandemic is to get vaccinated. I am fully vaccinated, as is my entire staff, and I would encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated, to do so," he says. About 15 people attended the protest.
  • Cases continue to rise in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington public health unit. According to Global News, there were 203 active COVID cases in the region as of yesterday evening, and the infection rate over the past week is 71.3 per 100,000. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease physician at Kingston General hospital, attributes this to fewer infections during earlier waves. “We have a lot of people who haven’t yet been vaccinated who remain susceptible to this infection because we have had such low rates of infection before," he says. According to the public health unit, as of last week, half the region's cases were the result of community spread.
  • An Ottawa man has been arrested and charged in relation to a security breach of the province's vaccine booking system, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Ayoub Sayid, 21, has been charged with unauthorized use of a computer, and another man faces the same charge. The arrests occurred after several people received scam texts asking for money after having booked their vaccine appointments.
  • Ottawa businesses in the downtown core are calling for the federal government to release a return-to-work plan, but some new ones farther away from the core are thriving, according to CTV News. "We need action now. We can’t have a 10-year rebuilding plan; we need a transition plan from the federal government right now,” says Stewart Cattroll, owner of Freshii on Bank St. But federal public servants working from home are now patronizing businesses closer to home, says Tannis Vine, executive director of the Heart of Orleans BIA. “We actually saw about 20 businesses open between March of 2020 and now during the pandemic and very few closed so far,” she says.

Northern

  • A person associated with St. Ann Elementary School in Thunder Bay has tested positive for COVID-19, but they haven’t been at the school for “an extended period of time,” TBNewswatch reports. Still, possible close contacts, including one class cohort and one bus cohort, have been dismissed from the school and will be tested for the virus as an added precaution.
  • Fort William First Nation is offering COVID-19 booster shots to community members, TBNewswatch reports. The province recently expanded eligibility for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to include Indigenous adults, healthcare workers and designated essential caregivers who work in congregate living settings, and anyone 70 years or older.
  • High school students in Thunder Bay will be returning to full semesters next week, TBNewswatch reports. Students will resume taking four courses per day, instead of two courses as previously required by provincial COVID-19 guidelines.
  • A 38th person has died of COVID-related causes in Greater Sudbury, the Sudbury Star reports. There are 244 active cases in the region.
  • Five people in the Algoma district died of COVID in the past week, according to the Sault Star, bringing the total deaths since the pandemic started to 14. There are 282 cases in the region.

Southwestern

  • Some 90 per cent of people in London and surrounding Middlesex County have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, CTV News London reports.
  • Windsor police are aware of a protest planned for later this week at Devonshire Mall’s mass-vaccination clinic and say “hospital operations and public safety cannot be disrupted in any way,” Blackburn News reports. The Windsor Police Service will be on site Thursday, when children ages five to 11 can begin getting vaccinated.
  • Windsor parents are concerned that people have been handing out anti-vaccination flyers outside of local schools this month. “I got so angry that my 10-year-old might have been exposed to something like that,” Bronwyn Greenacre, whose son attends Princess Elizabeth Public School, tells the Windsor Star.


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