COVID-19: What you need to know for November 25

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 25, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 748 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 614,270 since the pandemic began; 257 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 87 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,985 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 12,566 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,845,723 since December 2020. 383,991 people have received only one dose, and 11,230,866 people have received both doses. 89.08 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.14 per cent have received their second.

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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.
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 24 data, Toronto reported 95 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,676 since the pandemic began; 18 of them are in hospital (2 new). In total, 3,712 people have died (1 new). 
  • Today, Team Toronto partners announced that they are opening their clinics across Toronto to vaccinate children aged five to 11. Clinic opportunities include fixed clinics run by hospitals, Ontario Health teams, community health centres and more than 110 primary care providers and pediatricians. More than 240 pharmacies currently have pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available, with more coming within the week.
  • The provincial standard for paramedics to transfer care of patients to hospitals (called offloading) is 30 minutes but for years, experts say that process has been subject to lengthy delays. During the pandemic, offload delays dropped significantly, but in recent months, they've shot up to record highs in some places. As TVO.org's Hamilton-Niagara reporter Justin Chandler writes, Niagara's EMS chief says the problem has become a crisis.

​​​​​​​Indigenous

  • As of November 24, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 873,511 doses have been administered, of that 378,847 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 23, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,023 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 534 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,604 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Kingston residents are having a harder time finding a spot to get tested for COVID-19, Global News reports. More people have been seeking tests since last week, when KFL&A Public Health said that even mild cold symptoms warrant a test.
  • Outbreaks in Ottawa elementary schools are on the rise, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Ottawa Public Health says 19 elementary schools are currently experiencing outbreaks. “I would encourage everyone, if your child has symptoms, to get a test to ensure it’s not COVID, and stay home until we know that isn’t COVID,” said Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health.

Northern

  • COVID-19 infections are on the rise in northwestern Ontario. Today, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting 12 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 49 active cases in the region. The Northwestern Health Unit has 15 active COVID-19 cases, 10 of which are in the Kenora area.
  • A third elementary school in Thunder Bay has been impacted by COVID-19 this week. A single case of COVID-19 has been found in someone associated with Ecole Elsie MacGill Public School in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. The health unit is working with the school to identify any close contacts.
  • Anishnawbe Mushkiki will be holding COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot clinics for Indigenous children, youth and adults in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports.

Southwestern

  • A Windsor woman has won a new van for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, CBC News reports. Kathleen Stasso was one of about 100 winners in a lottery of more than $200,000 in prizes that the city and Essex County launched in September to raise vaccine awareness.
  • Windsor Assembly Plant workers have until next week to disclose their vaccination status to automotive manufacturer Stellantis or face discipline, CBC News reports. "The active workers that have not declared their vaccination status as of yet, the company has told us that they are going to start disciplining as of Dec. 1,” says Dave Cassidy, president of Unifor Local 444, which represents workers at the Stellantis plant.

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