COVID-19: What you need to know for November 26

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 26, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 927 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 615,197 since the pandemic began; 268 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 140 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 86 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,991 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 10 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 19,820 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,865,543 since December 2020. 388,627 people have received only one dose, and 11,238,458 people have received both doses. 89.18 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.2 per cent have received their second.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 132 new school-related student cases (for a total of 6,296) 8 new staff cases (for a total of 688) and 1 new unspecified case for a total of 111; 712 schools are reporting at least one case and 17 schools have been closed.

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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.
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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.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to November 25 data, Toronto reported 134 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,797 since the pandemic began; 18 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,712 people have died (0 new). 
  • All Toronto District School Board students ages 12 and up must be fully vaccinated to take part in competitive winter sports, including basketball, hockey, and swimming, reports CP24. In a statement, the TDSB said that students will need both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in sports that involve competition between schools, mixing of students, and travel to other TDSB schools and/ or external venues.
  • Toronto's Vax The Holidays vaccination campaign continues today and this weekend at COVID-19 mobile clinics in malls and community settings across the city. According to a media release, shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday sales can also take care of getting vaccinated today or tomorrow at Lawrence Allen Centre, Stockyards Village and Yonge Sheppard Centre. Other Vax The Holidays community-based locations can be found here
  • Sina Copur, one of 12 individuals vaccinated with an expired COVID-19 vaccine dose at a Vaughan Shoppers Drug Mart last week, says he’s feeling confused and frustrated, reports CP24. “After I got my shot, everything was okay — I left the shop after 15 minutes,” Copur told CTV News Toronto on Thursday. “The next day, on Wednesday, the owner of the pharmacy gave me a call and he told me ‘We are so sorry, but the COVID-19 vaccine had expired.’” According to Loblaws Public Relations, which is the parent company of Shoppers, “Public health has confirmed there was absolutely no risk to the customer, and the dose is considered valid and effective.”
  • A Thursday release from Hamilton Health Sciences said to that date, the hospital network had disciplined 68 workers for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine reporting or testing rules. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, it dismissed seven people. HHS is the city's biggest employer with a workforce of 13,250. About 360 staff and fewer than five physicians are unvaccinated with the deadline to get jabbed on November 30. Workers not in compliance with the policy will receive a notice of termination on December 1 but can avoid a January 26 dismissal if they get two doses by January 12.
  • Epidemiologist Colin Furness tells the Spectator that religious leaders may be able to use their platforms to encourage vaccination. In Haldimand-Norfolk, health officials have asked church leaders and private religious schools to address vaccine hesitancy but some local religious leaders say explicitly including the pandemic in sermons is not in their plans. They prefer to rely on their religious teachings, which they say promote love and actions that keep others safe.

​​​​​​​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 25, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 965 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 537 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,635 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Kingston's testing centres are struggling to meet demand as COVID-19 cases rise, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. Kingston can test about 475 to 500 people per day and has now added some additional pop-up clinics in the evening.
  • COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children open today in Ottawa, CTV News reports. There will be seven mass vaccination clinics, as well as pop-up clinics and after-school clinics. Ottawa Public Health says its goal is to give children their first dose before the holidays.

Northern

  • The Sudbury Star reports five more school bus cancellations due to COVID in the area. There are more than 45 bus routes cancelled for the week of November 22 due to COVID-19 exposures and a school bus driver shortage.

Southwestern

  • Close to 8,300 appointments have been made this week in Middlesex-London for kids between the ages of five and 11 to receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, CTV News London reports. According to the Middlesex-London Health Unit, that accounts for 22 per cent of the region’s total population of that age group.
  • A vaccine clinic in Waterloo Region is trying to take a kid-friendly approach as it begins administering doses to children. "It's important for the kids to have a good experience and to tie it to a good memory," Lisa Anstey, manager of the clinic on Pinebush Road, tells CTV News Kitchener. Bright pictures of animals and cartoon and video-game characters have been put up in the clinic, while immunization stations feature TV screens and fidget toys. At “Camp Pinebush,” kids who have just received the jab can watch TV, colour, and play.


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