COVID-19: What you need to know for November 29

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 29, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 788 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 617,803 since the pandemic began; at least 145 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 148 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 89 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,997 people have died.
  • Per the government’s report on the province’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 22,442 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,950,908 since December 2020. 442,796 people have received only one dose, and 11,254,056 people have received both doses. 89.71 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.32 per cent have received their second.

  • As of 2 p.m. Friday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 120 new school-related student cases (for a total of 6,415) 10 new staff cases (for a total of 699) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 112; 717 schools are reporting at least one case and 16 schools have been closed.

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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 26 data, Toronto reported 121 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 182,909 since the pandemic began; 19 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,712 people have died (0 new).
  • The City of Toronto has announced that more than 6,100 five to 11-year-olds received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Toronto’s five City-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the first three days of the Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
  • Students at an elementary school in the city's Wychwood neighbourhood have been dismissed from in-person learning and activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak, reports CP24. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) announced Sunday that McMurrich Junior Public School will be temporarily closed starting Monday following the recommendation of Toronto Public Health (TPH).
  • A Catholic French elementary school in Oshawa is closing today following an outbreak of COVID-19, reports CP24. In a news release issued Monday, the MonAvenir Catholic School Board confirmed that a high number of recent COVID-19 cases identified at the school has prompted the closure of ÉÉC Corpus-Christi, located on Hillside Avenue in Oshawa.

​​​​​​​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 27, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 958 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 539 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,654 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Two people from Ottawa who returned from a trip to Nigeria have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant of concern that was first detected in southern Africa, reports CTV News. Following the emergence of omicron, several countries, including Canada, announced travel restrictions for southern African countries. Nigeria is not on the list of countries affected by Canada's travel ban.
  • Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health Vera Etches said Sunday that anyone in the household of someone who had travelled through one of eight countries within 14 days of arriving in Ottawa should also self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, reports CBC News. The countries listed by OPH are Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Namibia.
  • A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at a wedding reception at the Italo-Canadian Club in Kingston, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard. According to a news release issued by Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health on Sunday, a possible COVID-19 exposure was identified at the venue on Saturday, November 20, between 6:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Kingston's medical officer of health Piotr Oglaza has said that cases of COVID-19 in the region continue to rise, reports the Whig-Standard. “We continue to experience high volume of cases. These are numbers (of cases) that are exceeding what we’ve seen so far throughout this pandemic,” said Oglaza in a media call on Friday. The rise in cases throughout the region is concerning to Oglaza, who fears that a continued increase in cases may impact the capacity of the health-care system or the ability to keep schools open to in-person learning.

Northern

  • A third case of COVID-19 has been reported at Ecole Gron Morgan Public School, adding to a growing list of cases impacting Thunder Bay schools, reports TBNewswatch. The Lakehead District School Board confirmed the news in a release Sunday evening, saying parents and guardians of students in affected cohorts and others identified as close contacts would be contacted by public health.

Southwestern

  • A COVID-19 outbreak has occurred at Western University involving at least five fully vaccinated students, the London Free Press reports.
  • Another eight London-area schools have reported new COVID-19 cases, according to Blackburn News. The schools are Glen Cairn Public School, Lord Elgin Public School, Tecumseh Public School, Huron Park Secondary School, Southside Public School, Locke’s Public School, Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion Public School, and Lord Dorchester Secondary School. “Thames Valley wishes to assure the community that all staff, parents and guardians of the school communities were immediately notified,” says the Thames Valley District School Board.
  • Some 239 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Windsor-Essex between Saturday and Monday, CTV News Windsor reports. There are now 498 active cases in the region, says the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

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