COVID-19: What you need to know for November 3

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Nov 03, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 378 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 601,086 since the pandemic began; 237 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 79 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,886 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 3 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 16,933 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,552,851 since December 2020. 468,255 people have received only one dose, and 11,042,298 people have received both doses. 88.28 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 84.69 per cent have received their second.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 78 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,283) 10 new staff cases (for a total of 477) and 1 new unspecified cases for a total of 76; 499 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 schools have been closed.

Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.
Data from the Province of Ontario; visualizations by John Michael McGrath.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to November 2 data, Toronto reported 63 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,069 since the pandemic began; 31 of them are in hospital (7 new). In total, 3,695 people have died (0 new).   ​​​​​​​
  • The Toronto Star reports that the number of GTA teachers on sick leaves has doubled in the last year. At the Toronto District School Board, 808 elementary school teachers took a sick leave for three months or longer in the last school year — up from 388 in 2019-2020. In Peel, 519 full-time teachers took a sick leave for three months or longer in the last school year, almost double the number of teachers who were on sick leave before the pandemic. And in York, 711 teachers were on sick leave for three months or longer in the 2020-21 school year — an increase from 372 from 2018-19, before the pandemic.
  • Hamilton's John C. Munro airport is one of eight more airports that will open to international flights on Nov. 30, CBC News reports. In total, 18 Canadian airports will welcome global travelers.

  • The City of Hamilton will soon return to full capacity at its facilities and events that require proof of vaccination. But while Mayor Fred Eisenberger says he feels optimistic, he's also warned about opening things up too quickly. The Hamilton Spectator reports that an example of this caution is the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Gore Park cenotaph being invite-only and streamed online again this year. Once having among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Ontario, Hamilton's is now 16th of 34.

  • Haldimand-Norfolk has the province's fifth-highest case rate right now, with a recent rise. The Spectator reports the region had 42 active cases on Tuesday, 11 more than just over a week ago. A public health epidemiologist tells the paper there's evidence of increased mobility linked to more socialization, which increases the risk of infection.

  • Fort Erie leads Niagara Region for the number of cases of the virus, with six of the new infections the health unit reported Tuesday among residents of that community, the St. Catharines Standard reports. The majority of new cases in Niagara are among unvaccinated people, with the under-20 age group leading, including school-age children.


  • As of October 27, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 813,450 doses have been administered, of that 361,809 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,393 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 495 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,418 COVID-19 cases.


  • An Ottawa doctor has received death threats after tweeting about children's vaccination, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a family doctor, has organized several vaccine clinics, which she called Jabapolooza, through her office, but won't do this for children as it is too dangerous. The most recent threat was sent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons as a complaint, and Kaplan-Myrth was told to contact the police. “Nobody ever said to me, ‘You are going to end up in the hospital,’ when I was promoting vaccines for adults," Kaplan-Myrth said.
  • Ottawa mayor Jim Watson is calling on employers, including the federal government, to have their employees return to work in the downtown core to save struggling businesses, CTV News reports. "We know that the federal public service helps to keep these small businesses going—whether it’s a dry cleaner, a restaurant, or a shoe repair shop—and the sooner we get federal employees back, the better it is for the local economy of downtown and throughout Ottawa,” Watson says.


  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported a potential COVID exposure risk at Zig's bar. Anyone on the dance floor between 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on October 24 must self-isolate and seek testing.
  • The Timmins and District Hospital has outlined a screening protocol for caregivers of patients, according to the Timmins Daily Press. All caregivers need to show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within seven days of the visit. The policy This policy will not apply to anyone using the outpatient services or the emergency department and exceptions apply to people in “critical or urgent circumstances.”
  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine, as the “combined impact” of COVID-19 and the flu “could put considerable strain on the health care system,” says Medical Officer of Health Janet DeMille. The health unit is hosting a walk-in flu vaccine clinic at the Coliseum Building on the CLE Grounds for families with children under two-years-old until November 12.


  • Dozens of London municipal workers are facing a month of unpaid leave after going against city hall’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, the London Free Press reports. The 19 full-time and 24 casual City of London employees had until November 1 to provide proof of vaccination — or a medical or human rights exemption. Their future with the municipality is uncertain.
  • International flights will once again be allowed to land at the Region of Waterloo International Airport come November 30, CTV News Kitchener reports. It is among eight airports that Transport Canada plans to ease pandemic-related international-flight restrictions for at the end of the month.

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