- Per today's government report, there are 687 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 618,490 since the pandemic began; 266 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 153 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 96 patients are on ventilators. Ontario is reporting its 10,000th death due to COVID-19 this morning.
- According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 3 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2 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 27,129 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,978,037 since December 2020. 458,579 people have received only one dose, and 11,259,729 people have received both doses. 89.88 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 86.36 per cent have received their second.
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As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 279 new school-related student cases (for a total of 6,705) 30 new staff cases (for a total of 733) and 11 new unspecified cases for a total of 122; 749 schools are reporting at least one case and 12 schools have been closed.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to November 29 data, Toronto reported 313 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 183,211 since the pandemic began; 21 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,712 people have died (0 new). Data as of November 29 includes case counts and outcomes since November 26.
- The TTC is pushing back the deadline for partially vaccinated employees to get their second dose but still plans to terminate unvaccinated employees as well those who refuse to disclose their status by the end of next month, reports CP24. The TTC began placing employees who were not compliant with its vaccine mandate on unpaid leaves last week and had intended to terminate “with cause” all individuals who remained non-compliant as of December 31. But in a letter sent to affected employees on Monday, the TTC said that it will now push back the deadline for partially vaccinated employees to get their second dose until January 27.
- Toronto will host a mass vaccination clinic for school-aged children at Scotiabank Arena next month, reports CTV News. The city has announced that it will make 2,000 appointments available for children aged five to 11 during a one-day clinic at the downtown arena scheduled for December 12. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also include giveaways and music and entertainment throughout the day.
- Toronto Public Health dismissed students at an elementary school in the Wychwood neighbourhood from in-person learning and activities due to confirmed COVID-19 cases, Sunday evening, reports the Toronto Star. As advised by TPH, Toronto District School Board will temporarily close McMurrich Junior Public School starting Monday to investigate the COVID-19 cases.
- Ontario health officials are investigating the cases of two people with COVID-19 in Hamilton who travelled in southern Africa. It is suspected they may have the new omicron COVID-19 variant, which health officials worldwide worry may be more transmissible and vaccine-resistant than previous mutations of the virus. As CBC Hamilton reports, local health officials refused to share details beyond the fact both people are isolating and that their symptoms are "nothing out of the ordinary."
- 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.
- Ottawa Public Health is confirming two more positive cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, bringing the city's total to four, reports CBC News. Medical Officer of Health Vera Etches announced Monday her team is monitoring the new cases closely, and tracking down any contacts. Both people had recently returned from travel from Nigeria, Etches said.
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health reported 109 new active COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the area’s active case total to 301, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard.
- Sudbury area schools have 87 active cases, the Sudbury Star reports. The total active cases dropped over the weekend from 99 cases on Friday. The cases have led to five school closures, and there are a total of nine school outbreaks.
- Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory has declared a community outbreak after five cases were reported, the Sudbury Star reports. The First Nation's schools have closed and social gatherings are prohibited.
- Thunder Bay school boards have announced that students participating in co-curricular sports activities will need to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination starting next week, reports TBNewswatch. The protocol includes mandatory vaccination for all eligible participants in Grades 7 to 12 unless they have a board-approved medical exemption. Students must show proof of their first dose by December 6, 2021, and proof of their second dose by January 31, 2022.
- Anishnawbe Mushkiki, in partnership with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the City of Thunder Bay, will be hosting clinics for all COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots for Indigenous adults, youth and children residing in Thunder Bay, reports TBNewswatch. Bookings can be made online at https://www.tbdhu.com/mushkiki
- Small southwestern Ontario towns with the lowest vaccination rates in the province are facing stricter COVID-19 regulations beginning Thursday, CBC News reports. Southwestern Public Health is soon limiting capacities by 50 per cent for restaurants, sports and event facilities, and personal-care services in eight places: Aylmer, Bayham, Blandford-Blenheim, Malahide, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, and West Elgin.
- Roughly 10 per cent of Windsor-Essex’s population aged five to 11 has received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Windsor Star reports.
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