COVID-19: What you need to know for November 4

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Nov 04, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 438 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 601,524 since the pandemic began; 234 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 130 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 85 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,891 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 2 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 2 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 16,588 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,569,439 since December 2020. 463,367 people have received only one dose, and 11,053,036 people have received both doses. 88.33 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 84.78 per cent have received their second.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 72 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,361) 14 new staff cases (for a total of 490) and new unspecified cases for a total of 76; 501 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 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 3 data, Toronto reported 79 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,144 since the pandemic began; 28 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,696 people have died (1 new).   ​​​​​​​
  • Nearly 2 per cent of all full-time and occasional staff members at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) have been placed on a leave of absence without pay after refusing to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status, reports CP24

  • Only about 55 per cent of Indigenous people over age 15 in Toronto have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, leaving about 32,000 people unvaccinated, reports the Toronto Star. The gap is tied to deep-rooted distrust of public health and medical institutions, which has persisted as a barrier for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Toronto. 

  • The city of Toronto is opening up 40,000 new vaccination appointments for third doses at its immunization clinics after the province expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots, reports CP24

  • The City of Hamilton will put 300 workers on unpaid leave starting today, since they did not declare their vaccination status and take part in rapid COVID-19 testing. As the Hamilton Spectator reports, the city would not give a full breakdown by department. However, it did share the percentage of non-compliant employees in several departments: 5.6 per cent of bus operators, 6.1 per cent of firefighters, 6.9 per cent of waste workers and 8.2 per cent in parks and cemeteries. The city says it's just expecting service impacts for public transit. Overall, 450 of Hamilton's roughly 7,500 public employees will be subject to a rapid testing program for workers who are not fully vaccinated. 


  • As of November 2, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 687 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 852,618 doses have been administered, of that 366,282 were second doses in individuals 12 and older.
  • As of November 3, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,319 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 499 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,421 COVID-19 cases.


  • Kingston's vaccination policy will not include a threat to employment, Global News reports. Instead, employees who do not disclose that they are vaccinated will have to do regular testing. 90 per cent of city employees have been vaccinated so far.
  • The federal government has reported that 95 per cent of its employees have been fully vaccinated, CBC News reports. The government's vaccination mandate states that employees must be fully vaccinated by November 15.


  • COVID Booster shots are available in Sudbury and Manitoulin Island starting today, according to the Sudbury Star. Anyone aged 80 and up who've received their second vaccine dose at least six months ago can book an appointment for a booster shot. Tomorrow, anyone aged 70 and up who received their second dose at least six months ago is eligible, alongside Indigenous people and healthcare workers. A full list of eligible people can be found here.


  • The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said Thursday it will continue to enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement that came into effect at its facilities last month, reports Blackburn News.
  • With so many residents unable to cross into Detroit because of the ongoing Canadian federal government requirement to produce a negative COVID-19 test result — at an extreme cost of up to US$300 — a new company in Windsor has started offering cheaper and quicker PCR testing, reports the Windsor Star

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