- Per today's government report, there are 563 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 602,087 since the pandemic began; 225 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 129 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 81 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,896 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 15,901 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,585,340 since December 2020. 458,350 people have received only one dose, and 11,063,495 people have received both doses. 88.37 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 84.86 per cent have received their second.
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As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 59 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,409) 6 new staff cases (for a total of 496) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 78; 488 schools are reporting at least one case and 4 schools have been closed.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to November 4 data, Toronto reported 64 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,201 since the pandemic began; 26 of them are in hospital (4 new). In total, 3,697 people have died (1 new).
Four supportive vaccine clinics operating in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough this weekend will have full resources available for people who may require extra support as they get vaccinated, says a news release from the City of Toronto. The clinics will be held in physically accessible locations and will have resources on hand to support those who: have a fear of needles, need to sit down while waiting, need a quiet space to get vaccinated, need a companion when vaccinated, and need an ASL interpreter
Daily COVID-19 infections in Toronto are once again on the rise — including among young children — after dropping for seven straight weeks, reports the Toronto Star. Toronto’s seven-day average for new daily infections rose to 59 from 50 a week earlier, as of last Saturday according to newly updated data that reflects a provincewide uptick in new cases.
- The TTC’s largest union is seeking a court injunction that would stop the transit commission from placing hundreds of unvaccinated employees on unpaid leaves as of November 20, reports CP24.
Peel Region's medical officer of health, Lawrence Loh, is expressing concerns following news that Ontario would not be mandating COVID-19 vaccination for hospital workers in the province, reports the Brampton Guardian.
As the Hamilton Spectator reports, the City of Hamilton cancelled 28 bus trips on the 51-University route (which runs from Ainslie Wood West to the GO station downtown) to manage a staffing shortage caused by drivers refusing COVID-19 testing and vaccination against the virus. Due to similar challenges, Metrolinx cancelled 89 GO Transit bus trips too, some with Hamilton links.
An associate medical officer of health in Hamilton says the number of COVID-19 deaths in the city is under review as the number may have accidentally been exaggerated by including people who died from another cause. The Spectator reports this seems contrary to provincial practice (and the city's current practice), which constitutes labelling deaths as COVID-19 deaths whether or not they were attributed to the virus, so long as the people who died were infected. Epidemiologist Colin Furness criticized this move, saying it risks minimizing the pandemic's effects.
New research from McMaster University, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Homewood Research Institute found alcohol and cannabis sales exceeded expectations during the pandemic. As CBC Hamilton reports, alcohol sales were 5.5 per cent more than anticipated (an additional $1.86 billion) and cannabis sales were 25 per cent more ($811 million). The director of McMaster's Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research says this shows a need to be ready for increased issues of substance abuse.
The Sachem published a series of questions and answers between Haldimand County's council and Haldimand-Norfolk's acting medical officer of health Dr. Matthew Strauss on Oct. 26. In a meeting, councillors asked Strauss to clarify a comment he made that seemed to downplay the virus. Strauss has questioned accepted public health measures as well. Council asked him about his approach going forward.
The St. Catharines Standard reports Niagara public health is hoping a two-night testing clinic will help officials limit a COVID-19 outbreak at an elementary school in which 10 people had tested positive for the virus as of Thursday.
- 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.
- The City of Ottawa says sports leagues are responsible for checking the vaccination status of people playing in or watching an event at city-owned facilities, despite provincial rules that state otherwise, reports CBC.
- COVID-19 cases in Thunder Bay are the highest they’ve been since June, TBNewswatch reports. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting two new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 23 active cases in the region, including one person in ICU with the virus.
- The London area’s economy continues its pandemic recovery with the local jobless rate in October declining for the fourth consecutive month, the London Free Press reports. The unemployment rate for the region — which encompasses Strathroy, St. Thomas, and some of Elgin and Middlesex counties — was 6.7 per cent last month, down from 7.3 per cent.
- Eight in 10 eligible residents of Sarnia-Lambton are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the local public-health unit’s top doctor says that may not be enough, the Sarnia Observer reports. “There’s some groups that are saying you actually need closer to 90, 95 per cent in order to interrupt transmission,” says Sudit Ranade, medical officer of health for Lambton Public Health.
- Two of the three hospitals in Waterloo region say they won’t be implementing mandatory vaccination policies, CBC News reports.
- Waterloo Public Health has connected another two cases to the COVID-19 outbreak in Cambridge at Junior’s Sportsbar and Grill, bringing the total to eight, Global News reports.
- An update on COVID-19 cases at Windsor Regional Hospital was provided at its monthly board meeting Thursday afternoon. The hospital system is still looking at a majority of patients who are either not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, reports Blackburn News.
- Chatham-Kent Public Health is changing its vaccination clinic process to help meet demand for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, reports Chatham Daily News. Eligible Chatham-Kent residents looking to book their third dose can make an appointment at www.GetYourShotCK.ca or by calling 519-351-1010.
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