COVID-19: What you need to know for November 8

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By staff - Published on Nov 08, 2021




  • Per today's government report, there are 480 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 603,711 since the pandemic began; 105 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 127 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 74 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,900 people have died.
  • ​​​​​​​Per the government's report on the province's vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 17,057 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,623,960 since December 2020. 444,696 people have received only one dose, and 11,089,632 people have received both doses. 88.46 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.06 per cent have received their second.

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

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  • According to November 5 data, Toronto reported 72 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,260  since the pandemic began; 25 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,697 people have died (0 new). 
  • The Toronto Catholic District School Board announced Sunday evening the temporary dismissal of all students at Precious Blood Catholic School from attending classes in person following the recommendation from Toronto Public Health (TPH), reports CP24. An ongoing COVID-19 investigation in the school located in the Pharmacy Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East area has found 13 coronavirus cases linked to the building, TPH said.

  • The city of Toronto says 31,000 appointments are still open for eligible residents to book their COVID-19 booster shot, reports CP24. On Saturday, the province expanded the list of people who are eligible to receive their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and in a news release issued Sunday, the city said 8,000 appointments were booked on Saturday.

  • On Friday, members of Hamilton's Just Recovery Coalition — a group of community advocacy and social assistance organizations — held a press conference to mark one year since releasing a series of recommendations for improving life in Hamilton following the pandemic. Ahead of the city budgeting for 2022, members including Sarah Jama of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, Keanin Loomis of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Dayna Sparkes of ACORN warned more needs to be done to support vulnerable people in society, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

  • As Hamilton public health reviews COVID-19 deaths to reclassify some, the Hamilton Spectator reports inconsistent monitoring of data between health units has made tracking the pandemic challenging. In Haldimand-Norfolk, for instance, people who die with COVID-19 are categorized as COVID-related or non-COVID-related, but in Hamilton, deaths deemed not related will be removed from data reporting.

  • The Spectator also reports that as staffing shortages continue and hospitals resume normal operations, ambulance shortages have become an issue in Hamilton. From August to October, there were 42 instances where ambulances were not available to respond to calls. Often, ambulances are waiting at hospitals to offload patients beyond the 30-minute provincial standard; sometimes patients have waited 12 hours.

  • The Standard reports that data also shows more Niagara women than men died during the pandemic (250 women died compared to 188 men, with 10 people who identified as non-binary, three transgender and five who did not share their gender). 


  • 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 6, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,258 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 504 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,427 COVID-19 cases.


  • 53 staff at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have been placed on unpaid leave after refusing to attest to being vaccinated, the Ottawa Citizen reports. This represents 0.4 per cent of the board's staff.


  • COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the Thunder Bay region, where the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 25 active cases. Three people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including one person in ICU.
  • The majority of COVID-19 cases in Thunder Bay have been in people who are unvaccinated, TBNewswatch reports. Between June 1 and October 28, there were roughly 180 COVID-19 cases - of those, 77.3 per cent were unvaccinated, while 14.9 percent were fully vaccinated, and 7.8 per cent were only partly vaccinated. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit currently has the second-highest vaccination rate in Ontario, where 89 per cent of people are fully vaccinated, and 93 per cent have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Two cases of COVID-19 have been found at École Gron Morgan Public School in Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. The health unit is contacting anyone who may be impacted with further instructions.


  • Bluewater Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the medicine unit of its Norman Street facility. A spokesperson for the Sarnia hospital tells the Sarnia Observer that the outbreak is “absolutely” under control.
  • There has been another possible COVID-19 exposure Windsor’s transit system, reports Blackburn News.

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