COVID-19: What you need to know for November 9

The latest coronavirus updates from across the province
By TVO.org staff - Published on Nov 09, 2021

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Provincewide

  • Per today's government report, there are 441 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 604,152 since the pandemic began; 244 people are in hospital testing positive for COVID-19, while 134 are in intensive care who either previously tested positive or have currently tested positive, and 78 patients are on ventilators. To date, 9,903 people have died.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 2 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 5 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 13,049 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 22,637,009 since December 2020. 440,995 people have received only one dose, and 11,098,007 people have received both doses. 88.5 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.12 per cent have received their second.

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  • As of 2 p.m. yesterday, Ontario's publicly-funded schools were reporting 159 new school-related student cases (for a total of 4,647) 17 new staff cases (for a total of 520) and 5 new unspecified cases for a total of 85; 482 schools are reporting at least one case and 3 schools have been closed.

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

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • According to November 8 data, Toronto reported 185 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 181,439  since the pandemic began; 26 of them are in hospital (1 new). In total, 3,697 people have died (0 new). Data as of November 8 includes case counts and outcomes since November 5. 
  • Peel's health agency is advising residents who attended a recent wedding event in Mississauga to get tested for COVID-19, reports the Brampton Guardian. In a media release, Peel Public Health said those who attended an October 29 wedding event at the Apollo Convention Centre in Mississauga were exposed to COVID-19 and should "seek immediate testing" whether they've been vaccinated or not.
  • Hamilton public health lifted the requirement that students prove they completed daily COVID-19 screening to attend class, CBC Hamilton reports, though they are still supposed to screen for symptoms using the Ontario tool.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reports public health now says COVID-19 contributed to the deaths of 416 residents — a reversal of how COVID-19 deaths were defined throughout the pandemic and in opposition to how the province and Public Health Ontario describe COVID-19 deaths. A review of deaths in the city saw six people who died with COVID-19 removed from the death toll. The city is now counting as COVID-19 deaths instances in which the virus was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death, unlike the previous/provincial definition: a person with COVID-19 dying whether or not there is a determined causal relationship. An epidemiologist tells the Spectator this change makes it harder to measure the virus' impact.
  • Norfolk EMS chief Sarah page, who leads Haldimand-Norfolk's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, told reporters Monday that comments from area MP Leslyn Lewis which spread misinformation about vaccine efficacy could hurt the rollout. The Spectator reports that Page warned of surges in online misinformation whenever high-profile leaders like Lewis share it.
  • As CBC News reports, business owners and the mayor of Niagara Falls continue to call for the removal of COVID-19 testing requirements for people crossing the land border into Canada. They say the test, which can cost hundreds of dollars, is disincentivizing travel and making it harder for people to see friends and family. TVO.org has previously reported that U.S. tourism is a major source of revenue for Niagara Falls, accounting for about 50 per cent prior to the pandemic and that overall, the lagging tourism business has hurt the region's economy. The federal government is reviewing the testing requirement.
  • Over the last three weeks, COVID-19 infections in people aged four to 11 more than tripled in Niagara, the St. Catharines Standard reports. That's similar to provincial trends. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara's acting medical officer of health, says children under 12 will be prioritized once Health Canada approves vaccines for them. He warned that it will take longer to vaccinate people than earlier in the pandemic since there aren't the same resources available.

Indigenous

  • 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 8, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 1,268 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. It is also reporting 508 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 3,439 COVID-19 cases.

Eastern

  • Kingston region saw its highest jump in cases ever over the weekend, with November 6 being its highest single-day jump, Global News reports. 65 new cases were added over the weekend, bringing the region to 121 cases total as of Monday.
  • The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario saw record numbers of non-COVID respiratory viruses in October, CBC News reports. The hospital admitted 37 cases of RSV, which is more than double the previous record of 15 cases, and more in line with the numbers it usually sees over the winter months. Doctors at the hospital attribute this to children not having had exposure to the virus that they normally would, due to a lack of mixing with others.

Northern

  • Staff, contractors and service providers who work in Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board’s buildings must provide proof of vaccination, TBNewswatch reports. As of November 5, 98 per cent of staff have provided proof of vaccination, and those who did not must attend an education session and provide negative COVID-19 test results.

Southwestern

  • Chatham-Kent councillors have voted to retire the municipality’s mask bylaw, but the provincial rules mandating the use of face coverings in all indoor public places are still in effect. The local top doctor tells Blackburn News that the municipal bylaw was redundant. “I don’t see any real reason to have both of them enforced at the same time,” says David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent.
  • The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has flagged the Starbucks on Commercial Boulevard and the Forest Glade Arena as the two latest possible sites of COVID-19 exposures in the area, Blackburn News reports.


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