COVID-19: Ontario reports 331 new cases; 20 reported in Ottawa; 87 percent of Ottawans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated

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Ontario on Tuesday reported 331 new COVID-19 cases with 195 cases in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown, and 136 in fully vaccinated individuals.

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The seven-day average for new cases now stands at 371, up slightly from 364 a week ago and down from 576 at this point last month.

Those in the hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 counted 230, while the number of people in the intensive care unit due to COVID-19 and still tested positive was 111. One week ago, those numbers were 233 and 107, respectively.

Seven more deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in Ontario in the previous 24 hours. In terms of active cases, the top five most affected public health units in Ontario on Tuesday were Sudbury & District (90.4 cases per 100,000 people), Chatham-Kent (51.7), Algoma (46.3), Brant County (38.7) and Windsor-Essex (35.3).

In the health care regions near the capital, the number of cases increased by four in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, three in Hastings Prince Edward and one in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark. The total number of cases was unchanged in Renfrew County and District, and decreased by two in Eastern Ontario (which can happen when data is corrected or updated).

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Latest COVID 19s from Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reported 20 more COVID-19 cases and a new death on Tuesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 30,903 and the deaths reported among Ottawa residents to 604.

There were 188 active cases throughout the city, a number that increased through late summer and early fall before peaking at more than 700 in mid-September. It has been downward since.

Eleven Ottawans were in the hospital with an active COVID-19 infection, including one in the intensive care unit.

There are now two separate outbreaks on the Civic campus at Ottawa Hospital: one in Unit A5 / B5 involving four patients and three staff members, and another in Unit A2 involving six patients and one staff member. OPH also reported two new school outbreaks on Tuesday: one at Barrhaven Public School, which has so far involved two student cases, and the other at Immaculata High School, where no associated case numbers have yet been released.

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In total, there are now 13 active outbreaks at childcare or educational institutions and three in the health care system. It’s an outburst at a restaurant.

According to the OPH vaccination dashboard, the agency has administered 1,649,177 vaccine doses as of Monday afternoon, with about 87 percent of Ottawa residents 12 years and older fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 news from Ontario and Ottawa

Ontario now has enough information to make a decision on whether to introduce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for hospital staff, the province’s health minister said Monday. to send their input to the province on injunctions for vaccines to hospital staff, but last week the government was still waiting for a response from some hospitals.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that enough has now been presented for the government to continue. “I think we’ve received most of them, but we’ll review them all in detail,” Elliott said. “Once that review is complete, we will have more to say.”

One factor to consider is whether a vaccine mandate would lead to staff shortages affecting patient care, such as having to cancel surgeries, she said. Elliot and Premier Doug Ford have both talked about being concerned about the effects on northern and rural hospitals in particular.

All Ottawa hospitals have already implemented their own vaccination requirements for staff. Data collected by this newspaper show that the vast majority of hospital staff in Ottawa are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with a small percentage on unpaid leave and a small number fired for not being vaccinated.

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In the case of the City of Ottawa, which requires employees without an approved exemption to be fully vaccinated by November 15 or to face unpaid leave from their jobs, 1,291 or 8.6 percent of active city employees were not fully vaccinated or had not reported their status from October 29, according to Valerie Turner, general manager of innovative customer services.

The mayor announced last week that the deadline would be pushed from November 1 to November 15, which Turner said “will allow follow-up with employees who have not yet reported their status and ensure that so many employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. as possible.”

In other news, Ottawa’s health worker Dr. Vera Etches that she expects a decision within the next few weeks from Health Canada on the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 years.

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She told the Ottawa Board of Health Monday night that all children who want the vaccine should be able to receive their first dose within a month of the rollout launch in Ontario, and gave details of the plan for vaccinations in Ottawa.

Latest COVID-19 news from Quebec

Quebec reported 490 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and six more deaths, with 301 of those cases in people who were not fully vaccinated and only one case logged in Outaouais.

The number of inpatients with COVID-19 throughout the province increased by six to a total of 250, while the ICU occupancy increased by four to 71.

According to the province, unvaccinated people faced a 19 times higher risk of hospitalization compared to the fully vaccinated, using data from the last month.

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In Quebec’s population of 12 and older, 90 percent have at least a first dose and 87 percent are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, dancing and karaoke will again be allowed in Quebec bars, as the province announced an end to several health measures introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.

From November 15, the government also announced the end of a requirement for high school students to wear masks in the classroom and a recommendation to employers to prefer teleworking.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said masks will still be required in hallways and on school transport.

In addition to allowing dancing and singing as long as participants wear masks, customers will be allowed to mingle and authorities will not require bar and restaurant owners to keep a customer register, although proof of vaccination is still required.

– With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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