Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday November 9, 2021

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, November 9, 2021:

  • There have been 603,711 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 480 cases from the previous day (VAX: 244 unvaccinated, 13 partially vaccinated, 191 fully vaccinated, 32 unknown). There have been 589,771 people recovered from the virus while 9,900 have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 19,177,267 of which 6,356 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 1,735,017. The country has 29,193 deaths from the virus – 10 in the Yukon, 11 in the Northwest Territories, four in Nunavut, 2,218 in British Columbia, 3,155 in Alberta, 873 in Saskatchewan, 1,262 in Manitoba, 9,900 in Ontario, 11,522 in Quebec, 121 in New Brunswick, 16 in Newfoundland & Labrador and 101 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit added 22 cases over the weekend – one in Prescott-Russell, four in SD&G and 17 in Cornwall – to bring the regional total Monday to 5,873 confirmed cases, of which 70 are active (13 more than Friday) and 5,674 are resolved (nine more than Friday). The number of deaths to date is 128. There are 13 people in hospital (four more than Friday) and four in the ICU (one more than Friday). There are four institutional outbreaks (no change from Friday). Testing increased 277 to 168,299. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 2,266 cases (six active), SD&G 1,361 cases (20 active), Cornwall 1,764 cases (36 active) and Akwesasne (ON/QC) 482 cases (eight active)(Akwesasne health department reported two new cases Monday and an additional two cases on Saturday: 489 total cases, five active, nine deaths to date).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added nine cases over the weekend to bring the regional total Monday to 1,960 confirmed cases, of which 20 are active (six more than Friday) and 1,876 are recovered (three more than Friday). The number of deaths to date is 64. There is no one in hospital (one fewer than Friday). There are no active institutional outbreaks. The community case breakdown is: Lanark County East 439 cases (eight active), Lanark County West 438 cases (three active), Leeds-Grenville Central 241 cases (two active), Leeds-Grenville East 395 cases (three active), Leeds-Grenville West 217 cases (three active) and Unknown/Out of Region 23 cases (one active).
  • Vaccines: Ontario 22,623,960 (+17,057, last update Nov. 8); EOHU 331,558 (last update Nov. 8, +487 from previous update Nov. 5); LGL 150,687 individuals living in LGL with first doses, 146,090 with second doses, 2,690 with third doses. (last update Nov. 2, +410 first doses, +988 second doses, +346 third doses since previous update Oct. 26).
  • Across the border in St. Lawrence County (which includes Massena, Potsdam, Canton and Ogdensburg), there were 179 new cases added Monday from the weekend to bring the total case count to 13,117. The active case count dropped by one to 494 with most of those cases in Massena (81), Potsdam (43), Gouverneur (46) and Ogdensburg (43). Hospitalizations dropped by seven to 20. The health department added one death to bring the total to 136. Just over 55 per cent of eligible county residents have been vaccinated.
  • Buffalo area Congressman Brian Higgins says Washington should have reopened the border to Canadians and other foreigners six months ago. Higgins is urging Canada to drop the molecular test requirement. Non-essential travel started at midnight Monday morning. In Lansdowne, the ramps off Highway 401 to Highway 137 to the port of entry were jammed with people heading to the U.S.
  • The seniors minister in Quebec is on sick leave from burnout and won’t testify at a coroner’s inquest into deaths in the long-term care home system. Families of victims believe her testimony is essential.
  • An Ottawa Senators practice session Monday was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. One player and the associate coach were place on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list. The Sens are supposed to welcome the Boston Bruins tonight.

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