Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Wednesday November 10, 2021

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Wednesday, November 10, 2021:

  • There have been 604,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 441 cases from the previous day (VAX: 225 unvaccinated, 19 partially vaccinated, 173 fully vaccinated, 24 unknown). There have been 590,227 people recovered from the virus while 9,903 have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 19,196,635 of which 14,750 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 1,737,389. The country has 29,217 deaths from the virus – 10 in the Yukon, 11 in the Northwest Territories, four in Nunavut, 2,223 in British Columbia, 3,159 in Alberta, 874 in Saskatchewan, 1,266 in Manitoba, 9,903 in Ontario, 11,528 in Quebec, 121 in New Brunswick, 16 in Newfoundland & Labrador and 102 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit added three cases Tuesday – four in Prescott-Russell and one in Cornwall but removed two from SD&G – to bring the regional total to 5,876 confirmed cases, of which 63 are active (seven fewer than Monday) and 5,683 are resolved (nine more than Monday). One death was added to bring the total to 129. There are 13 people in hospital (no change from Monday) and four in the ICU (no change from Monday). There are four institutional outbreaks (no change from Monday). Testing increased 393 to 168,692. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 2,270 cases (10 active), SD&G 1,359 cases (16 active), Cornwall 1,765 cases (29 active) and Akwesasne (ON/QC) 482 cases (eight active)(Akwesasne health department reported no new cases Tuesday: 489 total cases, five active, nine deaths to date).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added five cases Tuesday to bring the regional total to 1,965 confirmed cases, of which 24 are active (four more than Monday) and 1,877 are recovered (one more than Monday). The number of deaths to date is 64. There is no one in hospital. There are no active institutional outbreaks. The community case breakdown is: Lanark County East 440 cases (nine active), Lanark County West 438 cases (three active), Leeds-Grenville Central 242 cases (three active), Leeds-Grenville East 396 cases (three active), Leeds-Grenville West 218 cases (four active) and Unknown/Out of Region 24 cases (two active).
  • Vaccines: Ontario 22,637,009 (+13,049, last update Nov. 9); EOHU 331,867 (last update Nov. 9, +309 from previous update Nov. 8); LGL 151,013 individuals living in LGL with first doses, 146,708 with second doses, 3,292 with third doses. (last update Nov. 9, +326 first doses, +618 second doses, +602 third doses since previous update Nov. 2).
  • Ontario is back into the fourth wave of the pandemic. That assessment from the scientific director of the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. Dr. Peter Juni and other health experts believe the recent rise in cases is due to indoor gatherings with cooler temperatures, the lifting of capacity limits and people being more lax with precautionary measures. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the case increase was factored into reopening plans and the province won’t backtrack and reintroduce restrictions.
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit reached a vaccine milestone this week. There are 95.3 per cent of eligible residents over the age of 12 fully vaccinated, breaking the 95 per cent barrier (it was 94.9 per cent the previous week). For first doses, it’s 98.3 per cent.
  • Health Canada has approved booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for all Canadians over the age of 18. This province as well as B.C. had already rolled out plans to extend the booster shots. Ontario is currently giving them to people 70 and older.
  • The Champlain Center mall in Plattsburgh is going the extra mile to try and lure Canadian shoppers back. It’s created a website, highlighting new stores and COVID-19 test sites as well as special discounts for Canucks. The Canadian requirement of a molecular COVID-19 test is still perceived as putting a damper on short-term travel.
  • The medical and Muslim community in Saskatchewan are grieving. Dr. Youssef Al-Begamy died in a Toronto hospital after contracting COVID-19. With no family here, a close friend says they are making plans to send Begamy’s body back to Saudi Arabia. Meantime, as case counts decline, the province will resume dozens of health care services that were cancelled in September.
  • Deaths from coronavirus in Russia have hit a new record. More than 1,200 deaths were reported Tuesday as well as nearly 40,000 new cases. The death record comes two days after a nine-day mandated non-working period in many areas of the country.

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