Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Wednesday November 24, 2021

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Wednesday, November 24, 2021:

  • There have been 612,931 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 613 cases from the previous day (VAX: 288 unvaccinated, 30 partially vaccinated, 266 fully vaccinated, 29 unknown). There have been 597,470 people recovered from the virus while 9,974 have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 19,569,784 of which 14,591 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 1,772,319. The country has 29,555 deaths from the virus – 12 in the Yukon, 12 in the Northwest Territories, four in Nunavut, 2,304 in British Columbia, 3,227 in Alberta, 914 in Saskatchewan, 1,296 in Manitoba, 9,974 in Ontario, 11,565 in Quebec, 123 in New Brunswick, 17 in Newfoundland & Labrador and 107 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit added two cases Tuesday in SD&G to bring the regional total to 6,000 confirmed cases, of which 78 are active (six fewer than Monday) and 5,791 are resolved (eight more than Monday). The number of deaths to date is 131. There are two person in hospital (one more than Monday) and one in the ICU (one more than Monday). There is one institutional outbreak (no change from Monday). Testing increased 469 to 171,944. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 2,281 cases (seven active), SD&G 1,393 cases (24 active), Cornwall 1,813 cases (28 active) and Akwesasne (ON/QC) 513 cases (19 active)(Akwesasne health department reported no new cases Tuesday: 541 total cases, 27 active, nine deaths to date).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added three cases Tuesday to bring the regional total to 2,054 confirmed cases, of which 38 are active (three fewer than Monday) and 1,952 are recovered (six more than Monday). The number of deaths to date is 64. There are five people in hospital (two more than Monday) and one in the ICU (no change from Monday). There are no active institutional outbreaks. The community case breakdown is: Lanark County East 446 cases (one active), Lanark County West 470 cases (14 active), Leeds-Grenville Central 255 cases (six active), Leeds-Grenville East 412 cases (six active), Leeds-Grenville West 237 cases (11 active) and Unknown/Out of Region 27 cases (zero active).
  • Vaccines: Ontario 22,820,451 (+11,096, last update Nov. 23); EOHU 335,706 (last update Nov. 23, +0 from previous update Nov. 22); LGL 151,636 individuals living in LGL with first doses, 147,919 with second doses, 5,393 with third doses. (last update Nov. 23, +307 first doses, +606 second doses, +1,411 third doses since previous update Nov. 16).
  • The OPP’s Cybercrime Investigations Team has arrested two people in connection to a data breach with Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine system. A 21-year-old from Gloucester worked as a government employee with the Vaccine Contact Center. A 22-year-old from Quebec was also arrested.
  • A small group of young children in Toronto became the first cohort in Ontario on Tuesday to get the first doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. It happened at a City of Toronto vaccine clinic where 10 patients from SickKids’ Hospital participated.
  • A Statistics Canada study shows about half of Canadians who needed health care in the first year of the pandemic had trouble accessing services. As well, 30 per cent of people who participated in the survey say they put off seeking medical attention.
  • A Quebec ombudswoman’s report says the province needs to be vast overhaul of the system as it pertains to how it cares for the elderly. The critical report pointed to the management of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • PEI plans to have five community-based clinics in Summerside to vaccinate young children. The first one will start Friday. There will also be school-based clinics in January.

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