Today’s number of cases marks an 11% increase from the same period last week and includes:
- 133 in Toronto.
- 106 à Simcoe Muskoka.
- 68 à Windsor-Essex.
- 60 in the region of Peel.
- 59 in Sudbury.
- 58 in Ottawa.
- 56 in York Region.
- 47 in Hamilton.
- 44 in Durham Region.
The seven-day average of daily cases rose to 866, up 21% from last Friday and its highest level since early June.
According to the latest estimate from the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table, cases are currently on track to double every three and a half weeks.
Importantly, the burden of COVID on intensive care units across the province has remained relatively stable in recent months, despite an increase in cases in most public health units.
As of Thursday evening, 146 patients were being treated for COVID-related illnesses in intensive care units. Compare that to May 30, the last time a daily number of cases exceeded 1,000 – there were 614 people with COVID in intensive care.
For the first time on Friday, the health ministry released updated immunization figures to include children between the ages of five and 11. As of Thursday evening, 154,925 children in this age group, or about 14.4% of eligible people, had received a first dose.
Almost 80% of eligible Ontarians have now received two doses of the vaccine, while a total of 738,075 have received a third dose or booster shot to date.
In a new report released today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says it “strongly recommends” all Canadians over the age of 50 and other vulnerable groups, such as workers in the hospital. health, Indigenous people and people living in group-care facilities, get a third dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.
The committee, an independent body of volunteer vaccine experts, also recommends that the younger cohort – Canadians aged 18 to 49 – receive a third injection of mRNA at least six months after the second.
The update to the guidelines comes after Ontario officials said Thursday that starting December 13 at 8 a.m. ET, people aged 50 and older will be able to schedule their recall through the COVID-19 vaccination portal , by calling the provincial contact center for vaccines, through Immunization clinics run by indigenous people, and at some pharmacies and primary care facilities.
Starting in January, the province said, eligibility for booster shots will be further broadened based on age and risk, with an interval of six to eight months from a second dose.
New omicron case found in York Region
More cases of the new omicron variant continue to appear in Ontario, with York Region reporting a positive case on Friday afternoon.
Officials said in a press release that the case was discovered in a child under 12 in Vaughan, who returned to Canada from southern Africa on November 22.
The child has been isolating at home since then, and public health officials are following up on close contacts, who also isolate themselves at home, the press release said.
“York Region Public Health continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and we should expect to see the number of omicron variant cases increase in York Region,” said Dr Barry Pakes York Region Medical Officer of Health in a statement.
“Our best protection against COVID-19 and the variants of concern remains vaccination. If you are eligible for your first, second or third vaccine, I strongly urge you to do so. “
In the meantime, here are some other indicators and key figures of the pandemic of Daily Provincial Report from the Ministry of Health:
New school-related cases: 172, including 152 students and 18 staff. Nine of Ontario’s 4,844 state-funded schools are currently closed due to COVID. According to data from Public Health Ontario, as of Wednesday, there were 233 continuing outbreaks of the disease linked to schools and daycares.
Tests carried out in the previous 24 hours: 39,748, with a positivity rate of 2.9% province-wide.
Active cases: 7 217.
Deaths: Four, pushing the official record to 10,016.