• Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing.
  • Ontario reported 7,165+ new cases today for a total of 984,359+ cases. The province has seen a total of 10,865 deaths, up 62 today. There are 1,269+ new cases in Toronto, 957+ in Peel Region, 516+ in York, 337+ in Hamilton and 241+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 4,114 in hospital. There are 590 in intensive care, 366 on a ventilator. There have been 898,589 cases resolved, up 11,566.
  • So far, there have been 29,872,383 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,580,643 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 41,538 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,330,404. There are 22,058 pending.
  • There are 358 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,569 resident cases, 4,088 staff. So far, 4,169 residents have died.
  • Results from facilities testing sewage for COVID-19 across Ontario indicate that infection rates may have plateaued at high levels. CBC has more.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 429 new cases for a total of 54,896 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 657, up five. There are 3,777 active cases and there have been 50,462 cases resolved. There are 82 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 156 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,244,351 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 824,002 residents who have received a second dose and 468,729 have been boosted.
  • Quebec has now seen 824,942+ confirmed cases, up 5,995+ today. So far, 12,698 people have died. There are 3,351 people in hospital including 265 in intensive care. The province completed 43,241 tests on Jan. 19. So far, 17,180,209 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 31,686+ cases in total, up 231. There have been 245 deaths. There are 1,710 active cases and 29,731 recoveries. There are 134 in hospital, six in intensive care. There have been 783,504 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia are recommending people swab both their nose and throat for rapid COVID-19 testing. New research from Nova Scotia Health’s microbiology team indicates that a combination of a nose and throat swab provides more accurate results compared with a nose swab alone. The province has 94 people in hospital, 13 in intensive care.
  • Manitoba reported eight more deaths on Friday. There are now 664 people in hospital, 50 in intensive care. 
  • Saskatchewan reported nine more COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, along with 1,233 new cases. The province is also reporting 215 people in hospital, 23 in intensive care. 
  • In Canada, there have been 2,868,862+ cases with 32,220 deaths. There are 298,509 active cases and there have been 2,538,133 resolved cases.
  • Almost 40 per cent of Canadians say they are worse off now than they were last year, according to the results of a new Angus Reid Institute survey. 
  • Worldwide there have been 343,122,481+ cases, 5,576,594+ deaths and 9,758,192,309+ vaccine doses have been administered.

COVID-19 by the numbers

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Jan. 20

  • With Omicron’s surge starting to wane the province has laid out a plan for ending restrictions:
  • Starting Jan. 31, Ontario will allow a number of establishments to reopen to the public with 50 per cent capacity limits, including: Restaurants, bars and other food establishments without dancing; retailers, including shopping malls; gyms and non-spectator areas of sports facilities; movie theatres; Meeting and event spaces; museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; religious services, rites and ceremonies; and spectator areas for sports arenas and concert venues will also be open at 50 per cent capacity or up to 500 people, whichever is less.
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination and masking requirements will remain in place.
  • indoor social gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoors gatherings of up to 25 will be permitted. 
  • On Feb. 21, social gathering limits will increase to 25 for indoors and 100 people outdoors. Other planned changes include: removing capacity on all indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is required; allowing spectator capacity of up to 50 per cent at sports, concert and other similar venues; limiting capacity in most other indoor spaces where proof of vaccination is not required to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two metres; increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent for remaining “high-risk settings” where proof of vaccination is required, such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in event spaces with dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.
  • On March 14, capacity limits on indoor spaces will be lifted. Proof of vaccination and masking requirements will continue. All capacity limits will also be lifted for religious services, rites and ceremonies, and social gatherings of up to 50 people indoors will be permitted, with no limit for outdoors.
  • Perhaps the polls are forcing Doug Ford’s hand: New Democrats led by Andrea Horwath have taken a three-point lead in vote intention in Ontario ahead of an expected provincial election this June (36 per cent NDP versus 33 per cent PCPO), according to a new survey released by the Angus Reid Institute.
  • Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing.
  • Ontario reported 7,757+ new cases today for a total of 977,194+ cases. The province has seen a total of 10,801 deaths, up 75 today. There are 949+ new cases in Toronto, 914+ in Peel Region, 390+ in York, 350+ in Hamilton and 306+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 4,061 in hospital. There are 594 in intensive care, 347 on a ventilator. There have been 887,023 cases resolved, up 12,578.
  • So far, there have been 29,769,719 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,570,076 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 42,907 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,288,866. There are 30,846 pending.
  • There are 351 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,498 resident cases, 4,128 staff. So far, 4,148 residents have died.
  • Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the timing of the end of several pandemic restrictions this morning.
  • Ontario’s health minister is urging the regulatory body overseeing the province’s health professionals to crack down on a group of doctors spreading unverified medical information about COVID-19 vaccines, Global News reports.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 332 new cases for a total of 54,467 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 652, up two. There are 3,877 active cases and there have been 49,938 cases resolved. There are 84 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 159 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,235,641 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 823,501 residents who have received a second dose and 461,606 have been boosted.
  • OPH will resume after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Friday, initially in neighbourhoods experiencing more barriers to vaccination or that have lower vaccination rates. A total of 49 after-school clinic locations will operate on a rotating schedule over the next several weeks. The initial clinic schedule will be updated with additional clinics.
  • The University of Ottawa and Carleton University are announcing plans to return to class with uOttawa slated to welcome students and staff back on Jan. 31 and Carleton on Feb. 7. Algonquin College plans to be online until March 6.
  • Quebec has now seen 818,947+ confirmed cases, up 6,528+ today. So far, 12,639 people have died. There are 3,411 people in hospital including 285 in intensive care. The province completed 43,139 tests on Jan. 18. So far, 17,065,361 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 31,455+ cases in total, up 200. There have been 239 deaths. There are 1,643 active cases and 29,569 recoveries. There are 135 in hospital, six in intensive care. There have been 779,659 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • If Doug Ford is struggling in the polls, Premier Francois Legault is thriving, the Reid poll shows. Almost two-in-five (37 per cent) Quebecers say they intend to vote for Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec, a 17-point lead over his closest challenger, the Quebec Liberal Party.
  • Quebec is investigating 150 cases related to fake vaccine passports, including 30 involving alleged bribery and attempted fraud. A single case may be linked to several people and fake vaccine passports.
  • Quebec is seeing hospitalizations peak, Premier Legault says, adding that it is too early to begin lifting pandemic restrictions.
  • The federal government is providing Nunavut with three nurses and nine contact tracers to help handle the wave of COVID-19 that is spreading across the territory.
  • There are 665 people in hospital in Manitoba with 50 in ICU. Seven more people with the illness have died in Manitoba. Manitoba also reported 851+ new cases.
  • Gyms and fitness centres across B.C. will start gradually reopening Jan. 20. Other previous restrictions, including the ban on indoor organized gatherings like wedding and funeral receptions, are being extended until Feb. 16. Bars, nightclubs and lounges must remain closed and capacity limits of 50 per cent are still in place for theatres and stadiums.
  • The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Newfoundland is now 20, with four in ICU. The province also reported two additional deaths and 360+ new lab-confirmed cases.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,844,912+ cases with 32,008 deaths. There are 312,990 active cases and there have been 2,499,914 resolved cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 338,344,077+ cases, 5,567,454+ deaths and 9,734,033,890+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Austria’s parliament is expected to pass legislation establishing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults, the first of its kind in Europe. The mandate drawn up by the government would apply to all residents of Austria 18 and over, with exemptions for pregnant women, individuals who for medical reasons can’t be vaccinated, and people who have recovered from a coronavirus infection in the past six months. The vaccine mandate is to become law at the beginning of February. Austria’s conservative-led government will also introduce a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated.

Jan. 19

  • Ontario reported 5,744+ new cases today for a total of 969,437+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,726 deaths, up 59 today. There are 949+ new cases in Toronto, 914+ in Peel Region, 390+ in York, 350+ in Hamilton and 306+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 4,132 in hospital. There are 589 in intensive care, 337 on a ventilator. There have been 874,445 cases resolved, up 12,891.
  • So far, there have been 29,664,874 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,560,871 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 34,579 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,245,959. There are 32,581 pending.
  • There are 347 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,539 resident cases, 4,153 staff. So far, 4,122 residents have died.
  • Some optimism: Health Minister Christine Elliott says new cases of Omicron infection are likely to peak this month in Ontario. The statement was made in advance of an announcement on lifting public health restrictions expected this week. Media reports suggest that restaurants will be allowed to open to 50 per cent capacity by Jan. 31.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 255 new cases for a total of 54,135 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 650, up one. There are 4,128 active cases and there have been 49,357 cases resolved. There are 83 in hospital, 10 in ICU. There are 159 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,235,641 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 823,501 residents who have received a second dose and 461,606 have been boosted.
  • The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is facing a shortage of more than 20 drivers who will not be returning to work.The agency estimates this shortage could affect up to 4,000 students.
  • Quebec has now seen 816,419+ confirmed cases, up 6,123+ today. So far, 12,541 people have died. There are 3,425 people in hospital including 285 in intensive care. The province completed 41,202 tests on Jan. 17. So far, 16,953,912 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 31,099+ cases in total, up 566. There have been 239 deaths. There are 1,662 active cases and 29,198 recoveries. There are 145 in hospital, five in intensive care. There have been 771,239 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Poor communication and sluggish decision-making by public health officials, a “paternalistic” attitude toward seniors and a lack of a coherent pandemic plan left Quebec’s health system unprepared to switch to crisis mode when the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit Quebec’s long-term care homes, according to the final report by Quebec’s health and welfare commissioner, Joanne Castonguay.
  • Nova Scotia reported three new deaths on Wednesday while 83 people were in hospital, 12 in intensive care.
  • Four more New Brunswickers have died, marking 22 deaths in seven days. Meanwhile hospitalizations have jumped to a record of 123. Eleven people are in intensive care.
  • Manitoba public health officials announced 12 more deaths. There are now 631 people in hospital, 50 in ICU.
  • Six more Albertans have died from COVID-19, with 1,101 people in hospital, 108 in ICU.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,822,614+ cases with 31,827 deaths. There are 323,113 active cases and there have been 2,467,674 resolved cases.
  • Unfavourable weather conditions during the growing season and supply chain disruptions have put upward pressure on prices in Canada. This has been compounded by supply chain disruptions that led to higher prices for durable goods, including passenger vehicles and household appliances, while higher construction costs and the increased frequency and severity of weather events contributed to rising home and mortgage insurance costs. As a result, Statistics Canada reports, the Consumer Price Index rose 4.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis in December, up from a 4.7 per cent gain in November. Excluding gasoline, inflation rose 4.0 per cent year over year. On a monthly basis inflation actually fell 0.1 per cent in December, the first monthly decline since December 2020, as gasoline prices fell in response to lower demand.
  • Overall, inflation rose 3.4 per cent in 2021, the fastest pace since 1991, following an increase of 0.7% in 2020. 
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada has terminated two supply contracts with Supermax Healthcare Canada following allegations that the nitrile gloves it manufactured in Malaysia for use by Canadian health care workers were made with forced labour.
  • Worldwide there have been 334,659,111+ cases, 5,557,810+ deaths and 9,706,508,210+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the end of COVID-19 measures introduced to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in England.

Jan. 18

  • Ontario reported 7,086+ new cases today for a total of 963,693+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,666 deaths, up 37 today. There are 1,628+ new cases in Toronto, 1,106+ in Peel Region, 545+ in York, 327+ in Hamilton and 179+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 4,183 in hospital. There are 580 in intensive care, 337 on a ventilator. There have been 861,554 cases resolved, up 10,189.
  • So far, there have been 29,561,731 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,552,007 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 31,355 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,211,380. There are 31,645 pending.
  • There are 350 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,617 resident cases, 4,157 staff. So far, 4,115 residents have died.
  • Half of Ontarians who died of an opioid overdose in the early stages of the pandemic had interacted with the health-care system in the month before their deaths, says a new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network and Unity Health. One in four had seen a doctor, gone to an emergency department or been discharged from hospital a week prior.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 325 new cases for a total of 53,880 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 649. There are 4,587 active cases and there have been 48,644 cases resolved. There are 72 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 156 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,228,582 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 823,166 residents who have received a second dose and 455,065 have been boosted.
  • Because there is no contact tracing happening in Ottawa schools, a new Facebook group of parents is posting infection information.
  • Quebec has now seen 806,296+ confirmed cases, up 5,143+ today. So far, 12,453 people have died. There are 3,417 people in hospital including 289 in intensive care. The province completed 28,356 tests on Jan. 16. So far, 16,838,143 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 31,099+ cases in total, up 566. There have been 239 deaths. There are 1,662 active cases and 29,198 recoveries. There are 145 in hospital, five in intensive care. There have been 771,239 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • To deal with hospitalizations, Quebec has a plan to manage the pressure on hospitals. This will include ways to treat some patients from home, such as providing oxygen machines to patients with milder symptoms. The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal has already been experimenting with providing some COVID outpatients with oxygen.
  • About 6,300 doses of the drug Paxlovid will arrive in Quebec this week, with thousands more set to arrive in the coming month.
  • You will now need a vaccine passport to enter Quebec liquor and cannabis stores.
  • At present, there are about 12,000 health-care workers off work in the province because of COVID-19 infection.
  • PEI is limiting gatherings to one household plus two support people until at least Jan. 31. Indoor dining is banned. Eight people are in hospital with four in ICU. Gyms and other recreational centres are closed and weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people.
  • In Nova Scotia, there are 183 people in hospital who have tested positive for the virus. There are now 15 people in ICU. One more death was reported and the province confirmed 415+ new cases.
  • Manitoba has 620 in hospital, 48 in ICU. Three more deaths were reported. Another 847+ cases were confirmed by PCR tests on Tuesday.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,801,451+ cases with 31,679 deaths. There are 331,376 active cases and there have been 2,438,396 resolved cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 331,306,590+ cases, 5,548,085+ deaths and 9,675,117,167+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Jan. 17

  • Ontario reported 8,521+ new cases today for a total of 956,607+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,628 deaths, up 22 today. There are 1,961+ new cases in Toronto, 1,561+ in Peel Region, 918+ in York, 604+ in Hamilton and 302+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 3,887 in hospital. There are 565 in intensive care, 343 on a ventilator. There have been 851,365 cases resolved, up 8,292.
  • So far, there have been 29,180,320 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,517,048 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 37,059 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,180,025. There are 38,774 pending.
  • There are 346 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,548 resident cases, 4,090 staff. So far, 4,112 residents have died.
  • Some premiers continue to suffer public disapproval over their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey from the Angus Reid Institute shows. Among them, Ontario Premier Doug Ford faces and election in the next few months. His approval rating has tumbled to 30 per cent.
  • Ontario’s chief medical officer of health tells various media outlets that he believes the modified lockdown in the province is starting to slow the spread of Omicron.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 419 new cases for a total of 53,555 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 649, up two. There are 4,930 active cases and there have been 47,976 cases resolved. There are 65 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 151 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,203,053 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 819,520 residents who have received a second dose and 436,268 have been boosted.
  • The return to school in Ottawa and across much of southern Ontario has been delayed because of a massive snowstorm that is blanketing the region, delivering almost 50 centimetres. Schools in the city are still delivering online instruction.
  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board says it will still notify families of a positive COVID-19 case in their schools, should they learn of them.
  • Quebec has now seen 801,153+ confirmed cases, up 5,400+ today. So far, 12,364 people have died. There are 3,381 people in hospital including 286 in intensive care. The province completed 32,646tests on Jan. 15. So far, 16,743,471 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 30,533+ cases in total, up 294. There have been 224 deaths. There are 3,811 active cases and 26,498 recoveries. There are 113 in hospital, four in intensive care. There have been 768,822 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Schools in Gatineau have also been shattered today because of the massive snowstorm that dropped more than 30 centimetres of snow by the end of day.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault is asking government employees to volunteer to work in hospitals, as staffing shortages continue to hamper the province’s health-care system. Bureaucrats are being asked to opt-in to work in a hospital setting as service aides, taking over non-medical tasks normally performed by nurses. That could include disinfecting surfaces and equipment, doing administrative tasks, and providing meals to patients.
  • Nova Scotia reported four additional deaths from COVID-19 on Monday and said 73 people are receiving specialized care in a designated hospital unit because of the coronavirus, including 13 who are in intensive care and 495 new cases have been reported.
  • Public Health reported 239 new cases Monday. There are 5,325 active cases and 15 hospitalizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • PEI reported 231 new cases of COVID-19 and 378 recoveries Monday. Seven people are in hospital due to COVID-19, including one in intensive care.
  • New Brunswick reported two deaths and 113 hospitalizations Monday, including 16 people in ICU. The province has 4,914 active cases. 
  • Another 20 people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba, and hospitals now have 601 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 47 in ICU. Another 717 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by lab tests on Monday.
  • In Saskatchewan, 167 people are in hospital with 13 in ICU. There were 1,374 new infections confirmed.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,759,991+ cases with 31,530 deaths. There are 362,781 active cases and there have been 2,365,680 resolved cases.
  • Air Canada, WestJet and Toronto Pearson International Airport want the federal government to end mandatory COVID-19 testing at airports and shift those resources to communities where they are needed most.
  • Health Canada has approved Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral medication used to treat those infected with COVID-19. It is intended for those at high risk of severe illness. The drug is most effective if taken early in the onset of illness, from three to five days after symptoms appear. The federal government has purchased a million treatments. Pfizer says it will be delivering the drug “immediately.” The first 30,000 treatments will move immediately to the provinces
  • Health Canada says the product shouldn’t be used while a patient is on any of a long list of other drugs, including common medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol and seasonal allergies, among others. Pfizer’s treatment is meant to be taken as 30 pills over five days. Patients take three pills at a time: two of Pfizer’s pills and one of a low-dose HIV drug known as ritonavir, which helps Pfizer’s drug remain active in the body longer.
  • Worldwide there have been 328,526,076+ cases, 5,541,609+ deaths and 9,637,220,830+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Tennis star Novak Djokovic has returned to Serbia following his deportation from Australia over his lack of vaccination.

Jan. 14

  • Ontario reported 10,964+ new cases today for a total of 926,904+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,522 deaths, up 41 today. There are 1,961+ new cases in Toronto, 1,561+ in Peel Region, 918+ in York, 604+ in Hamilton and 302+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 3,814 in hospital. There are 527 in intensive care, 288 on a ventilator. There have been 804,886 cases resolved, up 21,672.
  • So far, there have been 29,180,320 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,517,048 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • About 43 per cent of those 12 and up have had a booster shot. That includes roughly 46 per cent of those in the 50-59 group, 61 per cent of those in the 60-69 group, 73 per cent of those 70-79 and 76 per cent of those 75 and up. Booster rates are below 36 per cent in all other eligible groups, with the lowest uptake among those 18-29 (just 23 per cent). The province is averaging about 150,000 jabs a day, below the daily target of 200,000.
  • The province completed 58,031 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 22,033,972. There are 72,005 pending.
  • There are 326 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 2,146 resident cases, 3,830 staff. So far, 4,091 residents have died.
  • Meanwhile Rod Phillips, who is the MPP for Ajax and the province’s long-term care minister, said he will step down from his posts next month and will return to the private sector.
  • Immunocompromised Ontarians can now book appointments for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The province has already started administering fourth doses in long-term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 431 new cases for a total of 52,276 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 640, up two. There are 5,479 active cases and there have been 46,157 cases resolved. There are 61 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 147 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,203,053 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 819,520 residents who have received a second dose and 436,268 have been boosted.
  • OPH has opened vaccinations to drop-ins at clinics as the city tries to increase vaccine uptake.
  • In their first game of 2022, the Ottawa Senators defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 Thursday night
  • Quebec has now seen 783,102+ confirmed cases, up 7,382+ today. So far, 12,193 people have died. There are 3,085 people in hospital including 275 in intensive care. The province completed 43,707 tests on Jan. 12. So far, 16,453,249 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 30,339+ cases in total, up 218. There have been 224 deaths. There are 4,634 active cases and 25,481 recoveries. There are 116 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 754,013 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Gatineau mayor France Bélisle has tested positive for COVID-19. She is working from home and recovering. Last month, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson tested positive.
  • Quebec teachers unions are slamming the government’s decision to reopen elementary and high schools without providing teachers with N95 masks and outfitting all classrooms with mechanical ventilation systems.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,688,751+ cases with 31,190 deaths. There are 386,033 active cases and there have been 2,271,528 resolved cases.
  • Canada is set for several “intense” weeks as Omicron drives record infections and hospitalizations, new federal data suggests. The projections by Canadian health officials suggest the Omicron wave could peak at 170,000 cases a day this month, though officials say the numbers are estimates of the “true number of daily cases” that may be occurring because of testing restrictions limiting reported cases. Officials project that new hospital admissions could peak at 2,000 a day later this month.
  • As of Jan. 10, 6,926 hospital beds in the country were occupied by COVID-19 patients – up from 4,113 on Jan. 3, the government reports.
  • Tens of thousands of people have left Toronto and Montreal for smaller cities or rural areas in the second year of the pandemic, official data shows. More than 70,000 people left Toronto from mid-2020 to mid-2021, up 14 per cent from the previous 12-month period, according to Statistics Canada population estimates. Montreal lost nearly 43,600 residents. Atlantic Canada has fared well in the exodus. Halifax added more than 6,000 people in the year up to June 30, 2021, with the vast majority arriving from out of province. Rural Quebec added more than 25,000 people from urban centres. And cities such as Oshawa added 8,000 people and Hamilton and St. Catharines each gained nearly 5,000.
  • Worldwide there have been 320,738,972+ cases, 5,523,023+ deaths and 9,575,635,907+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Novak Djokovic has been detained in Australia ahead of a court hearing that will determine whether the tennis star can stay in the country unvaccinated. The Serbian faces deportation after his visa was cancelled for a second time, with the government labelling the 34-year-old a threat to the public.

Jan. 13

  • Ontario reported 9,909+ new cases today for a total of 915,940+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,480 deaths, up 35 today. There are 1,895+ new cases in Toronto, 1,365+ in Peel Region, 1,001+ in York, 411+ in Hamilton and 390+ in Windsor-Essex. There are 3,630 in hospital. There are 500 in intensive care, 275 on a ventilator. There have been 783,214 cases resolved, up 19,816.
  • So far, there have been 29,017,284 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,504,282 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 58,831 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,975,941. There are 79,521 pending.
  • There are 311 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,905 resident cases, 3,609 staff. So far, 4,080 residents have died.
  • Omicron may peak in the next few weeks, Ontario’s top doctor says, but the province is unlikely to see a full-blown reopening until COVID-19 cases plateau and pressures on the health-care system ease. 
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 532 new cases for a total of 51,845 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 638, up one. There are 6,352 active cases and there have been 44,855 cases resolved. There are 57 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 140 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,182,236 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 816,866 residents who have received a second dose and 420,098 have been boosted.
  • Ottawa parents can move up their child’s second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 21 days after the first shot as the Omicron variant spreads and students prepare to return to school, Dr. Vera Etches says. As of Wednesday, 64 per cent of Ottawa children aged five to 11 had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while eight per cent had two doses.
  • And Ottawa’s top doctor told the media today that the Omicron variant is “increasing the likelihood” most people will eventually be exposed to COVID-19. The medical officer of health also urged people to get vaccinated and stay home when they’re sick to protect the population and hospital capacity.
  • The Ottawa Senators will finally back on the ice and playing for real tonight in Calgary against the Flames. It will be the team’s first NHL match in in three and a half weeks (save for an embarrassing loss to Toronto).
  • Quebec has now seen 775,720+ confirmed cases, up 8,730+ today. So far, 12,125 people have died. There are 2,994 people in hospital including 272 in intensive care. The province completed 43,320 tests on Jan. 11. So far, 16,337,691 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 30,121 cases in total, up 217. There have been 224 deaths. There are 5,259 active cases and 24,638 recoveries. There are 109 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 743,709 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec Premier Francois Legault has announced the end of the overnight curfew will be lifted on Monday. He also said businesses with more than 1,500 square footage will be subject to the vaccine passport as of Jan 24. The new measure will not apply to pharmacies and grocery stores. 
  • The premier said that the government believes the current Omicron surge has peaked. To that end, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) predicts a reduction in hospitalizations by the end of the month, with new hospital admissions peaking sometime next week.
  • He also announced schools will be reopening to in-person learning Monday, with all students wearing masks indoors. Students and educators who test positive or are in close contact with a COVID-19 case are being asked to isolate themselves for five days.
  • Volunteer parents could be asked to supervise Quebec classrooms if too many teachers fall sick with COVID-19. The Education Ministry has directed schools to develop contingency plans for a “very large number” of teacher absences after elementary and high school students return to in-person learning on Monday. 
  • Quebec’s Health Ministry has an agreement with Montreal’s MedSup Medical to produce more than 70 million rapid tests. The first 10 million tests at to arrive by the end of January. Twenty million is expected to be delivered in both February and March, as well as a minimum of 15 million in April and five million in May.
  • Quebec public health released new directives for people to get boosted “as soon as possible,” including those who recently had COVID-19, as the province prepares to make three doses of vaccine the minimum to be considered “adequately protected.” The three doses will be required for Quebec’s vaccine passport, which is needed to enter government alcohol and cannabis retailers, as well as restaurant dining rooms, bars, and other environments which are presently closed. 
  • A Quebec Superior Court judge has temporarily suspended a father’s right to see his child based on evidence that the man is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and appears to oppose government anti-pandemic health measures.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,657,384+ cases with 31,082 deaths. There are 398,397 active cases and there have been 2,227,905 resolved cases.
  • Truckers crossing into Canada from the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Saturday, despite a statement sent “in error” from the Canada Border Services Agency late Wednesday appearing to reverse course on the mandate.
  • A new survey from the Angus Reid Institute shows that 55 per cent of Canadians are resigned to the inevitability of being infected with Omicron. This sentiment rises to at least three-in-five among parents who have children in grade school. Among those who feel that they will be infected, 48 per cent say that public health measures should be removed and 48 per cent disagree.
  • Worldwide there have been 317,349,736+ cases, 5,515,446+ deaths and 9,545,277,984+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Jan. 12

  • Ontario reported 9,783+ new cases today for a total of 906,031+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,445 deaths, up 46 today. There are 1,649 new cases in Toronto, 1,143 in Peel Region, 844 in York, 306 in Hamilton and 105 in Windsor-Essex. There are 3,448 in hospital. There are 505 in intensive care, 265 on a ventilator. There have been 763,398 cases resolved, up 16,109.
  • So far, there have been 28,853,124 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,493,087 fully vaccinated. The province is now offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 56,420 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,917,110. There are 85,684 pending.
  • There are 290 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,739 resident cases, 3,254 staff. So far, 4,077 residents have died.
  • New interim guidelines for Ontario schools state that local public health units won’t routinely notify students of a positive case or if someone is self-isolating because of COVID symptoms. The updated guidelines also say public health units will no longer dismiss cohorts, instead leaving it up to schools and school boards based on their operational requirements.
  • Schools will have to report daily data on staff absences to local public health units to monitor disruptions in schools now that the province has limited access to tests.
  • Officials say public health will notify families if 30 per cent of the school is absent, though they noted that it will not be confirmed whether all absences are due to COVID-19.
  • Education Minister Stephen Lecce says Ontario students and teachers will each receive two rapid tests when school opens on Monday. Millions of tests will be deployed in coming days. Tests will be distributed first to staff, then to children in day cares and students in public elementary schools, followed by high school students. People with symptoms are to use two tests 24 to 48 hours apart and can return to school after negative results once their symptoms improve.
  • Ontario school boards can rotate between in-person and remote days or combine classes, if needed, to minimize school closures.
  • The province will also launch school-based vaccination clinics to increase the vaccination rate of school-aged children.
  • Ontario will distribute three-ply medical masks to students and will put another 3,000 heap filtration units into classrooms. This is on top of 70,000 already distributed. Staff will get N95 masks. The province will make nine million available.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 585 new cases for a total of 51,313 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 637. There are 7,110 active cases and there have been 43,566 cases resolved. There are 59 in hospital, eight in ICU. There are 126 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,182,236 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 816,866 residents who have received a second dose and 420,098 have been boosted.
  • Ottawa Public Health has expanded drop-in eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines in the city. Anyone who is eligible for a first, second, or booster dose can drop in at a community clinic, no appointment necessary.
  • Quebec has now seen 766,927+ confirmed cases, up 8,351+ today. So far, 12,080 people have died. There are 2,877 people in hospital including 263 in intensive care. The province completed 42,557 tests on Jan. 10. So far, 16,220,710 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 29,904 cases in total, up 255. There have been 224 deaths. There are 6,531 active cases and 23,778 recoveries. There are 86 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 743,709 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • More than 7,000 people registered for their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, amid threats by the province to tax the unvaccinated.
  • The Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls Quebec’s tax plan is deeply troubling, noting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes individual autonomy over our bodies and medical decisions.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has 427 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The province has just received back several hundred test results from outside the province. The tests were conducted from Dec. 29 to Jan. There were an additional 323 cases to add to the provincial total. There are five people in hospital because of COVID-19.
  • Nova Scotia reported 60 hospitalizations on Wednesday, including a child under five.
  • Manitoba now has 454 hospitalizations with 15 in ICU. There have been three more deaths. The provincial dashboard also lists 1,478+ new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,642,921+ cases with 31,055 deaths. There are 402,114 active cases and there have been 2,191,716 resolved cases.
  • A federal government website that collects and interprets data for the Canadian military on the pandemic is now indicating that the Omicron surge may be peaking in several Canadian cities including Toronto and Montreal.
  • The federal government is extending the deadline for repayment of Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loans to the end of 2023.
  • An additional 9.3 million doses of the Moderna Spikevax vaccine and 6.8 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty adult/adolescent formulation will arrive in Canada this month, according to data supplied by Health Canada. Last week, 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived, with another 6.3 million to follow this month.
  • Federal COVID-19 vaccine contracts mean Canada should get enough doses to give two or three more mRNA shots to every Canadian, every year, until at least 2024.
  • Worldwide there have been 314,019,135+ cases, 5,507,370+ deaths and 9,513,238,884+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The U.K. Prime Minister has apologized for attending a garden party at 10 Downing St. this past May. Boris Johnson has been under pressure from government MPs along with the opposition.
  • The World Health Organization’s vaccine technical committee says vaccines need to become more effective at keeping up with emerging variants. There are some in development, the panel says. But the committee said in the absence of those vaccines for now, and the need for vaccine equity, “a vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.”
  • Doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, have confirmed an individual contracted both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. On Dec. 23, 2021, a 29-year-old pregnant woman tested positive for COVID-19. Six days later she tested positive for influenza type A, a strain of the flu. She was hospitalized and released after recovering. There have been more cases of the virus combo confirmed in other countries. These cases have prompted a new term. “Flurona” refers to when someone is infected with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

Jan. 11

  • Ontario reported 7,951+ new cases today for a total of 896,248+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,399 deaths, up 21 today. There are 1,879 new cases in Toronto, 1,310 in Peel Region, 1,033 in York, 412 in Hamilton and 333 in Windsor-Essex. There are 3,220 in hospital. There are 477 in intensive care, 250 on a ventilator. There have been 747,289 cases resolved, up 9,893.
  • So far, there have been 28,693,247 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,482,911 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • The province completed 45,451 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,860,690. There are 94,223 pending.
  • There are 271 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,566 resident cases, 2,762 staff. So far, 4,062 residents have died.
  • Ontario is making it possible for internationally trained nurses to work in the province to help ease the shortage of nurses in the provincial system.
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott also said that there are currently about 600 open ICU beds in Ontario along with another 500 beds that could be added to deal with the ongoing surge.
  • The province has also confirmed students would be returning to in-person learning on Jan. 17.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 419 new cases for a total of 50,728 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 637. There are 7,651 active cases and there have been 42,440 cases resolved. There are 52 in hospital, six in ICU. There are 114 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,161,286 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 815,285 residents who have received a second dose and 402,576 have been boosted.
  • An internal document from the The Ottawa Hospital dated Jan. 5 and obtained by CBC outlines its decision-making process for when health-care workers are allowed to work should they be exposed to or have COVID-19. The hospital states that “if exceptionally critical to operations,” workers who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 may be asked to come into work whether they’re symptomatic or asymptomatic.
  • Quebec has now seen 758,576+ confirmed cases, up 8,710+ today. So far, 12,028 people have died. There are 2,742 people in hospital including 255 in intensive care. The province completed 31,901 tests on Jan. 9. So far, 16,109,032 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 29,904 cases in total, up 255. There have been 224 deaths. There are 6,531 active cases and 23,778 recoveries. There are 86 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 738,506 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault has replaced, on an interim basis, the province’s public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, with Dr. Luc Boileau, who is the head of Quebec’s health-care research institute, the INESSS, .
  • The premier also told unvaccinated adult Quebecers they would have to make a significant health “contribution” to help pay for the burden they imposer of health care when they become sick with COVID-19. How much they will have to pay will be announced in coming weeks.
  • “These people, they put a very important burden on our health-care network,” Legault said. “I think it’s reasonable a majority of the population is asking that there be consequences.” Ten per cent of Quebecers remain unvaccinated, but health officials say they take up about 50 per cent of COVID-19 beds in hospitals. The province is looking at further expanding the use of the province’s vaccination passport to hairdressers and other personal care services.
  • As of Jan. 18, customers will have to show their vaccine passports before entering SAQ and SQDC establishments, Quebec’s provincially run alcohol and cannabis stores. 
  • Three million rapid COVID-19 tests are being distributed to Quebec pharmacies. At five tests per box, that means about 600,000 boxes will be available.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,595,960+ cases with 30,862 deaths. There are 404,404 active cases and there have been 2,160,694 resolved cases.
  • Justin Trudeau says Canada will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for all those eligible to receive a fourth dose if needed.
  • Fifty-six per cent of respondents in a poll conducted by Leger and the Association of Canadian Studies agree governments are making the right decisions to limit the spread of Omicron and keep the health system from being overrun. Another 31 per cent said they did not believe Omicron poses a serious health risk to most of those who are infected, and that governments should leave things open and let Canadians live with the risk.
  • Worldwide there have been 310,881,676+ cases, 5,498,118+ deaths and 9,463,086,444+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Jan. 10

  • Ontario reported 9,706+ new cases today for a total of 888,297+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,378 deaths, up 12 today. There are 2,405 new cases in Toronto, 1,745 in Peel Region, 965 in York, 226 in Hamilton and 370 in Windsor-Essex. There are 2,419 in hospital. There are 412 in intensive care, 226 on a ventilator. There have been 737,396 cases resolved, up 10,378.
  • So far, there have been 28,140,051 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,454,222 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • There are 259 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,452 resident cases, 2,612 staff. So far, 4,059 residents have died.
  • Free emergency child care is now available for eligible front-line health-care workers in Ontario. 
  • Education Minister Steven Lecce says a new agreement with the Ontario Teachers’ Federations allows retirees to be re-employed for 95 days instead of 50.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 526 new cases for a total of 50,309 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 637. There are 8,217 active cases and there have been 41,455 cases resolved. There are 64 in hospital, five in ICU. There are 102 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,161,286 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 815,285 residents who have received a second dose and 402,576 have been boosted.
  • All visitors to city of Ottawa recreation facilities 12 and over must present proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter indoors for most activities, as mandated by provincial regulations. For youth who turn 12 in 2022, there is a grace period of 12 weeks from their birthday when they do not need to show proof of vaccination.
  • More than 30 long-term care and retirement homes in Ottawa are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, even though many staff and residents already have three vaccine doses.
  • Quebec has now seen 749,866+ confirmed cases, up 10,573+ today. So far, 11,966 people have died. There are 2,554 people in hospital including 248 in intensive care. The province completed 35,084 tests on Jan. 8. So far, 16,007,528 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 29,649 cases in total, up 2,159. There have been 224 deaths. There are 6,531 active cases and 22,894 recoveries. There are 77 in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 733,723 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Media reports say the Quebec’s chief medical officer, Dr. Horacio Arruda, has resigned.
  • Health Canada has started the process for possible legal consequences for some of the passengers on the infamous Sunwing flight to Cancun on Dec. 30 by sending notices of infractions to Quebec’s top prosecutor over the flight. More will be sent later.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reports 455 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The province is also reporting two more deaths. There are four people in hospital.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting three additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday. There are 59 people in hospital in Nova Scotia due to the virus, two of whom are in intensive care. And 816 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday.
  • Eighty-six people are now hospitalized because of the virus in New Brunswick with 13 in intensive care. Public health reported 220 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
  • There are 81 in hospital in Manitoba with 39 in ICU. The province reported 19 deaths over the weekend along with 2,383 new cases.
  • A total of 3,110 COVID-19 cases have been added to Saskatchewan’s case total over the last three days. There are a total of 119 people in hospital due to COVID-19, with 11 of them in ICU.
  • Alberta has 635 hospitalizations with 72 ICU patients. The province saw 17,913 new confirmed cases over the weekend along with six deaths. Students were back in class in Alberta today.
  • British Columbia health officials have reported 6,966 new COVID-19 cases, 431 people in hospital, 95 of whom are in intensive care and seven deaths. Students were back in class in the province today.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,539,930+ cases with 30,788 deaths. There are 422,017 active cases and there have been 2,087,125 resolved cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 307,450,630+ cases, 5,490,360+ deaths and 9,433,818,708+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to Canada because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  • Novak Djokovic won his visa appeal against the Australian government on Monday. The Australian Federal Court quashed the government’s decision to cancel the Serbian tennis star’s visa on Monday, ending his detention and appearing to clear the path for him to play in the Australian Open.

Jan. 7

  • Ontario reported 11,899+ new cases today for a total of 853,270+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,315 deaths, up 42 today. There are 2,405 new cases in Toronto, 1,745 in Peel Region, 965 in York, 425 in Hamilton and 370 in Windsor-Essex. There are 2,472 in hospital. There are 338 in intensive care, 177 on a ventilator. There have been 707,732 cases resolved, up 11,946.
  • So far, there have been 28,140,051 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,454,222 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • Ontario completed 61,137 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,669,405. There are 100,224 results pending.
  • There are 208 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 1,053 resident cases, 1,928 staff. So far, 4,047 residents have died.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 720 new cases for a total of 48,407 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 631, up five. There are 8,177 active cases and there have been 39,599 cases resolved. There are 43 in hospital, five in ICU. There are 83 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,117,785 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 813,051 residents who have received a second dose and 363,918 have been boosted.
  • Quebec has now seen 712,358+ confirmed cases, up 16,176+ today. So far, 11,873 people have died. There are 2,133 people in hospital including 229 in intensive care. The province completed 57,659 tests on Jan. 5. So far 15,756,550 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 27,490 cases in total, up 808. There have been 224 deaths. There are 7,701 active cases and 19,565 recoveries. There are 60 in hospital, three in intensive care. There have been 718,533 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nova Scotia reported 678 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday with one new death. There are 48 people in hospital due to COVID-19 as of Friday, seven in intensive care. 
  • New Brunswick reported 840 new PCR-confirmed cases Friday. There are 69 people hospitalized including 17 in intensive care. 
  • In Canada, there have been 2,437,822+ cases with 30,584+ deaths. There are 376,670 active cases and there have been 2,030,568 resolved cases.
  • Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said he personally expects that a vaccine mandate will happen in this country. His comment drew immediate response from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who rejected the idea and said such a mandate would not happen in his province.
  • Canada’s jobless rate now stands at 5.9 per cent, Statistics Canada reported Friday. There were more people working full-time in December, particularly core-aged men aged 25 to 54. Most of the employment growth was in Ontario. Nationally, gains were driven by the construction and educational services industries.
  • Despite transportation disruptions caused by flooding and landslides in British Columbia in November, total Canadian exports increased 3.8 per cent, while imports rose 2.4 per cent. As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade surplus widened from $2.3 billion in October to $3.1 billion in November, StatsCan says.
  • With Omicron rapidly spreading across the country, the average daily case count has increased 65 per cent from last week and hospitalizations are up 91 per cent but severe illnesses are not rising at the same “explosive rate,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says.
  • Worldwide there have been 300,616,122+ cases, 5,474,752+ deaths and 9,366,885,648+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • U.S. unemployment fell to 3.9 per cent in December down from 4.2 per cent.

Jan. 6

  • Ontario reported 13,339+ new cases today for a total of 841,371+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,272 deaths, up 20 today. There are 2,645 new cases in Toronto, 1,500 in Peel Region, 1,238 in York, 665 in Hamilton and 543 in Windsor-Essex. There are 2,279 in hospital. There are 319 in intensive care, 164 on a ventilator. There have been 683,750 cases resolved, up 11,669.
  • So far, there have been 27,945,958 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,445,183 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • Ontario completed 59,241 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,608,268. There are 99,870 results pending.
  • There are 186 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 870 resident cases, 1,525 staff. So far, 4,040 residents have died.
  • Ontario is accelerating booster shots for education workers as well as providing N95 masks to those working in child-care settings, the province announced Thursday afternoon. Starting Friday, education and child-care staff in the Greater Toronto Area can book priority shots at the International Centre in Mississauga. The province says further clinics will be set up “urgently,” in addition to existing clinics in Toronto and Ottawa that already have dedicated access for these staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 1,231 new cases for a total of 47,687 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 626. OPH is reporting the death of a woman in her 20s who had COVID. There are 8,389 active cases and there have been 38,672 cases resolved. There are 35 in hospital, three in ICU. There are 78 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,083,358 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 811,357 residents who have received a second dose and 333,207 have been boosted.
  • OPH reports an outbreak of 97 cases almost evenly split between residents and staff at the Governor’s Walk retirement home. This is the city’s largest retirement home outbreak during the pandemic. 
  • In Ottawa, there are hundreds of staff off work due to COVID-19 infections or exposure. There are 100 people off the job at The Ottawa Hospital because they have tested positive for the virus and more than 80 more at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). The Montfort Hospital reports about 90 staff in isolation because of COVID-19. 
  • Quebec has now seen 696,182+ confirmed cases, up 15,874+ today. So far, 11,846 people have died. There are 1,953 people in hospital including 207 in intensive care. The province completed 60,509 tests on Jan. 4. So far 15,651,879 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • According to the province’s health-care research institute, there could be more than 3,400 Quebecers in hospital with COVID-19 in two weeks. The institute, known by its French acronym, INESSS, released its latest projections on Thursday. At least 3,000 of those projected hospitalizations would be for regular beds, INESSS said in a statement, and at least 400 would be patients in the intensive care unit.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 25,893 cases in total, up 5,868. There have been 224 deaths. There are 7,334 active cases and 18,335 recoveries. There are 23 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 707,416 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • There are about 20,000 health care workers in the province off work because of COVID-19 infection and other reasons.
  • The province is expanding the vaccine passport to liquor stores and cannabis stores. Health Minister Christian Dube says the passports will soon be required in other non-essential business. He said the province is sending a message to the unvaccinated to stay home.
  • The province will also change the definition of fully vaccinated to include three doses sometime after February.
  • Nova Scotia announced 745 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 48 people in hospital, including nine in the ICU.
  • PEI announced 204 new cases Thursday on P.E.I. There are now 1,491 active cases on the Island, and a total of 2,288. There has been an average of 156 new cases per day over the last seven days. 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has 503 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • New Brunswick is reporting 672 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday along with one death.
  • Manitoba reported 2,548 new cases along with six deaths. the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Thursday increased to 263 with 33 in ICU.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,394,674+ cases with 30,524+ deaths. There are 360,452 active cases and there have been 2,003,698 resolved cases.
  • Emergency services in many major Canadian cities are facing staffing shortages due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, with police, ambulance and fire all scrambling to redeploy and bolster their ranks. CBC has more.
  • Worldwide there have been 298,194,606+ cases, 5,468,069+ deaths and 9,333,544,050+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Jan. 5

  • Ontario reported 11,582+ new cases today for a total of 828,032+ cases. Daily case counts underestimate the actual number of infections because of limits on testing. The province has seen a total of 10,252 deaths, up 14 today. There are 2,715 new cases in Toronto, 1,066 in Peel Region, 1,252 in York, 539 in Hamilton and 179 in Windsor-Essex. There are 2,081 in hospital. There are 288 in intensive care, 138 on a ventilator. There have been 683,750 cases resolved, up 11,669.
  • So far, there have been 27,012,866 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,404,979 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • Ontario completed 59,137 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,549,027. There are 94,605 results pending.
  • There are 145 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 389 resident cases, 571 staff. So far, 4,039 residents have died.
  • Ontario is moving schools online for at least two weeks (until Jan. 17 at least), temporarily closing indoor dining and gyms and pausing non-urgent medical procedures as it faces record-high case counts that, according to public health officials, threaten to overwhelm the province’s health-care system.
  • The Ontario government has also instructed hospitals and health-care professionals to stop all non-urgent surgeries and procedures to preserve critical-care capacity and human resources.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 515 new cases for a total of 46,456 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 625. There are 8,015 active cases and there have been 37,816 cases resolved. There are 32 in hospital, four in ICU. There are 74 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,083,358 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 811,357 residents who have received a second dose and 333,207 have been boosted.
  • Pediatric hospitals across Ontario are urging pregnant people to get vaccinated because they’re seeing an increase in infants hospitalized with COVID-19. Since mid-December, CHEO, eastern Ontario’s children’s hospital in Ottawa, and Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital have admitted a total of six babies under the age of 12 months with the virus. CBC has more.  
  • The Nunavut health department is sending a staff member bilingual in Inuktut-English to the Embassy West seniors living facility in Ottawa where five Nunavut elders have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quebec has now seen 680,308 confirmed cases. So far and 11,820 people have died. There are 1,750 people in hospital including 191 in intensive care. The province completed 55,339 test on Jan. 3. So far 15,551,922 doses of vaccine have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 25,893 cases in total, up 5,868. There have been 224 deaths. There are 7,334 active cases and 18,335 recoveries. There are 23 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 707,416 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec public health is putting an end to testing the general public for the coronavirus. PCR tests will be reserved for those in high-risk settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, detention centres and homeless shelters. 
  • The Quebec government is also considering implementing the vaccine passport at SAQ liquor outlets and SQDC cannabis outlets.
  • The province is also shortening the isolation time for fully vaccinated people infected by Omicron to five days from 10, in line with moves by other provinces.
  • Quebec will distribute seven million rapid tests to preschools and elementary school students and staff. The schools will open Jan. 17. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says the province will provide students without internet access at home with LTE sticks they can plug into their computers. He said school service centres and boards can request computers from the government if they need some to provide some to children who don’t have any. Roberge and Arruda also announced the period of isolation for students under the age of 12, as well as teachers, would be reduced to five days instead of 10. School daycare services will remain open, but will continue to prioritize the children of essential workers, such as health-care workers, unless a parent is an exceptional situation and needs the help.
  • Nova Scotia reported 842 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday with 45 people are in hospital with the virus; eight in intensive care.
  • New Brunswick is reporting 779 new COVID-19 cases. There are 59 people hospitalized, 16 in intensive care.
  • There are now 252 people with COVID-19 in Manitoba hospitals. Of those, 30 are in intensive care units. The province reported 1,790 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths on Wednesday.
  • Winnipeg’s police chief has declared an emergency because of the number of officers infected by Omicron. The service has 90 active COVID-19 cases, and 170 personnel have booked time off on COVID-19-related leave.
  • Saskatchewan reported 537 new confirmed cases. A total of 106 individuals are hospitalized, including 13 in ICU.
  • Alberta confirmed an additional 4,752 cases on Wednesday. There are 470 people in the hospital Wednesday with 72 in the ICU. 
  • No deaths and 3,798 new cases were reported in B.C. There are 317 in hospital, 83 in ICU.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,355,243+ cases with 30,456+ deaths. There are 344,140 active cases and there have been 1,980,647 resolved cases.
  • Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said on Wednesday that the qualifications for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were not changing in Canada yet. “I think that we will be revisiting this question again after our booster programs have rolled out significantly in the domestic context,” she told reporters.
  • The federal government will ship an additional 140 million rapid tests to provinces and territories this month.
  • Sunwing Airlines has cancelled the return flight for a group of Quebecers who partied maskless on a chartered flight from Montreal to Cancun on Dec. 30. In a series of now-deleted videos on social media obtained by the Journal de Montreal, passengers were seen drinking alcohol, vaping, and partying in close proximity. Passengers included Quebec social media influencers and reality TV stars. Transport Canada is investigating. Political leaders including the prime minister have condemned to party-goers and fines are pending.
  • Worldwide there have been 295,666,090+ cases, 5,461,047+ deaths and 9,267,179,802+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Emmanuel Macron faced criticism from political opponents and heated scenes in parliament on Wednesday after he warned unvaccinated French people, saying he would make their lives as difficult as possible by curbing their access to spaces such as cafés and restaurants.
  • “I am not about pissing off the French people,” Macron said in an interview on Tuesday. “But as for the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And we will continue to do this, to the end. This is the strategy.”
  • It looks like World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic is going to be deported from Australia before having a chance to win his 10th Open title. The tennis star prompted an uproar when it was learned he was granted a special exemption to enter the country. He is expected to appeal this deportation.
  • The United States Centres for Disease Control now says those fully vaccinated people who have been infected with COVID-19 will have to wear a mask for five days after isolating for five days.

Dec. 31

  • Ontario reported 16,713 new cases today for a total of 756,361 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,194 deaths, up 15. There are 2,715 new cases in Toronto, 1,066 in Peel Region, 1,252 in York, 539 in Hamilton and 179 in Windsor-Essex. There are 1,144 in hospital. There are 205 in intensive care, 104 on a ventilator. There have been 647,345 cases resolved, up 4,630.
  • So far, there have been 27,012,866 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,404,979 fully vaccinated. The province is offering a fourth vaccination to long term care residents three months after their third shot.
  • Ontario completed 75,093 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,254,037. There are 106,173 results pending.
  • There are 98 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 249 resident cases, 520 staff. So far, 4,033 residents have died. Four homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: Glebe Centre, Peter D.Clark Centre, St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 1,508 new cases for a total of 42,102 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 621. There are 7,166 active cases and there have been 34,315 cases resolved. There are 21 in hospital, three in ICU. There are 68 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 2,026,450 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 807,911 residents who have received a second dose and 283,503 have been boosted.
  • Quebec reported 16,461 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 13 new deaths. There have been 603,068 confirmed cases and 11,724 people have died. There are 1063 people in hospital (an increase of 124 from the previous day), including 151 in intensive care (an increase of 13). The province has administered 15,277,424 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Friday, meaning 89 per cent of the eligible population in the province (ages five and up) has received one dose of vaccine, 82 per cent has received two doses, and 16 per cent three doses.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 20,025 cases in total, up 645. There have been 223 deaths. There are 4,065 active cases and 15,737 recoveries. There are 23 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 692,572 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Nine care homes in the province are reporting significant COVID-19 outbreaks, with more than 200 residents infected in facilities located in Montreal, Outaouais, the Montérégie and Lanaudière. The homes are on the government’s “red zone” list, meaning more than 25 per cent of their residents are infected with the virus.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 431 new cases of COVID-19 and its 19th COVID-19 death as the year comes to a close.
  • Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting 618 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Public health says there are 34 people in hospital, four people are in intensive care.
  • New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 after completing a rapid test. Higgs had received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and a booster shot. He said he is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms in the form of a cough, sore throat and head congestion. He is isolating with his family. On Friday, the province announced 682 new cases. There are 45 people in hospital with 21 in intensive care. Also, New Brunswick hospitals are moving to urgent and emergency services only.
  • Nunavut on Friday reported another 40 cases of COVID-19. 
  • Manitoba is reporting 1,494 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. There are 192 hospitalized, 30 in ICU.
  • Alberta is cutting the isolation period for fully vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 to five days from 10, effective Monday.
  • B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry tells the CBC she believes the record-breaking surge of COVID-19 cases in the province could eventually lead to a stage where the virus becomes endemic. 
  • In Canada, there have been 2,142,310+ cases with 30,280+ deaths. There are 233,785 active cases and there have been 1,878,245 resolved cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 287,316,743+ cases, 5,433,370+ deaths and 9,141,794,432+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Israel is to go ahead with second COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems, the top government health official said on Thursday, but a final decision on wider usage is still pending.
  • South Africa has lifted a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew believing the country has passed the peak of its fourth COVID-19 wave driven by the Omicron variant.
  • The Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine caused mostly mild side effects in children aged 5 to 11 years, according to new data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

Dec. 30

  • Ontario reported 13,807 new cases today for a total of 739,648 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,179 deaths, up eight. There are 2,715 new cases in Toronto, 1,066 in Peel Region, 1,252 in York, 539 in Hamilton and 179 in Windsor-Essex. There are 965 in hospital. There are 200 in intensive care, 104 on a ventilator. There have been 642,715 cases resolved, up 4,037.
  • So far, there have been 27,012,866 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,404,979 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 67,301 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,178,944. There are 96,455 results pending.
  • There are 58 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 186 resident cases, 307 staff. So far, 4,033 residents have died. Four homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: Glebe Centre, Peter D.Clark Centre, St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • Ontario is delaying the start of classes until Jan. 5 because of rising Omicron infections.
  • As well, starting New Year;’s Eve, the province is limiting PCR testing to who are immunocompromised and other high risks groups.
  • The province is also shortening isolation times for this who are fully vaccinated to five days. The unvaccinated will still have to isolate for 10 days.
  • Ontario has cut crowds further to a maximum of 1,000 or 50 per cent whichever is smaller. The move prompted Maple leaf Sports, owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors, to stop ticketed home games for the next three weeks.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 771 new cases for a total of 40,594 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 621. There are 6,076 active cases and there have been 33,897 cases resolved. There are 13 in hospital, three in ICU. There are 65 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,996,489 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 806,570 residents who have received a second dose and 256,893 have been boosted.
  • The Queensway Carleton Hospital is pulling back on some services due to a staffing shortage caused by COVID-19. Ambulatory Care, therapeutic services and endo/cysto services will be scaled back as staff are redeployed to other areas.
  • Quebec reported 14,188 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 586,607 infections. There has been a total of 11,711 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 939 patients with 138 people in intensive care. The province completed 55,526 tests on Dec. 28. So far, 15,245,140 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 20,025 cases in total, up 645. There have been 223 deaths. There are 4,065 active cases and 15,737 recoveries. There are 23 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 692,572 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Hard-hit Quebec is reimposing a curfew just in time for New Year’s Eve. People will need a good reason to be out and about from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. As well, school start will now be Jan. 17. As well to province is banning in-person dining in restaurants and private gatherings in homes will be prohibited. Only people who live alone or need caregivers will be allowed to join another family bubble.
  • Quebec’s institute for excellence in health and social services (INESSS), based on average growth rates, predicts that COVID-19 hospitalizations could reach 1,600 in the next three weeks, while those for intensive care patients could jump to 300. The second more pessimistic scenario projects up to 2,100 COVID-19 patients in regular beds and 375 in intensive care, which is higher than what the province saw in previous waves of the pandemic.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 349 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. One person is currently in hospital due to COVID-19.
  • Nova Scotia is also reporting 511 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with an estimated 5,106 active infections. Of those, 25 are in hospital, three of whom are in intensive care.
  • PEI is reporting 169 new cases.
  • New Brunswick reported its highest single-day COVID-19 case increase on Thursday with 572 new infections. Health officials say, as of Thursday, there are 40 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 16 of whom are in intensive care.
  • Manitoba is reporting 1,123 new COVID-19 cases, along with three more deaths. There are currently 190 people in hospital and 29 ICU patients.
  • Saskatchewan reported 589 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with four more deaths. There are 79 people in hospital related to COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, including 14 in intensive care. Saskatchewan has also cut the isolation time for fully vaccinated infected individuals to five days from 10.
  • B.C. health officials announced 4,383 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Thursday. A total of 211 people are in hospital, including 66 in intensive care. 
  • In Canada, there have been 2,102,470+ cases with 30,253+ deaths. There are 207,418 active cases and there have been 1,864,799 resolved cases.
  • Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon says she is taking inspiration on the eve of the new year from the resilience and compassion of Canadians. In her first New Year’s message, Simon also talks about the concept of ‘ajuinnata’ in Inuktitut and how to find meaning in action.
  • The federal government quietly “gave up” on its COVID Alert contact tracing app and stopped supporting it months ago because of its “low” uptake, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Health Minister says. Health Canada said that it still supports the application and that it continues to update an online dashboard with COVID Alert statistics monthly.
  • WestJet is cutting 15 per cent of its flights through January because of staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 infection.
  • Worldwide there have been 285,043,163+ cases, 5,425,817+ deaths and 9,089,422,520+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 29

  • Ontario reported 10,436 new cases today for a total of 725,841 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,171 deaths. There are 2,715 new cases in Toronto, 1,066 in Peel Region, 1,252 in York, 539 in Hamilton and 179 in Windsor-Essex. There are 726 in hospital. There are 190 in intensive care, 104 on a ventilator. There have been 638,678 cases resolved, up 3,832.
  • So far, there have been 26,815,586 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,400,095 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 59,259 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 21,111,643. There are 74,535 results pending.
  • There are 32 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 35 resident cases, 76 staff. So far, 4,032 residents have died. Four homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: Glebe Centre, Peter D.Clark Centre, St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 653 new cases for a total of 39,823 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 5,637 active cases and there have been 33,565 cases resolved. There are eight in hospital, one in ICU. There are 68 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,996,489 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 806,570 residents who have received a second dose and 256,893 have been boosted.
  • Canadian Blood Services says there is an immediate need for blood donors over the holiday season, with thousands of donation appointments open across the country including in Ontario. CBC has more.
  • Quebec reported 13,149 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 572,419 infections. There has been a total of 11,702 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 804 patients with 122 people in intensive care. The province completed 51,500 tests on Dec. 27. So far, 15,148,869 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 19,380 cases in total. There have been 223 deaths. There are 3,574 active cases and 15,586 recoveries. There are 11 in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 686,739 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,089,176+ cases with 30,291+ deaths.
  • The World Junior Hockey Tournament in Alberta has been cancelled because of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Worldwide there have been 283,384,181+ cases, 5,418,925+ deaths and 9,061,621,901+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • France is seeing a “tsunami” of infections, with 208,000 cases reported over the past 24 hours, a new national and European record.
  • The United States hit a record 258,312 daily infections on Wednesday. The previous peak was 250,141, registered last January.

Dec. 28

  • Ontario is reporting limited data today with another 8,825 cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Tuesday. There are 491 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 187 of them are in intensive care units. The seven-day rolling average for COVID patients in the ICU is 171. Public Health Ontario reported seven more deaths linked to the illness on Tuesday in its daily epidemiological summary. 
  • Ontario long-term care homes won’t accept general visitors or allow residents to leave for social reasons starting later this week. Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips says the policy change is being made to protect residents from the highly contagious Omicron variant. COVID-19 is spreading in the community, he said, and allowing general visitors would risk exposing vulnerable residents to the virus. Two designated caregivers will still be allowed to visit each resident after the changes take effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m.
  • Ontario science table data shows that while having two doses of vaccine protects against severe illness, its ability to prevent infection altogether is plummeting.to 14.9 per cent — from nearly 90 per cent a month ago — for people who have received two doses. 
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 424 new cases for a total of 39,170 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 5,287 active cases and there have been 33,262 cases resolved. There are 11 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 67 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,970,939 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 805,399 residents fully vaccinated.
  • The City of Ottawa says four staff members at two long-term care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. One staff members works at the Peter D. Clark home and three work at Centre d’accueil Champlain, the city wrote in a memo Monday afternoon.
  • An Ottawa LRT driver has also tested positive for the illness, according to the city. The person last worked on Dec. 21. The city says the driver was inside Bayview station at the beginning and end of their shift on both Dec. 20 and 21 and used the men’s washroom at Tunney’s Pasture station sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
  • Quebec reported 12,833 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 15 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 559,269 confirmed cases and 11,683 people have died. There are 702 people in hospital (an increase of 88 from the previous day), including 115 in intensive care (an increase of six).  The province has administered 15,005,169 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. About 89 per cent of the eligible population in the province (ages five and up) has received one dose of vaccine, 82 per cent has received two doses, and 13 per cent have received boosters.
  • Quebec’s health minister announced Tuesday that some workers in the province who have tested positive for COVID-19 or come in close contact with a confirmed case may remain on the job to protect hospital capacity. The province plans on extending the mandate to all non-essential workers in the coming days and weeks. There were about 7,000 health-care workers off the job yesterday due to COVID-19, and that number is expected to rise to 10,000 in the coming days. 
  • Quebec will be widening the scope of its booster campaign as of Jan. 4. As of that date, appointments will gradually open to 18 to 59-year-olds. Appointments will open to a new age group every few days until Jan. 21. The goal is to vaccinate between two and three million people every month, and have administered boosters to every eligible Quebecer who wants one by March.
  • CHSLD Marguerite-Rocheleau — a long-term care residence for seniors — has reported a major outbreak among staff and employees. The facility, located in Saint-Hubert in the Montérégie region, reported 92 active cases Tuesday. Some 61 residents and 31 staff are infected. Two people have died.
  • Most students in Nova Scotia are now scheduled to return to classes on Jan. 10, a few days later than the previously scheduled return date of Jan. 6. Nova Scotia reported 561 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
  • P.E.I. reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, a record high number of new daily cases for the province. 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported a record day of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday with 194. 
  • Manitoba is reporting a record-high 825 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths, according to the province’s dashboard on Tuesday.
  • In Canada, there have been 2,023,910+ cases with 30,177+ deaths.
  • Worldwide there have been 281,803,069+ cases, 5,410,921+ deaths and 9,012,862,726+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • U.S. health officials have cut recommendations for isolation restrictions for Americans diagnosed with the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine. Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.

Dec. 27

  • Ontario is reporting 9,418 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Public Health Ontario reported an additional five deaths linked to COVID-19 on Monday, pushing the provincial death toll to 10,162. Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 480 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 176 people are in intensive care units. 
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 2,262 new cases of infection over the past three days for a total of 38,746 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 621. There are 5,164 active cases and there have been 32,961 cases resolved. There are 10 in hospital, one in ICU. There are 63 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,970,939 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 805,399 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 8,231 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 10 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 519,326 confirmed cases and 11,668 people have died. There are 614 people in hospital, 109 in intensive care. 
  • In Canada, there have been 2,023,910+ cases with 30,177+ deaths and 1,809,406+ recoveries. There are 82,708+ active cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 280,555,284+ cases, 5,403,468+ deaths and 8,968,173,524+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 24

  • Ontario reported 9,571 new cases today for a total of 676,924 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,146 deaths, up six. There are 2,456 new cases in Toronto, 1,193 in Peel Region, 604 in York, 487 in Hamilton and 163 in Windsor-Essex. There are 508 in hospital. There are 164 in intensive care, 102 on a ventilator. There have been 626,798 cases resolved, up 1,997.
  • So far, there have been 26,343,050 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,383,811 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 72,639 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,827,410. There are 67,571 results pending.
  • There are 26 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 31 resident cases, 56 staff. So far, 4,032 residents have died. Four homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: Glebe Centre, St. Patrick’s Home, Peter D. Clark Centre and Extendicare Starwood.
  • There are 1,097 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 24 are closed. There are 65 new student cases reported today; 21 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 698 new cases for a total of 36,484 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 3,355 active cases and there have been 32,509 cases resolved. There are eight in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 63 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,957,640 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 804,805 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Nineteen infected Ottawa Fire Services staff are isolating at home and other employees who came into contact with them have been notified and are also self-isolating, wrote Kim Ayotte, the city’s general manager of emergency and protective services.
  • Starting Sunday, skating rinks, ski trails and toboggan hills in Ottawa will all have reduced capacity limits of a maximum of 25 people.
  • Health care workers in Quebec are being urged by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) to wear N-95 masks to protect themselves while battling against the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,922,227+ cases with 30,113+ deaths and 1,809,406+ recoveries. There are 82,708+ active cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 277,786,548+ cases, 5,382,436+ deaths and 8,858,994,608+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 23

  • Ontario reported 5,790 new cases today for a total of 667,353 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,140 deaths, up seven. There are 1,527 new cases in Toronto, 491 in Peel Region, 470 in York, 277 in Hamilton and 103 in Windsor-Essex. There are 440 in hospital. There are 169 in intensive care, 106 on a ventilator. There have been 624,801 cases resolved, up 1,659.
  • So far, there have been 26,113,307 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,379,811 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 68,191 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,754,771. There are 63,472 results pending.
  • There are 19 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 28 resident cases, 44 staff. So far, 4,032 residents have died. Two homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • There are 1,151 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 21 are closed. There are 71 new student cases reported today; 20 staff.
  • Ontario has become the first province to list an inexpensive and well-known antidepressant as a treatment doctors can “consider” for patients with a mild COVID-19 infection in a bid to keep them out of hospital.
  • Ontario health-care workers who are deemed close contacts of people who contract COVID-19 will be allowed to remain on the job so long as they test negative before each shift.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 466 new cases for a total of 35,786 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 2,783 active cases and there have been 32,383 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 59 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,918,036 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 803,278 residents fully vaccinated.
  • The Ottawa Paramedic Service says 130 of its staff attended a gathering in which COVID-19 was present. These 130 are considered high-risk contacts in the outbreak. So far at least 36 paramedic cases have been confirmed and the number of patient close contacts is 105. 
  • With COVID-19 testing capacity at its limit in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health says assume you have the Omicron variant and self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status, if you develop symptoms or test positive. And everyone in your household has to self-isolate as well.
  • The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are closing their doors until Jan. 19.
  • Quebec reported 9,397 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 511,095 infections. There has been a total of 11,658 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 473 patients with 91 people in intensive care. The province completed 54,520 tests on Dec. 21. So far, 14,865,951 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Half of today’s new cases are in Montreal.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 16,144 cases in total. There have been 223 deaths. There are 1,117 active cases and 14,804 recoveries. There are six in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 671,286 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The province is further tightening gathering limits start on Boxing Day with indoor gatherings cut to six or two family bubbles. Restaurants will also be limited to serving groups of six, or two family bubbles. Legault said the new measures are aimed at preventing hospitals from being overrun. So far no new curfew has been imposed.
  • Hospitalizations in Montreal have jumped by over 60 per cent as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to grow exponentially, notably in the younger population. There are 181 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 across the city. Most have the Delta variant, while Omicron is surging in the city and province.
  • Nova Scotia reported 689 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Fourteen people are in hospital, including four in intensive care.
  • New Brunswick reported 257 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday along with two more deaths.
  • Prince Edward Island is, among other things, banning wedding receptions, funeral receptions and wakes as the province announces 35 new cases on Thursday.
  • Manitoba reported 556 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Thursday.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,922,227+ cases with 30,113+ deaths and 1,809,406+ recoveries. There are 82,708+ active cases.
  • Pharmacy workers are being burned out by demand for vaccinations and rapid testing, CBC reports.
  • Worldwide there have been 277,786,548+ cases, 5,382,436+ deaths and 8,858,994,608+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The U.S. has approved a COVID-19 treatment by Merck for use at home on those who have recently been infected with the virus. The treatments are expected to keep the infected out of hospital, but treatment needs to start within five days of infection.
  • The UK reported 106,122 new COVID cases on Wednesday — exceeding 100,000 on a single day for the first time. Researchers there say that if you are experiencing cold symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat and a headache, chances are you have Omicron.

Dec. 22

  • Ontario reported 4,383 new cases today for a total of 661,563 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,133 deaths, up 10. There are 1,284 new cases in Toronto, 335 in Peel Region, 479 in York, 149 in Hamilton and 68 in Windsor-Essex. There are 420 in hospital. There are 168 in intensive care, 108 on a ventilator. There have been 623,142 cases resolved, up 1,787.
  • So far, there have been 25,860,049 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,373,519 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 55,381 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,686,580. There are 58,038 results pending.
  • There are 18 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 28 resident cases, 42 staff. So far, 4,032 residents have died. Two homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • There are 1,210 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 19 are closed. There are 60 new student cases reported today; 14 staff.
  • Ontario businesses affected by recent public health measures can apply for rebates on property taxes and energy costs, the government announced Wednesday. Ontario’s new benefit will cover up to 50 per cent of the property taxes and energy costs of eligible businesses while they’re affected by public health restrictions that capped capacity in restaurants, salons and other indoor settings at 50 per cent.
  • The province said the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will start accepting applications in mid-January, but the rebates will be retroactive to Dec. 19, when the latest round of restrictions came into effect. Businesses will be required to submit their property taxes and energy bills to get the rebates.
  • The government is also providing a six-month “interest- and penalty-free period” to make payments for most provincially administered taxes, starting Jan. 1, 2022 and running through July 1.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 387 new cases for a total of 35,320 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 2,435 active cases and there have been 32,265 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 52 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,918,036 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 803,278 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 6,361 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 501,698 infections. There has been a total of 11,652 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 445 patients with 88 people in intensive care. The province completed 54,328 tests on Dec. 20. So far, 14,769,254 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 15,710 cases in total. There have been 223 deaths. There are 746 active cases and 14,741 recoveries. There are three in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 665,939 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Premier François Legault will hold a news conference this evening at 6 p.m., as Quebec continues to break daily case records and the Omicron variant spreads across the province. Many expect a curfew will be reintroduced. Part of the plan is expected to be the postponement of half of scheduled surgeries to free up space in hospitals.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,907,771+ cases with 30,085+ deaths and 1,805,006+ recoveries. There are 72,680+ active cases.
  • The federal government is expanding access to pandemic financial supports. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the measures in a news conference Wednesday, in which he appeared virtually. Trudeau said he was following local public health advice after six members of his staff and security detail tested positive for COVID-19. “For the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit and the Local Lockdown Program, you’ll be able to apply if you’re subject to capacity limiting restrictions,” Trudeau said.
  • Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland explained that the government would be changing what they considered to be a “lockdown,” widening the eligibility for businesses and employees.
  • Employees in regions where governments have introduced capacity restrictions of 50 per cent or more will now be eligible for the $300 a week Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, if they’ve lost more than half their income.
  • Employers who are subject to capacity restrictions of 50 per cent or more and face current-month declines in revenue of at least 25 per cent can apply for the Local Lockdtown Program, which grants wage subsidies from 25-75 per cent depending on revenue loss. The expanded eligibility is expected to cost $4 billion. The new regulations will apply retroactively to Dec. 19 and last until Feb. 12, 2022.
  • Worldwide there have been 276,663,484+ cases, 5,373,898+ deaths and 8,794,966,805+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • NHL players will not participate in the Beijing Olympics because of Omicron concerns.

Dec. 21

  • Ontario reported 3,453 new cases today for a total of 657,180 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,123 deaths, up 10. There are 901 new cases in Toronto, 280 in Peel Region, 345 in York, 54 in Hamilton and 89 in Windsor-Essex. There are 412 in hospital. There are 165 in intensive care, 109 on a ventilator. There have been 621,355 cases resolved, up 1,332.
  • So far, there have been 25,629,533 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,367,446 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 49,285 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,631,199. There are 48,096 results pending.
  • There are 19 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 26 resident cases, 37 staff. So far, 4,030 residents have died. Two homes in Ottawa have an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home and Extendicare Starwood.
  • There are 1,288 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; nine are closed. There are 270 new student cases reported today; 48 staff.
  • Ontarians who resell rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits may be fined for doing so. Government and Consumer Services Minister Ross Romano says reselling the kits is considered a breach of government emergency orders that prohibit charging unfair prices for necessary goods. Fines range from $750 to $100,000 for individuals, up to $500,000 for company directors and up to $10 million for corporations. Some 900 cases have been referred to police.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 325 new cases for a total of 34,933 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 2,147 active cases and there have been 32,166 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 52 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,878,541 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 801,944 residents fully vaccinated.
  • The regulations governing PCR testing in Ottawa are being updated because of overwhelming demand. The new guidance will priorize vulnerable populations and essential workers.
  • Quebec reported 5,043 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 495,337 infections. There has been a total of 11,650 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 415 patients with 88 people in intensive care. The province completed 42,303 tests on Dec. 19. So far, 14,679,995 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 15,568 cases in total. There have been 223 deaths. There are 636 active cases and 14,709 recoveries. There are five in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 657,417 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • The City of Montreal has declared a local state of emergency in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who recently announced she tested positive for COVID-19, made the announcement Tuesday at a virtual news conference.
  • Quebec has asked the federal government for help from the Canadian Armed Forces, with military personnel to be used as reinforcements in the lagging campaign to administer booster shots.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,896,462+ cases with 30,063+ deaths and 1,800,387+ recoveries. There are 66,012+ active cases.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says she has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Worldwide there have been 275,666,580+ cases, 5,364,765+ deaths and 8,757,744,115+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Belgian researchers on Tuesday issued a pre-holiday warning against over-reliance on COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, saying they believed the breath of people infected with the disease had high levels of virus in the first two days after an infection – a period when many antigen tests were negative.

Dec. 20

  • Ontario reported 3,784 new cases today for a total of 653,727 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,113 deaths. There are 1,056 new cases in Toronto, 381 in Peel Region, 310 in York, 181 in Hamilton and 96 in Windsor-Essex. There are 284 in hospital. There are 164 in intensive care, 109 on a ventilator. There have been 620,023 cases resolved, up 1,040.
  • So far, there have been 25,422,938 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,362,551 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 44,123 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,581,914. There are 40,962 test results pending.
  • There are 15 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 24 resident cases, 31 staff. So far, 4,030 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 1,288 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; nine are closed. There are 270 new student cases reported today; 48 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 312 new cases for a total of 34,608 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620. There are 1,941 active cases and there have been 32,047 cases resolved. There are four in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 48 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,878,541 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 801,944 residents fully vaccinated.
  • COVID-19 testing sites are experiencing an unprecedented surge in Ottawa, OPH says, and cannot keep up with demand. OPH says if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive on a rapid antigen test or have been exposed to a positive case, self-isolate and follow the guidance.
  • The Ottawa Hospital is limiting access to its facilities. The hospital says those who have been instructed to quarantine by public health officials to stay away. And if you have a fever or cough, isolate at home or get tested. Do not go to the Emergency Department unless you have a medical emergency.
  • Quebec reported 4,571 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 490,294 infections. There has been a total of 11,642 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 397 patients with 82 people in intensive care. The province completed 38,879 tests on Dec. 18. So far, 14,602,922 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 15,219 cases in total. There have been 223 deaths. There are 405 active cases and 14,591 recoveries. There are five in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 657,417 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Those looking for free rapid test kits today in the province are having trouble getting their hands on the prized kits. Not all have arrived at pharmacies and others are running out of supply quickly.
  • Bars, gyms, movie theatres, concert venues and spas in the province must close as of 5 p.m. Monday. Restaurants will have to reduce their capacity to 50 per cent and limit their hours from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Professional sports will have to be held without audiences.
  • Schools will close early for the holidays, shutting down as of Monday evening and returning on Jan. 10. Elementary schools will remain open only for vaccination campaigns and the distribution of rapid test kits.
  • Working from home is now being mandated for all non-essential workers, including civil servants. The provincial government is pausing all ministerial public activities, such as news conferences that are not related to COVID-19. 
  • On Monday, Nova Scotia announced 485 new COVID-19 infections, the highest single-day increase since the pandemic began. Nine people are in hospital in Nova Scotia, two in intensive care.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,866,907+ cases with 30,032+ deaths and 1,788,221+ recoveries. There are 48,654+ active cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 275,170,911+ cases, 5,358,810+ deaths and 8,699,714,434+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Moderna said Monday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine should offer protection against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Moderna said lab tests showed the half-dose booster shot increased by 37 times the level of so-called neutralizing antibodies able to fight Omicron.  And a full-dose booster was even stronger, triggering an 83-fold jump in antibody levels, although with an increase in the usual side-effects, the company said.
  • Pfizer and BioNTech said earlier this month that two vaccine doses of their vaccine resulted in significantly lower neutralizing antibodies, but that a third dose of their vaccine increased the neutralizing antibodies by a factor of 25.

Dec. 17

  • Ontario reported 3,124 new cases today for a total of 642,465 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,107 deaths, up five. There are 759 new cases in Toronto, 209 in Peel Region, 215 in York, 107 in Hamilton and 93 in Windsor-Essex. There are 358 in hospital. There are 157 in intensive care, 98 on a ventilator. There have been 616,566 cases resolved, up 1,392.
  • So far, there have been 25,006,030 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,350,356 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 51,636 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,432,233. There are 37,855 test results pending.
  • There are 13 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 22 resident cases, 24 staff. So far, 4,029 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 1,236 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 72 are closed. There are 285 new student cases reported today; 48 staff.
  • Ontario is imposing capacity limits inlaces such as restaurants to 50 per cent and limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 309 new cases for a total of 33,712 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 620, up one. There are 1,223 active cases and there have been 31,869 cases resolved. There are three in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 48 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,838,567 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 800,519 residents fully vaccinated.
  • A number of Ottawa’s recent COVID-19 exposures are originating in places where people have gathered for live concerts, including the Bronson Centre and the National Arts Centre, public health officials say.
  • Dr. Very Etches has announced the reimposition of social distancing rules and capacity limits for businesses and other places people gathering indoors. So capacity will be cut to 50 per cent starting Monday in restaurants, gyms, bars, meeting places, theatres and cinemas.
  • Quebec reported 3,768 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 478,246 infections. There has been a total of 11,634 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 312 patients with 62 people in intensive care. The province completed 46,830 tests on Dec. 15. So far, 14,436,803 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 15,116 cases in total, up 71 today. There have been 223 deaths. There are 333 active cases and 14,560 recoveries. There are two in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 648,652 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Western Quebec’s health unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff of the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. Nine workers have tested positive.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 394 new cases of COVID-19 infection, its highest ever daily number.
  • New Brunswick is reporting 163 new cases and another two individuals have died from the virus. Sixteen of the cases are confirmed as the highly transmissible Omicron variant – bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the variant to 30.
  • P.E.I. is reporting 31 new cases of infection, the most in one day in the pandemic.
  • Manitoba is reporting 239 new cases and one more death.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,857,999+ cases with 30,012+ deaths and 1,784,078+ recoveries. There are 43,909+ active cases.
  • The federal government is reimposing, on Dec. 21, a pre-arrival COVID-19  molecular test for all returning international travellers.
  • The government is also lifting the travel ban on 10 African nations on Saturday.
  • Worldwide there have been 273,130,047+ cases, 5,340,643+ deaths and 8,626,869,914+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 16

  • Ontario reported 2,421 new cases today for a total of 639,342 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,102 deaths, up nine. There are 505 new cases in Toronto, 153 in Peel Region, 143 in York, 81 in Hamilton and 130 in Windsor-Essex. There are 357 in hospital. There are 165 in intensive care, 105 on a ventilator. There have been 615,174 cases resolved, up 1,013.
  • So far, there have been 24,849,505 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,345,168 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 54,724 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,380,597. There are 28,959 test results pending.
  • There are 11 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 21 resident cases, 31 staff. So far, 4,029 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 1,094 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 47 are closed. There are 343 new student cases reported today; 34 staff.
  • Ontario’s COVID-19 science table is calling for immediate and stringent public health measures to combat a growing surge of the Omicron variant that could see ICU admissions reach “unsustainable levels” early next year. The group’s latest modelling suggests that without “circuit breaker” restrictions to reduce social contacts by about 50 per cent, booster shots alone will not be enough to stop daily cases reaching between 6,000 and more than 10,000 per day by the end of 2021.
  • Such measures, coupled with a sustained booster shot campaign of about 250,000 to 350,000 per day, could keep new cases below 5,000 a day. The most new infections ever recorded in Ontario during the pandemic were 4,812 on April 16, during the peak of the third wave.
  • The Kingston, Ont., region now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the country. As of Dec. 16, the health unit was reporting a rolling seven-day average of 471.4 cases per 100,000 residents — far surpassing the next highest, the Chaudière-Appalaches region in Quebec, where that number sits in the mid-200s.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 199 new cases for a total of 33,403 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 619, up one. There are 973 active cases and there have been 31,811 cases resolved. There are five in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 48 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,814,672 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 799,762 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Ottawa Public Health is working with the Ontario government to implement further COVID-19 restrictions, including capacity limits for businesses.
  • Carleton University in Ottawa says it will move fully online for the first three weeks of the winter semester due to Omicron concerns. The term begins on Jan. 10, and the university expects in-person learning to start Jan. 31 for those courses that are currently scheduled to be in person. The university says a small number of in-person exams scheduled for Dec. 20 and beyond will be rescheduled or moved online. It also warns staff to not come to campus unless it’s for work that can’t be done remotely. 
  • The University of Ottawa will postpone its return to campus until Jan. 31, and will run courses virtually until then. Research and some courses, however, require in-person learning and staff and students involved in these “exceptional cases” will be directly notified, the university said.
  • Quebec reported 2,736 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 474,478 infections. There has been a total of 11,627 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 305 patients with 63 people in intensive care. The province completed 45,375 tests on Dec. 14. So far, 14,377,646 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 15,116 cases in total, up 71 today. There have been 223 deaths. There are 333 active cases and 14,560 recoveries. There are two in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 646,244 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • One of the region’s largest casinos has failed to properly enforce COVID-19 masking rules, according to an investigation by Radio-Canada. The infractions at Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que., were first noted by Linda Dumouchel, a nursing assistant at the Hull Hospital, and then confirmed by a team of Radio-Canada reporters last weekend.
  • The latest projections from the provincial government health-care research institute show that as many as 700 Quebecers could be in hospital by early January, with about 160 in intensive care because of the Omicron surge.
  • The Quebec government is cutting capacity in businesses, including gyms and restaurants, theatres, cinemas to 50 per cent in a bid to slow the spread of Omicron. Places of worship will be reduced also to 50 per cent capacity and will be capped at 250 attendees and will now have to use vaccine passports. Schools’ reopening after the holidays will also be delayed, but only for high schools — primary schools will be back on schedule.
  • Christmas gatherings will also be halved, from the previously announced 20-person cap to a 10-person cap. Even at that limit, people are urged to be cautious.
  • Quebec has shut the Bell Centre to hockey fans for tonight’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers. A decision on the game Saturday will be taken Friday. This was the first inkling of measures the province is taking to limit the spread of Omicron which is surging in Quebec with at least 3,700 new cases expected to be reported Friday morning.
  • The province will speed up booster shots, opening appointments for people 60-69 this month, two weeks ahead of schedule. All age groups will be eligible in January.
  • Quebec’s education minister has tested positive and will remain in isolation until Dec. 25.
  • Nova Scotia announced 287 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest number reported in one day since the pandemic arrived in the province.
  • New Brunswick set a single-day COVID-19 case-count record Thursday, with 177 new cases of the virus confirmed.
  • P.E.I. has 49 active COVID-19 cases, the highest active case count recorded in the province since the pandemic was declared. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced 10 new cases on Thursday, six of which are still under investigation. Four of the the cases have been linked to travel.
  • Manitoba reports 218 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths on Thursday on the province’s coronavirus data dashboard.
  • Saskatchewan reported 55 new cases Thursday, putting the seven-day average of new cases at 56.
  • Calgary Flames officials confirmed some players have tested positive for the Omicron variant.
  • British Columbia reported three deaths and 753 new cases on Thursday, more than doubling the number of new cases reported a week ago.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,851,057+ cases with 30,010+ deaths and 1,780,679+ recoveries. There are 40,384+ active cases.
  • Worldwide there have been 272,382,144+ cases, 5,333,237+ deaths and 8,576,021,311+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 15

  • The Ontario government is ramping up its delivery of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Monday, anyone 18 and up can get a third shot, three months after the second dose. Premier Doug Ford urged those 50 and up to re-book appointments because of the change in the time between shots.
  • The province is also making free rapid tests widely available at venues such as pharmacies, malls and even select LCBO outlets.
  • Ontario also says indoor venues with a usual capacity of 1,000 people or more — such as sports venues, concert venues, cinemas — will see a 50 per cent capacity limit, effective Dec. 18 at 12:01 a.m. 
  • Ontario reported 1,808 new cases today for a total of 636,920 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,093 deaths, up nine. There are 343 new cases in Toronto, 132 in Peel Region, 149 in York, 86 in Hamilton and 73 in Windsor-Essex. There are 357 in hospital. There are 154 in intensive care, 102 on a ventilator. There have been 614,161 cases resolved, up 1,165.
  • So far, there have been 24,711,702 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,340,162 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 44,726 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,325,873. There are 28,940 test results pending.
  • There are 11 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 18 resident cases, 30 staff. So far, 4,029 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 1,094 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 47 are closed. There are 343 new student cases reported today; 34 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 116 new cases for a total of 33,204 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 845 active cases and there have been 31,741 cases resolved. There are seven in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 44 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,814,672 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 799,762 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 2,386 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 471,742 infections. There has been a total of 11,622 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 309 patients with 73 people in intensive care. The province completed 40,646 tests on Dec. 13. So far, 14,322,481 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,997 cases in total, up 55 today. There have been 223 deaths. There are 261 active cases and 14,513 recoveries. There are three in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 641,795 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The infection is in a person who travelled to another part of Canada. The province has 13 new cases today. The province will begin giving travellers entering Newfoundland and Labrador rapid COVID-19 tests upon arrival.
  • Nova Scotia is reporting 178 new cases of infection today.Meanwhile New Brunswick is reporting 160 new cases.
  • Manitoba has 206 new cases and two more deaths on Wednesday. Manitoba could see 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day early in the new year as the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to take hold, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,845,256+ cases with 29,969+ deaths and 1,777,480+ recoveries. There are 37,807+ active cases.
  • Statistics Canada says inflation remained at an 18-year high in November at 4.7 per cent. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.3 per cent in November. As well, manufacturing sales rose 4.3 per cent in October, led by vehicle sales.
  • The federal government is issuing a travel advisory to Canadians against non-essential international travel. “Now is not the time,” says Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. The advisory will remain in effect for at least four weeks. The government is also promising to boost testing at airports and hinting at other measures which could include mandatory quarantines upon return for all travellers. Some 35 million rapid tests are one the way to provinces in December. That’s on top of 85 million already passed out.
  • The federal government also has 16 million booster doses on hand and orders for more.
  • Because of Omicron, the federal NDP and the federal Liberals are caucusing virtually but the Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois are meeting in person.
  • The head of the organization representing Canada’s personal protective equipment manufacturers tells the CBC that the industry feels betrayed by the Canadian government because it’s not buying from small, home-grown companies after encouraging them to step up to deliver “critical supplies.”
  • The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says prices were up 2.7 per cent month-over-month nationally in November and a record 25.3 per cent year-over-year. Low interest rates and a lack of available homes for sale helped push prices higher. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average home price was $720,850 in November 2021, up 19.6 per cent from the same month last year. Excluding Toronto and Vancouver cuts $158,000 from the national average price.
  • Worldwide there have been 271,646,797+ cases, 5,325,145+ deaths and 8,538,123,745+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • The United States passed another grim milestone on Tuesday, as the country topped 800,000 COVID-19 related deaths. According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, by Wednesday afternoon, 801,078 people had died in the country after contracting the virus.

Dec. 14

  • Omicron is expected to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Ontario by the end of day today or by Wednesday at the latest and 100 per cent of new cases by Dec. 31. The variant has a doubling rate of three days, according to the latest update from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. Cases of the Delta variant, by comparison, take 34 days to double. The World Health Organization says the variant is now in 70 countries and spreading quickly.
  • Media reports suggest the federal government will issue an travel advisory to Canadians against non-essential international travel.
  • In her fall economic update, warning of significant uncertainty, federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, who delivered her speech virtually after two staffers tested positive, says the government will set aside an extra $4.5 billion to fight the surge caused by the Omicron variant. The federal government will also set aside $1.7 billion to purchase thousands more rapid tests for use by Canadians through the provinces.
  • The economic update also included $7.3 billion to procure booster doses this year and in the coming years, if needed. And $2 billion will go to buy new treatments like the antiviral drugs made by Merck and Pfizer.
  • The federal debt to GDP ratio is expected to peak at 48 per cent and then begin to fall next year. The projected deficit in 2021-2022 is now predicted to be $144.5 billion down about $11 billion from projections.
  • The government will also make up to $50 billion to help deal with supply chain blockages as inflation caused by demand surges.
  • Seniors and students who received CERB and weren’t entitled to it will not see that money clawed back, the government says.
  • The government will also set up a $60 million fund for performance arts workers including independent artists.
  • The government will also provide tax breaks to allow for improved ventilation in schools and other work spaces.
  • As well, as previously announced, $40 billion has been set aside to help deal with legal settlements around the child welfare abuses and inequities faced by Indigenous families and children.
  • The government is also promising to bring in 411.000 immigrants to Canada in 2022, the most ever.
  • So far the federal government has spent $511 billion to help Canadians through the pandemic.
  • Ontario reported 1,429 new cases today for a total of 635,112 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,084 deaths, up five. There are 239 new cases in Toronto, 103 in Peel Region, 128 in York, 49 in Hamilton and 52 in Windsor-Essex. There are 385 in hospital. There are 162 in intensive care, 98 on a ventilator. There have been 612,996 cases resolved, up 930.
  • So far, there have been 24,584,089 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,334,812 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 33,400 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,281,147. There are 22,855 test results pending.
  • There are 11 outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 23 resident cases, 37 staff. So far, 4,029 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 1,019 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 28 are closed. There are 473 new student cases reported today; 61 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 124 new cases for a total of 33,088 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 802 active cases and there have been 31,668 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 42 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,795,306 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 799,100 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 1,747 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 469,356 infections. There has been a total of 11,618 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 293 patients with 75 people in intensive care. The province completed 32,002 tests on Dec. 12. So far, 14,272,937 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,942 cases in total, up 115 today. There have been 223 deaths. There are 241 active cases and 14,478 recoveries. There are four in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 640,176 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • As the province’s ICU beds for COVID patients fill up, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube is asking Quebecers to work from home if possible. The province will also make rapid testing available for the population at large. The province has asked for 10 million rapid tests from the federal government which the province will start distributing on Monday through pharmacies. People will be able to get five tests in a 30-day period. The program will continue through January to March. If a test is positive, individuals are asked to go to a screening centre to confirm the infection.
  • The province is seeking 500 people to help with the booster immunization campaign that begins in earnest in January.
  • Nova Scotia is seeing 127 new cases while New Brunswick is reporting 109 more cases. Meanwhile PEI has confirmed a case of Omicron. The province has immediately started to restrict activity.
  • Manitoba reports 164 new infections along with two more deaths.
  • Saskatchewan is reporting 47 new cases and four deaths today.
  • British Columbia has confirmed 44 Omicron infections, 37 in vaccinated people. Currently, no one is in hospital. Only 20 of the Omicron cases are linked to travel, including arrivals from countries such as Nigeria, South Africa/Zimbabwe, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, and the United States. According to the latest modelling data, B.C.’s worst-case scenario involving Omicron would be 2,000 new cases day by Dec. 29. The best-case would be around 1,000 new cases a day by mid-January. B.C.’s running seven-day average of daily new cases is 373 as of Dec. 13. Booster shots will soon be offered at pharmacies. About 500 pharmacies have signed up so far.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,840,919+ cases with 29,941+ deaths and 1,774,134+ recoveries. There are 36,844+ active cases.
  • Liberal House Leader Mark Holland says the party will hold virtual caucus meetings and will limit the number of its MPs in person in the House of Commons.
  • Worldwide there have been 271,112,494+ cases, 5,317,396+ deaths and 8,507,887,419+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • A two-dose Pfizer vaccination provides just 33 per cent protection against Omicron infection, but 70 per cent protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday.
  • Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the Omicron variant. The company also said full results of its 2,250-person study confirmed the pill’s promising early results against the virus: The drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89 per cent among high-risk adults when taken shortly after initial COVID-19 symptoms.

Dec. 13

  • Ontario reported 1,536 new cases today for a total of 633,683 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,079 deaths. There are 255 new cases in Toronto, 89 in Peel Region, 139 in York, 44 in Hamilton and 82 in Windsor-Essex. There are 253 in hospital. There are 161 in intensive care, 90 on a ventilator. There have been 612,066 cases resolved, up 800.
  • The province’s science advisory table says about 21 per cent of all new infections are being caused by the Omicron variant. That’s up from 10 per cent last week. Omicron cases are on pace to double every three days. By the end of the week, omicron could account for roughly 50 per cent of all infections in the province. Within 10 days, it will likely account for more than 95 per cent of new cases.
  • So far, there have been 24,484,692 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,330,544 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 38,331 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,247,747. There are 15,048 test results pending.
  • There are nine outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 18 resident cases, 30 staff. So far, 4,029 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • Today is also the deadline for long-term care workers in the province to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Staff, students and volunteers can’t enter long-term care homes without proof of both doses. Nearly 98 per cent of long-term care workers have at least one dose of vaccine, with 95.3 per cent fully vaccinated.
  • The province is expected, as early as today, to further tighten access to the homes today because of Omicron. On the table: increased testing at homes, including vaccinated residents and a limit of two visitors per resident at one time. Visitors will now be required to be vaccinated.
  • There are 944 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 20 are closed. There are 189 new student cases reported today; 23 staff.
  • Ontario is suspended a return to in-person work for government employees.
  • Ontario’s portal for booking COVID-19 vaccines crashed this morning as 3.4 million more Ontarians aged 50-69 who received their second shot at least six months ago became eligible for booster doses.
  • The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit currently has one of the worst COVID-19 case rates in the province. Over the past two weeks, its nearly 250 cases per 100,000 people is almost four times the rate in Ottawa. Most cases are expected to be the Omicron variant. The local health united is limiting gatherings to a maximum of five people and placing new restrictions on restaurants – they must be closed to indoor dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., not sell or serve alcohol after 9 p.m., ensure all patrons are seated when served, seat no more than four people at a table, and not allow dancing, singing or live music.
  • The Kingston Health Sciences Centre says it has the highest number of intensive care COVID-19 patients in the province.
  • Queen’s University has cancelled in-person exams.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 129 new cases for a total of 32,964 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 733 active cases and there have been 31,613 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 33 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,795,306 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 799,100 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 1,628 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 467,609 infections. There has been a total of 11,611 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 268 patients with 73 people in intensive care. The province completed 34,408 tests on Dec. 11. So far, 14,237,208 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,942 cases in total, up 115 today. There have been 223 deaths. There are 241 active cases and 14,478 recoveries. There are four in hospital, two in intensive care. There have been 640,176 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec public day-care educators have approved an agreement in principle reached with the provincial government, ending a strike.
  • Nova Scotia reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the highest daily case count since the third wave. The National Microbiology Lab confirmed 40 cases of the Omicron variant in the province and that those cases were previously reported. Nova Scotia all imposed restrictions on public schools to limit spread in the last days before the holiday break.
  • New Brunswick has imposed capacity limits on businesses as Omicron cases have been detected in the province. There were 100 new cases reported Monday, along with two more deaths.
  • Manitoba has reported eight deaths and confirmed 478 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Manitoba has asked for federal ICU nurses to help cope with surge.
  • Saskatchewan reported 35 new cases today.
  • Alberta confirmed Monday that 863 people tested positive over the weekend. Three more deaths were reported. The Alberta government will give out free rapid test kits through pharmacies, just in time for the holidays.
  • The NHL has postponed three Calgary Flames games because of COVID-19.
  • B.C. health officials announced 1,129 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths over the past three days. The University of Victoria in British Columbia has cancelled in-person exams because of Omicron.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,827,691+ cases with 29,900+ deaths and 1,764,867+ recoveries. There are 32,924+ active cases.
  • The prime minister said today that the federal government is “very concerned” by the latest projections about the Omicron variant.
  • The federal government is extending, and slightly expanding, a travel exemption for Canadians trying to return home from South Africa.
  • Presenting the Public Health Agency’s annual report, Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada needs to renew and reinvigorate the public health tool box with data on race, ethnic origin, and sharing of data between provinces and territories. A pan-Canadian health registry is under way but she said it needs to be accelerated in order to allow timely decision-making. Canada also needs to modernize governance and collaboration, because complex health challenges require working across jurisdictions, communities, industries and borders. Finally Canada will need investments into public health instead of scaling back after public health emergencies.
  • In its new framework agreement with the federal government, the Bank of Canada will keep focused on a two-per-cent annual inflation rate. The Bank will additionally focus on increasing employment in the country.
  • Worldwide there have been 270,318,793+ cases, 5,308,970+ deaths and 8,460,785,178+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that out of the 43 Omicron cases identified in 22 states in early December, just ​​one person needed a brief hospital stay, and there were no reported deaths yet from the variant. Omicron is now present in 60 countries.
  • Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely to be much lower than against earlier variants, but they may still offer substantial protection against severe disease, a new analysis suggests.
  • Despite record-high case counts, scientists in South Africa have not yet seen evidence that Omicron is causing more serious illness.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed the United Kingdom’s first death from the Omicron variant. He also warned his nation of a tidal wave of Omicron infections on the immediate horizon. The government has reinstated mask mandates for public transit and for indoors. Vaccine passports are needed for large gatherings such as sports events.

Dec. 10

  • Ontario reported 1,453 new cases today for a total of 629,064 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,065 deaths, up 21. There are 195 new cases in Toronto, 89 in Peel Region, 91 in York, 54 in Hamilton and 89 in Windsor-Essex. There are 309 in hospital. There are 151 in intensive care, 90 on a ventilator. There have been 609,806 cases resolved, up 910.
  • So far, there have been 24,304,272 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,316,878 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 39,941 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,128,734. There are 25,644 test results pending.
  • There are eight outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 18 resident cases, 28 staff. So far, 4,027 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 906 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 16 are closed. There are 174 new student cases reported today; 17 staff.
  • Ontario will not drop the provincial vaccine passport program in mid-January and will require all proof of vaccination certificates to include QR codes. This is because of the surge in new infections and the potential impact of Omicron.
  • On Dec. 20, proof of vaccination will now be required for youth aged 12 to 17 participating in organized sports at recreational facilities. 
  • Ontarians are also being “strongly advised” to limit their social gatherings and the number of gatherings they attend over the holiday season.
  • Booster eligibility to all Ontarians 18 years of age and older will begin Jan. 4, with appointments to be booked six months after a second dose of vaccine.
  • Omicron cases are now about 10 per cent of reported new infections. The variant is expected to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in coming weeks.
  • Kingston’s medical officer of health told CBC that the case of Omicron found in his community occurred in a person with no record of travel, indicating community spread.  
  • Toronto Public Health is asking all those who attended the Raptors game on Dec. 5 to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after a potential COVID-19 exposure. This follows at least two confirmed cases at a Giants of Africa gala event hosted by Masai Ujiri. He and another person were exposed to the virus at the gala.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 106 new cases for a total of 32,613 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 524 active cases and there have been 31,471 cases resolved. There are five in hospital, no-one in ICU. There are 31 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,782,229 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 798,318 residents fully vaccinated.
  • OPH says extra-curricular activities are directly connected to rising COVID-19 case counts in city schools. The warning follows what is described as an “explosive growth” in cases in Barrhaven schools. OPH says Barrhaven and Riverside South are experiencing rates of COVID-19 that are more than double the average of the rest of the city. Eleven schools in the Barrhaven area have active COVID-19 outbreaks, with one school closed.
  • Quebec reported 2,013 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of 462,246 infections. There has been a total of 11,603 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 256 patients with 62 people in intensive care. The province completed 40,192 tests on Dec. 8. So far, 14,136,479 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,794 cases in total, up 41. There have been 223 deaths. There are 192 active cases and 14,379 recoveries. There are two in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 633,601 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Public health officials have confirmed the first two cases of the omicron variant in the Outaouais. The cases are related to travel.
  • New Brunswick reported 143 new cases today while neighbouring Nova Scotia reported 123 new cases, with 55 connected to graduation ceremonies at St. Francis Xavier University.
  • There are 198 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Friday and one more person has died from the illness, the province says.
  • Saskatchewan confirmed 69 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Friday.
  • A “potential modest relaxation” of COVID-19 public health measures in Alberta is on the table for the Christmas season, says Premier Jason Kenney.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,823,009+ cases with 29,876+ deaths and 1,761,838+ recoveries. There are 31,295+ active cases.
  • Canada is on track to experience a resurgence of infections fuelled by the Delta variant. But, if the Omicron variant takes hold it could worsen the pandemic to 26,000 cases a day by mid-January, new national data suggests.
  • Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada has so far found 87 cases of Omicron in seven jurisdictions. The majority of those cases are linked to international travel or close contact with travellers. All cases have either been asymptomatic or mild in nature, officials said. Last year, at this time, Canada was seeing double the number of daily cases and more than double the number of people with COVID-19 in hospitals and intensive care units daily. Daily reported deaths are down 82 per cent than this time last year, Tam added. South African scientists see no sign that Omicron is causing more severe illness,
  • Worldwide there have been 268,685,182+ cases, 5,290,958+ deaths and 8,345,259,160+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 9

  • Ontario reported 1,290 new cases today for a total of 627,611 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,044 deaths, up eight. There are 206 new cases in Toronto, 71 in Peel Region, 66 in York, 48 in Hamilton and 114 in Windsor-Essex. There are 333 in hospital. There are 155 in intensive care, 97 on a ventilator. There have been 608,896 cases resolved, up 970.
  • So far, there have been 24,150,789 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,306,219 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 38,502 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,048,551. There are 19,212 test results pending.
  • There are seven outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 15 resident cases, 26 staff. So far, 4,027 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 860 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 10 are closed. There are 219 new student cases reported today; 25 staff.
  • Ontario’s science table, a group of expert advisers on COVID-19, is recommending health officials implement voluntary rapid testing in settings such as schools and workplaces in areas that reach a certain level of infection.
  • Kingston’s Health Science Centre plans to transfer three patients to other hospitals because its intensive care unit is full. The local health unit has confirmed its first case of Omicron infection. The health unit reported 88 new COVID-19 cases earlier this week with an all-time high of 389 active cases.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 32 new cases for a total of 32,507 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 451 active cases and there have been 31,438 cases resolved. There are five in hospital, one in ICU. There are 35 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,772,193 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 797,753 residents fully vaccinated.
  • OPH has also uncovered a fifth case of Omicron variant infection.
  • Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches says people in the city should limit unmasked indoor gatherings this holiday season with people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • In other health units in the capital region: Eastern Ontario health, which includes Cornwall and Hawkesbury, reported 17 new cases; Leeds, Grenville, Lanark reported 13; and Renfrew district had two new cases.
  • Quebec reported 1,807 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of  460,233 infections. There has been a total of 11,597 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 255 patients with 60 people in intensive care. The province completed 39,089 tests on Dec. 7. So far, 14,100,473 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,753 cases in total, up 22. There have been 223 deaths. There are 165 active cases and 14,365 recoveries. There is one in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 633,601 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • New Brunswick recorded a single-day record high of 174 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two more COVID-related deaths.
  • Manitoba reported 203 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Thursday
  • In Canada, there have been 1,818,742+ cases with 29,852+ deaths and 1,758,980+ recoveries. There are 29,910+ active cases.
  • A new report suggests that the cost of food for an average family could rise by about $1,000.
  • The federal auditor general says the federal department charged with inspecting farms that hire temporary foreign workers failed to keep tabs on how well employers were protecting their staff during the pandemic.
  • From May to June 2020, the Public Health agency of Canada was in the dark regarding the status of 66 per cent of incoming travellers — a number that dropped to 37 per cent as of June 2021, the auditor general said. “This is not a success story,” Karen Hogan said. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government has issued guidance to PHAC to put an end to this. He also noted that the AG’s report ended in June. He says significant improvements have been made since.
  • About 80 million rapid tests have been distributed too the provinces but many Canadians have no access to them. CBC has more.
  • Worldwide there have been 268,089,819+ cases, 5,283,708+ deaths and 8,312,332,755+ vaccine doses have been administered.

Dec. 8

  • Ontario reported 1,009 new cases today for a total of 626,321 cases. The province has seen a total of 10,054 deaths, up 10. There are 124 new cases in Toronto, 48 in Peel Region, 50 in York, 50 in Hamilton and 75 in Windsor-Essex. There are 309 in hospital. There are 155 in intensive care, 94 on a ventilator. There have been 607,926 cases resolved, up 1,129.
  • So far, there have been 24,225,882 vaccinations delivered in Ontario. There are 11,311,453 fully vaccinated.
  • Ontario completed 40,242 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 20,088,793. There are 23,263 test results pending.
  • There are seven outbreaks in a long term care home. There are 17 resident cases, 28 staff. So far, 4,028 residents have died. One home in Ottawa has an outbreak: St. Patrick’s Home.
  • There are 884 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; 13 are closed. There are 198 new student cases reported today; 24 staff.
  • Ottawa Public Health is reporting 74 new cases for a total of 32,475 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The death total is 618. There are 475 active cases and there have been 31,382 cases resolved. There are six in hospital, two in ICU. There are 27 outbreaks. So far, In Ottawa, 1,772,193 doses of vaccine have been administered. There are 797,753 residents fully vaccinated.
  • Quebec reported 1,367 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 today for a total of  458,426 infections. There has been a total of 11,596 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 242 patients with 59 people in intensive care. The province completed 35,136 tests on Dec. 6. So far, 14,065,287 vaccine doses have been administered.
  • In the Outaouais, there have been 14,731 cases in total, up 20. There have been 223 deaths. There are 156 active cases and 14,352 recoveries. There is one in hospital, one in intensive care. There have been 631,922 vaccine doses administered in the region.
  • Quebec has asked for 10 million rapid tests from the federal government and Health Minister Christian Dubé says he hopes to receive them before the Christmas holidays.
  • In Canada, there have been 1,815,215+ cases with 29,827+ deaths and 1,756,185+ recoveries. There are 29,203+ active cases.
  • The Bank of Canada is keeping its trendsetting interest rate at .25 per cent but signals that inflation concerns could lead to a hike in April.
  • Worldwide there have been 267,344,049+ cases, 5,275,476+ deaths and 8,284,781,997+ vaccine doses have been administered.
  • Cases of the Omicron variant have now been reported in 57 countries, including Canada.
  • Pfizer and BioNTech say a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new omicron variant in a laboratory test, and that they could deliver an omicron-based vaccine in March 2022 if needed.
  • Sweden is to reintroduce a raft of measures on Wednesday to curb rising COVID-19 infections and urge renewed physical distancing and the use of masks on public transit, the government said on Tuesday.
  • The Norwegian government introduced stricter rules on Tuesday to slow the spread of the illness amid a surge of infections in recent weeks. No more than 10 visitors will be allowed in private homes, and people must keep a distance of at least one metre from anyone who is not a member of their household. Bars and restaurants must stop serving alcohol at midnight.

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