Ontario is reporting nearly 600 new cases of COVID-19 today and five more virus-related deaths.
Provincial health officials logged 598 new COVID-19 infections today, down from 642 on Thursday but up slightly from 563 one week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases is now 537, up substantially from 404 last Friday.
A man enters the pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic operated by Toronto East Health Network on Gerrard Street in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
Of the new cases confirmed today, 298 are in individuals who are unvaccinated, 24 are in those who are partially vaccinated, 222 involve people who have been fully immunized, and 54 are in those with an unknown vaccination status.
With 30,230 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of 2.5 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent one week ago.
The number of known, active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is now 4,400, up from 3,395 last Friday.
As of Nov. 8, Ontario’s effective reproductive number is 1.25, which means every 100 cases will result in 125 secondary infections.
The public health units with the highest number of cases today include Toronto (63), Simcoe-Muskoka (55), Peel Region (43), Windsor (43), Ottawa (37), Durham Region (37), and York Region (32).
The Algoma District public health unit, which has consistently reported only a handful of new cases each day over the past several months, confirmed 27 new infections today.
Five more virus-related deaths were confirmed today, bringing Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,921.
Despite an uptick in cases over the past couple of weeks, the number of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in intensive care appears to be flat. There are now 130 COVID-19 patients in Ontario ICUs, up slightly from 129 last Friday.
The province’s Science Advisory Table is set to release new COVID-19 modelling data today.
British Columbia has reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over the last two days and 23 more deaths, raising the death toll in the province to 2,257, reports The Canadian Press.
The Health Ministry says 4,265 infections are active across B.C. with 384 people in hospital, including 124 in intensive care, according to CP.
Fraser Health has the highest number of active infections with 1,575, followed by Interior Health with 862, Northern Health with 645, Island Health with 614 and 510 in the Vancouver Coastal health region.
There are 25 healthcare facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, including new outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
The ministry says 86.5 per cent of eligible B.C. residents have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while 90.6 per cent have had their first dose.
The Yukon government says another person has died after contracting COVID-19, and this brings the territory’s pandemic death toll to 11, reports The Canadian Press.
Yukon reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed between Wednesday and Friday for a total of 156 active infections, according to CP.
Most of the new infections are in people who live in Whitehorse, where the acting public health officer has said cases were widespread and untraceable.
The latest case numbers come as a proof-of-vaccination requirement, for a range of businesses, events and services, is set to take effect in Yukon starting Saturday.
The territory declared a state of emergency earlier this week in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers.
The new public health measures coming into effect also include mandatory masks in all indoor public settings and capacity limits on various gatherings.
A total of 1,176 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Yukon since the pandemic began.
6:54 p.m. Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta can now offer a limited supply of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, reports The Canadian Press.
Kenney says 5,000 doses have been received from the federal government and the province is seeking more, according to CP.
Albertans, 18 years and older, can book appointments to receive the J&J vaccine, but it will only be administered at select Alberta Health Services clinics.
Kenney says he has heard some vaccine-hesitant Albertans could be more willing to consider the one-dose vaccine.
There has been a steep drop in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
Alberta has just over 5,700 active cases, and there are 554 people in hospital with the virus.
“If people for their own reasons, based on their own research or priorities, have chosen this as the best vaccine for them, we respect that choice, and we want to be there to support them in that choice,” Kenney said Friday.
“The supply, at this point, is still pretty scarce … (but) we’ll continue to push for more. I’ll be speaking to the prime minister next week and we’ll emphasize the importance of this.”
The province is using a number of measures to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including a vaccine passport at participating non-essential businesses, such as restaurants, bars, casinos and movie theatres.
Starting Monday, Albertans will need to show a QR code downloaded from the provincial health website as proof of vaccination.