This is the coronavirus update for Oakville for Saturday, November 5, 2022. Cases have fallen slightly this week in both Oakville and Halton, but are still among the highest since spring this year.
Five outbreaks remain open in Oakville, including a new one this week on the second floor of the Palermo retirement home.
While the number of new cases has decreased, the number of new hospital admissions in Halton continues to increase as local capacity approaches 100%. However, there was only one death in the entire Halton area this week.
The number of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in Ontario is currently at its highest in more than eight months. Public Health Ontario reports that the proportion of the new BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 Omicron subvariants in Ontario are growing twice as fast as the dominant BA.5 strain.
With the rapidly escalating number of new hospitalizations and case numbers, Dr. Fahad Razak (the former head of the COVID-19 scientific advisory table in Ontario) recommends that mask mandates are immediately reinstated for essential institutions (such as health care, school and transportation). There is no indication from the provincial government that such regulations may or may not come.
Anyone in Ontario aged 12 and older is now eligible to receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose once they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series. It is now both authorized and available to everyone in this age group.
Worldwide, there are more than 625 million confirmed cases and more than 6.5 million people have died.
**Vaccine booking: Fourth doses (second booster doses) of the vaccine are now available to everyone in Halton aged 12 years and older, although the fourth dose must be at least five months since your last dose and 90 days since you received COVID-19.
Halton continues to book first and second dose vaccinations for all residents six months and older, plus third dose boosters for everyone 12 years and older.
**CLICK HERE to book a first, second, third or fourth vaccination appointment at a vaccination clinic in the Halton Region
Halton COVID-19 Update:
- 191 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported
- 12 people were hospitalized and there is 1 new death
- 5 active outbreaks in Oakville – no change
- 16 active outbreaks in Halton – plus 5
Vaccinations in the Halton region:
- More than 1.47 million doses have been administered in Halton
- 96% of Halton residents (including children over 12 years of age) have received at least one dose
- 94% of Halton residents have at least two doses
- 67% of Halton residents have at least three doses
- 27% of Halton residents aged 18 and over have at least four doses
Ontario COVID-19 Update:
- There have been 1.49 million cases in Ontario so far
- 14,844 killed so far – plus 120
- 1,842 people are in hospital with COVID-19 – minus 26
- There are 140 people in the ICU – plus 2
Overview provincial vaccinations
Canadian COVID-19 Update:
- Canada has had 4.31 million cases of COVID-19
- 5,647 people are currently in hospital (-43 this week)
- There are so far 46,306 deaths (+275 this week)
- 82.74% of Canadians are fully vaccinated (+0.03%)
Global COVID-19 Update:
- US cases now stand at 97.60 million cases; more than 1.06 million have died
- 628.69 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic; 6.57 million people have died
The evidence is clear: vaccination is the best way to be protected. Local, provincial, national and international health units confirm the same data that Canada’s approved vaccines effectively protect you from COVID-19 and significantly reduce your risks of getting sick, going to the hospital and dying from the disease.
Pictured to the right is a graph from the Halton area showing how dramatic your risk of getting sick or being hospitalized is if you are vaccinated.