TORONTO — A person under the age of 20 is among 12 new COVID-19 deaths the province is reporting today.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government is sending its condolences to the family of the deceased, and won't offer any more information out of respect for their privacy.
It comes as Ontario reports another 512 cases of COVID-19.
Elliott says 310 of today's new cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.
She says 274 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, and 133 are in intensive care units.
Only 19 of the ICU patients have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the rest either not fully vaccinated or with an unknown vaccination status.
The province says 88.8 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 85.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The province is currently gearing up for Health Canada to approve COVID-19 vaccine for use in kids five to 11 -- a development that's expected before the end of the month.
Toronto Public Health says it's ready to go as soon as the approval comes.
The city's top doctor says an online survey found 66 per cent of parents are certain or very likely to get their kids vaccinated.
Dr. Eileen de Villa says there will be hundreds of clinics available for kids to get their shots, and she doesn't anticipate any issues with vaccine supply.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2021.
The Canadian Press