British Columbia’s COVID-19 surge showed no sign of slowing down Wednesday, as the province broke another record with 762 new cases of the virus in a 24-hour period.
In a written statement, health officials said there were 10 new deaths, bringing the province’s total to 320. It was the second day in a row that B.C. reported double-digit deaths from the virus.
“We have seen a rising number of new cases of COVID-19 across the province and we need to slow this down. We need to put the brakes on the virus and doing this requires a sustained effort by all of us,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix wrote.
“This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us.”
The majority of the cases were in the Fraser Health region (481) and Vancouver Coastal Health region (210).
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Another 38 were in the Interior Health region, 20 on Vancouver Island and 13 in the Northern Health region.
There were also a record number of people in hospital, up 11 overnight to 209. Fifty-eight people were in critical or intensive care with COVID-19.
A new outbreak involving one patient at Surrey Memorial hospital was also declared.
Fraser Health said the unit, which was not identified, was closed but that the emergency department remained open and other hospital operations were unaffected.
There were 6,871 active cases, while an additional 9,871 people were isolating due to possible exposure.
Sixty-nine per cent of B.C.’s 24,423 cases have recovered.
There were health-care outbreaks in several new long-term care: Agecare Harmony Court Estates, the Cottage-Worthington pavilion, Menno Home and Peace Villa, while an outbreak at Normanna was declared over.
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COVID-19 numbers in Peel Region continue downward trend – insauga.com
Peel Region is showing its fifth straight day of declining new cases of COVID-19.
According to Government of Ontario data, Peel has 373 new cases today (Dec. 1). The daily trend downward began the day after a record 572 cases was reported on November 26.
Since then, each day has seen the number of new cases at 517, 516, 503, 390 and today’s 373.
In Peel, there are currently 4,298 active cases that are being dealt with by healthcare professionals. Since the pandemic began, 374 people have died here as a result of the virus.
Meanwhile, across Ontario there are 1,707 of new cases reported today. The most are in Toronto with 727 new cases. York Region has 168 cases. Case counts for other areas are not yet available today.
In Ontario there are 645 people hospitalized because of COVID-19, 185 are in intensive care units and 112 people are being ventilated. In the past day the virus has killed seven people in Ontario.
Numbers released by Queen’s Park differ from those given by Peel’s health department because of the way information is collected and the timeframe of the reporting period. As well, Peel’s numbers are typically two days behind Ontario’s reporting period.
British Columbia reports 656 COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths – Global News
Another 16 people in B.C. have died from COVID-19, the province reported Tuesday.
B.C. health officials also recorded 656 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 33,894.
The number of people in hospital rose by 20 to 336, a record high. Seventy-six of those patients are in intensive care, also an all-time high.
Monday’s three-day B.C. COVID-19 numbers with shocking total of deaths
Tuesday marks the eighth straight day the province has recorded 10 or more coronavirus-related deaths. The province’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 457.
The number of active cases in the province dipped slightly to 8,796, and 10,123 people are in self-isolation due to possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
On Monday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a total of 2,354 new cases, including all those diagnosed between Friday and Monday and another 277 historical cases added in a data correction.
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Henry became emotional Monday as she expressed her condolences to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
“These people have faces, have names, have stories, have families,” Henry said.
“This tragedy is all of our tragedy and we all mourn their loss. If you are thinking it may be OK to bend the rules, please remember that this virus takes lives and it is the lives of those closest to us that are most at risk when we take risks.”
— With files from The Canadian Press
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Ontario's number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs climbs as Toronto reports a record 761 new cases – Toronto Star
The increasing number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 amid the relentless spread of the virus are signs Ontario will have to keep tightening pandemic restrictions.
That was the message from the president of the Ontario Hospital Association as admissions of COVID-19 patients to intensive care units approached 200, a level above which non-emergency surgeries are hampered.
“My sense is stronger measures are inevitable at the rate we’re going,” Anthony Dale said Tuesday as Ontario marked more than 1,700 new infections for the fifth straight day, as well as seven more deaths.
They fuelled a major jump in the closely watched seven-day average of cases, which surged by an even 100 to 1,670, an all-time high. Toronto alone reported a record 761 new cases, which medical officer Dr. Eileen de Villa called a “blunt warning” of community spread.
With hospitalizations typically lagging new cases by several weeks, hospitals are expecting their number of COVID-19 patients to keep climbing — perhaps at a faster pace.
The Ministry of Health reported Tuesday that 27 more people were admitted to hospitals, bringing the total to 645, with at least 112 patients on ventilators, up from 91 a week ago.
A separate overnight survey found 26 more critically ill patients with COVID-19 were transferred to intensive care units, raising that total to 193.
That type of increase is “no surprise,” said Dr. Irfan Dhalla, an internist and vice-president at St. Michael’s Hospital, who noted this is “definitely not the time to be musing about relaxing restrictions.”
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Scarborough General Hospital is one of several hospitals that has had to postpone procedures because ICU beds are filling up.
“We know that there are some hospitals that are in the hot zones that are already having to shut down somewhat their non-emergency procedures,” she told reporters at a news conference Premier Doug Ford missed because of what his staff called an unexpected but “non-urgent” medical appointment.
“As tragic as it is to have lost a loved one to COVID, it would be equally tragic to lose someone because of a cancer surgery or a cardiac surgery that wasn’t performed in time,” Elliott said.
Elliott said more than 3,100 hospital beds have been added since March to help cope with the second wave of the pandemic as Ontarians await a vaccine next year.
The 28-day lockdown for Toronto and Peel Region is in place until Dec. 21 when it will be reviewed, with Ontario chief medical officer Dr. David Williams looking for indications that restrictions such as a ban on indoor dining and the closures of gyms, cinemas, hair salons and non-essential retailers are working.
Health experts have cautioned that lifting those restrictions in the week before Christmas could send the wrong signals about risks from the pandemic, lead to a mad dash of holiday shopping and a further spike in cases.
“Officials will look at the situation in areas that are locked down, see if we’re flattening or reducing the rate of community growth. They’ll look at areas that are not in lockdown but are at different levels in the provincial framework,” Dale said.
“If those trends are not in the right place or heading in the wrong direction, we’re hopeful they’ll take the aggressive action that, really, has been shown worldwide to be necessary if we’re to halt the spread of COVID-19.”
Epidemiologists and doctors have said any easing of restrictions should be tied to vigorous testing and the full ability of public health units to trace the contacts of people testing positive for the virus to keep it in check.
Provincial officials keeping an eye on computer modelling have warned that Ontario could hit 400 patients in intensive care units with weeks; when that number hits 350, non-emergency surgeries become almost impossible.
Another risk factor for hospitals is the number of outbreaks that are occurring within their walls because there are so many cases in the community, said Dale.
In London, University Hospital was hit so hard recently it had to close admissions to medical wards and cancel elective surgeries, with the added complication of an outbreak in its acclaimed organ transplant unit.
“It’s very sobering,” said Dale.
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