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277 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths reported, 439 recoveries – moosejawtoday.com

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Nine Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. One new death was recorded in the 60 to 69 age group in Central West. Two new deaths were recorded in the 80-plus age group in South East. Three new deaths were recorded in Regina, including two in the 80-plus age group and one in the 20 to 29 age group. One new death was recorded in 80-plus age group in North Central. Two new deaths were recorded in Saskatoon, including one in the 60 to 69 age group and one in the 50 to 59 age group. That brings the total number of deaths in the province to 174.

There are 277 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan, as of Jan. 6, 2021.

The new cases are located in the Regina (70), Saskatoon (44), North Central (40), Far North East (32), North West (18), South East (16), Central East (4), Far North West (3), North East (2), Central West (2), South Central (2), Far North Central (1), and South West (1) zones.

Both of the new cases in the South Central are located in the South Central 2 sub-zone, which includes Moose Jaw and area.

Forty-two new cases have pending residence information.

Eight previously reported cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the North West (4), North Central (3), and Regina (1) zones. Seven residents tested out of province have been added to the counts for Far North West (2), North West (2), Far North East (1), Saskatoon (1), and one to the pending residence category.

Four hundred and thirty-nine more people have recovered, increasing the provincial total to 13,737 recoveries. 

There are now 16,804 reported cases, including 2,893 active cases.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 233 (19.2 new cases per 100,000 population).

One hundred and seventy-two people are in hospital. One hundred and forty-three people are receiving inpatient care in the following zones — Regina (48), Saskatoon (37), North Central (28), South East (9), North West (6), Central East (6), North East (3), South Central (2), Far North West (1), Far North Central (1), Far North East (1), and South West (1). Twenty-nine people are in intensive care in the following zones — Regina (13), Saskatoon (10), North Central (3), North West (2), and Central East (1).

As of Jan. 6, a total of 4,524 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan.  This includes 2,069 Pfizer doses in the Regina pilot program, 2,407 Pfizer doses in Saskatoon, and 48 Moderna doses in the Far North East and Far North Central zones.

Three thousand, nine hundred doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive in Prince Albert today with administration to follow soon after.

All remaining Moderna doses received to date will be allocated to the Far North East and North East zones.  

There were 2,094 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan. 5. To date, 439,515 COVID-19 tests have been processed.  

For more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. You can find the maps and the breakdown of cases by region on the government’s website.

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Today's coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 2093 new cases, 56 more deaths; Total vaccinations data was incorrect, government says; Ontario to provide modelling update – Toronto Star

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KEY FACTS

  • 8:45 a.m. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits remains at a historic high

  • 8:40 a.m. Health Canada data suggests worrying uptick of infections directly connected to foreign arrivals

  • 6 a.m. German health chief warns of 10 hard weeks ahead

  • 4:55 a.m. Ontario to provide pandemic modelling update as daily case counts decline

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

10:20 a.m.: Ontario is reporting nearly 64,700 tests completed.

Locally, there are 700 new cases in Toronto, 331 in Peel, 228 in York Region and 123 in Niagara.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 317,240 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the province.

10:10 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 2,093 new cases with 56 more deaths.

The seven-day average is down to 2,128 cases daily, or 102 weekly per 100,000.

The seven-day average for deaths is up to 57.1/day.

9:57 a.m. (will be updated): The government of Ontario says it had been misinterpreting data on the number of people who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.

Officials inadvertently posted dose information, rather than the total vaccination data. As a result, the number of epople who have been fully vaccinated is half of what is currently listed.

The government said they are updating the total vaccinations completed category to reflect the total number of people who have been fully vaccinated and not the number of doses.

9:04 a.m. Vaughan is moving to reopen the city’s outdoor ice rinks, a toboggan hill and an off-leash dog park after being closed for almost two weeks.

“Our outdoor rinks, toboggan hill and dog park are reopening with new systems — like online registration for skaters, increased patrols and mandatory mask usage — in place to further reduce the spread of this deadly virus,” said city manager Jim Harnum in a statement.

The city temporarily closed the city amenities on Jan. 15 due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers and “people crowding in these spaces while not following public health guidelines around social distancing and mask usage.”

The toboggan hill at North Maple Regional Park and the dog park at 299 Racco Parkway reopened on Wednesday and the city’s five outdoor ice rinks are set to reopen on Monday.

8:45 a.m. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell but remained at a historically high 847,000 last week, a sign that layoffs keep coming as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.

Last week’s claims fell by 67,000, from 914,000 the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus hit the United States hard last March, weekly applications for jobless aid had never topped 700,000.

Overall, nearly 4.8 million Americans are continuing to receive traditional state unemployment benefits. That is down from a staggering peak of nearly 25 million in May when the virus — and lockdowns and other measures to contain it — brought economic activity to a near halt. The drop suggests that some of the unemployed are finding new jobs and that others have exhausted state benefits.

The job market remains under strain even though the spread of COVID-19 vaccines offers hope for an end to the health crisis and a return to normal economic life.

8:40 a.m. As the federal government prepares to slap new restrictions on international travel, Health Canada data suggest a worrying uptick of infections directly connected to foreign arrivals.

While travel exposures account for less than two per cent of all Canada’s COVID-19 cases, the number of cases in recent travellers, and people they came into close contact with after arriving, shows continual growth in recent months.

In December, 486 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in recent travellers, the most since March and up from 312 in November and 204 in October. Despite mandatory two-week quarantines for international travellers, there were 1,258 COVID-19 cases confirmed in people who had close contact with a recent traveller in December, up from 744 in November and 704 in October.

In the first three weeks of January, 384 travel cases and 607 traveller-contact cases were confirmed.

The figures also correspond with a recent rise in the number of people travelling, at least by air. Land-border arrivals are typically fewer in the winter because of the weather in much of the country, but more people arrived from the U.S. by air in December than any month since March. Arrivals from other international locations were higher in December than any month except August.

8:30 a.m. The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Toronto has dropped and so has the rate at which the virus is spreading, but the increase in new variants of the disease — including one that is more contagious and perhaps more deadly — means it is too early to declare victory, local officials said Wednesday.

“Medically, we are in an uncertain phase,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, medical officer of health, speaking at a COVID-19 update from city hall alongside Mayor John Tory. “The emergence of coronavirus variants is one feature of this uncertainty.”

De Villa reported 502 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto and 41 new hospital admissions for a total of 520 people in hospital. Eleven more have died.

Read the full story from the Star’s Francine Kopun

8 a.m. Self-employed Canadians who are being asked to repay the Canada Emergency Response Benefit after a Canada Revenue Agency error are scaling up their pressure on the government to allow them to keep the benefit.

On Wednesday, Green Party MP Paul Manly presented a petition to the House of Commons that received more than 7,000 signatures over a month, asking the government to allow self-employed CERB recipients to retroactively use their gross self-employed income instead of net to assess their eligibility for the benefit.

Manly, who sponsored the petition, said in an interview he’s heard from self-employed Canadians across the country who applied for CERB “in good faith” and are now being told they didn’t qualify.

Read the full story from the Star’s Rosa Saba

7:50 a.m. While several countries are revising their mask advice either to ditch cloth masks or recommend doubling up as more virulent variants spread, Canada is sticking to its previous recommendations.

The United States’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said in an interview with NBC Monday that wearing two masks “just makes common sense,” as adding another layer of protection will help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

Photos captured in the last two weeks in the U.S. show Fauci along with public figures like U.S. First Lady Jill Biden and youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman also sporting a double mask by wearing a surgical mask under their cloth masks.

Read the full story from the Star’s Olivia Bowden

7:40 a.m. Ontario is considering an order that international passengers arriving at Pearson airport must submit to COVID-19 tests to catch cases of the U.K. variant and other more contagious strains of the virus that has killed almost 6,000 in the province, the Star has learned.

The move is being driven by concerns the federal government isn’t moving fast enough on border restrictions at a time when vaccines are in short supply and the variants pose an increased threat to health and hospital capacity, a senior provincial source said Wednesday.

Chief medical officer Dr. David Williams — who raised concerns Monday about the problem — is strongly considering an order under section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act mandating the tests, the government source added.

Read the full story from Rob Ferguson

7:30 a.m. A prominent GTA critical care physician is alleging he was fired over his outspoken criticism of Ontario’s pandemic response.

Dr. Brooks Fallis said in an emailed statement to the Star he learned his contract as interim medical director of critical care at William Osler Health System had been terminated in January.

“When I met with some of the members of the senior leadership team about this, I was told I was being let go as Interim Medical Director — not because of my performance as a physician or as a hospital leader — but because of my outspoken, public statements regarding Ontario’s pandemic response,” his statement said.

“As a result of my actions, the hospital was under pressure from the Provincial Government, leading to concern about the possible loss of funding for the hospital.”

Read the full story from the Star’s May Warren

7:20 a.m. Mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, are evolving at a higher rate than at the beginning of the pandemic, according to scientists.

One of the most studied is the variant first reported in the U.K., called B.1.1.7, which is thought to be more transmissible, a trait it appears to share with the variant first reported in South Africa, B.1.351.

The mutations could mean that slight alterations in vaccines may be necessary in the future to ensure they remain effective.

Already, Moderna is creating a booster for its vaccine after research showed a decrease in antibodies to the B.1.351 variant produced by its vaccine, although the vaccine remains effective.

Meanwhile, a consortium of scientists in the U.K. is one step behind the mutating virus, sequencing hundreds of thousands of samples of SARS-CoV-2 to unlock the genetic codes that are key to fighting the virus.

Read the full story from the Star’s Patty Winsa

7:16 a.m. Israel on Thursday said it was extending coronavirus vaccinations to adults age 35 and older, an expansion of its world-leading drive to vanquish COVID-19.

Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levy said shots would be available to the new age group starting Friday.

The change reflects Israel’s aggressive drive to inoculate its entire population by the spring and the country is on track to do so. More than a quarter of Israel’s 9.3 million people have been vaccinated so far.

But Israel also is home to one of the developing world’s highest rate of infections, driven by ultra-Orthodox towns that are flouting safety rules and clashing with police trying to enforce them. Some 8,000 new cases are detected each day.

The country is in its third lockdown to contain the virus’ spread. This week it tightened the closures by shuttering its international airport to nearly all flights.

6:21 a.m. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the continent through the Serum Institute of India.

Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong told reporters that with the new doses, on top of the 270 million doses announced earlier, “I think we’re beginning to make very good progress.”

As with many vaccine deals, there are no immediate details on cost or how much people might pay per dose.

Parts of the African continent are now seeing a strong second surge in coronavirus infections, which Nkengasong calls “very aggressive now.”

6 a.m. Germany’s health minister says there are at least “10 hard weeks” ahead amid difficulties in getting large quantities of vaccines.

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Health Minister Jens Spahn, who faces political pressure over the slow start to Germany’s vaccination campaign, wrote on Twitter Thursday that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors should hold a special meeting to discuss vaccine strategy.

Spahn said vaccine manufacturers also should be invited to “explain how complex production is.” He stressed that “the quality must be very good” in order to protect people.

Spahn wrote that “we will go through at least another 10 hard weeks with the scarcity of vaccine.”

Germany’s current lockdown, its second, was recently extended until Feb. 14. Infection figures are falling, but officials are worried about the potential impact of coronavirus variants such as the one first detected in Britain.

5:15 a.m. Travellers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel.

The people were released before testing positive and were potentially contagious, but so far testing has shown no evidence the virus has spread in the community. Health authorities believe they caught the virus from another quarantined traveller. New Zealand has managed to stamp out community transmission of the virus.

5:10 a.m. Vietnam reported 82 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, hours after confirming the first two infections in nearly two months.

Seventy-two of the cases came from an electronic company in Hai Duong province, where a 34-year-old female employee tested positive after her colleague was found to carry the virus from Osaka, Japan, several days earlier, the Health Ministry said.

It said the woman who was tested in Japan carried the U.K. variant, which could spread faster.

The company with over 2,200 workers was closed for disinfection and the provincial authority locked down surrounding communities to curb the outbreak.

The ministry said over 3,000 people in the area will be tested.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Quang Ninh province, 10 people tested positive after a man working at Van Don International Airport was confirmed to be infected.

5:05 a.m. Sri Lanka’s president on Thursday welcomed the first 500,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from India, which has donated the shots to eight countries in the region.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

Sri Lanka said 150,000 health workers and 115,000 selected military and police troops will be the first to be inoculated at six hospitals in Colombo and its suburbs.

One of the hospitals is reserved for COVID-19 patients while the others have separate wards for the coronavirus.

The Health Ministry plans to expand the vaccination campaign to 4,000 hospitals and health centres in other parts of the country next week.

India’s donation covers 250,000 people and Sri Lanka is making efforts to obtain more vaccines, either through donation or by purchasing them.

The country has ordered 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and is planning to order 3 million more from India. It also expects some from the U.N. COVAX Facility to be able to vaccine 20% of the population.

5:01 a.m. A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

The researchers, who were required to complete 14 days in quarantine after arriving in China, left their quarantine hotel and boarded a bus in the midafternoon.

The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. A major question is where the Chinese side will allow the researchers to go and whom they will be able to talk to.

Yellow barriers blocked the entrance to the hotel, keeping the media at a distance. Before the researchers boarded, workers in full protective gear could be seen loading their luggage onto the bus, including two musical instruments, a dumbbell and four yoga mattresses.

4:55 a.m. Ontario will provide an update on COVID-19 modelling projections Thursday.

The province says Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, the co-chairman of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, will present the update this afternoon.

The new data comes two weeks after the province invoked a stay-at-home order in a bid to halt surging case spread.

The province’s chief medical officer of health says a provincewide lockdown, which started in late December, has contributed to a reduction in daily cases.

The last modelling update provided by the province earlier this month warned that rising virus case rates threatened to overwhelm the health care system.

4:44 a.m. The impact of COVID-19 on intensive care units remains “alarming” despite a recent steadying of the number of patients treated there, says a group representing Ontario’s hospitals.

Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association, said there are, on average, 25 new COVID-19 patients being admitted to ICUs every day.

“This apparent stabilization masks the fact that capacity is actually being freed up as patients either leave ICU as they get better, or pass away from COVID-19 or another very serious condition,” Dale said.

Over the last week, up to 416 patients with COVID-19 have been treated in ICUs, according to data provided by the Ontario Hospital Association.

On Jan. 15, Ontario recorded an all-time high of 420 patients with COVID-19 in ICUs — about a quarter of all intensive care patients.

“The rate of transmission appears to be decelerating, but we cannot declare victory,” Dale said. “We must remain extremely cautious and keep up the fight against community spread to keep up our progress and prevent a third wave, especially when we see the new variant’s impacts in the United Kingdom.”

The province warned at the outset of the most recent lockdown that ICUs were on the verge of being overrun with COVID-19 patients, at which point physicians would be in the difficult position to choose who received critical care and who did not.

4 a.m. As the federal government prepares to slap new restrictions on international travel, Health Canada data suggest a worrying uptick of infections directly connected to foreign arrivals.

While travel exposures account for less than two per cent of all Canada’s COVID-19 cases, the number of cases in recent travellers, and people they came into close contact with after arriving, shows continual growth in recent months.

In December, 486 cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in recent travellers, the most since March and up from 312 in November and 204 in October. Despite mandatory two-week quarantines for international travellers, there were 1,258 COVID-19 cases confirmed in people who had close contact with a recent traveller in December, up from 744 in November and 704 in October.

In the first three weeks of January, 384 travel cases and 607 traveller-contact cases were confirmed.

The figures also correspond with a recent rise in the number of people travelling, at least by air. Land-border arrivals are typically fewer in the winter because of the weather in much of the country, but more people arrived from the U.S. by air in December than any month since March. Arrivals from other international locations were higher in December than any month except August.

Wednesday 8:45 p.m.: Most people in British Columbia are doing their best to follow public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some are acting badly, Premier John Horgan said Wednesday.

Horgan also highlighted the case of a B.C. couple who travelled to Yukon, where they’re alleged to have jumped the queue to get an early COVID-19 vaccine shot.

“I believe there’s nothing more un-Canadian than going to another jurisdiction to jump the line because you have the means to do so,” Horgan said at a news conference. “Those are the types of examples we want to put in our rear-view mirror.”

Horgan said it’s disconcerting that some people are holding large gatherings in Vancouver penthouses and others are looking for parties in Whistler despite health restrictions.

He expressed his concern as well over incidents of racist behaviour towards Indigenous people who are fighting COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities.

Read the full story here: B.C. premier says jumping COVID-19 vaccine line ‘un-Canadian,’ no penthouse parties

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COVID-19 case numbers remain steady in B.C.

In a written statement this afternoon (Jan. 27), Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 485 more COVID-19 cases recorded in the past 24 hours for a grand total of 65,719 since January last year. 

Of those, Northern Health found 32 more infections for an updated authority total of 3,283. 

B.C. health officials also announced four more virus-linked deaths, which brings the fatality rate to 1,172.

There are 4,299 people listed as active for COVID-19 in the province, 303 of whom are in hospital with 74 in critical care or ICU.

“One year ago today, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in our province,” Henry said in today’s statement.

“Since that day, the impact has been severe; people have become seriously ill and died, our lives have been disrupted and health-care workers everywhere have faced challenges at a scale never experienced before.

“Let’s encourage those around us to do the right thing and show kindness and compassion to those who appear not to be.

“As we have seen over the past year, one case can turn into thousands. But just as important, the effort we put into keeping ourselves and each other safe can also push our COVID-19 curve back down again.”

A total of 58,778 are classified as fully recovered.

Earlier today, Premier John Horgan marked the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 infection to emerge in B.C. by admonishing rule-breakers facilitating the spread of the virus.

“If you are coming into British Columbia on non-essential travel … you better behave appropriately, better follow our public health guidelines or we’ll come down on you like a ton of bricks,” he said during a news briefing in Victoria.

“For those who disregard the rules, we’re going to be taking steps to do what we can to make sure that they feel the pain of trying to get outside the box that all of us have been in.”

But Horgan would not commit to instituting tougher restrictions on interprovincial travellers, such as a 14-day quarantine like the one Manitoba has just instituted.

“We took a good look at the legal and other ramifications of bringing forward restrictions for non-essential travel. We discussed that briefly last week. Until such time as the public health officer advises me that there’s a benefit to going down that road, we’re going to leave it untravelled for the time being,” he said, adding he believes it would be more impractical to restrict travel to B.C. than Manitoba owing to the West Coast possessing more highways and urban centres.

“The challenge is, how would we do it?”

Horgan remained vague on what the government is willing to do to crack down on those flouting the rules beyond fines that already exist.

But he said he’ll “take action” if health officials report an increase in the number of travellers from outside B.C. begins contributing to an increase in community outbreaks.

In our region, Northern Health issued a COVID-19 exposure alert for a Prince George shelter yesterday (Jan. 26). 

The authority is asking anyone who visited Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP) between Jan. 19 and 21 should self-monitor for symptoms. 

“Public health officials are asking people who visited the shelter during this time period, to take extra care to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until February 5, 2021,” its statement reads. 

“Public health contact tracing is underway and, where possible, NH is reaching out directly to individuals who have been exposed.”

Northern Health adds if people remain healthy and develop no symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and can continue with their usual daily activities while continuing to follow all COVID-19 safety measures. 

As of this publication, a full up-to-date list of northern B.C. schools marked for a COVID-19 exposure event is as follows: 

  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Jan. 18, 2021
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Jan. 19-21, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Jan. 20-21, 2021
  • Parkside Secondary (SD82) – Jan. 8, 2021; Jan. 12-13, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Jan. 13-15, 2021
  • Houston Secondary (SD54) – Jan. 13-15, 2021
  • Fort St. James Secondary (SD91) – Jan. 15, 2021
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Jan. 11-14, 2021
  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Jan. 12-13, 2021
  • DP Todd Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 4-6, 2021; Jan. 11-12, 2021
  • Chalo School (Independent, Fort Nelson First Nation) – Jan. 5-7, 2021; Jan. 6-8, 2021
  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Jan. 4, 2021; Jan. 11, 2021; 13-14, 2021
  • Clearview Elementary-Junior Secondary (SD60) – Jan. 7-8, 2021
  • Centennial Christian – Terrace (Independent) – Jan. 11-12, 2021
  • Houston Secondary (SD54) – Jan. 11-13, 2021
  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) – Jan. 11, 2021
  • Conrad Elementary (SD52) Jan. 11-13, 2021
  • Prince Rupert Middle (SD52) – Jan. 8, 2021
  • Lax Kxeen Elementary (SD52) – Jan. 7-8, 12, 2021
  • Decker Lake Elementary (SD91) – Jan. 4-6, 2021
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 6-7, 2021
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Jan. 4-6, 2021
  • McNaughton Secondary (SD28) – Jan. 6-8, 2021
  • Valemount Secondary (SD57) – Jan. 6, 2021
  • Skeena Middle (SD82) – Jan. 4, 2021
  • Ecole Central Elementary (SD60) – Jan. 4, 2021
  • Mountain Christian (Independent) – Dec. 18, 2020
    • Dec. 18, 2020 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • Cedars Christian – Prince George (Independent) – Dec. 14-16, 2020
    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30, 2020
  • Bert Ambrose Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 17-18, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • Sacred Heart Elementary (Diocese of Prince George) – Dec. 10-11, 2020
    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
  • Skeena Middle (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020
    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020
    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
  • Parkside Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020
    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
  • Ecole Mountain View Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 7-11, 2020
    • Dec. 1-4 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
  • Smithers Secondary (SD54) – Dec. 11, 2020
    • Dec. 11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25 
  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School (SD60) – Dec. 7-11, 2020; Dec. 14-16, 2020
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25
    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30
  • Alwin Holland Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 14-17, 2020
    • Dec. 14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31
  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Dec. 14-17, 2020
    • Dec. 14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31
  • Bert Bowes Middle (SD60) – Dec. 14-16, 2020; Dec. 1-4, 2020; Dec. 17-18; Nov. 16, 18-20, 30, 2020
    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 30, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • Pinewood Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 14-15, 2020; Dec. 14-18, 2020
    • Dec. 14-15 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020
    • Dec. 14-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • Southridge Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 10, 2020
    • Dec. 10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020
  • Caledonia Secondary (SD82) – Dec. 10-11, 2020; Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020
    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020
  • Heather Park Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 1-2, 3, 4, 7-8, 2020
    • Dec. 11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020 
  • Westwood Elementary (SD57) – Dec. 9; Dec. 8, 2020
    • Dec. 8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020
    • Dec. 9 = Self-monitoring endedDec. 23, 2020 
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School (Diocese of Prince George) – Dec. 8-11, 2020; Dec. 7-10, 2020; Dec. 3-4, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020
    • Dec. 7-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec 24, 2020
    • Dec. 8-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec.25, 2020
  • Mountain View Christian Academy (Independent) – Dec. 8-10, 2020; Dec. 7-8, 2020
    • Dec. 7-8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020
    • Dec. 8-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020
  • Thornhill Primary School (SD82) – Dec. 4, 7-11, 14-17, 2020
    • Dec. 4, 7-11,14-17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020
  • Walnut Park Elementary (SD54) – Dec. 9-10, 2020; Dec. 13-15, 2020
    • Dec. 9-10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020
    • Dec. 13-15 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020
  • Shas Ti-Kelly Road Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 7-11, 2020; Dec. 1-2, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020
    • Dec. 7-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020
  • College Heights Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 10-11, 2020; Dec. 17-18, 2020
    • Dec. 10-11 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 25, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • DP Todd Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 1 and 2, 2020
  • Dawson Creek Secondary – South Peace Campus (SD59) – Dec. 8, 2020; Nov. 16-18, 2020; Sept. 23-25, 2020
    • Dec. 8 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 22, 2020
  • Smithers Secondary (SD54) – Dec. 7 and 10, 2020
    • Dec. 10 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 24, 2020
  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) – Dec. 7, 2020; Oct. 15-16, 2020
  • Ecole Central Elementary (SD60) – Dec. 2-3, 4, 2020
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) – Dec. 3-4, 2020; Nov. 22-25, 2020; Sept. 16-18, 2020
  • Suwilaawks Community School – Terrace (SD82) – Dec. 1-2, 3-4, 2020; Nov. 27, 30, 2020
  • Kitwanga Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1-3, 2020
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) – Dec. 1-3, 2020; Nov. 18, 2020; Oct. 2, 2020
  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School (SD60) – Dec. 1-4, 2020; Nov. 23-26, 27, 30, 2020
  • Uplands Elementary (SD82) – Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 30, 2020
  • Fort St. James Secondary (SD91) – Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 19-20, 20-26, 30, 2020
  • Veritas Catholic School (Diocese of Prince George) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Anne Roberts Young Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Bert Ambrose Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 30, 2020
  • David Hoy Elementary (SD91) – Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2020; Nov. 25-26, 2020; Sept. 17-18, 2020
  • William Konkin Elementary in Burns Lake (SD91) – Nov. 16, 23-24, 23-27, 2020
  • Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John (SD60) – Nov. 16-20, 23-27, 30, 2020
  • Peden Hill Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 12-17, 17-20, 24-27, Nov. 30, 2020
  • Centennial Christian in Terrace (Independent) – Nov. 23-26, 2020; Dec. 14-16, 2020
    • Dec. 14-16 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 29, 2020
  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) – Nov. 10, 12-13, 16, 19-20, 24-26, 2020; Dec. 16-17, 2020
    • Dec. 17-18 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020
  • Sacred Heart Elementary (Diocese of Prince George) – Nov. 25-27, 2020
  • Charlie Lake Elementary (SD60) – Nov. 23-24, 16-26, 2020, Dec. 14-18, 2020
    • Dec. 14-18 = Self-monitoring ended Jan. 1, 2021
  • Ecole College Heights Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 19-20, 20-24, 2020
  • Beaverly Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 23-24, 2020
  • Foothills Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 23, 2020
  • Lakes District Secondary (SD91) – Nov. 23, 2020, Dec. 17, 2020
    • Dec. 17 = Self-monitoring ended Dec. 31, 2020
  • Chetwynd Secondary (SD59) – Nov. 13, 2020
  • Van Bien Elementary (SD57) – Nov. 9-10, 2020
  • Ron Brent Elementary (SD57) – Oct. 30, 2020
  • Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary (SD60) – Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Diocese of Prince George) – Oct. 21-23, 2020
  • Roosevelt Park Elementary (SD52) – Oct. 21-22, 2020
  • Notre Dame in Dawson Creek (Private) – Oct. 13-14, 2020
  • Quesnel Junior Secondary (SD28) – Sept. 10-11, 15-18, 2020
  • Ecole Frank Ross Elementary (SD59) – Sept. 10-11, 2020

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the following flights involving Prince George have been flagged for COVID-19 exposure: 

  • March 5 = Air Canada flight 8209 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows nine to 15
  • March 12 = Central Mountain Air flight 9M728 from Prince George to Kelowna – rows not reported
  • March 15 = Central Mountain Air flight 9M725 from Kelowna to Prince George – rows not reported
  • Aug. 21 = Air Canada flight 8212 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows six to 12
  • Aug. 24 = Flair Air flight 8711 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows 26 to 32
  • Aug. 24 = Flair Air flight 8711 from Prince George to Edmonton – rows 26 to 32
  • Oct. 13 = Flair Air flight 8187 from Prince George to Edmonton – rows 10 to 16
  • Oct. 18 = Air Canada flight 8209 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows eight to 14
  • Oct. 18 = Flair Air flight 8186 from Edmonton to Prince George – rows two to six
  • Oct. 22 = WestJet flight 3287 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows three to nine
  • Oct. 31 = Flair Airlines flight 8186 from Edmonton to Prince George – rows not reported
  • Nov. 2 = Flair Airlines flight 8187 from Prince George to Edmonton – rows 26 to 32
  • Nov. 10 = Air Canada flight 8201 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows one to seven
  • Nov. 23 = WestJet flight 3297 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows not reported
  • Nov. 24 = WestJet flight 3290 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows not reported
  • Nov. 24 = WestJet light 3277 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows not reported
  • Nov. 24 = WestJet flight 3282 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows not reported
  • Nov. 26 = WestJet flight 3287 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows not reported
  • Nov. 27 = WestJet flight 3290 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows not reported
  • Dec. 16 = Air Canada/Jazz flight 8208 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows 14 to 20
  • Dec. 16 = WestJet flight 3290 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows 16-19
  • Dec. 18 = WestJet flight 3287 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows 15 -19
  • Dec. 18 = Air Canada/Jazz flight 8208 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows one to four
  • Dec. 19 = WestJet flight 3290 flight from Prince George to Vancouver – rows four to 10
  • Dec. 26 = Air Canada flight 8213 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows seven to 13
  • Dec. 30 = WestJet flight 3277 from Vancouver to Prince George – rows 13 to 19
  • Dec. 31 = Flair Airlines flight 8712 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows 13 to 19
  • Jan. 1 = WestJet flight 3282 from Prince George to Vancouver – rows three to nine

– with files from Tyler Orton, Business In Vancouver, and The Canadian Press

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Alberta's highest rates of active COVID-19 are in rural areas now – CBC.ca

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Alberta’s big cities were the epicentre of COVID-19 for a period last fall but lately it’s rural areas that have seen the highest rates of active cases, relative to their population.

“I think there’s a misconception that there are no cases and no impact in rural zones,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said last week.

“But, in actual fact, we have seen quite high numbers in some rural places.”

Alberta Health divides the province into 132 “local geographic areas” in order to monitor a variety of health outcomes and, as of Tuesday’s data update, the top 10 areas for active COVID-19 cases, per capita, were all rural.

Some of these areas have names similar to nearby municipalities but it’s important to note the boundaries defined by Alberta Health are not identical to the municipal boundaries you might be more familiar with.

  • Scroll down for a map showing all 132 local areas and their active-case rates

Many of these rural areas don’t have massive outbreaks in terms of absolute numbers, but do have high numbers of active cases relative to the number of people who live there.

In the Frog Lake and Wabasca areas of northeastern Alberta, for instance, nearly 1 out of 100 people had an active case of COVID-19, as of Tuesday’s data update. A bit further north and west, in the La Lac Biche and High Prairie areas, it was about 1 out of 150 people.

Wetaskiwin County in central Alberta had the highest rate in the province in early January, with about 1 in 50 people battling an active infection at that time. But the numbers there have since been on the decline.

Changes over time

These recent trends stand in contrast to last fall, when the highest active-case rates were seen in Edmonton and Calgary.

But it’s not unusual for rural areas to see sudden spikes like this. An outbreak in a small community can quickly affect a significant portion of its population.

Since the pandemic began, there have been periodic surges in viral spread in a wide variety of locations, from the most remote corners of the province to the most densely populated urban areas.

“COVID-19 cannot be restricted to a specific municipality, and what we have seen … is how interconnected we all are,” Hinshaw said.

“The movement between different towns, the movement between large, urban centres and small rural areas — all of that movement is part of what spreads COVID-19.”

The interactive map below shows all 132 local health areas, as defined by Alberta Health, and the latest active-case rates in each area. The darker the shading, the higher the rate.

You can zoom in, scroll around and click on an area for more information.

You can also type the name of a community into the search bar to locate it on the map.

When you zoom in past a certain point, labels appear on each area showing the latest count of active cases.

If the map isn’t displaying well on your mobile device, click here for a standalone version.

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