Connect with us


$335K donation nets new surgical, infection control equipment for Delta Hospital – Surrey Now-Leader – Surrey Now-Leader



Delta Hospital is getting two new pieces of critical equipment — one to help repair cataracts, the other to help kill harmful micro-organisms — thanks to a $335,000 donation from The Cowell Foundation.

The generous first-time gift from the Richmond-based foundation — created and funded by the Cowell Family, owners and operators of Cowell Auto Group — will be used to purchase a new Sentry Vision System, which is used by the hospital’s busy surgical services department for cataract surgery. The procedure, called phacoemulsification, uses ultrasound vibrations to remove cloudiness over the eye lens. Over 950 cataract surgeries have been performed at Delta Hospital this year, and the current Sentry Vision System has reached the end of its life.

The foundation’s donation will also go to purchasing a new ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) unit for the hospital. The device provides an additional layer of infection control on top of standard cleaning procedures by emitting pulses of ultraviolet light, killing harmful bacteria and viruses that can spread quickly throughout the hospital and put vulnerable patients at risk. Delta Hospital will be the first site in Fraser Health to own and operate a UVGI device.

“We are humbled to have received this incredibly generous gift from The Cowell Foundation,” Lisa Hoglund, executive director of the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation, said in a press release.

“Delta has one of the fastest growing senior populations in Fraser Health, and it is critical that our medical staff have the most state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the very best patient care. We could not do this without the generosity of donors, and we feel very fortunate The Cowell Foundation has chosen to support Delta Hospital.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won’t find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Continue Reading


Manitoba health officials hold coronavirus update – Global News



Manitobans will get an update on the province’s COVID-19 situation on Monday.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, has called a 12:30 p.m. press conference along with Dr. Joss Reimer, a member of Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

Read more:
COVID-19 claims 8 more Manitobans, including man in his 30s

Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Over the weekend, health officials reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths and said another 369 Manitobans have fallen ill with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 cases rising in the north

COVID-19 cases rising in the north

In a tweet late Friday, Reimer said a temporary delay in the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to Canada is

Read more:
Coronavirus: New vaccine appointments paused in Manitoba as Pfizer announces delay

Story continues below advertisement

She said appointments previously scheduled will still take place.

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

The federal government has said shipments of the vaccine will be reduced by an average of 50 per cent over the next four weeks because the company is scaling up its European manufacturing capacity — a move that will impact the vaccine’s production for a “short period.”

Click to play video 'Manitoba asks for feedback on COVID-19 restriction changes'

Manitoba asks for feedback on COVID-19 restriction changes

Manitoba asks for feedback on COVID-19 restriction changes

At last word, Manitoba has received 38,890 doses of vaccine and has administered 13,539 of them.

Manitoba’s second vaccination “supersite” is set to open Monday at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

Read more:
2 deaths, 180 COVID-19 cases announced in Manitoba Saturday

Since March, 769 Manitobans with COVID-19 have died and 27,511 people have contracted the virus, according to provincial health data.

Story continues below advertisement

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

Story continues below advertisement

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Continue Reading


Ottawa sees fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in one-day dip – CTV Edmonton



Ottawa Public Health says 85 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, a low figure after several days of triple-digit daily case counts.

Two more people in Ottawa have died.

Across the province, a single-day drop in cases was also reported, with 2,578 new cases, the lowest figure since Jan. 1. Ontario reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Figures from the province and from OPH often differ due to data collection times.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 12,371 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Two new deaths bring Ottawa’s pandemic death toll to 405 residents.

Some of Ottawa’s weekly trends appear to be improving, with the number of new cases in the last seven days, the testing positivity rate, and the estimated reproduction rate dropping in Monday’s update.


A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.

A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 82.7 cases
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.0 per cent (Jan. 11 – Jan. 17)
  • Reproduction number: 0.94 (seven day average)

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing. 


Ontario health officials say 209,788 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered provincewide so far, with 9,691 needles given on Sunday. So far, 21,752 people have completed their vaccination by receiving both doses.

Ontario has received 277,050 total doses of vaccines as of Jan. 14, according to Health Canada, 224,250 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses and 52,800 Moderna vaccine doses.

Locally, the Ottawa Hospital said last week the city had received 22,245 doses of the vaccine. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told CTV News at Six on Saturday that the City had administered 19,980 doses of vaccine.


The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa fell for the second day in a row after hitting a record peak on Saturday.

There are 1,232 active cases in Ottawa, down from 1,274 on Sunday and 1,286 on Saturday.

The drop in active cases was driven in part by a rise in resolved cases.

OPH reported 135 more people in Ottawa have had their COVID-19 cases resolve, bringing the city’s total number of resolved cases to 10,734.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.


There are 40 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications, 10 of whom are in the ICU. That figure rose slightly from 38 and 8 on Sunday.

Of the people in hospital, one is between the ages of 10 and 19 (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 30s (this person is in the ICU), five are in their 50s (one is in the ICU), nine are in their 60s (four are in the ICU), seven are in their 70s (three are in the ICU), 10 are in their 80s and seven are 90 or older.


Across Ontario, 40,301 COVID-19 tests were performed on Sunday, a significant drop from the more than 60,000 performed the day before. There are 18,481 tests still under investigation.

An update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce is due this afternoon. 


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 36 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 4 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 0 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 1 new case
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases
  • Outaouais region: 61 new cases

This is a breaking news story. CTV News will have the latest as it becomes available.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Continue Reading


Ontario reports 2,578 new COVID cases today – SooToday



Public Health Ontario has reported 2,578 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

The province is also reporting 24 deaths today, including 14 people who were residents at long-term care homes.

The deaths reported today include one person between 40 and 59 years old, 11 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 12 people over the age of 80. 

Ontario reports 86 new COVID-related hospitalizations and 12 new admissions to intensive care. 

The Jan. 18 update provided by the province’s public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 2,826 new recoveries
  • 1,571 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,571 reported yesterday. Public Health Ontario notes more than 10% of hospitals do not submit data to the daily census on weekends. As a result, the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.
  • There are 394 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 395 yesterday) and 303 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 293 yesterday).
  • The province reported 40,301 tests were processed yesterday resulting in a 6.6 per cent postivity rate. 
  • There is a backlog of 18,481 tests. To date, 8,965,747 tests have been completed.
  • Of the 2,578 cases reported today, 815 are from Toronto, 507 are from Peel, 151 are from York Region, and 65 are from Simcoe Muskoka.
  • There are 252 ongoing, active outbreaks at long-term care homes, 171 outbreaks at retirement homes and 88 outbreaks at hospitals in the province.
  • The province’s report shows the cases reported today included: 226 people under 19 years old, 972 people between 20 and 39 years old, 743 people between 40 and 59 years old, 349 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 174 people over the age of 80. 
  • There were 9,691 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 administered on Jan. 17, down from11,007 on Jan. 16.
  • As of 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, the province reports 209,788 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • There are 21,752 total vaccinations completed (both doses). The vaccines approved for use require two doses a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 240,364 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 206,310 recoveries and 5,433 deaths, of which 3,212 were individuals living in long-term care homes. There were two new outbreaks reported at long-term care homes in Ontario over the past 24 hours.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,617 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 150.4 cases per 100,000 people from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, which is a decrease of 8.3 per cent compared to Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 when the average weekly incidence rate was 164 cases per 100,000 people.

In Northern Ontario, the breakdown of Public Health Ontario data is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 142 cases, rate of 124 per 100,000 people. There are 37 known active cases, including one person who is a non-Algoma resident temporarily in the region.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 181 cases, rate of  139.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 184 cases. There are 13 known active cases.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 170 cases, rate of 203.7 per 100,000 people. There are 18 known active cases. 
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 396 cases, rate of 199 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 390 cases. There are 62 known active cases. 
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 85 cases, rate of 260 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 86 cases. There is one known active case.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 235 cases, rate of 268 per 100,000 people. There are 28 known active cases. 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 726 cases, rate of 484.1 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 732 cases. There are 75 known active cases.

The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, the second since the start of the pandemic, and a stay at-home order is in effect until at least Feb. 11, 2021. There are additional measures in place for the shutdown, all of which can be found in this provincial breakdown.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Continue Reading