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713 additional COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday – Ponoka News

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Alberta reported 713 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The number of new cases pushed the province above 8,000 active cases of the virus.

There are 207 cases in hospital across Alberta, with 43 in the ICU.

There have been 376 deaths from COVID-19, up seven from Monday.

The central zone had a drop in active cases Tuesday, falling to 317 after 330 were reported in the region Monday.

The City of Red Deer is down to 91 active cases.

According to the local geographic area map on the government of Alberta website, these cases are split, with 35 active cases in Red Deer north, eight in the city’s southwest (Gaetz Avenue area) and 48 in the east.

Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School is still managing an outbreak, with three cases.

The government’s geospatial map, with the municipality setting, showed Red Deer County had eight active cases Tuesday, 11 for the Town of Sylvan Lake, 20 for the City of Lacombe, three in Lacombe County and six in Clearwater County.

Mountain View County had 15 active cases and there were 10 in Kneehill County.

Camrose County had four active cases, while the City of Camrose had 25 active cases.

There are 27 active cases in the City of Wetaskiwin and no active cases in the County of Stettler.

According to the same government map with the local geographic setting, there were three active cases in Rimbey (west Ponoka County and partial Lacombe County), 26 active cases in Ponoka (east Ponoka County) and 60 active cases in Wetaskiwin (Maskwacis) region.

Calgary and Edmonton continue to be the key driver of the virus in Alberta, with nearly 6,700 active cases between the two zones.

Due to technical issues, COVID-19 testing data was still not available Tuesday on the government’s website.

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Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston to be lit Thursday night – Global News

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Heather and Tony Sampson from Richmond County, donated this year’s 45-foot white spruce. The couple said the 2020 Tree for Boston is dedicated to those working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston has arrived in the Boston Common and will be lit in a virtual ceremony on Thursday night.


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 Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in the release that Thursday’s celebration will be a reminder of the importance of working together.“As Boston helped Nova Scotia in 1917, the city and our residents must partner to keep each other safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank Nova Scotia for the Boston Common Christmas tree and I am grateful we are still able to celebrate the holiday season virtually,” Walsh said.


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 Thursday night’s ceremony was livestreamed at 8 p.m. AST on WCVB Channel 5, according to the province.It featured performances by the Barra MacNeils, and Sarah and Elizabeth MacInnis with Jenny MacKenzie as part of the Celtic Colours International Festival. 

Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston lit up at the Boston Common in a virtual ceremony Thursday night.


Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston lit up at the Boston Common in a virtual ceremony Thursday night.

 The province says other performers in the one-hour-long ceremony included Nicholas Christopher, Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and multiple Grammy Award winner Shaggy.

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'Operation Immunize'; BC's COVID-19 vaccinations to begin in January – CHEK

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During a press conference today from B.C.’s health officials, Dr. Bonnie Henry provided a little more insight into the province’s strategy for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine

Her vaccine information comes after an additional 12 deaths in British Columbia were announced – all occurring in long-term care facilities.

Dr. Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, talked about the arrival of a vaccine and says there will be more details next week regarding “Operation Immunize.”

“We know that we will have limited amounts at first. So we won’t be able to broadly achieve what we’ve been calling community immunity, or herd immunity right off the bat, but that will come,” Dr. Henry said during today’s conference.

The first to receive the vaccine in January will be seniors, targeting those in long-term care facilities, and also vaccinating people most at risk from severe illness, and potentially dying as a result of contracting the disease, according to the provincial health officer.

“Our first priority will be to make sure that we are protecting those who are most at risk. We know that is the seniors and elders in our communities and long-term care homes. particularly and in hospitals here in British Columbia,” Dr. Henry said.

For the rest of British Columbia, however, the timeline will be much longer.

Dr. Henry is predicting that most residents have received the vaccine by September 2021.

“Once we have more vaccine available, we will be making it available to all of us here in BC.  And that is when we can get to that point of managing and controlling this pandemic,” she noted

Dr. Henry says supplies will be limited at first when the vaccine arrives in Canada, but the priority is to protect those most at risk.

READ MORE: B.C. reports 694 new cases of COVID-19, 10 new in Island Health as daily deaths stay high

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Indoors or out, Dr. Henry shuts down sports games – Times Colonist

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“It will be an early ­Christmas break for our players,” ­Vancouver Island Soccer League executive director Vince Greco said Thursday after hearing the news adult and youth sports games on the Island — indoor or outdoor — are shut down due to the pandemic. Youth sports can still practice and train on a ­limited basis.

“There is a lot of work to be done in making up a new ­schedule with new cohorts. We are starting from scratch,” added Greco of the largest adult league on the Island. “We are hopeful of a Jan. 8 return.”

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the order is for the “next few weeks.” She added that sport and physical activity accounts for 10 to 15 per cent of COVID-19 transmissions in B.C. and that may be an underestimate.

Henry announced Wednesday that all indoor adult team sports were prohibited. Further orders Thursday included outdoor sports.

Bringing people together is what sport does best and is its greatest attribute and appeal. The pandemic has, ironically, turned that into sport’s greatest detriment.

“When people come together is when this virus can spread,” said Henry, during her briefing Thursday.

“A lot of adult sports are really very much social gatherings as well as sport. Those types of gatherings are leading to transmission events. We’ve seen it in a number of adult team sports. We need to step back from those. It’s the locker-room. It’s the before, it’s the after, and the going out for coffee or beer after a game that has been the most source of transmission. It’s difficult because much of that is built into the culture of adult team sports. So let’s focus on our children. Supervised sports for young people have not been a source of the same type of risk and transmission.” Island sports organizations have reacted to the new orders.

The Victoria Minor Hockey Association, emerging from a voluntary two-week shutdown with the other 16 minor hockey associations on the Island, had just sent out its new schedule to parents and players on Tuesday. But those re-scheduled games, set to begin this weekend, are now cancelled because of the new orders. Practices are still allowed for youth sports but they have gone back to individually distanced skills and drills.

“We will be hosting a skills competition so at least we can get something competitive in,” said Nicki Reich, president of the Victoria Minor Hockey ­Association.

Juan de Fuca Minor Soccer Association president Kevin Allen informed his members by Facebook on Thursday: “Due to the just announced updated provincial health order … all games are now cancelled until further notice. As we are to move back to Phase 1, non-contact, social distanced soccer. We are hopeful that we will be able to get back on the field in the new year, but only time will tell. Hopefully, better days are ahead.”

With the vaccines coming, Henry touched on those better days.

“It may feel like it but it’s not forever. It will change,” she said.

“We will get back to having games and back to travel and playing against people from other communities. But right now we’re still having challenges. It’s not so much the kids on the field. It’s the away from the field of play. We’ve looked at not having travel and no spectators to reduce those ­probabilities. But we’re finding it’s still a challenge.”

There is a separate high-performance model that pertains to the guidelines, which includes exemptions for athletes training on the Island, Richmond and Whistler for next summer’s delayed Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

It is not clear, however, how this affects other higher-performance sports. University of Victoria Vikes, Camosun College Chargers and Vancouver Island University Mariners team sports have already been cancelled for the season. But the B.C. Hockey League, with five teams in the Island Division, is scheduled to open the regular season Dec. 8 and the Victoria Royals of the WHL on Jan. 8.

The governor of a BCHL Island Division team, who did not want to be identified, said it is highly doubtful the league will begin the season as planned Dec. 8.

BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb could not be reached for comment.

cdheensaw@timescolonist.com

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