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APRIL 1: Nova Scotia reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, expands vaccination age limits – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Nova Scotia has expanded the age eligibility for all three of the vaccines being used in the province.

The age range for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has been lowered to 70 years and up. Starting April 1, people can book appointments at community clinics and participating pharmacies across the province. The complete list of clinics can be found on the booking site www.novascotia.ca/vaccination

And beginning Tuesday, April 6, people aged 55 to 64 will be able to book appointments to receive AstraZeneca vaccine at participating physician and pharmacy clinics. The complete list of clinics will be posted on the booking site on April 6.

You can also book by phone at 1-833-797-7772. Appointments cannot be booked directly through a community clinic, pharmacy or physician. Walk-ins will be turned away.

“There are many opportunities for Nova Scotians to get their vaccine and we’re adding more and more appointments as we get more supply,” Premier Iain Rankin said at a news conference with Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, Thursday in Halifax. 

“There are still appointments available in different locations. . . .  New appointments for the weeks of April 12 and 19 have also been added. And 27 pharmacies will be operating next week with the new shipment of Moderna next week.”

The premier said the rollout hit a landmark of 100,000 administered doses this week.

As of March 31, 106,623 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. Of those, 28,552 Nova Scotians had received their second dose.

“That’s more than half of Nova Scotians over the age of 80 who’ve now received their vaccine shot and over 85 per cent of health-care workers now have their first shot,” Rankin said. “We’re well on track to meet our target of delivering the first dose to every Nova Scotian  by the end of June.”

More AstraZeneca on the way

The new age range for AstraZeneca falls within that recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization in the wake of rare incidents of brain blood clots in younger people, mostly women, in Europe. The vaccine will only be administered to people over 55. 

“But I want to assure Nova Scotians that if we didn’t think this vaccine was safe, and if Health Canada did not believe it was safe, it would not be part of our vaccine program,” Strang said. 

Thursday marked the last day of the first AstraZeneca rollout of 13,000 doses, which were fully booked. Strang said another shipment of 38,000 doses is expected next week. 

The Chronicle Herald has heard complaints from people who couldn’t get a booking for AstraZeneca despite days of logging onto the online system or calling. 

Asked about this at the briefing, Strang said “the vast majority” of people were able to book their appointment successfully. But he said people who couldn’t get through in the first rollout can try again on April 6.

Three new cases

Nova Scotia reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. 

Of two cases in the central health zone, one is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.  The other is a close contact of a previous case. 

A case in the western zone is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada. 

The number of active cases is now 24, an increase of one case compared to yesterday. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 4,240 Nova Scotia tests on Wednesday and expected to handle another 4,000-plus day on Thursday. 

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 307,642 tests. There have been 630 positive COVID-19 cases, 605 resolved cases and one death.   

New variant pre-screening

“Our testing sites have been busy and the lab has done well over 4,000 tests in each of the last two days and they already have another 4,000 tests ready to process today (Thursday),” Strang said at the briefing. 

He thanked the people who have been coming out for testing as well as the hard-working staff at the Nova Scotia Health lab. 

Strang said the lab has developed a pre-screening test for variants of the COVID-19 virus, which often cause more severe disease and are more contagious. 

“This test can give an initial sense of whether  a positive specimen is a variant. It can’t identify which variant but it does give us same-day results and then all the positive specimens through the screening test are then sent to the national lab for confirmation of variants and that can take up to one to two weeks.”

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study – Hindustan Times

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study

  • A new study finds that more mental health support is needed for pregnant people during the pandemic after it was found that nearly three-quarters of individuals who were pregnant during this time reported moderate to high levels of distress. 
ANI | , Toronto [canada]
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:18 AM IST

A team of researchers suggested that more mental health support is needed for pregnant individuals after a survey found nearly three-quarters of individuals who had been pregnant during the pandemic reported moderate to high levels of distress, and one in five experienced depressive symptoms.

The findings of the study appeared in the journal titled ‘Canadian Family Physician’.

The researchers, led by clinicians at Unity Health Toronto, surveyed nearly 1,500 participants online – 87 per cent of whom were Canadian – who had been pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 69 per cent of respondents reported moderate to high levels of distress and 20 per cent had depressive symptoms.

“The high levels of distress highlight the importance of considering mental health centrally in support for this population,” said Dr Tali Bogler, study lead author and family physician and chair of family medicine obstetrics at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto.

“The findings also highlight the overall impact the pandemic has had on families in general and the downstream impact this will have,” added Dr Bogler.

A limitation of the study was that it did not have comparable data on distress levels among pregnant people prior to the pandemic. However, a population-based survey conducted in Japan before the pandemic found 28 to 32 per cent of pregnant people reported distress.

Researchers also sought to learn more about what the common sources of concern were for expectant parents during the pandemic. Participants were provided with a list of 27 concerns and asked to indicate their level of concern for each issue.

The top five concerns during pregnancy included: hospital policies regarding support persons in labour; not being able to introduce their baby to loved ones; getting sick from Covid-19 while pregnant; not being able to rely on family or friends after labour for support; and conflicting medical information on Covid-19 in pregnancy and newborns, especially early in the pandemic.

There were differences in the concerns of first-time and second/third-time parents. First-time parents were more concerned about the cancellation of in-person prenatal classes and hospital tours, whereas second/third-time parents were more concerned about the transmission of Covid-19 from older children in the home.

The authors said that family physicians are well placed to support perinatal mental health and can engage in screening practices and offer appropriate treatment, such as counselling, public health nursing, and psychiatric appointments. They also recommend hospitals better utilize technology to help address parents’ concerns by arranging more virtual check-ins and hospital tours and provide more online resources with evidence-based information on Covid-19 relevant to expectant and new parents.

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“Clinicians and hospital administrators need to explore innovative ways to increase perinatal support,” said Dr Bogler, who is also one of the leads of the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide, a virtual platform that provides medical information on pregnancy and Covid-19 and helps form a community for expecting parents during the pandemic. 

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B.C. reports 66 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health, two deaths – CHEK

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British Columbia health officials have reported 661 new cases and seven deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Tuesday.

In the Island Health region, 66 new cases were reported, increasing the number of active cases in the health authority to 615, along with two deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 168,459 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,873.

READ MORE: B.C. introducing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers

In addition to the new cases in Island Health, 99 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 237 were in Fraser Health, 196 in Interior Health, and 62 in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,791 active cases in the province and 288 people in hospital — 137 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 168,459 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,643,973 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide. Out of all eligible adults in the province, 79.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine and 86.7 per cent have received one dose.

The Ministry of Health said that 76.5 per cent of cases recorded Sept. 7-13 were in people who have not been vaccinated. Unvaccinated people have also accounted for 87.3 per cent of hospitalizations, the ministry said.

Island Health

Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

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