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April 3: Nova Scotia reports 4 new COVID-19 cases, issues warning about potential exposure on Air Canada flights – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Nova Scotia reported four new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 

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

There are also two cases in the eastern zone, both related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, the Health Department said in a news release. The people are self-isolating, as required.

The Health Department corrected the location of a new case reported on Friday. It’s in the western health zone, not the central zone. 

The four new cases are on top of nine reported on Friday

There are now 32 active cases in Nova Scotia, up one case from yesterday: 19 are in the central zone, nine in the western zone, three in the eastern zone and one in the northern zone. 

“Nova Scotians have worked hard to keep their communities healthy and safe. Let’s keep that up over this holiday weekend,” said Premier Iain Rankin said in the release.  “Please continue to follow public health guidelines – stay home if you’re feeling unwell, follow gathering limits, get tested regularly if you are socializing and wear non-medical masks when and where appropriate.”

‘Epidemiology remains stable’

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,352 Nova Scotia tests on April 2.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 313,116 tests. There have been 643 positive COVID-19 cases with an age range of under 10 to over 90. There have been 610 resolved cases and one death. One person is in hospital. 

“Our epidemiology remains stable and that is very good news given what is happening in some provinces across the country,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “So far, we’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had any community spread associated with our variant cases. Thank you to everyone who continues to follow the public health precautions and gets tested when called upon.”

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked athttps://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/  by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.

Potential exposure advisory

Nova Scotia Health Public Health issued an advisory Saturday evening about potential exposure to COVID-19 on two Air Canada flights:

  • Air Canada flight 624 travelling from Toronto on Sunday, March 28 (9:15 p.m.) and arriving in Halifax on March 29 (12:15 a.m.). Passengers in rows 18-24 are asked to continue to self-isolate and immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a test regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers should continue to self-isolate as required and watch for COVID-19 symptoms up to and including April 12. 
  • Air Canada flight 604 travelling from Toronto (7:50 a.m.) to Halifax (10:50 a.m.) on Thursday, April 1. Passengers in rows 18-24 are asked to continue to self-isolate and immediately book an online test at the link above regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers should continue to self-isolate as required and watch for symptoms up to and including April 15. 

These passengers should not to go to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. They should book an appointment online and not visit a pop-up rapid testing location.

All potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

N.B. reports nine cases

On Saturday, New Brunswick reported nine new COVID-19 cases including an outbreak at a special care home in Edmundston. 

On March 25, Nova Scotia advised residents not to travel to the Edmundston area where most of the recent N.B. cases have occurred. New Brunswickers are allowed to visit Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate but Nova Scotians still must self-isolate when visiting N.B. 

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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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