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B.C. administers six millionth COVID-19 dose – The Record (New Westminster)

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B.C. health officials administered their six millionth COVID-19 dose in the past 24 hours, as the province’s proportion of vaccinated individuals continues to rise. 

There are now 3,686,611 British Columbians who have had at least one dose of vaccine, with 2,310,888 now fully vaccinated with two doses. Another 7,169 doses have gone to individuals who normally reside outside of B.C., or to those who have died following being vaccinated, according to the B.C. government.

In total, this adds up to 6,004,668 jabs in arms since the first vaccine dose in the province was provided on December 16.

All doses to British Columbians are in people aged 12 years or older, and the province’s math holds that 79.5% of this age group has had at least one dose of vaccine, while 49.9% of the age group is fully vaccinated. 

B.C.’s adult population, aged 18 years and older, includes 3,485,949 people (80.6%) who have had at least one shot of vaccine, and 2,301,222 individuals (53.2%) who are fully vaccinated. 

B.C.’s vaccination effort is so far slightly behind the rest of Canada. Canada’s COVID-19 tracker today reported that 79.6% of the eligible Canadian population has had at least one dose, while 55% of Canadians are fully vaccinated.

B.C. health officials detected 45 new COVID-19 infections in the past day.

More than 98.3%, or 145,908, of the 148,331 people known to have contracted COVID-19 in B.C. are considered by the province to have recovered because they have gone 10 days after first feeling symptoms, and are therefore thought to not be infectious.

The number of those in B.C. actively fighting COVID-19 infections rose by two overnight, to 652, with more than 92% of those being advised to self-isolate. 

The number of those with active infections in B.C. hospitals fell by three, to 60, which is the lowest number since September 21, when there were also 60 people in B.C. hospitals with COVID-19. The last time there were fewer such patients in B.C. hospitals was on September 18, when there were 59 COVID-19 patients in B.C. hospitals.

Of those in hospital, there remain 12 in intensive care units. 

B.C.’s 652 active infections, by health region, include:
• 163 in Fraser Health (25%);
• 259 in Vancouver Coastal Health (39.7%);
• 164 in Interior Health (25.1%);
• 29 cases in Northern Health (4.4%);
• 30 in Island Health (4.6%); and
• six people who reside outside B.C.

No new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the province overnight, leaving the province’s death toll from the disease at 1,761.

The only existing healthcare facility outbreak at in B.C. remains at Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Waterloo Region may begin closing soon – Global News

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With COVID-19 vaccination rates slowly declining locally, the head of Waterloo Region’s vaccination task force says it may be soon to follow other Ontario municipalities in closing mass vaccinations sites.

Mass sites have closed in the Ottawa area and in Grey Bruce and will be closing soon in Mississauga and Kingston.

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“As always, we’re assessing the clinics,” Waterloo Regional Police Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton explained.

“We’re assessing the capacity at the clinics and then the uptake on appointments and then people now with the ability to walk in for a second doses.”

She says they just allowed all clinics to accept walk-ins for first- and second- dose appointments which is something which needs to be accounted for.


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“So we will have to now, because we’ve just opened up second dose walk-in appointments, look at what is that uptake in people walking in and dropping in for their vaccine,” Hilton said.

Over the past week, just under 36,000 vaccinations in the area whereas there were around 64,000 done in the region a week earlier.

“I think as next week rolls around, we will have a better idea of what is happening within our clinics and then start making some strategic decisions around when and we will be closing some of those areas,” Hilton said.

She noted closing the clinics will allow for other options which may reach people who have yet to be vaccinated.

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“During our assessment and reassessment, we will be looking at scaling back our clinics and then re-energizing some of our mobile availability and opportunities within the community as well,” the officer explained.

Hilton encouraged people who have second dose appointments coming in the fall to move them up to an earlier date.

“As long as there has been 28 days since the first dose of your Moderna or Pfizer vaccine,” she noted

“Let’s maximize clinic capacity over the summer so that we can achieve the highest vaccination possible.”

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COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit adds 10 cases Friday – Global News

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit added another 10 COVID-19 cases to end the week, though the total case count increased by nine, likely due to data cleanup. Six recoveries were also added to the tally.

As of Friday, the total case count is 12,729 with 54 active cases, 12,446 recoveries and 229 deaths locally.

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The most recent death involved a partially vaccinated woman in her 80s reported July 15.

The total number of cases involving a variant of concern sits at 3,563, unchanged from Thursday.

The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,379 cases of the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), first identified in the U.K.
  • 105 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, first identified in Brazil
  • 73 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, first identified in India
  • two cases of the Beta (B.1.351) variant, first identified in South Africa
  • one case of the Kappa (B.1.617.1) variant, first identified in India
  • one case of the Zeta (P.2) variant, first identified in Brazil

There is also one case listed only as B.1.617 and one case listed as B.1.617.3.

A total of 11,510 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 373 have been in Middlesex Centre and 334 in Strathroy-Caradoc.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex-London page.

Hospitalizations

The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19, with five or fewer of those patients in the intensive care unit, as of Thursday.

In an effort to protect the privacy of patients, LHSC only provides specific numbers when there are more than five.

LHSC is not reporting any patients from outside of the region.

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There are currently zero LHSC employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.

At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization is reporting no cases involving patients, residents or health-care workers.

Institutional outbreaks

The MLHU is not reporting any institutional outbreaks.

On Thursday, the health unit said an outbreak tied to indoor gatherings at Christ Embassy Church at 1472 Dundas St., in London that involved six cases was now “under control.”


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Vaccinations and testing

The MLHU provided updated vaccination data on Tuesday, showing that as of the end of day July 17, 79.0 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have had at least one dose, while 56.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The health unit is also now accepting walk-ins for first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine at its mass vaccination clinics from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hours and days of operation at many of the mass clinics will reduce starting next month. Full details can be found on our website.

Information on how to book and cancel appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.

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Information on local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.

Several pop-up walk-in clinics are scheduled throughout the region. A full list can be found on the health unit’s website.

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

The test positivity rate in the region was 1.1 per cent for the week of July 11, up from 1.0 per cent for the week of July 4.

Ontario

Ontario reported 192 COVID-19 cases Friday and one new death, for a total of 548,986 cases with 9,308 deaths.

According to Friday’s report, 43 cases were recorded in Toronto, 25 in Peel Region, 18 York Region and Waterloo and 11 in Hamilton and Durham Region.

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All other local public health units reported 10 or fewer new cases in the provincial report.

The province says 66.0 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated while 80.5 per cent have had at least one dose.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health reported no new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The total case count stands at 3,932 with 17 active cases, 3,831 recoveries and 84 deaths.

Of the 17 active cases, nine are in Woodstock and four are in St. Thomas. Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

One person is currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to SWPH, but is not in the ICU.

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The number of variant of concern cases is unchanged at 863, with 762 of those listed as the Alpha variant, 51 the Beta variant and 50 the Delta variant.

There are no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region.

The region’s test positivity rate was 1.1 per cent for the week of July 11, down slightly from 1.2 per cent for the week of July 4.

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As of July 22, SWPH says 77.8 per cent of its residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 57.6 per cent have had two doses.

As of July 19, walk-in appointments are available at all of SWPH’s mass vaccination clinics.

Appointments can be booked or re-booked through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.

The health unit is also still encouraging people to add their names to a same-day vaccination list.

Several pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health reported one new COVID-19 case and two recoveries on Friday.

The total number of cases in the region is now 1,936 with 14 active cases, 1,865 recoveries, and 57 deaths. There are 345 cases confirmed to involve a variant of concern.

Of the 14 active cases, eight are in Stratford. Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

HPPH reports that one person is hospitalized with COVID-19.

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There are no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region but one unidentified workplace outbreak is ongoing.

The region’s test positivity rate was 0.9 per cent for the week of July 11, up from 0.6 per cent for the week of July 4.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard reported that 76.8 per cent of those aged 12 and older have had at least one vaccine dose, while 59.6 per cent are fully vaccinated, as of Friday.

Information on vaccine eligibility and booking an appointment can be found on HPPH’s website.


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Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health reported no new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 3,633 with four active cases, 3,562 recoveries and 67 total deaths.

The most recent death was reported Wednesday and involved someone in their 80s who died in hospital.

The number of confirmed variant of concern cases is again unchanged at 675.

According to Bluewater Health, there are currently no patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Lambton Public Health is not reporting any active outbreaks in the region.

The region’s test positivity rate was just 0.34 per cent for the week of July 11, down from 0.95 per cent for the week of July 4.

As of Friday, 75.1 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 63.0 per cent are fully vaccinated.

A walk-in clinic for anyone age 12-plus in need of a first dose will be held Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dow Centre for Youth in Sarnia. More information can be found on the health unit’s website.

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LPH is also asking everyone who has already received a first dose to book their second dose appointment as soon as possible as the region prepares to wind down mass immunization clinics next month.

Residents who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.

—With files from Global News’ Jessica Patton

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Ottawa Public Health will take vaccines to businesses and groups to increase coverage – Ottawa Citizen

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Community organizations, faith leaders and employers who have a group of people who may benefit from a mobile clinic are asked to contact OPH at 613-691-5505.

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In an effort to reach people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health is preparing to send mobile vaccination teams to workplaces, places of worship and community groups on request.

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The program is intended to help reduce barriers for people who have not yet received the vaccine “by working with community leaders to provide comfortable, convenient and easily accessible options for vaccination,” the city said in a release. “This is just one more initiative to help ensure that anyone 12 years of age and older in Ottawa who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can get vaccinated.”

Sixty-six per cent of Ottawa residents over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated and 83 per cent have received at least one dose.

But the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said this week that the more transmissible Delta variant will continue to threaten the province until 90 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

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While Ottawa leads the province when it comes to vaccination rates of teens between 12 and 17, many health experts have said the final 10-20 per cent of the population will be the hardest to vaccinate because of barriers and hesitancy.

The Ottawa mobile vaccination program announced Thursday aims to address that.

Community organizations, faith leaders and employers who have a group of people who may benefit from a mobile clinic are asked to contact OPH at 613-691-5505.

There are still many appointments available through the provincial booking site (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ ) for anyone who wants a vaccine. Many pharmacies and family physicians also have vaccines available.

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