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B.C. breaks records with 425 new COVID-19 cases; test positivity rate of 3.8% – Salmon Arm Observer

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B.C. has broken a new daily record with 425 COVID-19 cases, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday (Nov. 5).

That brings B.C.’s total confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 16,550, of which 3,389 are currently active. There are no new fatalities, leaving the death toll at 273. More than 7,500 people are under public health monitoring due to the virus.

Henry said that 268 cases come from the Fraser Health region, while 126 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, eight from Interior Health, seven in Island Health and six from Interior Health.

The 425 new cases emerged from 11,020 tests, with a positivity rate of 3.8 per cent. This is the third time B.C.’s test positivity rate has spiked – once in April, again in September (though not as high) and now.

There are 97 people in hospital – 24 of whom are in intensive care – as numbers continue to creep up. More than half the hospitalizations are in Fraser Health, the B.C. region hardest hit by the virus.

There is one new health care outbreak, bringing the total to 30, of which 28 are in long-term care.

Henry said while there are no new public health orders, officials are looking at high-risk activities in COVID-heavy regions. These include indoor exercise and dance classes and other indoor gatherings in Metro Vancouver.

She asked that people who work on the front lines such as essential workers, or those who know of COVID-19 cases in their circles, avoid such activities.

“As we look at these numbers, we are all concerned. I’m asking once again for your help to slow the spread so we can keep our schools, our workplaces, open,” Henry said.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said that B.C.’s struggle with COVID-19 is not unique.

“The COVID-19 tide is rising.”

Dix also threw out a new catchphrase when it came to private gatherings and house parties, which are still a leading cause of COVID-19 transmission.

“Don’t throw, don’t go, say no,” he said.

The current public health order restricts gatherings in private homes to a household plus their ‘safe six,’ which must be the same six every time. In Fraser Health, officials have asked people to refrain from even that safe six, keeping gatherings in private homes to just the household.

READ MORE: No ‘safe six’ for household gatherings in Fraser Health as region leads B.C. in COVID cases

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Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics to open in the Central Okanagan – Lake Country Calendar – Lake Country Calendar

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Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics are set to open in the next few weeks in the Central Okanagan.

The first, at Kelowna’s Trinity Church, will open on March 15 and will operate seven days a week. Another will open once a week at Kelowna Health Services Centre beginning March 17, and a West Kelowna clinic will open in a to-be-determined location on March 22. The three are among 48 set to open over the next few weeks across Interior Health. A full list of clinics is available on the health authority’s website.

To prevent a system overload, the health authority will be booking appointments with a staggered approach.

Beginning Monday (March 8), seniors over 90 and Indigenous people over 65 can book an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine through Interior Health’s call centre (1-877-740-7747). On March 15, that will expand to those over 85 and on March 22 to those over 80. The call centre will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

After a person becomes eligible for the vaccine, they can book an appointment anytime. People looking to book an appointment can do so themselves or have another person book the appointment on their behalf.

Callers are asked to have on hand their legal name, date of birth, postal code, personal health number and current contact information, including a regularly-checked email address for booking confirmation.

While the area currently only has three clinics planned, Interior Health said the locations would be adjusted according to need.

IH will contact individuals when their second dose is due, after about four months, allowing them to make another appointment.

Those who are vaccinated in the next few weeks will still need to follow currently in-place health orders. IH medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said in the coming months, he hopes visitation can increase.

“At this stage, the provincial health officer’s orders are still in place,” de Villiers said. “Even if you’ve got your vaccine, you should still follow all those orders.”

READ MORE: 48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

READ MORE: Canada’s chief of public health hopeful as Health Canada approves 4th vaccine

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Ontario reports nearly 1,300 COVID cases Sunday, 15 more deaths – Sault Star

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Ontario reported 1,299 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 329 new cases in Toronto, 192 in Peel Region, and 116 in York Region.

Sunday’s data are based on 46,586 completed tests.

The province also reports 30,192 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Saturday’s update, for a total of 890,604 doses handed out so far.

Ontario says 1,105 more cases were resolved since the last daily update.

There have been 308,296 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario since the pandemic began, including 290,840 classified as resolved and 7,067 that have resulted in death.

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Ontario reports 1,299 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths; highest count in 3 weeks – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Ontario reported 1,299 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Sunday, the highest count of cases since mid-February when parts of the province began to exit the stay-at-home order.

Across the GTA, Toronto reported 329 new cases, Peel Region reported 192 new cases and York Region reported 116 new cases, with each region posting increases from Saturday.

Provincial labs processed 46,586 tests in the past 24 hours, generating a positivity rate of at least 3.1 per cent.

One of the 15 people who died was a resident of a long-term care home, Public Health Ontario said.

Ontario reported 990 new cases on Saturday and 1,250 on Friday, as well as 994 on Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases now stands at 1,069, up from 1,052 on Saturday.

It’s the highest number of cases reported since Feb. 13, when the province reported 1,300 new cases.

The first public health regions of Ontario were allowed to exit the stay-at-home order three days later.

There are now 10,389 active cases of novel coronavirus infection around the province, with 7,067 known deaths and 290,840 recoveries.

Hospitalizations continue to fall slightly, with 606 people in hospital on Sunday, down from 620 on Saturday.

Of those, 273 were in intensive care and 179 were breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Public Health Ontario said it confirmed an additional seven cases involving variants of concern, including two new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant and five new cases of the P.1 variant.

There are still between two and three thousand additional samples that have screened positive for a variant of concern but are awaiting confirmation through whole genomic sequencing, according to local public health units.

The province says it administered an additional 30,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, bringing the total to 890,604.

Almost 272,000 people have completed their full two-dose inoculation.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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