B.C. health officials reported one more death and 58 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a tie for the lowest number of new cases since Aug. 17.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said 31 people are in hospital, three more than on Monday and the highest number of hospitalized patients since June 10.
Ten people are in intensive care.
There are currently 1,124 people with active COVID-19 infections in the province. Public health is monitoring 2,761 people who have been exposed to the virus.
A total of 5,848 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in B.C. since the pandemic began and 209 people have died, while 4,505 people who tested positive have recovered.
Outbreaks continue at eight long-term care or assisted living facilities, and two acute-care facilities have outbreaks as well.
While there are no new community outbreaks, there are still instances of community exposure.
An alert has been issued for anyone who attended gatherings in the Nass Valley, home to the Nisga’a Nation in northwestern B.C., between Aug. 21 and 25. Those developing symptoms are asked to self-isolate immediately.
‘There will be consequences,’ premier warns violators
The new numbers were announced as the B.C. government extended the provincial state of emergency for the 13th time on Tuesday.
The renewal is in place until Sept. 15 and will continue to allow the government to take “necessary actions” to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General said in a news release.
“It’s encouraging to see the vast majority of British Columbians following public health rules to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe,” Premier John Horgan said in a statement.
“However, there remains a small group of people ignoring Dr. Henry’s orders and threatening our hard work over the past several months to flatten the curve. This pandemic is not over, and whether it’s an end-of-summer gathering or hockey celebration, this is not the time to bend or break the rules. To those few who are not complying, there will be consequences.”
Last month, police and enforcement agencies were granted the ability to issue $2,000 fines for event organizers who violate public health orders.
Between August 21 and 28, 10 tickets were issued, including six $2,000 fines on large gatherings and events and four $200 violation tickets for individuals.
On Monday, Henry asked British Columbians to monitor their health more closely than ever this fall as school resumes and cold and flu season approach. Anyone who is not feeling well, even though the symptoms are mild, needs to stay home, she said.
Henry also urged British Columbians to be more cautious with their social interactions as weather cools and more people are drawn indoors.
This includes keeping groups small and using a mask in indoor spaces where you may be in close contact with people you don’t know.
“These more challenging, colder months, we have to close those gaps that we’ve had here in the summer and flatten our curve again,” she said.
Sore throat, runny nose among symptoms removed from student health checklist, province confirms – CBC.ca
The list of symptoms parents are urged to screen their kids for each morning before they send them to school has gotten shorter.
Since the reopening of schools across the province, parents have been asked to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19, with districts releasing a daily health checklist. Fever, chills, and shortness of breath are among the 17 symptoms parents were told to screen for.
Kids that exhibited any of the symptoms were urged to stay home.
But that list of symptoms has been reduced, B.C.’s Ministry of Health has confirmed. Ten symptoms have been removed, including sore throat, runny nose, headache, and fatigue. Districts have since released updated daily health checklists.
“This was a recommendation from public health to remove some of the symptoms, given the very low probability of these symptoms by themselves indicating COVID,” the ministry said in an e-mailed statement.
“They are also very common in children so there are concerns that it would unnecessarily exclude children,” said the ministry.
The bulk of the symptoms removed from the daily health check for students are still included in both B.C.’s self-assessment tool and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s list of COVID-19 symptoms.
Some parents concerned
Parents like North Vancouver’s Amitis Khorsandi say the sudden change has reignited health concerns she had before sending her five-year-old to kindergarten. She fears some COVID-19-positive students could slip through the cracks.
“A lot of people made tough decisions to go back to school, and we’re all taking a risk to send our kids … and then within a week, or less than a week, the rules have already changed,” she said.
Parents are asked to screen children for the following symptoms daily:
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Nausea and vomiting
The following symptoms have been removed from the daily checklist:
- Sore throat
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dizziness, confusion
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash or discolouration of fingers and toes
The ministry says it’s still important to seek medical assessment if children are exhibiting a combination of symptoms.
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The flu presents its own dangers. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are an average of about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu every year. Based on laboratory testing, there were 42,541 cases of seasonal influenza in 2019-2020.
“Everyone should get the flu vaccine this year,” Wilson said. “It’s a no-brainer.”
Concern about a potential twindemic is not overblown, epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong said.
“Most health care workers would say we’re barely managing in a normal flu season. We’re always on the verge of collapse. If you add COVID, we’re in big trouble,” said Kwong, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
“The biggest problem with how we view influenza is that there are other respiratory viruses circulating,” he said. “The flu is a whole bunch of viruses with a whole bunch of different presentations. They’re impossible to distinguish without lab tests.”
If people let down their guard on measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene, there will be a twindemic, Kwong said.
“If people keep having parties, we’ll have influenza. But, if you can control COVID, you can control influenza.”
It is also possible, but rare, to be infected with flu and COVID-19 at the same time. A study published in June in the Journal of Medical Virology found that, among 1,103 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID‐19 in three hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, six were diagnosed as also being infected with influenza. Co-infected patients have been reported in China, Germany, Iran, Japan, Spain and the United States.
Manitoba sees 29 new COVID-19 cases, warns of exposures on bus, at restaurants – Global News
Manitoba public health officials have identified 29 new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday morning.
One case previously reported on Sept. 19 was removed from the case totals. This means the total net new cases today is 28, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,586.
- 2 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
- 3 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 1 case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud
- 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region
Right now there are 354 known active cases and 1,216 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
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There are currently 11 people in hospital and three people in intensive care, meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
Public health officials have sent a letter to parents about a possible exposure to COVID-19 at the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre Preschool at 505 Chalmers Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 14 in the morning and afternoon.
The province says based on the public health investigation, close contacts have been identified and contacted directly by public health officials with advice to self-isolate.
Health officials say the centre will remain open to all other children and staff, who can continue to attend the centre in person and the centre has closed off areas used by the infected person and will not use these areas until after the space has been cleaned.
Public Health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19:
- Café La Scala at 725 Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Public health officials say the restaurant has been closed while case investigations are underway.
- The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12. The province says the restaurant had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
- XXI Lounge at 1011 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The province says the site had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
- Winnipeg Transit, John Pritchard School Route S412 on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from Headmaster/Mildred to John Pritchard School from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from John Pritchard School to Headmaster/Mildred from approximately 3 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Health officials say there has been a concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg, with many cases having large numbers of close contacts.
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,216 on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 164,177.
Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.9 per cent.
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