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B.C. reports 605 new cases of COVID-19, 92 in Island Health – CHEK

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British Columbia health officials have reported 605 new cases and four new deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Tuesday.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 195,186 while the province’s death toll now stands at 2,033. Three of the deaths occurred in Northern Health, while one occurred in Island Health, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the new cases, 82 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 245 were in Fraser Health, 92 in Island Health, 119 in Interior Health, and 67 in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,172 active cases in the province and 374 people in hospital — 153 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 187,564 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,991,932 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide. Nearly 90 per cent (89.4%) of all eligible adults have received a first dose of vaccine while 83.4 per cent have received a second dose.

Officials say between Oct. 5-11, people who weren’t fully vaccinated accounted for 68 per cent of new cases and between Sept. 28-Oct. 11, they accounted for 73.4 per cent of all hospitalizations.

The province confirmed that there has been an additional COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital for a total of 19 active outbreaks at health and long-term care facilities.

READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Tofino General Hospital

In Island Health, there are currently 640 active cases of COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health. However, Island Health itself is reporting 550 active cases on its own public dashboard, though the numbers can often lag behind.

Of those active cases, 61 are in the North Island, 242 are in the Central Island and 247 are in the South Island.

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, there have been 78 deaths overall in Island Health due to COVID-19. Currently, 44 people are hospitalized and 28 are in critical care in the health authority.

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RELEASE: COVID concerns at Signal Brewery – Quinte News

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising individuals who attended Signal Brewery (Corbyville) between November 19 – December 4 that they may have had an exposure to COVID-19. HPEPH is in the process of investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 that were present at the restaurant during this time frame. Signal Brewery has closed voluntarily while the investigation is underway.

All individuals who attended Signal Brewery between November 19 – December 4 are:

  • Advised to seek testing immediately for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms.
    • Book an appointment online for the Belleville or Trenton testing centre. You can also call 613-961-5544).
    • For other testing options, please visit hpepublichealth.ca/getting-tested-for-covid-19/
    • When seeking testing, please provide investigation number 2238-2021-51372 to the testing centre.
  • Monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, even mild ones such as a runny nose or sore throat, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.

While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission. HPEPH is in the process of contacting identified high-risk contacts related to these cases. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested.

“I am urging individuals who attended Signal Brewery on these dates to seek testing, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to protect those around them,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “All residents are asked to remain vigilant and protect one another – and this includes getting tested if advised, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms, and limiting your close contacts. If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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WECHU issues additional COVID-19 measures | CTV News – CTV News Windsor

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has issued a letter of instruction, aiming to address a surge in COVID-19 cases.

With cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily in the past month, local health officials say they are once again putting in place restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to the health unit, the updated letter addresses the key settings associated with COVID-19 transmission identified through ongoing case investigations, which have identified social gatherings as an area of significant concern.

In particular, the revised Letter of Instruction contains the following additional measures:

  • Social gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Added measures for wedding receptions and the social events tied to funerals and religious services.
  • Limiting indoor capacity for bars and restaurants to 50% of their total occupancy.
  • Strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings.

Without further intervention, WECHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai believes cases can reach levels similar to those seen at the same time last year.

“We are very worried that we are already seeing this surge of cases in advance of the holiday season and its associated social gatherings,” said Nesathurai. “Immediate action needs to be taken by all residents to address the known sources of transmission which are social gatherings, both in homes and in the community.”

The updated changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. 

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