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BC reports 1,533 new COVID-19 cases over four day period and 26 new deaths – Victoria Buzz

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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 1,533 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Tuesday for the period of February 12th to February 16th for a total of 74,283 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 392
Fraser Health: 856
Island Health: 58
Interior Health: 92
Northern Health: 135

The number of active cases in B.C. decreased from 4,347 to 4,189

There are now a total of 231 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 74 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

26 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,314.

Over 7,136 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 68,705 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks

Three new health facility outbreaks were reported.

In total, there are 15 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and six acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.

Two new community outbreaks in Timothy Christian School in Chilliwack and SFU Childcare Society.

Outbreaks and other exposure events can be linked to from the BC Centre for Disease Control website.


More COVID-19 coverage from Victoria Buzz, including local exposures and outbreaks.


Island Health

There are 67 new cases on the Island as of Tuesday.

There are 151 (-51) active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 47 | Total cases: 564
  • Central Island: 95 | Total cases: 1,137
  • North Island: 9 | Total cases: 296

2 new deaths were reported in the Island Health region, with a total of 22 deaths to date.

16 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including seven people in intensive care units.

Vaccinations and Variants

To date, 171,755 (+8,773) people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 22,914 (+5352) of those people have received their second dose.

There are now 60 confirmed variant cases.

40 cases of the UK variant, 19 cases of the South Africa variant in BC 1 and one case of a Nigerian variant recorded in BC.

Government agencies have set up a number of websites for British Columbians who need more information on COVID-19. Some links include:

At the time of this publication, 109,994,205 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 2,427,493 have died, and 84,784,988 have recovered.

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Mass COVID-19 vaccinations to begin in Montreal as province ramps up effort – The Record (New Westminster)

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MONTREAL — Quebec’s mass vaccination campaign gets underway in earnest in the Montreal area today as the province begins inoculating members of the general public.

The province announced last week that it was booking appointments for seniors age 85 and up across the province, or 80 and above in Montreal.

Quebec began accepting appointments last Thursday, with nearly 100,000 booked on Day One of the campaign.

Some regions started vaccinating members of the general population late last week, but the campaign is expected to speed up considerably with the opening of mass vaccine clinics in the Montreal area, including one at the Olympic Stadium.

Outlying regions are mainly expected to ramp up after the March break holiday, which gets underway today.

Quebec has so far concentrated its vaccination effort on health care workers, people living in remote regions and seniors in closed environments such as long-term care and private seniors residences.

The province has chosen to delay giving second doses in favour of administering a first jab to as many people as possible, but the province’s health minister said last week it will dole out second doses beginning March 15.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Saturday that the start of the mass vaccination campaign was giving him “a lot of hope,” even as he expressed concern about spring break week and the spread of new virus variants.

In a Facebook message, he urged Quebecers to remain vigilant for the coming weeks to allow the province to vaccinate more people, and to wait for immunity to fully develop in those who have received a shot. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021.

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20 additional deaths reported as Ontario surpasses 300K COVID-19 cases – Breakfast Television Toronto

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20 additional deaths reported as Ontario surpasses 300K COVID-19 cases

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 1st, 2021

Ontario reported 1,062 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the province passed a sobering milestone.

It’s the fifth straight day more than 1,000 new infections were confirmed, bringing the provincial total to 300,816 since the pandemic began.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases sits at 1,104, which is an increase from 1,031 last Sunday.

Toronto reported 259 new cases while Peel Region added 201 new infections to its total. York Region reported just 86 new cases – the fewest number of new cases since moving into the Red-Control zone last week.

An additional 23 variants of concern were also confirmed in the province with 528 cases of the variant first discovered in the UK. There are 27 variant strains of the virus first confirmed in South African and just three of the variant first discovered in Brazil. The total number of new variants of concern increased by 158 over the last seven days.

Another 20 people have died as a result of COVID-19, none involving residents in a long-term care setting, leaving the provincial death just shy of 7,000.

Provincial officials processed 49,185 tests in the last 24 hour period with more than 18,000 samples remaining to be confirmed.

Another 19,167 vaccines were administered on Saturday, bringing the provincial total up to 687,271. Just over 260,000 Ontarians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the number of hospitalizations fell to 627, likely due to the lack of full reporting from hospitals on the weekend, the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU rose to 289 while those on ventilators also increased to 185.

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Mass COVID-19 vaccinations to begin in Montreal as province ramps up effort – WellandTribune.ca

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MONTREAL – Quebec’s mass vaccination campaign gets underway in earnest in the Montreal area today as the province begins inoculating members of the general public.

The province announced last week that it was booking appointments for seniors age 85 and up across the province, or 80 and above in Montreal.

Quebec began accepting appointments last Thursday, with nearly 100,000 booked on Day One of the campaign.

Some regions started vaccinating members of the general population late last week, but the campaign is expected to speed up considerably with the opening of mass vaccine clinics in the Montreal area, including one at the Olympic Stadium.

Outlying regions are mainly expected to ramp up after the March break holiday, which gets underway today.

Quebec has so far concentrated its vaccination effort on health care workers, people living in remote regions and seniors in closed environments such as long-term care and private seniors residences.

The province has chosen to delay giving second doses in favour of administering a first jab to as many people as possible, but the province’s health minister said last week it will dole out second doses beginning March 15.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Saturday that the start of the mass vaccination campaign was giving him “a lot of hope,” even as he expressed concern about spring break week and the spread of new virus variants.

In a Facebook message, he urged Quebecers to remain vigilant for the coming weeks to allow the province to vaccinate more people, and to wait for immunity to fully develop in those who have received a shot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2021.

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