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BC's COVID Cases 'Too High,' but No New Restrictions – TheTyee.ca

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Essential workers in hard-hit cities like Surrey could be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

The Lower Mainland, and Surrey in particular, continue to see high rates of transmission and are reporting the vast majority of new cases in the province, including new variants of the COVID-19 virus.

“This is a concern,” Henry said, “because that is where the highest population density is, and this type of increase can quickly get out of control.”

Henry said clusters in workplaces as well as prohibited socializing in homes and indoor gatherings continue to drive transmission in these areas.

The coming vaccination campaign for essential workers is a chance to protect workers and communities with the most risk, Henry said.

That could mean a regional effort, similar to campaigns in Prince Rupert, where all adults over 18 are being offered vaccines to quell high community transmissions, and in the Downtown Eastside. That has seen cases decline rapidly in the last three weeks.

“We are focusing our efforts on where the transmission is highest,” said Henry.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the number of active cases across the province “are all too high right now.”

On Monday, health officials reported 1,785 new cases since Friday, for an average of 595 per day, continuing a slow but steady increase in new and active cases.

There are 166 new variant cases for a total of 1,366, including 237 active cases. Fraser Health accounts for 77 per cent of the COVID-19 variant cases, mainly the B117 variant first associated with the United Kingdom that is considered more easily transmitted and more deadly.

The province also reported 303 people in hospital, with 80 in critical or intensive care, the highest number since early January.

Younger people in their 30s and 40s are requiring more and longer hospitalization, Henry said.

Dix noted that hospitals are currently at more than 89 per cent of normal capacity and 71 per cent of their “surge capacity,” which reflects measures introduced to deal with rising COVID-19 cases.

Asked if B.C. was dealing with a third wave of the virus, Henry did not answer directly.

But she said the rising numbers keep her up at night.

“The variants of concern are moving quickly,” Henry said. “Now there is even less margin for error.”

So far, B.C. is seeing variants slowly replace the initial strain rather than driving transmission and rapid case growth as seen in Ontario, Henry said.

The province is now approaching its fifth month of banning indoor gatherings with people outside one’s household. But daily new case numbers and case numbers look similar to the weeks before the bans were imposed in late November.

Testing rates continue to be among the lowest in Canada, and no new restrictions have been announced.

Henry said a targeted approach is needed.

“We had a very high peak in our second wave. And now we’re at a high level, a level that keeps me awake for sure,” said Henry. “We’re at a point where we’re trying to target where transmission is happening in our community with the vaccines we have available.”

Henry stressed that gathering outside and at a distance is the only safe way to see people outside your household right now.

And while vaccinations have ramped up with 539,408 doses to date, Henry said there is still a long way to go until enough people are vaccinated to quell transmission.

“Let’s make spring the time to be outside, to gather with people that we care for safely,” said Henry.  [Tyee]

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Delta variant of COVID-19 now makes up nearly 4 in 10 cases in B.C., data shows – Global News

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New data from the BC Centre for Disease control shows that the highly-transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 has grown to nearly four in 10 cases in the province, up from fewer than one in 10 just two weeks before.

The data comes as the province reported more than 100 new cases in a 24-hour period for the first time in five weeks.

The BCCDC released the data Friday, which covers the week of July 11 to July 15.

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B.C. reports over 100 new COVID-19 cases for first time in five weeks


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Out of 376 cases recorded that week, the Delta variant, first identified in India, made up 39 per cent of cases, while the Gamma variant, first identified in Brazil, made up 40 per cent. The Alpha variant, first identified in the U.K., made up 17 per cent of cases.

Last week, the BCCDC reported the Delta variant made up 33 per cent of cases, while the week before it was just eight per cent.

Research has found that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, but only when people receive both doses.

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Delta COVID-19 variant now behind more than 80% of new U.S. cases 

Partially vaccinated people remain at a much greater risk of contracting it or becoming seriously ill.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday that 96 per cent of new cases reported in B.C. between June15 and July 15 were among people who weren’t fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, more than 2.68 million people — 58.1 per cent of those eligible and 52.2 per cent of the population — have been fully vaccinated.


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There were strong regional variances in the prevalence of Delta.

In the Vancouver Island Health Region, all of the 14 cases reported over the week in question were found to be the Delta variant.

In the Interior Health Region, which has seen growing case numbers and lagging vaccination rates, Delta made up a whopping 74 per cent of the 122 cases over the week reported.

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More than half of the new cases reported on Friday were in the Interior Health region.

Vancouver Coastal Health had the second highest prevalence of Delta, at 33 per cent, followed by the Fraser Health region at 15 per cent.

Officials said 97 per cent of all samples tested were at least one of the known variants of concern.

The BCCDC cautions that the data reported on Friday is subject to change due to a lag in sequencing some samples.

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COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast Facts for July 24, 2021 – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
Good morning. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Fast Facts:

  • The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa continues to creep up as vaccination slows
  • A new outbreak in Barry’s Bay has led to nearly two-dozen close contacts and forced businesses to close
  • Ontario reported 192 new cases on Friday as the seven-day average jumped slightly

COVID-19 by the numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New COVID-19 cases: Seven new cases on Friday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 27,768
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 3.9
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 0.5 per cent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction Number: 1.28 (seven day average)

Testing:

Who should get a test?

Ottawa Public Health says you can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre, care clinic, or community testing site if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health;
  • You are a resident, a worker or a visitor to long-term care, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other congregate settings (for example: group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters);
  • You are a person who identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • You are a person travelling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or Métis community;
  • You received a preliminary positive result through rapid testing;
  • You require testing 72 hours before a scheduled (non-urgent or emergent) surgery (as recommended by your health care provider);
  • You are a patient and/or their 1 accompanying escort tra­velling out of country for medical treatment;
  • You are an international student that has passed their 14-day quarantine period;
  • You are a farm worker;
  • You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy-testing; or
  • You are in a targeted testing group as outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx

  • The Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre: Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre at 300 Coventry Road: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Moodie Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kemptville) – 15 Campus Drive: Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Centretown Community Health Centre: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.
  • Somerset West Community Health Centre: Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday

COVID-19 screening tool:

The COVID-19 screening tool for summer camp children and staff. All campers and staff must complete the COVID-19 School and Childcare screening tool daily.

Symptoms:

Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath

Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion

Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is back above 40 for the first time in two weeks, as the city’s vaccine administration pace slows down.

Ottawa Public Health reported seven new cases of the virus in Ottawa on Friday. There were no new resolved cases for the second straight day, so the number of active cases has climbed to 41.

It’s the most since July 9, when there were 43 active cases in the city.

A new outbreak of COVID-19 in Barry’s Bay, Ont. has resulted in two closed businesses and nearly two-dozen high-risk contacts.

The Renfrew County health unit is reporting three new confirmed cases that started with a visit from southern Ontario.

Twenty-one high-risk contacts now have to isolate, a fresh example that Canada is not yet out of the pandemic.

Ontario is reporting another jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases as health officials log just over 190 new infections and the seven-day average rises.

The province confirmed 192 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, which comes after officials logged 185 new infections on Thursday.

Before that, the province reported case numbers below the 150 mark for three days.

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Today's coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 192 cases of COVID-19, one death; Mostly spectator-free opening ceremony kicks off Tokyo Games – Orangeville Banner

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