At least 49 active cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a wedding held earlier this month in Calgary.
It comes as Alberta hits its highest case numbers ever — 3,138 active cases, 998 of which are in Calgary.
The wedding featured a large number of Albertans from different households, Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan said.
Aggressive contact tracing is underway to identify anyone who may have been exposed and ensure they are isolating and getting tested, and anyone at risk is being contacted directly by Alberta Health Services.
McMillan said Alberta Health can’t comment on specifics about individual cases due to patient confidentiality, but he did say it’s not yet clear what led to the level of exposure and that an investigation is underway.
Reminder that ‘this virus is still here’
Several recent outbreaks in Calgary have been linked to social gatherings, he said, adding that no one should attend a gathering if they have even mild symptoms or are awaiting test results.
“This is a reminder to all Albertans that this virus is still here and any social gathering carries a risk of exposure. This is true for both planned events, like wedding receptions, or informal get-togethers in a house or community space,” McMillan said.
“It is also important that organizers of social gatherings do everything possible to comply with the public health guidance in place, including ensuring that there is enough space for physical distancing between cohorts, following gathering size restrictions and avoiding sharing food and utensils.”
We also have to keep in mind that many of these gatherings … probably have a significant number of people that are in at-risk groups.– Craig Jenne, infectious disease expert
Dr. Craig Jenne, an infectious disease expert with the University of Calgary, said based on the high transmission numbers, he would consider this event a “superspreader.”
“Although 49 cases may not seem like a huge number, we have to keep in mind that these people have perhaps had continual contact with others after the wedding … if each person passes [COVID-19] on to two, three, four other people, we may be looking at an event that has now led to 200, 300 or more cases in the community. And again, each of those cases has the potential to spread it further,” he said.
“We also have to keep in mind that many of these gatherings … probably have a significant number of people that are in at-risk groups — older parents, grandparents.”
Jenne said while it’s worth looking at whether guidelines like physical distancing, mask-wearing and attendance numbers were followed, ultimately, having large indoor gatherings right now simply isn’t safe.
“The virus doesn’t really care that you wore a mask until you sat down at the table … you have 100 people eating in the same room and multiple people at tables, this really creates an opportunity for the virus to move around,” he said.
Source: – CBC.ca
Ontario reports 1,707 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths – Global News
Ontario reported 1,707 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 118,199.
Tuesday’s case count is slight decrease from Monday’s which saw 1,746 new infections. On Sunday, 1,708 cases were recorded, 1,822 on Saturday and 1,855 on Friday.
According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 727 cases were recorded in Toronto — the highest single day increase, 373 in Peel Region, 168 in York Region and 72 in Durham Region.
All other public health units in Ontario reported under 70 new cases.
The death toll in the province has risen to 3,663 as seven more deaths were reported.
Ontario has 645 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by 27 from the previous day), with 185 patients in an intensive care unit (up by 17) and 112 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by four).
More than 34,600 tests were processed in the last 24 hours — which is the lowest number of tests completed in the last week.
There is currently a backlog of 34,046 tests that need results. A total of 6,309,556 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.
Meanwhile, 100,012 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,373 from the previous day.
Active cases in Ontario now stand at 14,524, up from the previous day at 14,197, and up from last Tuesday at 12,917.
Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:
- 57,519 people are male — an increase of 882 cases.
- 59,973 people are female — an increase of 813 cases.
- 14,204 people are 19 and under — an increase of 255 cases.
- 43,126 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 666 cases.
- 33,814 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 511 cases.
- 17,157 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 219 cases.
- 9,885 people are 80 and over — an increase of 55 cases.
The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.
The newly reported numbers for Tuesday’s report are valid as of Monday afternoon.
Ontario long-term care homes
According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,228 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of five deaths.
Eight health-care workers and staff in long-term care homes have died which has remained unchanged for months.
There are 109 current outbreaks in homes, unchanged from the previous day.
The ministry also indicated there are currently 743 active cases among long-term care residents and 509 active cases among staff — up by 33 cases and up by 26 cases respectively in the last day.
Ontario child care centres and schools
Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 4,872 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — 3,107 among students and 677 among staff (1,088 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 299 more cases over a three-day period.
In the last 14 days, the province indicates there are 1,119 cases reported among students and 233 cases among staff (one individual was not identified) — totaling 1,353 cases.
The COVID-19 cases are currently from 737 out of 4,828 schools in the province.
Six schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of positive cases, the government indicated.
There have been a total of 806 confirmed cases within child care centres and homes — an increase of 40 (21 child cases and 19 staff cases.) Out of 5,249 child care centres in Ontario, 154 currently have cases and 18 centres are closed.
Numbers for cases in schools and child care centres are updated weekdays only, at 10:30 a.m. On Tuesday’s, numbers are included from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon.
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COVID-19: Ontario reports 1,707 new cases; disease spread at 'critical point,' says Elliott – Ottawa Citizen
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In the public health unit regions surrounding Ottawa, the total number of people who’ve had a case of COVID-19 confirmed rose by seven in Eastern Ontario, by six in Hastings Prince Edward, by two in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark and by one in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.
In other news, the province announced $550,000 in support for two companies with plans to add to the supply of made-in-Ontario surgical masks — Viva Healthcare Packaging in Toronto and Ckdpack Packaging in Straffordville.
The funding is being made available through the Ontario Together Fund, a pandemic initiative that’s allowed businesses to apply for money to pivot to PPE production.
Ottawa Public Health reported a new outbreak of COVID-19 Tuesday involving one staff member at the city-run Carleton Lodge long-term care home.
There are 22 ongoing outbreaks of the virus in local health care or congregate living institutions, as well as three in Ottawa schools, and five in community settings (three workplaces, one community organization and one social event).
OPH reported one new COVID-19 death Tuesday, bringing the number of local lives lost to the disease to 376.
With 34 new cases reported Tuesday, the number of active cases now sits at 351.
There are 24 Ottawans hospitalized with COVID-19, (unchanged from the previous day), with one person in ICU.
Quebec reported 1,177 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Twenty-eight new deaths were reported, including three over the past 24 hours. Another 22 deaths occurred between Nov. 24 and 29, one happened before Nov. 24 and two more on unknown dates.
Province reports 1,707 new COVID cases today – SooToday
Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is 39 fewer than yesterday. There were 1,746 cases reported on Monday.
Of today’s new cases, most are confined to the Greater Toronto Area. There are 373 new cases confirmed in Peel Region, 727 cases in Toronto and 168 in York Region; that represents 1,268 — or 74 per cent — of the new lab-confirmed cases reported over the past 24 hours.
The agency also reported seven more deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, eight deaths were reported.
More than 1,373 cases have been resolved since yesterday.
Over the past 24 hours, 34,600 tests were completed.
Since the start of the pandemic, public health labs in Ontario have processed more than 6.3 million COVID-19 tests.
Throughout Ontario, there are 645 people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus.
- Algoma Public Health: 60 cases, rate of 52.4 per 100,000 people. There are three known active cases.
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 79 cases, rate of 54.7 per 100,000 people. There are 10 known active cases.
- Porcupine Health Unit: 106, rate of 127 per 100,000 people. There are no known active cases.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 230 cases, rate of 113.1 per 100,000 people. There are eight known active cases.
- Timiskaming Health Unit: 18 cases, rate of 55.1 per 100,000 people. There is one known active case.
- Northwestern Health Unit: 121 cases, rate of 123.2 per 100,000 people. The health unit has also reported two probable cases that are under investigation. There are 17 known active cases.
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 308 cases, rate of 168 per 100,000 people.There are 93 known active cases.
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