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Canada Reports First Case Of Rare H1N2 Swine Flu – Forbes

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Canada’s first case of a rare swine flu variant, Influenza A (H1N2)v, has been detected in a patient from central Alberta, but health officials say it is an isolated case, that there is “no evidence at this time that the virus has spread further” and that it presents no increased risk to Albertans.

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, and Dr. Keith Lehman, the chief provincial veterinarian, issued a statement Wednesday confirming a person tested positive for the virus in mid-October.

Hinshaw and Lehman said this is not only the first time this particular swine flu variant has been found in Canada, but just the 27th such case detected worldwide since 2005.

“We are taking this seriously, as any human infection with a non-seasonal influenza virus needs to be followed up under our international obligations,” Hinshaw said.

The positive case was discovered after the patient went to a local hospital and was tested for Covid-19.

The individual sought was dealing with mild, influenza-like symptoms but quickly recovered.

Crucial Quote: 

“Health officials, in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, have launched a public health investigation to determine the source of the virus and to verify that no spread occurred,” reads Hinshaw and Lehman’s statement. “The Government of Alberta will continue working closely with Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada and other partners across Canada.”

Key Background:

At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Hinshaw said health officials had launched an investigation to determine the source of the virus, but that there is no link to slaughterhouses. Health officials confirmed that H1N2 is not a food-related illness and that there is no risk associated with eating pork. Dr. Lehman said H1N2 in pigs is “not uncommon,” and animals can have the virus without showing symptoms. Hinshaw stated that it is “quite rare” to see the transmission of the H1N2 virus from humans to animals or from animals to humans. 

Tangent:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three main influenza A virus subtypes have been isolated in pigs in the United States: H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2. The H1N1 virus emerged in 2009, causing the first global flu pandemic in 40 years. The CDC estimated that between 151,700-575,400 people worldwide died from the H1N1 infections during the first year the virus circulated. In August of 2010, the WHO declared an end to the global 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Further Reading:

Canada’s first case of rare H1N2 swine flu variant confirmed in central Alberta (Edmonton Journal) 

Canada’s first case of rare swine flu variant found in central Alberta patient (CBC)

Key Facts about Swine Influenza (Swine Flu) in Pigs (CDC)

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Winnipeggers in 30s, 40s among new COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba – CBC.ca

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A Winnipeg man in his 30s and a Winnipeg woman in her 40s are among 11 new COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba, health officials say.

Manitoba hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations with 342 people in hospital on Monday, as the province added 343 new cases to its total. There are 43 positive patients in intensive care units, down one from Sunday.

Seven of the deaths are connected to outbreaks at long-term care homes, including a man and a woman in their 80s at Fairview Personal Care Home.

The deaths also include a woman in her 70s linked to the outbreak in the GA3 unit at Health Sciences Centre, a man in his 80s linked to the Villa Youville personal care home, a man in his 80s linked to the Charleswood Care Centre, a man in his 80s linked to Golden Links Lodge, a woman in her 90s linked to St. Norbert Personal Care Home, a man in his 90s linked to the Bridgepark Manor assisted living facility, and a Winnipeg woman in her 90s.

Manitoba’s test-positivity rate is 13.4 per cent, a slight increase of 0.1 percentage points from Sunday but still lower than at any other point last week.

Outbreaks at the Women’s Correctional Centre in Headingley and the Keeyask Generating Station near Thompson have been declared over. 

New outbreaks have been declared at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern and West Park Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg health region produced the majority of new cases, with 207 confirmed infections, while the Southern Health region had the second most, with 53. The rest of the cases were in the Northern Health region (46), Interlake-Eastern health region (23) and Prairie Mountain Health region (14).

Manitoba has now had 16,825 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 9,260 reported as still active, although that number is likely inflated due to a backlog in clearing recovered cases.

A boy under 10 is the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in Manitoba, health officials announced on Saturday.

Two Manitoba churches, Church of God and Springs Church, held drive-in services on the weekend, in violation of public health orders capping gatherings at five people and ordering religious services to move online.

Winnipeg School Division teachers will walk thousands of students through an in-class exercise on Tuesday that’s meant to simulate what it could be like if the entire school system is suddenly forced to learn remotely.

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57 cases of COVID-19, one death reported in Niagara after the weekend – ThoroldNews.com

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niagara increased by 57 over the weekend, counting Monday’s numbers, but without making a significant impact on the number of active cases across the region, which right now sits at 204.

The daily breakdown:

Saturday: 18

Sunday: 25

Monday: 14

The region said Monday’s number is not complete, as the reporting had left some cases out, and cautions that Tuesday’s numbers therefore might look higher.

NRPH also reports one new COVID-19-related death on Monday, bringing the region’ss death toll to 84.

One outbreak in a health-care facility was also declared over.

There are 7 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities and 11 other outbreaks.

Ontario update:

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,746 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is 38 fewer than yesterday. There were more than 1,700 cases reported on both Saturday and Sunday.

Of today’s new cases, most are confined to the Greater Toronto Area. There are 390 new cases confirmed in Peel Region, 622 cases in Toronto and 217 in York Region; that represents 1,229 — or 70 per cent — of the new lab-confirmed cases reported over the past 24 hours.

The agency also reported eight more deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, 24 deaths were reported.

More than 1,320 cases have been resolved since yesterday. 

Over the past 24 hours, 39,406 tests were completed, which is about 14,600 fewer than the record number of tests processed Friday.

According to today’s data, the positivity rate is 4.4 per cent; that means 4.4 people out of every 100 people tested have the coronavirus.

Since the start of the pandemic, public health labs in Ontario have processed more than 6.2 million COVID-19 tests.

Throughout Ontario, there are 618 people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, but the agency notes that a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data for Nov. 28.

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Ontario logs more than 1700 new cases of COVID-19 as positivity rate inches higher – CTV Toronto

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TORONTO —
Ontario is reporting more than 1,700 new COVID-19 infections Monday morning as the province’s positivity rate inches closer to five per cent.

Health officials added 1,746 cases, which is up slightly from the 1,708 infections added a day earlier.

With 39,406 tests completed in the last 24 hours the province’s COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 4.6 per cent, the highest it’s been since last Wednesday. The number of tests processed is down considerably from the province’s daily testing goal of 50,000 which it exceeded for three straight days prior. 

Monday’s report brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in Ontario to 116,492, including deaths and recoveries.

Eight more deaths were recorded in the previous day pushing the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,656.

As well, 1,320 cases are now considered to be resolved by the ministry of health. At least 98,639 people who contracted COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic have since recovered.

Most of the cases added Monday were found in people between the ages of 20 and 39. Those 645 lab-confirmed infections push the case total for that age group to 42,460, the most in the province.

Another 526 cases were reported in people between the ages of 40 and 59 while 234 cases were logged in people 19 years of age and younger.

At least 233 cases were documented in people between the ages of 60 and 79 and 106 cases were found in those 80 years of age and older.  

Toronto reports record number of cases, Windsor-Essex moves to ‘red zone’

A record 622 cases were reported in Toronto , one of two areas currently observing the lockdown measures of the province’s COVID-19 framework.

Peel Region is also under lockdown and reported 390 new cases.

York and Durham regions both reported new case numbers in the triple digits and are currently in the province’s “red zone,” which places a cap on indoor gatherings and non-essential activities.

The City of Hamilton, Halton and Waterloo are also observing the same restrictions and all reported new case numbers in the double digits.

Windsor-Essex reporter 38 new cases and moved into the “red zone” earlier this morning.

There are currently 618 patients in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, 168 are being treated in an intensive care unit and 108 are on a ventilator.

Some 39,000 COVID-19 tests remain under investigation.

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