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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec should have dealt with school ventilation earlier, Dubé admits – Montreal Gazette

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Quebec has recorded 1,378 new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest provincial update, published this morning.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases is now 1,230.

Twenty-two new deaths were reported today, including six over the past 24 hours. Another 16 occurred between Nov. 4 and 9.

Thirty-nine more people are in hospital with COVID-19, for a total of 573.

Among those in hospital, 84 are in intensive care – two more than the previous day.

On Monday, Quebec conducted 24,198 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 118,529 cases and 6,515 deaths linked to COVID-19.


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Horacio Arruda gets a communications coach

The province’s director of public health, Horacio Arruda, is getting a communications coach to help him handle COVID-19 media briefings.

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COVID-19 clusters identified at Windsor Regional, Hotel-Dieu Grace hospitals – Windsor Star

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Visits to the floor are not allowed until further notice.

“Both hospitals continue to work with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to investigate the circumstances of the cluster and we will provide an update when more details become available,” the Windsor Regional release says.

HDGH says the patients in its affected unit are all being tested and staff who worked in the unit are being offered testing. In addition, the hospital is closing the unit to new admissions, enhancing cleaning, reinforcing the importance of PPE use and consistent hand-washing, and suspending a visitation program in the unit that allows designated family members to help with care.

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Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said the health unit is working closely with hospital officials to investigate the clusters. Due to privacy concerns, he said, the health unit is “unable to disclose publicly any further details about the cases or the number of close contacts at the hospitals.”

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(2) Covid-19 hit 7 members of one family. Now they're speaking out so others don't go through the same pain. – CNN

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Medical workers are seen inside the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on November 11.
Medical workers are seen inside the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on November 11. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Two hospital systems gave Thanksgiving updates on their coronavirus caseloads, both saying that cases are rising in their hospitals but expressing confidence in their ability to deal with the increasing case load.

One hospital system said, the situation now is “nothing approaching what we experienced in March,” and another system echoing that saying they are “well within our ability to handle.” 

Mt. Sinai healthcare system’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vicki LoPachin, said in a note Wednesday, that coronavirus cases continue to rise across the Mt. Sinai health system but that the current number of cases “is still within our projections, and well within our ability to handle.”

 “Our COVID-19 inpatient census remains at less than 10 percent of what we saw at the peak in the spring,” LoPachin said. “And we do not believe we will ever see anything close to those prior numbers.”

Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which is also affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian’s hospital system, said in a message Thursday that the new Covid-19 case curve is “unequivocally positive” but nothing approaching “what we experienced in March.”

Smith’s candid updates during the heat of the coronavirus crisis in New York gained a large following in the spring. 

Smith said NYP and CU have a “meticulous plan” for staffing changes if the surge in cases increases quickly, and that at this time, the systems are not close to a level where non-urgent surgeries would need to be canceled in order to deal with an influx of cases.

Smith also said the institutions are in the process of planning “thorough plans” for vaccine distribution.

On Wednesday morning, the system had 157 Covid-19-positive patients admitted to their hospitals, 25 of whom were in critical care.

LoPachin warned Mt. Sinai healthcare workers to “relax, recharge and prepare for the work ahead” as coronavirus case numbers are expected to increase, as some ignore warnings against gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We know that many people will ignore the warnings and gather unsafely with their families tomorrow, and that the patients with new COVID-19 infections resulting from those gatherings will arrive in our hospitals in the next few weeks,” LoPachin said. “Your family needs you, your colleagues need you, and your patients need you, now more than ever.”

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Queen's Park and Ottawa butt heads over COVID-19 vaccine timeline – CityNews Toronto

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  1. Queen’s Park and Ottawa butt heads over COVID-19 vaccine timeline  CityNews Toronto
  2. November 27 coronavirus news  CNN International
  3. Ottawa outlines its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan  CBC News: The National
  4. Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days’ time  The Guardian
  5. Frankfurt pharma hub prepares for Covid vaccine task  Bangkok Post
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