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COVID-19: 91 new cases reported in B.C. with no deaths – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 1,376 active cases of the disease, of which 62 were being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care.

There were 91 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday and no deaths.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there were now 1,376 active cases of the disease, with 62 people being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care.

The number of active COVID-19 cases peaked at 1,987 on Sept. 21, but dropped the following day to 1,465.

According to the Ministry of Health, this was because Vancouver Coastal Health had not been passing on recovery data to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control over the past month as they were transitioning to a new data collection system.

Fraser Health has the most active cases, at 781, with Vancouver Coastal Health next with 517 cases. Island Health has only eight active cases.

Henry said there were 3,368 people in quarantine under public health monitoring after being potentially exposed to the disease. Of the 8,395 cases that have been reported in B.C., 6,769 have recovered and 227 have died.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility have been declared over,” Henry said, adding there were still outbreaks in nine long-term care or assisted-living homes and five acute-care facilities.

Of the 91 cases reported between on Wednesday, two were in health-care facilities.

“There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events. The outbreak at the Loblaws warehouse has been declared over,” Henry said.

“Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.”

On Wednesday afternoon, parents at Ecole Riverside School in Port Coquitlam were told that there had been a COVID-19 positive person at the school on Sept. 18. They were told that if their child had been exposed they would be notified by Fraser Health.

In Vancouver, parents at Xpey’ Elementary School were told there had been a COVID-sick person at the school on Sept. 10, 14, 15 and 21.

Surrey, the largest school district in B.C., has reported 15 school exposures so far.

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COVID-19 Update: 898 new cases, four deaths over weekend | Elementary school closes temporarily after outbreak confirmed | Active cases hit new high – Calgary Herald

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Elementary school closes temporarily after outbreak confirmed on weekend; sixth Calgary school added to watch list

Coventry Hills School in northeast Calgary switched to online learning Monday because of staffing issues caused by new COVID-19 infections on Monday, October 19, 2020. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

A northeast Calgary elementary school temporarily closed its doors and switched to online learning today after a COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed on the weekend.

In a statement Sunday to parents, Calgary Board of Education superintendent Christopher Usih said Coventry Hills School (K-3) would close on Monday “following the direction of AHS in identifying close contacts related to a positive case.”

While CBE didn’t specify whether the positive case was a student or teacher, Usih said the closure “is solely due to staffing capacity issues.”

The temporary closure would ensure that substitute teachers can be arranged and “all health measures maintained.”

CBE said it would confirm with families by later today on a return to in-person classes on Tuesday.

John G. Diefenbaker became the sixth Calgary school on Alberta Health Services’ watch list on Monday. There are seven cases at the northwest high school, according to advocacy group Support Our Students’ COVID-19 tracker.

At least 98 schools in Calgary have reported a single case since the start of the school year, according to SOS, including 40 schools that have not reported a case in over two weeks.

In communities around Calgary, cases have been reported at four schools in Airdrie, two schools in Chestermere, one school in Langdon and three schools in Okotoks. Cooper’s Crossing School in Airdrie is on watch status, with five or more cases.

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Flu shot appointment line opens this evening – Sault Star

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A flu shot needle is being prepared.

The Algoma Ontario Health Team phone lines open this evening to start booking appointments for this weekend’s flu shots.

The phones will be staffed today from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Appointments will be booked for flu shot clinics this Friday and Saturday.

Individuals who would like to book a flu clinic appointment may call the AlgomaOHT Flu Clinic at 705-759-7486 between 5 pm – 8 pm, the Tuesday or Wednesday before each clinic.

The clinics will operate on Friday’s and Saturday’s, from October 23, 2020 – November 14, 2020. Clinics will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information go to https://youtu.be/026aixf3VL8 .

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Flu shot roll out begins in November – Prince George Citizen

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With COVID-19 still on the loose, Northern Health says it’s now important than ever to get a shot to protect against the spread of the common flu.

And the chance to get one will come as soon as the first week of November when they will be available at most Northern Health flu clinics, pharmacies and doctors offices throughout the region.

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Not only will it keep you from contracting the bug but ease the load on the medical system.

“Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization and death,” Northern Health said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“If influenza spreads rapidly in communities at the same time as COVID-19 – it can overwhelm the healthcare system and put our loved ones at risk. The best protection is to get the flu shot this fall…and stay home if you are sick.”

To find a flu clinic or provider nearest you, visit ImmunizeBC’s website, or call 811.

You’re also urged to make an appointment to reduce line-ups and maintain safe physical distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic maintains its grip.

Downloading the NH Check In app is also helpful. Found at https://www.northernhealth.ca/services/digital-health/nhcheckin, it lets you wait and check in online from your car, home , or office, lets you notify staff once you’ve arrived, without having to come inside the building and reduces the amount of time you spend in waiting rooms.

The shots are free for children, seniors, pregnant people, Indigenous people, those with underlying medical or chronic health conditions and those who work with or come in close contact with higher-risk groups.

For more information about the flu visit northernhealth.ca.

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