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COVID-19 cases in Haldimand-Norfolk still climbing – St. Thomas Times-Journal

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The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit reported Friday its 50th death since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The resident had been living in the community prior to their passing. The resident was unvaccinated.

No other details were released.

The death, the second in the area in the past week, comes as new COVID-19 cases climbed higher for the fourth straight day in Haldimand-Norfolk.

The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit reported Friday 16 new cases over the past 24 hours. There have now been 41 new cases this week including four from Tuesday, eight from Wednesday and 13 from Thursday.

For the week ending Oct. 31 there were 42 total cases. There are still three more days left to report for this week.

Active cases have also jumped again. There were 41 active cases to start the week and on Friday, the HNHU reported 67 active cases.

Since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, there have been 3,098 confirmed cases in the area with 2,975 of those resulting in recovered cases.

The two communities have recorded 49 deaths since the start the pandemic, including one that was reported on Friday. There have been seven others who tested positive but died from complications attributed to other illnesses.

The HNHU has administered 145,758 doses of the vaccine and there are now 64,601 people who have completed their vaccine series.

The total number of doses administered in Haldimand-Norfolk is 173,119. Some residents of the area have received a dose outside of the HNHU.

In total, 87.2 per cent of the population aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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The percentage of people who are fully vaccinated sits at 83.9. The percentage of the population that has received one dose is at 3.3 while the percentage of people who have yet to receive a dose is 12.8.

The health unit notes that data on vaccinations can be delayed up to 48 hours.

The following are a list of clinics where vaccines are being administered:

  • Norfolk General Hospital, Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (walk-ins accepted until 2 p.m.)
  • Vittoria Community Centre, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In preparation for potential expansion of third doses, the HNHU is preparing for a short-term mass immunization clinic at Caledonia’s Riverside Exhibition Centre.

Those who can’t get to a vaccine clinic can call 519-427-5903 to request free transportation.

There is also a homebound service for individuals who have difficulty leaving their homes. That program involves two healthcare professionals visiting homes and administering first and second doses in Haldimand and Norfolk.

Visit www.hnhu.org/homeboundvax or call 519-427-5903 for more information on the program.

Visit www.hnhu.org/covid19vaccine/ for more information and for full details about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties and covid-19.ontario.ca/ for more information on the rollout in Ontario.

An outbreak was declared on Wednesday at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital involving six residents and one staff member.

There is also an ongoing outbreak at Waterford’s St. Bernard of Clairvaux School where there have been four cases over the past week, including one on Tuesday.

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An outbreak at McKinnon Park Secondary School from last week was declared over on Thursday.

There was one case reported on Wednesday at Langton School and on Monday there was a case reported at Valley Heights Secondary School.

On Friday, Public Health Ontario reported 563 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours. The last time there were more than 500 new infections in the province was back on Oct. 10 when there were 535 cases recorded.

Ontario’s seven-day rolling average is now at 404, up from 355 a week ago.

Among the cases, 314 are from individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.

There were five deaths reported Friday and the number of people in the province who have died as a result of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic is 9,896.

Approximately 88 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 84 per cent have received two shots.

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COVID-19 shows up in Canadian wildlife for first time with three Quebec deer infected – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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OTTAWA – For the first time, the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Canadian wildlife.

Environment Canada says the virus was detected late last month in three wild white-tailed deer in Quebec.

The department says the deer all appeared healthy and showed no clinical signs of COVID-19.

The discovery follows recent reports of the virus spreading among white-tailed deer in the United States.

There has so far been no known transmission of COVID-19 from deer to humans and Environment Canada says it remains “largely a disease of human concern and typically spreads from human to human.”

Still, until more is known, it says anyone exposed to respiratory tissues and fluids from deer should wear a well-fitting mask and avoid splashing of fluids as much as possible.

COVID-19 has infected multiple species of animals, including dogs, cats, farmed mink and zoo animals. But this is the first time in Canada that it has spilled over into wildlife.

Deer in the Estrie region of Quebec were sampled Nov. 6 to 8. The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease confirmed the virus in three of them on Monday. The World Organisation for Animal Health was notified on Wednesday.

“As this is the first detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife in Canada, information on the impacts and spread of the virus in wild deer populations is currently limited,” Environment Canada said in a news release Wednesday.

“This finding emphasizes the importance of ongoing surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife to increase our understanding about SARS-CoV-2 on the human-animal interface.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2021.

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KFL&A reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 304 active – Globalnews.ca

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The Kingston region is once again over the 300 active cases mark, as Wednesday’s 34 new cases bring the daily active case count to 304.

Of the new cases, 10 are in the five-to-11 age group.

Nineteen people remain in hospital, with 11 of those cases are in the intensive care unit. Six people are on ventilators.

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COVID-19 — Influx of cases causing strain on Kingston hospitals

The cases per 100,000 over the past week is up slightly to 104.7, from 102.8 Tuesday.

The rise in cases locally has also forced the postponing of at least one local event. The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes was scheduled to have its grand opening on Dec. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have significant impacts throughout our communities, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is committed to supporting the community through this time of heightened risk and uncertainty,” the Marine Museum said in a statement Wednesday.

“We consider the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors paramount.”


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Roussin takes aim at HIV stigma – Brandon Sun

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Wednesday was World AIDS Day and the province is getting behind the message to end the stigma of the disease.

There were 117 new cases of HIV identified in the province in 2020, slightly fewer than in 2019.

“Even though there are fewer cases, there was also significantly less testing,” Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said Wednesday.

“Around 25 per cent of people with HIV are unaware they have it, and that can contribute to the spread.”

The stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS continues to be a significant public health issue in the province. Roussin said the populations most at risk are also facing problems of accessibility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roussin urged people who may be at risk to get regular testing and speak to their health-care providers regarding prevention, testing and treatment options.

All these services are confidential and free of charge.

Those living with HIV are also encouraged to stay connected to care and treatments.

Roussin said it is considered a chronic infection and there are effective treatments for HIV, with many being able to get the virus level down to undetectable levels and minimizing risk of transmitting it to other people.

» The Brandon Sun

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