VICTORIA — British Columbia’s provincial health officer says COVID-19 cases are rising on Vancouver Island, in the Interior and in the North as people take the illness with them when they travel from the Lower Mainland.
The province reached another peak on Tuesday, reporting 717 new cases and 11 deaths, meaning 310 people have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic started.
A joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix urges people to work together to stay small and stay local to help slow the spread of the illness.
Almost 11,000 people are under active public health monitoring because they’ve been exposed to a confirmed case, while 16,469 people who tested positive have recovered.
Most of the new cases are still being diagnosed in the Fraser Health region at 484 on Tuesday and Vancouver Coastal at 177, although another 21 people have tested positive in the Northern Health region, along with 18 in the Interior and 16 people on the Island.
An outbreak has been declared at one more long-term care home, meaning outbreaks are ongoing at more than four dozen such health-care facilities.
The joint statement says the biggest impact people can make is through small actions every day.
“Just as we put on our jackets to keep us warm in the rain and snow, so too are our COVID-19 safety layers there to protect all of us. Washing your hands, keeping a safe distance and always wearing a mask in places where you are around people you don’t know — these things make a difference,” the statement says.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.
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19 test positive for COVID-19 at Toronto's Thorncliffe Park Public School – Toronto Sun
Eighteen students and a staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at an east-end Toronto elementary school.
A spokesman for the Toronto District School Board says the staff and students at Thorncliffe Park Public School were tested for the virus as part of a new pilot project.
Ryan Bird says 14 classes have been asked to self-isolate, but the school will remain open.
In a letter to parents sent Sunday night, the school principal says that’s because four per cent of the school tested positive, compared to a 16 per cent positivity rate in the broader Thorncliffe Park community.
He says he understands the cases are worrisome, but notes the school is actively monitoring the situation and communicating with Toronto Public Health.
The Ontario government announced Thursday that it was introducing voluntary testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff at schools in regions with high infection rates.
The expanded testing will be provided for four weeks in schools in Toronto, Peel and York regions, and Ottawa. Those who show symptoms or have been exposed to a COVID-19 case should continue to stay home and get tested at an assessment centre, the province said.
COVID-19 Update: Alberta reports 1,608 new cases on Sunday | Nine new deaths | 95 people in ICU – Calgary Herald
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The province also recorded 29 more deaths related to the virus since its last daily update.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 566 of the new cases are in Toronto, and 516 are in Peel Region.
Both regions were placed in the grey or “lockdown” stage of the province’s pandemic plan on Monday, but officials have said it could take at least two weeks to see any improvements related to the tougher restrictions.
Another 145 of the new infections are in York Region, with 105 and 102 in Waterloo and Hamilton, respectively.
Today’s numbers show that 595 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, an increase of 54 since yesterday.
The province says 155 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units at this time, and 99 are on ventilators.
It says nearly 55,100 tests were completed since the last report, and 1,510 more cases are considered resolved.
– The Canadian Press
With its high concentration of essential workers, northeast Calgary vulnerable to COVID-19
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said that as someone raised in northeast Calgary who lives there to this day, the torrent of cases feels personal.
Many people living in the region have working-class jobs at places like grocery stores, warehouses and continuing-care centres, he said.
“These are my neighbours. And I get frustrated when people say, ‘We have to protect the economy at the expense of mental health because we have to protect the poor and vulnerable,’ because many of my neighbours work in essential services,” Nenshi said.
‘Long-term care facilities are at a breaking point’: Calls for action as more deaths linked to Alberta continuing care centres – Global News
COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths at Alberta’s long term care centres are causing alarm among doctors and families.
On Sunday, Alberta Health Services announced nine additional deaths linked to the virus. Eight of those deaths were at continuing care, long-term care or retirement centres.
Alberta Health has been notified of 41 cases linked to the outbreak at Clifton Manor in southeast Calgary, and a man in his 80s who was connected to the outbreak died Sunday.
“The people who are in these facilities who are truly vulnerable — we have again disregarded,” said David Cowling, whose brother Donald has been living at Clifton Manor for a year-and-a-half.
Donald was recently transferred to a Calgary hospital because of medical issues. Cowling said his brother is well enough to go back to Clifton Manor but there’s an outbreak in his unit.
“Society has paid a tremendous price for this and yet we haven’t protected the vulnerable. That’s the irony in all of this,” Cowling said.
“I think it has been outrageous, how this has been handled.”
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine assistant professor Dr. Tehseen Ladha said hospital bed capacity is being affected by the outbreaks in long term care facilities.
“The situation is so dire in these long-term care facilities and it’s not getting a lot of attention,” Ladha said.
“We are basically taking up many hospital beds just because long-term care facilities are at a breaking point where they have no staff.
“They have COVID outbreaks and they simply can’t manage and they can’t accept residents back to the facilities.”
The president of the Brenda Strafford Foundation, which operates Clifton Manor, Conroy said the province should have brought in tougher restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.
“I think what is required is the circuit breaker approach. Respecting the economic impact of the pandemic but if you just saw the information over the weekend in terms of shopping, the ski hills, the (anti-mask) rallies etc., I’m not sure it’s enough to influence behavior,” Conroy said.
He said asymptomatic testing has been “incredibly effective.”
“Over three-quarters of the positive cases we have found have been asymptomatic which is an incredibly high number,” Conroy said.
Conroy is concerned there is a bias when in comes to the age of the people who are dying from COVID-19. In Alberta, the average age is 82.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s explicit; it’s implicit systemic ageism. I find that to be very unfortunate,” he said.
“We know who the most vulnerable in our society is based on the learning from the first wave of the pandemic and I think we could’ve done more to prevent the vulnerability of those in continuing care centers.”
On Sunday, AHS said one person has died and there are 11 active cases linked to an outbreak at Generations Calgary — a combined long term care and supportive living facility in the northeast end of the city.
Alberta Health has been notified of 110 cases linked to the COVID outbreak at Mount Royal Revera in Calgary. There are six active cases, 93 recovered and 11 people have died.
Cowling is calling for more resources, including more asymptomatic testing, to be provided to continuing care centres.
“There’s no reason for why this should be happening. There’s no reason why all of the suffering that we as a society have had to take to deal with. We didn’t even put in remotely the adequate resources to protect the vulnerable,” Cowling said.
There are a total of 45 outbreaks in Calgary zone long term care and supportive living facilities and 47 in the Edmonton Zone.
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