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COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. rise to 18-week high – Kamsack Times

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The number of British Columbians in hospital with COVID-19 rose by five to an 18-week high of 63 on September 15, with 20 of those people in intensive care units.

The vast majority of the 1,590 people who have active infections of the novel coronavirus are self-isolating at home, while 5,548 of the 7,376 people who have caught the virus in the province this year have recovered.

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Some good news is that there were no new deaths related to the virus, meaning that the province’s death toll from COVID-19 stays at 219.

Data is not available on whether 19 people who were infected with the virus in B.C. recovered or died, with one likely explanation being that they left the province and did not keep B.C. health officials up to date on their status.

The BC Centre for Disease Control identified 97 new cases in the province in the past 24 hours.

The total number of COVID-19 infections in the province by health region are:
• 2,608 in Vancouver Coastal Health (up 51);
• 3,784 in Fraser Health (up 30);
• 195 in Island Health (no change);
• 479 in Interior Health (up six);
• 225 in Northern Health (up nine); and
• 85 people who reside outside Canada (up one).

B.C.’s provincial health officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that 3,001 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

“There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at OPAL by Element in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,” the two said.

“In total, 11 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks. There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.”

The 11 assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are:
• OPAL by Element assisted living facility in Vancouver;
• Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility in Vancouver (second outbreak);
• Bear Creek Villa independent living facility in Surrey;
• Cherington Place long-term care facility in Surrey;
• Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility in Surrey;
• KinVillage assisted living facility in Tsawwassen;
• Milieu Children and Family Services Society community-living facility in Courtenay;
• New Vista Care Home long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• Normanna long-term care facility in Burnaby; and
• Rideau Retirement Centre independent living facility in Burnaby.

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Quebec reports 698 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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That’s the highest single-day count since May 21.

Quebec has recorded 698 new cases of COVID-19 — the highest single-day count since May 21 — bringing the province’s total to 71,005 as of Saturday.

Seven new deaths have been reported, all of which occurred between Sept. 19 and 24. The province’s death toll now stands at 5,821.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 18, for a total of 217. Of those, 33 were in intensive care.

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Quebec reports 698 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths – The Sudbury Star

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That’s the highest single-day count since May 21.

Quebec has recorded 698 new cases of COVID-19 — the highest single-day count since May 21 — bringing the province’s total to 71,005 as of Saturday.

Seven new deaths have been reported, all of which occurred between Sept. 19 and 24. The province’s death toll now stands at 5,821.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 18, for a total of 217. Of those, 33 were in intensive care.

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Students to go into isolation after 1st COVID-19 outbreak declared at Toronto school – CBC.ca

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Toronto Public Health has asked two classes of elementary students to go into isolation after it declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the school this week.

Two students have tested positive for the virus at Glen Park Public School, 101 Englemount Ave., near Lawrence Avenue West and Bathurst Street, in North York. The school runs from kindergarten to grade six.

The two infected students have been isolated to recover from their illness.

Of the classes that have been asked to go into isolation, one has 17 students while the other has 18 students, Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health told reporters at a city hall briefing on Friday.

All of the students have been asked to go home as they remain in isolation for 14 days. A teacher is isolating as well.

Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board, said in an email to CBC Toronto on Saturday that the students are in split grade 5/6 classes.

“At this point, Glen Park is the only outbreak at the TDSB,” Bird said.

According to De Villa, an school outbreak is defined by the province as at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 14-day period and with a link to a school setting.

“One of the realities of living in a world with COVID-19 is that there will be cases in schools,” de Villa said on Friday.

“Today’s news is expected. I expect there will be similar announcements in the future and you can be confident the steps developed to manage the situation and reduce the risk of spread will be followed.”

Parents have been notified in writing.

De Villa said the school is following all infection prevention and control measures closely. These measures include requiring students and staff to wear masks and enhanced cleaning of the school.

For a complete list of COVID-19 cases at TDSB schools, the board has created a COVID-19 Advisories webpage.

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