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COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 800 new cases; new Burnaby immunization centre; restaurant exposure event; and more – The Georgia Straight

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Although B.C. didn’t set a new record high like yesterday, the new case count remained above 800.

Active cases and monitored people also continued to increase in numbers but hospitalized cases decreased slightly.

With a long weekend upon us, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said now is not the time for travel, which she said is high risk. In addition, she emphasized that it remains important for everyone to remain within their social bubbles and to practice health measures.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix emphasized that now is not about mistakes that people have made; what people didn’t do, failed to do, or should have done; or “who lead the spread”. Rather, he said it’s about what we can do, must do, and will do, and that everyone has to “unite in the fight to stop the spread”.

While many examples have arisen of people resisting health measures in public with displays of anger, physical violence, and more, a male cyclist was reported to have attempted to assault an antimasker, who was in a vehicle.

Parksville Qualicum Beach News reported that the incident took place on March 27 during an anti-mask rally on Main Street.

A video captures a man picking up and swinging his bicycle several times at a vehicle with an antimasker passenger, who was using a megaphone to tell people that they are part of a “psychological experiment”. After the cyclist smashes the vehicle window, he leaves. 

Officers arrested the 52-year-old man with the bicycle and are recommending charges of mischief and assault with a weapon.

Henry announced that there are 832 new cases in B.C. today.

That includes, by region:

  • 388 new cases in Fraser Health (47 percent);
  • 310 in Vancouver Coastal Health (37 percent);
  • 53 in Island Health (six percent);
  • 42 in Interior Health (five percent);
  • 39 in Northern Health (five percent);
  • no one from outside of Canada.

Currently, there are 7,571 active cases, which is an increase of 166 more cases since yesterday.

Hospitalized cases dropped by five cases, to a current total of 296 people in hospitals today. That includes 79 patients in intensive care units (one less person since yesterday).

Public health is monitoring 11,608 people (due to exposures to confirmed cases)—an increase of 140 people. 

Unfortunately, Henry announced there have been five new COVID-19-related deaths over the past day. Dix said that includes three people in Northern Health, one person in Fraser Health, and one person in Vancouver Coastal Health.

That brings the cumulative total to 1,463 people who have died during the pandemic.

A total of 91,732 people have now recovered, which includes 91,732 recoveries since yesterday.

During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 100,880 cases. By region, that includes: 

  • 58,158 cases in Fraser Health (58 percent);
  • 24,540 in Vancouver Coastal Health (24 percent);
  • 8,587 in Interior Health (nine percent);
  • 6,043 in Northern Health (six percent);
  • 3,377 in Island Health (three percent);
  • 175 people from outside of Canada (less than one percent).

Henry announced that there are 90 new confirmed variant cases over the past two days (there was a data delay yesterday), which raises the total to 2,643 cases.

Out of these total cases, 192 are currently active and Henry said there are 35 people with variants in hospitals.

The total includes:

  • 2,214 cases of the B117 (U.K.) variant (80 new cases);
  • 379 cases of the P1 (Brazil) variant (nine new cases);
  • 50 cases of the B1351 (South Africa) variant (one more case).

Henry said that most of the P1 variant, which is one of the variants that Henry said they are concerned about, are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

So far, 787,549 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-SII vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 87,394 of those are second doses.

Fraser Health announced today that it will open a new, larger drive-through testing and immunization centre at the British Columbia Institute of Technology campus in Burnaby. This new centre will replace the existing COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre located at 6110 Boundary Road.

This new centre will opening on April 19, and can expand from six to 10 lanes to increase capacity for testing and immunization.

Once again, the good news is that there aren’t new healthcare or community outbreaks.

In an update on the outbreak at Vernon Jubilee Hospital announced yesterday, Interior Health stated today that two staff members have now tested positive, in addition to the three patients that had previously tested positive.

Vancouver Coastal Health has lifted restrictions at UBC Hospital’s Koerner Pavilion that were placed on March 11.

Fraser Health listed a public exposure event at Browns Socialhouse Panorama (15260 56th Avenue) during the following times:

  • 5 to 11 p.m. on March 23 and 24;
  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 25 and 26;
  • 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on March 27.

Loblaw added four stores to its list of locations with staff members who have tested positive.

Two stores were Real Canadian Superstore locations:

  • two employees who last worked on March 19 and 27 at the 2155 Ferry Avenue store in Prince George;
  • two employees who last worked on March 27 at 32136 Lougheed Highway store in Mission.

Three staff members who tested positive last worked on March 22, 26, and 28 at Sewak’s Your Independent Grocer (8200 Bear Paw Trail) in Whistler.

At Shoppers Drug Mart (590 Highway 33 West) in Kelowna, an employee who tested positive last worked there on March 29.

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study – Hindustan Times

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study

  • A new study finds that more mental health support is needed for pregnant people during the pandemic after it was found that nearly three-quarters of individuals who were pregnant during this time reported moderate to high levels of distress. 
ANI | , Toronto [canada]
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:18 AM IST

A team of researchers suggested that more mental health support is needed for pregnant individuals after a survey found nearly three-quarters of individuals who had been pregnant during the pandemic reported moderate to high levels of distress, and one in five experienced depressive symptoms.

The findings of the study appeared in the journal titled ‘Canadian Family Physician’.

The researchers, led by clinicians at Unity Health Toronto, surveyed nearly 1,500 participants online – 87 per cent of whom were Canadian – who had been pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 69 per cent of respondents reported moderate to high levels of distress and 20 per cent had depressive symptoms.

“The high levels of distress highlight the importance of considering mental health centrally in support for this population,” said Dr Tali Bogler, study lead author and family physician and chair of family medicine obstetrics at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto.

“The findings also highlight the overall impact the pandemic has had on families in general and the downstream impact this will have,” added Dr Bogler.

A limitation of the study was that it did not have comparable data on distress levels among pregnant people prior to the pandemic. However, a population-based survey conducted in Japan before the pandemic found 28 to 32 per cent of pregnant people reported distress.

Researchers also sought to learn more about what the common sources of concern were for expectant parents during the pandemic. Participants were provided with a list of 27 concerns and asked to indicate their level of concern for each issue.

The top five concerns during pregnancy included: hospital policies regarding support persons in labour; not being able to introduce their baby to loved ones; getting sick from Covid-19 while pregnant; not being able to rely on family or friends after labour for support; and conflicting medical information on Covid-19 in pregnancy and newborns, especially early in the pandemic.

There were differences in the concerns of first-time and second/third-time parents. First-time parents were more concerned about the cancellation of in-person prenatal classes and hospital tours, whereas second/third-time parents were more concerned about the transmission of Covid-19 from older children in the home.

The authors said that family physicians are well placed to support perinatal mental health and can engage in screening practices and offer appropriate treatment, such as counselling, public health nursing, and psychiatric appointments. They also recommend hospitals better utilize technology to help address parents’ concerns by arranging more virtual check-ins and hospital tours and provide more online resources with evidence-based information on Covid-19 relevant to expectant and new parents.

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“Clinicians and hospital administrators need to explore innovative ways to increase perinatal support,” said Dr Bogler, who is also one of the leads of the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide, a virtual platform that provides medical information on pregnancy and Covid-19 and helps form a community for expecting parents during the pandemic. 

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B.C. reports 66 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health, two deaths – CHEK

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British Columbia health officials have reported 661 new cases and seven deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Tuesday.

In the Island Health region, 66 new cases were reported, increasing the number of active cases in the health authority to 615, along with two deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 168,459 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,873.

READ MORE: B.C. introducing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers

In addition to the new cases in Island Health, 99 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 237 were in Fraser Health, 196 in Interior Health, and 62 in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,791 active cases in the province and 288 people in hospital — 137 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 168,459 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,643,973 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide. Out of all eligible adults in the province, 79.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine and 86.7 per cent have received one dose.

The Ministry of Health said that 76.5 per cent of cases recorded Sept. 7-13 were in people who have not been vaccinated. Unvaccinated people have also accounted for 87.3 per cent of hospitalizations, the ministry said.

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Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

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