COVID-19 trends in Ottawa continue to show improvement following a lower case count on Sunday.
Ottawa Public Health reported 76 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, a lower figure than the 92 new cases reported on Saturday.
The number of active cases continues to fall, as does the weekly per capita rate.
OPH also reported no new deaths in Ottawa for the first time since Jan. 16. There were 17 COVID-19 related deaths reported in Ottawa from Jan. 17 to Jan. 23.
In all, 419 residents of Ottawa have died since the start of the pandemic.
Ontario health officials are reporting 99 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, but the gap between the two health authorities is closing.
Figures from OPH and the province often differ due to different data collection times.
There were 2,417 new cases of COVID-19 reported across Ontario on Sunday. Public Health Ontario also added 50 new deaths provincewide and 2,759 new resolved cases on Sunday.
Since Jan. 16, active cases of COVID-19 have fallen by 27 per cent, the weekly rate of cases per 100,000 residents is down by about 30 per cent and the test positivity rate fell to below 4 per cent.
OTTAWA’S COVID-19 KEY STATISTICS
A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.
A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.
Ottawa Public Health data:
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 61.2 cases
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 3.2 per cent (Jan. 15 – Jan. 21)
- Reproduction number: 0.91 (seven day average)
Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing.
As of Jan. 22, 2021
- Doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 22,981
- Doses received in Ottawa: 25,350
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health says there are 939 people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa right now, down from 988 in Saturday’s update.
The number of active cases peaked at a record 1,286 on Jan. 16.
OPH added 125 new resolved cases to its count, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 11,571.
The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health is reporting 37 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications, one more than on Saturday.
There are six people in intensive care.
Of the people in hospital, one is between 10 and 19 years old, one is in their 40s, eight are in their 50s (one is in the ICU), seven are in their 60s (four are in the ICU), four are in their 70s (one is in the ICU), 10 are in their 80s, and six are 90 or older.
Ontario health officials say 48,947 COVID-19 tests were completed across Ontario on Saturday and 23,995 tests remain under investigation.
The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce does not provide local testing updates on weekends. In its most recent report on Friday, it said labs performed 6,832 on Jan. 21.
The next update from the taskforce will be released Monday afternoon.
COVID-19 CASES BY AGE CATEGORY
- 0-9 years old: Eight new cases (923 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: Eight new cases (1,622 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: 14 new cases (2,756 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: 10 new cases (1,790 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: Six new cases (1,680 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: Seven new cases (1,539 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: Five new cases (943 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: Nine new cases (585 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: Three new cases (653 total cases)
- 90+ years old: Six new cases (435 total cases)
- The ages of three people with COVID-19 are unknown.
COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 15 new cases
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: Zero new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: Five new cases
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: Two new cases
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Zero new cases
- Outaouais region: 23 new cases
Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 41 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.
There are eight active community outbreaks. Two are linked to office workplaces, one is linked to a construction workplace, one is linked to a health workplace, one is linked to a manufacturing/industrial workplace, one is linked to a services workplace, one is linked to a restaurant, and one is linked to a warehouse.
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – Home Child Care – 29101
- Greenboro Children’s Centre
- Little Acorn Early Learning Centre
- Montessori by Brightpath
- Ruddy Family Y Child Care
- Services à l’enfance Grandir Ensemble – La Maisonée – 28627
- Wee Watch Nepean – Home Child Care – 29084
The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Besserer Place
- Centre D’Accueil Champlain
- Colonel By Retirement Home
- Elisabeth Bruyere Residence
- Extendicare Laurier Manor
- Extendicare Medex
- Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
- Extendicare West End Villa
- Forest Hill
- Garden Terrace
- Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home
- Grace Manor Long-term Care Home
- Group Home – 28608
- Group Home – 29045
- Group Home – 29049
- Group Home – 29052
- Madonna Care Community
- Montfort Long-term Care Centre
- Oakpark Retirement Community
- Park Place
- Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
- Peter D. Clark long-term care home
- Richmond Care Home
- Rockcliffe Retirement Residence
- Shelter – 28778
- Shelter – 29413
- Sisters of Charity – Couvent Mont St. Joseph
- St. Patrick’s Home
- Stirling Park Retirement Community
- Supported Independent Living – 29100
- The Ravines Independent Living
- Valley Stream Retirement Residence
- Villa Marconi
- Villagia in the Glebe
A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, a single confirmed, symptomatic case in a staff member, home daycare provider, or child triggers an outbreak.
Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).
If Elon Musk scraps Twitter deal, here's what may happen to the stock – Yahoo Canada Finance
Twitter investors should brace for an all-out crash in the stock price if Tesla CEO Elon Musk abandons his bid for the social media platform, warns one veteran tech analyst.
“In the absence of a bid, we would not be surprised to see the stock find a floor at $22.50,” said Jefferies analyst Brent Thill said Tuesday in a new note to clients. Such a price would be about 40% lower than Twitter’s current trading level.
Musk’s outstanding deal for Twitter is for $54.20 a share.
The path is being cut for that price put forth by Thill for Twitter shares, by Musk’s own doing.
In an early morning Tweet, Musk said “Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%,” adding that “this deal cannot move forward until he does.”
The new tweet from Musk arrives after a tense exchange on the social media platform on Monday.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal wrote a long tweet thread to try to counter Musk’s claims the platform was chock full of fake accounts.
“We suspend over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter,” Agrawal said in the 13-tweet thread. “We also lock millions of accounts each week that we suspect may be spam — if they can’t pass human verification challenges (captchas, phone verification, etc).”
Musk responded with a poop emoji.
Musk, the world’s richest person on paper, then followed up 14 minutes later with: “So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money? This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.”
Thill says Musk is simply trying to negotiate a lower price for Twitter. A fair value for Twitter in light of the rout in tech stocks in recent months would be $42 a share, Thill estimates.
Other analysts on Wall Street think a deal doesn’t get done.
“The chances of a deal ultimately getting done is not looking good now and it’s likely a 60%+ chance from our view Musk ultimately walks from the deal and pays the breakup fee,” Wedbush tech analyst Dan Ives said in a note to clients.
Why You Can’t Just Order Baby Formula From Canada – Lifehacker
With baby formula continuing to be in short supply, parents of infants are looking for creative ways to get their hands on that precious Enfamil—but a simple, seemingly ingenious solution that’s going viral right now will not work as described. The suggestion that’s spreading on Facebook and Twitter advises parents to go to Amazon and change their account’s country from the U.S. to Canada.
The claim is that if you do this, you will be rewarded with all kinds of baby formula-purchasing options—because Canada doesn’t have a major formula shortage. The problem, however, comes when you want to get the formula (or anything else) actually delivered from Amazon Canada. The company will only ship products within Canada, so unless you have a friend in Manitoba, it’s not going to work.
Amazon’s shipping restrictions page says:
Certain restrictions prevent us from shipping certain products to all geographical locations. Restrictions for specific items may require the purchaser to provide additional information in order to ship the item.
You might be able to find a third-party formula shipper on Amazon, but this is expensive in terms of shipping costs, and it might not be legal, depending on the kind of formula being imported.
The FDA’s role in all this
The larger issue of why the U.S. as a nation doesn’t import more baby formula is more complicated than Amazon’s rules. Only about 2% of the U.S.’s formula comes from foreign sources. February’s recall from major manufacturer Abbott threw off our delicate national formula supply chain, and correcting the problem presents some serious challenges.
If it was some other commodity, maybe more could have been imported quickly, but we’re particular about our baby formula. Formula has to meet the FDA’s nutritional standards and other requirements to be sold here. While European brands of formula generally meet or exceed the FDA’s nutritional requirements, (so much so that there’s a black market for foreign formula) the packaging and other aspects of the products are a different story.
The recall and FDA approval is only part of the story—the rest is economics.
Tariffs and dairy protection
In order to protect the U.S. dairy farming industry and U.S. formula manufacturers, the tariff on importing baby formula is set at 17.5% for most kinds of infant formula. The recently revamped NAFTA agreement actually raised the cost of importing Canadian formula, discouraging anyone from building a new plant there, and making it costly to import any excess from Canadian factories.
Light at the end of the tunnel?
While there’s no way to change tariffs quickly, the government is taking other steps to try to end the crisis. The FDA this week announced plans to ease the shortage through loosening up some of its rules (but not the ones covering nutritional requirements), and Abbot today announced its facility should be back online, with new safety standards in place, in a couple weeks.
NS gas prices jump by 9.5 cents – CTV News Atlantic
Tuesday was another record-breaking day for gas prices in Nova Scotia after they jumped by 9.5 cents overnight — just four days after they had reached $2 per litre in some parts of the province.
The minimum price of regular self-serve is now $2.08 per litre in the Halifax area, or Zone 1. The new maximum price is $2.10.
The biggest jump was in Cape Breton, or Zone 6, where the minimum price of regular self-serve gas is now $2.10 per litre. The maximum price is $2.12.
There were long lineups at some Nova Scotia gas stations Monday night after the Utility and Review Board announced that it would invoke its interrupter clause at midnight.
The price of diesel did not change Monday. However, the UARB said Tuesday that it would invoke the interrupter clause, and the price of diesel oil would be adjusted at midnight.
The price of gasoline won’t be affected by the adjustment.
The UARB said the price adjustments are “necessary due to significant shifts in the market price” of gasoline and diesel.
Gas prices are showing no signs of letting up as the average price in Canada tops $2 a litre for the first time.
Natural Resources Canada says the average price across the country for regular gasoline hit $2.06 per litre on Monday for an all-time high.
The average was a nine-cent jump from the $1.97 per litre record set last week, and is up about 30 cents a litre since mid-April.
Gas prices have been climbing steadily since late February when oil spiked to around US$100 a barrel after Russia invaded Ukraine. The price jumped to over US$110 per barrel last week.
Record-high gas prices fuel frustration
When Sam Vatcher saw the price at the pumps in Halifax this morning, she was shocked.
“I don’t know how anyone is going to drive anywhere,” said Vatcher.
The latest prices have SUV driver Bill Foster wondering how he will be able to afford fuel going forward.
“I’ve got to get kids to sports and I’ve got to get kids to school,” said Foster. “Other stuff is going to have to get cut out just to pay for gas.”
In addition to the conflict in Ukraine, gas analyst Patrick Dehaan says the high gas prices are also largely linked to the pandemic.
“Canadians and Americans’ global consumption plummeted along with oil prices,” said Dehaan. “To the degree that oil companies started shutting down production. That was the problem.”
Dehaan said, during the pandemic, oil production went offline. Then, as the economy reopened, Canadians started leaving their homes and travelling more.
“Global demand started going back up,” he explained. “But because of the shutdowns, we very quickly developed an imbalance between supply-and-demand that has grown over time.”
As a result, some feel Canadian consumers will move away from oil and gas in favour of electric vehicles.
Electric vehicle advocate Kurt Sampson says he tells his children every day, “when you are older, and when you grow up it will be the opposite. Everybody will be driving electric vehicles.”
Sampson has an app on his phone that tracks fuel savings. By switching to an electric vehicle and not purchasing gas, he is on pace to have yearly savings in the range of $8,000.
“Electric vehicles are cheaper to own and operate,” said Sampson. “If you do the long-term calculation, not just a sticker price, they will save you money. They are also better for the environment.”
Sampson said drivers are increasingly switching to electric vehicles, and with fuel prices continuing to climb, he expects the trend to increase even more in the coming years.
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