Eleven of those cases are attributed to Monday’s tally, 22 on Sunday and 19 on Saturday. The MLHU also reported a death on Saturday involving a fully vaccinated woman in her 80s, not associated with a long-term care or retirement home.
In total, the MLHU is reporting 13,656 cases with 193 active (a decrease of 16), 13,227 recoveries (an increase of 68), and 236 deaths.
The number of cases involving a variant of concern climbed by 29, all Delta, to 4,090.
The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:
- 3,384 cases of the Alpha variant
- 576 cases of the Delta variant
- 124 cases of the Gamma variant
- two cases of the Beta variant
- one case of the Kappa variant
- one case of the Zeta variant
There are also two cases listed using the old code numbers, one described as B.1.617 and another listed as B.1.617.3.
Further information can be found on the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London.
The test positivity rate in the region was 2.9 per cent for the week of Aug. 29, the same as the week prior.
London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for seven inpatients with COVID-19 as of Monday, a decrease of two from Friday. Five or fewer patients are in adult intensive care.
Five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19 are in Children’s Hospital, with none in pediatric critical care.
Five or fewer staff are currently positive with COVID-19, the organization reported, a decrease from six on Tuesday.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) is reporting one non-outbreak case involving a health-care worker.
The outbreak at McCormick Home, declared Sept. 3, was declared over Sept. 11. It had involved two of its resident home areas: Memory Lane (dedicated dementia care wing) and Evergreen Walk.
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Schools and childcare
The MLHU is reporting cases at the following schools in its jurisdiction:
- École élémentaire La Pommeraie, one case
- École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-Bruyère, three cases
- Hillcrest Public School, one case
- Kensal Park Public School, two cases
- Lambeth Public School, one case
- Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, one case
Vaccinations and testing
As of the end of day Sept. 4, the MLHU says 77.3 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 84.0 per cent have had at least one dose.
MLHU data says, in the last six weeks, one death involved an unvaccinated individual and one involved a fully vaccinated individual. However, five deaths have been recorded in that time.
“First of all, I can tell you that we have a data issue that is being addressed as we speak,” medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie explained Monday.
Mackie says the data includes three dates: the episode date which is when symptoms began, the date of diagnosis, and the date of death.
“When we updated the dashboard last week, the script that was written to do that, unfortunately, accidentally took the episode date as if it were the death date.”
As a result, deaths among individuals who first developed symptoms more than six weeks ago were not included in the latest update.
“The stat about 50 per cent, unfortunately, is not correct. We’ll get that corrected as soon as we can.”
According to the available data, only two hospitalizations, or 6.67 per cent of hospitalizations, involved individuals who were fully vaccinated.
As for reported cases in general, 16.97 per cent (or 139 of 819 cases) involved people who were fully vaccinated and 16.0 per cent (or 131 cases) were partially vaccinated.
On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country; transportation support for those in need; and more.
Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.
Of the 600 cases reported Monday:
- 338 were among unvaccinated individuals
- 44 among partially vaccinated people
- 125 among fully vaccinated people
- 43 had vaccination status “unknown”
According to Monday’s report, 114 cases were recorded in Toronto, 84 in Peel Region, 67 in York Region, 59 in Ottawa, 47 in Windsor-Essex, 32 in Niagara Region and 30 in Waterloo Region. All other health units reported fewer than 30 cases.
Four new deaths were also reported Monday. Ontario reported 289 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19.
Among Ontarians eligible for immunization, 78.1 per cent are fully immunized and 84.4 per cent have had at least one dose.
Elgin and Oxford
Southwestern Public Health reported 28 cases from Saturday to Monday and also removed one case from its total tally due to data cleaning, for a total of:
- 4,158 total cases (an increase of 27)
- 50 active cases (an increase of nine)
- 4,023 recoveries (an increase of 18)
- 85 deaths
- 1,063 variant of concern cases, with 769 Alpha, 239 Delta (an increase of 27) and 55 Beta or Gamma
The most recent death was reported Aug. 31 and involved a woman in her 80s from Oxford County.
Of the 50 active cases, 12 are in Woodstock, 10 in St. Thomas, nine in South-West Oxford, and seven in Aylmer. Per-municipality case counts for the pandemic can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Four people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with one in the ICU.
There are no active institutional outbreaks, the health unit says.
The region’s test positivity rate was 2.0 per cent for the week of Aug. 29, up from 1.0 per cent for the week of Aug. 22.
As of Sept. 12, SWPH says 77.7 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated while 83.8 per cent have had at least one dose.
Information on where to get vaccinated, vaccine eligibility and booking and cancelling appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.
The immunization clinic at the Memorial Arena in St. Thomas has now reopened at 1230 Talbot St.
People can add their names on a weekly basis to the health unit’s same-day vaccination list, also known as the Cancellation List. Select pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots.
Huron and Perth
On Monday, Huron Perth Public Health reported:
- 2,087 total cases (an increase of eight from Friday)
- 31 active cases (a decrease of one)
- 1,993 recoveries (an increase of eight)
- 63 deaths (an increase of one)
- 419 variant of concern cases (an increase of four)
Of the 31 active cases, eight are in Stratford, five in Perth East, and three each in South Huron, North Perth, Perth South and West Perth. Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Four people are listed as hospitalized as of Monday, unchanged from Friday.
There is still one active case involving a health-care worker.
A outbreak declared Aug. 20 involving Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East remains active and involves a total of 12 cases with seven among residents and five among staff as of Monday. At least four deaths are associated with the outbreak.
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board lists cases at its schools on its website. The Avon-Maitland District School Board also lists cases at its schools on its website (under #3. Active Cases of COVID-19 in AMDSB Schools).
The region’s test positivity rate was 2.2 per cent for the week of Aug. 29, up from an adjusted 1.8 per cent for the week of Aug. 22.
HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Sept. 13, 75.7 per cent of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 81.8 per cent have had at least one dose.
Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.
Information on pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.
Sarnia and Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported 15 cases from Saturday to Monday:
- 3,725 cases (up 15 from Friday)
- 29 active (an increase of 10)
- 3,627 recoveries (an increase of five)
- 69 deaths
- 544 variant of concern cases (an increase of four)
There are no active outbreaks reported by LPH.
The most recent test positivity rate was 0.81 per cent for the week of Aug. 29, down from 1.24 per cent for the week of Aug. 22.
Of those aged 12 and older, 73.7 per cent are fully vaccinated and 79.2 per cent have at least one dose.
Bluewater Health says it currently has one patient hospitalized with COVID-19.
Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.
Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.
Information on pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.
— with files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? – Delta-Optimist
Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?
Experts say there’s no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it’s more contagious.
Delta’s ability to spread more easily makes it more of a risk to children and underscores the need for masks in schools and vaccinations for those who are old enough, said Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Weekly infection rates among U.S. children earlier this month topped 250,000, surpassing the wintertime peak, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association. Since the pandemic began, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19.
The delta variant has been identified in at least 180 countries, according to the World Health Organization. In many of them, the spike in infections has also meant an increase in hospitalizations in young children and teens.
In the U.S., the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 was less than 2 per 100,000 children in late August and early September — similar to the peak last winter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the portion of kids hospitalized with severe disease hasn’t changed significantly.
The sheer numbers can make it seem like children are getting sicker with the delta variant, but experts say that does not appear to be the case. Most infected kids have mild infections or no symptoms and do not need to be hospitalized.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide protection against delta. Among children 12 and older — who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations — the weekly hospitalization rate in July was 10 times higher for the unvaccinated than those who have had the shots, CDC data show.
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Data from 3 major hospital systems reveals how many COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated – Bring Me The News
While the COVID vaccines are shown to be effective albeit not bulletproof at preventing infection from the virus, their effectiveness at preventing hospitalization and death is much greater.
Four Minnesota healthcare institutions provided specific data that shows the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are fully vaccinated, and how many are unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated.
Allina Health, which has 14 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, reports that almost four out of five COVID-19 patients hospitalized through Sept. 20 were unvaccinated.
Its data show that of 176 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 20, 32 were in the ICU and 21 required a ventilator. Hospitalized patients who were fully vaccinated represented 22.7% of the total, and just 15.6% of the ICU cases and 9.5% of the cases with a ventilator.
HealthPartners, which has nine hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, told Bring Me The News that it has cared for 338 COVID-19 patients in the past 30 days and 53 of them (15.7%) were fully vaccinated.
“Of those 53 patients, only six required intensive care, two needed the support of a ventilator and nobody died. Year-to-date, 6.3% of hospitalized patients have been fully vaccinated,” a spokesperson from HealthPartners said.
Sanford Health, which operates 22 regional hospitals, is reporting that 10.1% of all COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 21 were fully vaccinated. Only two of 45 in the ICU and one of 34 patients on a ventilator were fully vaxxed,
More of the same from CentraCare, which operates eight hospitals in the region. The latest data provided Thursday (it changes daily and even hourly) had six of 67 COVID-19 inpatients documented as fully vaccinated.
To recap, that’s four major hospital systems that are reporting between 9% and 22% of all COVID-19 patients being fully vaccinated, with even lower percentages of vaccinated patients in the ICU or on a ventilator.
“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be our best tool in stopping the spread of infection and preventing serious illness and death,” the HealthPartners spokesperson said.
Bring Me The News has requested vaccinated and unvaccinated ratios from other major providers, including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Hennepin Healthcare and Essentia Health.
330 people are in BC hospitals with COVID-19 – MY PG NOW
B.C. is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19, 117 in Northern Health, 153 in Interior Health.
There are 5,697 active cases in the province, of those cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care.
The north has 977 active cases, and the interior has 1,181.
87.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a vaccine and 79.9% received their second dose.
The new/active cases include:
* 377 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 1,932
* 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 909
* 153 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 1,181
* 117 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 977
* 71 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 654
* no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: 44
There were five new deaths reported, one was in Northern Health.
From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5% of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6% of hospitalizations.
Past week cases (Sept. 15-21) – Total 4,417
* Not vaccinated: 2,996 (67.8%)
* Partially vaccinated: 342 (7.7%)
* Fully vaccinated: 1,079 (24.4%)
Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 8-21) – Total 437
* Not vaccinated: 327 (74.8%)
* Partially vaccinated: 34 (7.8%)
* Fully vaccinated: 76 (17.4%)
Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 15-21)
* Not vaccinated: 289.0
* Partially vaccinated: 87.9
* Fully vaccinated: 27.0
Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 8-21)
* Not vaccinated: 46.5
* Partially vaccinated: 13.3
* Fully vaccinated: 1.8
After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.
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