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COVID-19: New exposures on flights to, from Delhi, Hong Kong, Amsterdam – Vancouver Sun

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Five more B.C. flights to and from international and domestic cities have been added to a COVID-19 exposure list.

The addition, announced Tuesday evening, means an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19 was on board. In some cases, row information is also provided.

The five latest flights include:

• Aug 12: Air India 1143, Delhi to Vancouver

• Aug 14: WestJet 196, Victoria to Calgary

• Aug 17: Air Canada 106, Vancouver to Toronto, Row 20 to 26

• Aug 18: Air Canada 007, Vancouver to Hong Kong, Row 21 to 27

• Aug 21: KLM 681, Amsterdam to Vancouver

Those who were on the flights, particularly those in the affected rows, should monitor for symptoms and contact a health-care professional at the first onset of symptoms and self-isolate immediately.

By law, anyone arriving in B.C. from outside Canada is required to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms over a period of 14 days from their arrival.

For the full list of affected flights, visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s website.

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Calgary and Edmonton Zones have 93% of Alberta's new COVID cases – Lethbridge News Now

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By David Opinko

Sep 25, 2020 3:41 PM

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Alberta Health Services has released Friday’s report on COVID-19, detailing the numbers over the past 24 hours.

153 cases were confirmed across the province, bringing the total to 17,343. Of those, 1,497 cases are active while 15,585 people have recovered.

142 of the new infections, or about 93 per cent, were in the Calgary and Edmonton Zones.

Three people in the South Health Zone tested positive with one each in South Lethbridge, the M.D. of Taber, and the County of Forty Mile.

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$320-Million Federal Funding Slated to Support Offshore NL – VOCM

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The federal government has announced $320-million to support jobs and investment in the offshore industry hard-hit by the pandemic and a drop in global oil prices.

The industry employs some 6,000 people directly and thousands more in supporting industries. It contributed more than $22-billion in royalties to the province to the end of 2019.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan made the announcement this afternoon at the Johnson GEO Centre.

O’Regan says the goal is to develop what he calls a “clean tech hub” for Canada and to ensure a sustainable future for the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore, which produces lower-emitting oil.

A task force, co-chaired by Bill Fanning and Karen Winsor, will be formed to make recommendations on how to spend the funding.

The Newfoundland and Labrador offshore will reach the 2-billion barrel mark this weekend, according to Avalon MP Ken McDonald.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says they are hopeful today’s announcement will make a difference, but say it’s lacking in detail as operators make investment decisions in the coming weeks and months.

In a statement released this afternoon, CAPP says the situation facing the industry is “dire” with thousands of jobs and projects at risk.

CAPP says more detail is needed to determine if the support will actually help operators overcome the “critical challenges they’re facing.”

PC Leader Ches Crosbie says he is angry, and there was nothing in today’s announcement to put people back to work.

Meanwhile, NOIA is welcoming today’s money from the federal government towards the oil and gas sector.

CEO Charlene Johnson says the focus now must be how we can use that money to advance the industry and maximize its potential. They plan to work with the province to grow that money into an even bigger pot of money to help create a sustainable industry.


Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that Brendan Paddick would be involved with a task force on today’s funding—however, he will act as chair of the team on rate mitigation discussions. VOCM News regrets the error.

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Three Foothills units placed under 'outbreak watch' as Alberta reports 153 new COVID-19 cases – Calgary Herald

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“A unit can be on watch without having any active patient or staff cases.”

AHS added that patients, families, staff and physicians are all notified when a unit is placed under watch.

The outbreaks at Foothills continued to grow Friday. One more patient tested positive for COVID-19, while five more hospital staff were infected. In total, positive cases in 17 patients and 18 health-care workers have been linked to the outbreaks.

More than a dozen more workers at Foothills have also been instructed to isolate, for a total of 136 staff members currently in quarantine. More than 300 staff have been tested for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreaks.

No new deaths at Foothills were reported Friday. Three patients have died due to the outbreaks.

AHS said all patients and almost all health-care workers linked to the outbreaks have been identified, with testing underway.

Though the Foothills outbreak continues to expand, Alberta reported Friday that a much smaller outbreak at another Calgary hospital has been declared over. An outbreak at the Peter Lougheed Centre resulted in infections of three people, all of whom have recovered.

153 new COVID-19 cases

Alberta reported 153 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, bringing the province’s total case count since March to 17,343.

The new cases came from 14,211 tests, about a 1.1 per cent positive rate. There are now 1,497 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, an increase from Thursday. More than half of those cases (773) are in the AHS Edmonton zone.

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