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COVID 19: No new deaths in Ontario on Monday – Ottawa Sun

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Canada says it will soon ease border restrictions, thanks to a high vaccination rate, declining case counts and reduced pressure on hospitals.

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THE LATEST COVID-19 NEWS IN ONTARIO

Ontario colleges and universities should prepare for all in-person classes and activities to resume this fall without capacity limits or physical distancing requirements, the government says.

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However, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has told the institutions to have plans for how learning will continue in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“While we must remain vigilant and responsive to the trajectory of COVID-19, I am optimistic that the (post-secondary education) sector will resume many of the cherished in-person experiences that have been on pause for so long,” deputy minister Shelley Tapp wrote in a recent memo to the institutions.

Tapp said it’s “anticipated” that all in-person instruction and on-campus activities will be allowed again this fall, after more than a year since they were paused due to the pandemic.

Universities and colleges will still have to follow all public health and workplace safety rules, including requiring masks indoors, Tapp said.

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The schools will still have flexibility to offer teaching in a variety of ways that best suit their needs, Tapp wrote, including virtual and hybrid models.

In case of COVID-19 outbreaks, institutions must have a “continuity of education” plan ready by September, including information on health protocols in the event of an emergency and how instruction will continue if in-person learning is disrupted.

Specific guidance from the ministry on measures such as masks, screening and cleaning is set to be issued in early August.

The ministry is encouraging schools to use rapid antigen testing for routine screening of asymptomatic people, as well as wastewater surveillance for levels of COVID-19.

Universities and colleges across the country adopted a mostly-remote model starting in March 2020.

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In a statement released on Friday as Ontario moved into Step 3 of its roadmap to reopen, the University of Ottawa said as government regulations and public health measures evolve and as Canada’s vaccination program progresses, the university is “ramping up its planning efforts in support of a progressive return to on‐campus activities for both students and employees this coming fall.

“Naturally, the situation will remain unpredictable during the coming weeks and months and we will continue to provide an iterative, agile, and flexible approach to ensure continued compliance with public health and safety requirements,” said the university.

A Carleton University working group concluded last spring that the COVID landscape would look very different in September and recommended that a significant proportion of courses, in particular seminar courses, labs, experiential learning and smaller classes, are expected to be offered on campus in a safe way — but some online offerings will be available to provide flexibility. The recommendation was confirmed by the university senate on April 30.

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“We recommend that students return to Ottawa for fall 2021, recognizing that medical reasons or travel restrictions may limit the ability of some students to do so,” Carleton stated on its website.

“Where possible online options will be available for those students who are unable to travel to Ontario and/or return to campus.”

In a statement to the college community released Thursday, Algonquin College’s president and CEO Claude Brulé said the college’s leadership team is examining Step 3 regulations to determine how they may affect Algonquin’s existing plans by increasing the number of students.

“As for employees, in mid-August we will be in a better position to update you on what activities and who will be returning onsite for the fall term. For now, if you are working remotely, your position will continue to work remotely until your manager communicates the plans for your program or service.”

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NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO

Ontario reported 130 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths on Monday, the 11th consecutive day in which COVID cases numbers in the province have remained below 200.

Six new deaths were reported Sunday across the province, with 177 new confirmed cases.

In total, there have been 548,347 confirmed cases and 9,294 deaths in the province since the pandemic began.

As of Monday morning, 115 were in hospital and 151 were in ICU due to COVID-related illness, with 94 in ICU on a respirator.

According to the Ontario figures, Toronto had the most new cases with 18 confirmed cases followed by 17 in Peel Region, 16 in the Waterloo region, 10 in Grey Bruce and 10 in Middlesex-London.

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So far, more than 18.2 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 91,320 doses administered as of 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Ottawa Public Health reported only two new cases on Monday, down from five new cases reported on Sunday and seven new cases reported on Saturday.

As of Sunday, there were 25 actives cases in Ottawa and none in hospital or ICU.
In total, there have been 27,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 593 deaths.

In the past 30 days, 54 per cent of cases have been caused by a variant of concern. In total, 9,092 cases and 101 deaths have been linked to a variant of concern.

THE LATEST COVID-19 NEWS IN CANADA

Canada says it will soon ease border restrictions, thanks to a high vaccination rate, declining case counts and reduced pressure on hospitals.

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Fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter for non-essential travel starting Aug. 9, the federal government announced Monday afternoon.

Then, on Sept. 7, “provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable,” the borders will be opened to fully vaccinated travellers from other countries.

The first phase, beginning in three weeks, will only apply to American “citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing in the U.S.”

Canada will “allow entry of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, or unvaccinated dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition), who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. and who are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor,” the government said in a press release.

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Ottawa’s Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport will be one of five additional Canadian airports receiving international flights carrying passengers, effective Aug. 9.

The five airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement the measures necessary to safely welcome international passengers as soon as possible after Aug. 9, as conditions dictate, said the Public Health Agency of Canada on Monday in a statement.

The other four airports in the announcement include Halifax Stanfield International Airport; Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport; Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and Edmonton International Airport.

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The government said that “entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals,” unless they already meet an exemption set out in the orders made under the Quarantine Act.

“To be eligible to enter Canada, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.”

These vaccines are approved in Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

The government said fully vaccinated American travellers must:

* Provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada (subject to limited exceptions).
* Meet the pre-entry testing requirements.
* Be asymptomatic upon arrival.
* Have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation ready to show a government official on request.

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The federal government Monday also announced that as of Aug. 9, Canada will eliminate quarantine requirements under which travellers arriving by air had to undertake a three-night stay at a government-authorized hotel.

The Ottawa International Airport Authority said it was “very pleased” with the announcement.

“After 16-plus months of severely restricted access, we are anxious to welcome business and leisure travelers back to Canada’s Capital Region. We have worked closely with our airport and federal government partners to ensure a safe travel process for passengers and employees alike,” said the airport authority’s statement.

“We are particularly pleased that YOW is among the airports approved for transborder and international landings and look forward to airlines returning service to YOW. Building back air service is key to our recovery and that of our tourism partners. Together, we will resume our roles as economic generators for our community.”

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Meanwhile, the government cautioned that the epidemiological situation and vaccination coverage are not the same around the world and advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada.

“International travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others. Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves.”

Meanwhile, the federal government is expecting to receive about 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, as it adjusts its distribution strategy amid waning vaccination rates and substantial supply.

The new deliveries will include about 3.1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and four million doses of Moderna.

QUEBEC COVID-19 NEWS

Quebec has recorded 239 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, the provincial government announced this morning.

The province added 99 cases on Friday, 79 on Saturday and 61 on Sunday.

No new deaths were reported during that period. However, one new death was added to the tally; it occurred before Friday.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 200 new cases and over 1000 active cases; Fraser Health shifts to vaccine hubs; and more – The Georgia Straight

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Today’s total and new case numbers are provisional but they are concerning.

Both new and active cases continue to rise and hit new highs in recent weeks, with the bulk of both of them still in Interior Health—which continues to have more new and active cases than both Fraser and Vancovuer Coastal Health combined.

Meanwhile, like the last heat wave, some immunization clinics may be affected by the high temperatures and at least one is already being relocated.

According to the B.C. Health Ministry, the following numbers for total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh.

For now, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 204 new COVID-19 cases today.

Currently, there are 1,055 active cases, which is an increase of 146 cases since yesterday.

The new and active cases include:

  • 107 new cases in Interior Health, with 600 total active cases (an increase of 97 cases since yesterday);
  • 58 new cases in Fraser Health, with 241 total active cases (33 more cases than yesterday);
  • 23 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 139 total active cases (three more cases than yesterday);
  • 14 new cases in Island Health, with 51 total active cases (10 more cases than yesterday);
  • two new cases in Northern Health, with 19 total active cases (three more cases than yesterday);
  • no new cases of people from outside of Canada, with five total active cases (same number as yesterday).

At the moment, 51 individuals are in hospital (four more people than yesterday), and 20 of those patients are in intensive care units (same number as yesterday).

Thankfully, no new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported, which leaves the overall total at 1,771 people who have died during the pandemic.

With 54 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 146,810 people have now recovered.

During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 149,648 cases.

The forecast heat wave may cause some clinics to be relocated again, as they were during the previous heat wave in June.

In preparation for the expected high temperatures this weekend, Island Health announced today that it will move the Eagle Ridge immunization clinic to the air-conditioned Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street, Victoria) tomorrow (July 30).

Also tomorrow, Island Health will hold a pop-up clinic from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Starlight Stadium (1089 Langford Parkway) in Langford, during the game between Victoria’s Pacific FC and Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

Meanwhile, Fraser Health announced today that it has now administered over two million vaccine doses—80 percent of eligible people in the region have received at least one dose, and over 60 percent have received their second dose.

Consequently, as of tomorrow (July 29), Fraser Health is transitioning from a network of immunization clinics to establishing four main hubs at existing clinics at:

  • Ag-Rec Centre (32470 Haida Drive) in Abbotsford (for both COVID-19 testing and immunizations);
  • Poirier Forum (618 Poirier Street) in Coqutilam;
  • Guildford Rec Centre (15105 105th Avenue) in Surrey;
  • North Delta Rec Centre (11415 84th Avenue) in Delta.

Immunization will also continue to be available at COVID-19 testing and immunization centres in Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley, South Delta, South Surrey, Surrey 66, Coquitlam, and Burnaby. In addition, Fraser Health will continue to hold pop-up and mobile clinics, outreach clinics, and community initiatives (such as beachside clinics) to ensure easy access to immunizations.

The following clinics, however, will be closed on the dates listed below:

  • July 28: South Surrey Rec Centre and Chuck Bailey Rec Centre;
  • August 1: Abbotsford test collection centre at the University of the Fraser Valley will close and testing will relocate to Abbotsford Ag Rec;
  • August 7: Agassiz Agricultural Hall, Langley Events Centre, Anvil Centre, and Christine Sinclair Community Centre;
  • August 14: Chilliwack Mall, Hope Legion, Cloverdale Rec Centre, Surrey North, and Haney Place Mall;
  • August 30: Mamele’awt Community Indigenous Centre, Stó:lō Service Agency, Fraser River Indigenous Society, Mission Friendship Centre, Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

As part of its effort to increase vaccinations amid the recently declared outbreak in the Central Okanagan, Interior Health will hold pop-up immunization clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. from Friday (July 30) to Wednesday (August 4) at the Kelowna Yacht Club (1370 Water Street) in Kelowna, and vaccinations are available for eligible drop-in visitors.

In the ongoing provincial immunization program so far, B.C. has administered 6,732,309 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

As of today, 81 percent (3,753,057) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 64.1 percent (2,971,793) have received their second dose.

In addition, 81.9 percent (3,543,503) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.8 percent (2,890,948) have received their second dose.

None of the five regional health authorities declared any new healthcare or community outbreaks, or listed any new business closures or public exposure events.

Currently, there are two active healthcare outbreaks, both in longterm care facilities: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health) and Nelson Jubilee Manor (Interior Health).

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No changes expected as COVID-19 cases surge in Central Okanagan: Kelowna airport – Revelstoke Review – Revelstoke Review

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With new restrictions announced specifically for the Central Okanagan today (July 28), the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) said they are not expecting any changes to their operations.

Senior manager of airport operations Phillip Elchitz said that with the COVID-19 safety plan already in place at YLW, they don’t expect much more to change.

Elchitz also said that they’re not expecting much impact on passenger numbers because of the new restrictions.

“YLW is not anticipating a reduction in commercial scheduled flights as a result of the new provincial health guidelines specific to the Central Okanagan,” he said.

“YLW currently has a mandatory mask policy in place for all areas of the Air Terminal Building and on aircrafts due to Transport Canada requirements.”

Individual passenger temperature is also checked just before they go through security as an added safety measure.

Earlier in the afternoon on July 28, the province announced that masks will be mandatory again in indoor public spaces throughout the Central Okanagan, which includes Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country.

The province is also discouraging non-essential travel to and from the Central Okanagan, especially for those who are not vaccinated or who don’t have both doses yet.

READ MORE: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared


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Nenshi says lifting Alberta’s remaining COVID-19 health orders is the ‘height of insanity’ – Global News

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The mayor of Calgary says it’s the “height of insanity” that Alberta is moving ahead with removing almost all of its remaining COVID-19 public health orders, even as cases climb in the province.

Alberta has ended isolation requirements for close contacts of people who test positive and contact tracers will no longer notify them of their exposure. The province has also ended asymptomatic testing.

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Alberta to adjust COVID-19 masking, isolation, testing rules over next month

Further measures are to be eliminated Aug. 16. People who test positive will no longer be required to isolate. Isolation hotels will close as quarantine supports end.

“It is inconceivable to me. It is the height of insanity to say we don’t even know what’s happening,” Nenshi said Thursday.

“It is putting the health of Albertans at risk. To stop contact tracing, to stop testing people for the coronavirus and to become one of the first _ if not the first — jurisdictions in the world to say that people who have tested positive, who are infectious, can just go about their lives.”


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Naheed Nenshi, who was making an announcement at the Calgary airport, said if he were in another jurisdiction he would be thinking hard whether to put travel restrictions on Albertans starting Aug. 16.

“I’m aware of no science that backs this up. It is clear for the last month or so on this file (that) our government has been grasping and struggling, just trying to get some good news out of something,” he said.

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Amid pushback, Alberta health minister defends plan to ease COVID-19 isolation, masking, testing rules

“To say we don’t want to know who has the coronavirus, we don’t want to track outbreaks. Even the most fervent of the anti-maskers wouldn’t say (to) unleash people who are actually infectious into the population.”

Nenshi said he worries that the decision to lift the health orders is politically motivated and has nothing to do with science at all.

“The only possible explanation here is a political one. It might be that they’ve run out of money, but you know what? Don’t spend $1.5 billion on a pipeline you know isn’t going to get built if you’re running out of money.”

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