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COVID-19 surge brings increased vaccine clinics to Okanagan – Penticton Western News – Penticton Western News



As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, there’s no shortage of spots to get vaccinated around the valley.

Interior Health is bringing mobile clinics to several locations over the next several days. The drop-in clinics are for anyone who has yet to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, or second doses for anyone who received their first dose more than seven weeks (49 days) ago.

Those who live or work in the Vernon area can walk-up, register and get their shots:

• Aug. 11 – Silver Star Mountain Resort, Bugaboos Cafe, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Kelowna Farmer’s Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

– Kelowna Yacht Club, 3-7 p.m.

• Aug. 12 – Sparkling Hills Resort, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Kelowna Yacht Club, 3-7 p.m.

• Aug. 13 – Polson Park Night Market, 4 to 9 p.m.

– Kelowna Yacht Club, 3-7 p.m.

• Aug. 14 – Penticton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 15 – Summerland Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 16 – Lumby/Mabel Lake, Kingfisher Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Aug. 18 – Universal Packaging, 1810 Kosmina Rd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Aug. 20 – Ratio Coffee and Pastry, #4 – 3101 29th St., 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Aug. 21 – Penticton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Aug. 22 – Summerland Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As of Monday, Aug. 9, 82 per cent (3,801,960) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 70.3 per cent (3,257,931) have received their second dose.

Interior Health continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases, with Aug. 9 reports showing 587 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 1,755 active cases. There were also four deaths in Interior Health over the weekend.

READ MORE: 5 deaths reported in B.C. as new COVID infections top 1,000 over the weekend

READ MORE: Dr. Bonnie Henry, Adrian Dix to host COVID-19 townhall for Interior Health


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Coronavirus cases in Quebec rise by 821 with three new deaths and two more hospitalizations – CTV News Montreal



Quebec reported Saturday that 821 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province, bringing the overall number of infections to 402,283.

Of the new infections, 609 people were unvaccinated when they received their positive result, 49 received one dose of vaccine more than two weeks prior, and 163 were double-vaxxed more than a week before the test. 

Hospitalizations rose by two bringing the total number of people receiving care in the province’s hospitals to 264. The ministry reports that 36 people checked in for care, and 34 were discharged. Of the 36, 28 were unvaccinated, two received one vaccine dose more than 14 days prior and six got both jabs more than a week before entering the hospital. 

There are 89 people in intensive care wards, which is six fewer than on Friday.

Three more people have died due to COVID-19, bringing that total to 11,321 since March 2020.

There are 508 active outbreaks in the province.

Quebec’s vaccination rate remains at 88 per cent for one dose of the eligible population and 82 per cent for both doses. 

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Spike in COVID-19 cases is pushing New Brunswick's health-care system to the limit – CTV News Atlantic



New Brunswick’s jump in COVID-19 cases has overloaded the health-care system this week.

The Horizon Health Network is now looking to hire more staff across the province to help with the growing demand for testing and vaccinations.

The health network has seen an increased demand in testing as COVID-19 cases have soared over the last month.

“Two weeks ago, if you wanted a test, you could walk in or call and get it at almost anytime you wanted,” said Dr. Jeff Steeves with New Brunswick’s Medical Society.

But now, assessment centres are seeing long line ups and delays in testing.

Steeves wants people to get the jab and practice caution during this time to prevent overloading the system even more.

“Remember, we were running short even before COVID, so we’re trying to maintain that,” Steeves said. “Therefore, we can’t divert the staff like we did before, hence the call for new staff.”

Horizon Health’s vice-president said in a statement Friday that they are currently looking to recruit staff at vaccination clinics, assessment centres and school clinics in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton.

“Given the recent rise in COVID activity in New Brunswick, and the increased demand for these services, we are hoping to replenish our pool of available clinicians and administrative support staff as we ramp up activity at these locations,” said Jean Daigle.

Since the province announced proof of vaccination requirements this week, public health has reported a significant jump in vaccination appointments.

On Wednesday, 1,700 appointments were booked, while yesterday there were 1,929.

Health officials say prior to Wednesday’s number, the recent average for vaccinations was 600 bookings per day. On Thursday, 600 additional vaccines had to be delivered to a clinic in Moncton.

“Things have picked up dramatically,” said Fredericton pharmacist Alistair Bursary, who says they’ve been busy taking calls from people looking to get their first or second dose.

“So, whereas we were doing perhaps 10 patients a day on average now we are probably going to hit 40-50 just at our pharmacy alone,” Bursary said.

While the demand for services continue to climb, those working on the frontlines hope to get the help they need sooner rather than later.

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Quebec reports 821 COVID-19 cases, three deaths – Winnipeg Free Press



People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 cases and three further deaths in its latest data on Saturday, as authorities expanded plans to use rapid tests in elementary schools to more regions of the province.

Health officials said hospitalizations increased by two to 264, while the number of patients in intensive care dropped by six to 89.

The province said about 80 per cent of new infections involve people who were not adequately vaccinated.

Quebec administered 19,662 vaccine doses on Friday and officials said 88 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received a first dose while 82 per cent have gotten both shots.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said in a tweet more than 1,000 of those doses went to health-care workers, with the province remaining firm on a plan to have all sector employees adequately vaccinated Oct. 15 or face reassignment or suspension without pay.

“It’s never too late to get the vaccine, it’s the best way to protect yourself and others,” Dubé wrote on Saturday.

The province conducted more than 32,000 tests on Friday and the positivity rate is 2.4 per cent.

Late Friday, Quebec’s Health Department said rapid testing in elementary schools will now extend to several administrative regions of the province where masking in classrooms is already mandatory.

In a statement, officials said the deployment will take a few weeks and include nearly 1,600 schools.

The provincial government came under criticism from opposition parties and school administrators on the rollout of the testing program.

The province appointed Daniel Paré, head of the vaccination campaign, to co-ordinate the deployment.

The Health Department said schools will have the tests and PPE needed to use the tests, reserved for students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day and training and protocols are being set up.

“They are a complementary tool to quickly detect cases and further protect students and school staff and ensure that young people continue to receive their education at school,” the department said.

The tests, which provide a result in 15 minutes, have been used in four neighbourhoods in Montreal and Laval since Monday.

Schools are expected to begin using the tests widely by the end of the month, when training of staff to use the tests is complete.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2021.

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