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COVID-19 update for Aug. 14-15: Canada to require vaccines for federal government workers | 717 new cases, no deaths | Cluster of cases among Trans Mountain pipeline workers – Vancouver Sun

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Aug. 14, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Aug. 13

• Total number of confirmed cases: 155,079 (4,277 active cases)
• New cases since Aug. 12: 717
• Total deaths: 1,779 (no additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 82 (one new)
• Intensive care: 39 (six new)
• Total vaccinations: 3,818,952 received first dose; 3,337,348 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 148,964
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 11

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LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Canada to require COVID-19 vaccines for federal government workers

Canada on Friday said it will soon require all federal public servants be vaccinated against COVID-19 and will also extend its vaccine requirement to travelers on commercial flights, interprovincial passenger trains and cruise ships.

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc said the vaccine requirement for public servants will be in place by early this fall and that he expects corporations owned by the federal government and other federally-regulated employers to follow suit.

“We expect the federal public service to want to comply with this mandatory requirement,” LeBlanc said in a news conference. “This is the best way to end the pandemic and allow the economy to safely remain open.”

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He added that testing and screening measures will be put in place for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said that employees in the federally-regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors will also be required to be vaccinated, along with certain travelers.

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Expect more vaccine mandates and non-vaccinated restrictions: experts

As the highly contagious Delta variant skyrockets, vaccine mandates and restrictions on the unvaccinated are increasing.

On Thursday, the B.C. government announced it was mandating vaccines for health-care workers and others in long-term care homes.

On Friday, the Canadian government announced that vaccines will be mandatory for federal employees, which would include those in the RCMP and military.

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The federal government said it expects employers in federally regulated industries to do the same.

Air travellers and passengers on interprovincial trains will also have to be vaccinated.

Across the border, in the United States, vaccine mandates are spreading quickly.

For example, U.S. federal agencies are requiring workers to be vaccinated and the City of San Francisco is barring those who are unvaccinated from indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, gyms, large concerts, theatres and other events held inside.

And a U.S. federal court decision Thursday allows Indiana University to require students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Although B.C. universities have, so far, not imposed vaccine mandates and the province has not indicated it will do so for public grade schools, expect more vaccine mandates and restrictions as COVID-19 settles in as a permanent fixture and particularly if the Delta variant continues to spread, say experts.

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“We’re slowly building towards to what new normal is going to look like,” said Dr. Brian Conway, president and medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre.

That new normal will include regulations around vaccinations, he said.

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New cases jump to 717, number of ICU patients on the rise

B.C. reported 717 new cases of the virus on Friday, of which more than half were in Interior Health.

There are 4,277 active cases with 82 people being treated in hospital, including 39 in intensive care.

No new deaths were reported. The total number of deaths is 1,779.

Of the new cases, 140 are in Fraser health, 101 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 376 in Interior Health, 40 in Island Health and 60 in Northern Health.

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There are currently 11 active outbreaks in assisted-living and long-term care homes, up from eight on Thursday.

Health officials announced this week that all staff and volunteers at seniors’ care facilities are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 12.

Cluster of cases among Trans Mountain pipeline workers in Valemount 

Sixteen Trans Mountain employees and contractors working in Valemount, B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the Northern Health Medical Health authority said they are managing the “cluster” of cases and said about 50 close contacts of those who tested positive are currently in self-isolation.

Northern Health said: “A COVID-19 outbreak is not being declared at this time. Public health’s investigation suggests the majority of infections were not acquired at the site, and there is little evidence of ongoing transmission of illness among project employees.”

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B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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EXPLAINER: Who's eligible for Pfizer booster shots in US? – North Shore News

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Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus.

A look at the nuts and bolts of this new phase of the vaccination campaign:

WHO SHOULD GET THE PFIZER BOOSTER?

People who got two Pfizer shots at least six months ago and who fall into one of these groups should get the booster:

— People 65 and older, nursing home residents and assisted living residents.

— Others ages 50 to 64 with a long list of risky health problems including cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV infection and heart disease. Being overweight or obese is a category that qualifies roughly 70% of people in this age group.

WHO ELSE CAN CONSIDER GETTING IT?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these people may get a booster, but stopped short of a full recommendation:

— People 18 to 49 who got their Pfizer shots at least six months ago with risky health problems can consider the booster based on their individual benefits and risks.

— Anyone 18 to 64 with a risky job, such as health care, can consider boosters. Prisoners and people living in homeless shelters are also in this group.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Serious side effects from the first two Pfizer doses are exceedingly rare, including heart inflammation that sometimes occurs in younger men.

WEREN’T SOME PEOPLE ALREADY ELIGIBLE FOR A THIRD DOSE?

Yes, people with severely weakened immune systems were already eligible to get a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna. This group includes people taking immune-suppressing medications and those with diseases that tamp down their immune systems. They didn’t have to wait six months to get a third dose.

WHAT IF I GOT MODERNA? CAN I GET A PFIZER BOOSTER?

Not yet. Health officials say they don’t have enough data on mix-and-match vaccinations. Moderna has applied to U.S. health regulators for its own booster, one that would be half the dose of the original shots. The Food and Drug Administration is considering that application.

WHAT IF I GOT J&J?

People who originally got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson also must wait. The government doesn’t recommend mixing-and-matching. J&J hasn’t yet filed a booster application. But earlier this week, the company released data showing two doses of its vaccine provided stronger immunity than one — whether the extra dose was given either two months or six months after the first.

WHERE CAN I GET MY BOOSTER?

Health departments, clinics and drugstores are offering boosters, and many people have already gotten them ahead of the official green light. You may have to show your vaccine card. Proving how you qualify is on the honor system. Your word about your risky job or health condition is likely to be enough.

ARE BOOSTERS FREE?

Yes, shots given under FDA’s emergency use authorization are free. And there should be enough supplies.

AM I ‘FULLY VACCINATED’ WITHOUT A BOOSTER?

Yes, two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one of J&J, is still considered fully vaccinated.

WHY WERE BOOSTERS SO HOTLY DEBATED?

The need is not crystal clear. Studies show the vaccines are still offering strong protection against serious illness for all ages. And many experts want to focus attention on getting shots to the unvaccinated, the group most in danger of infection, hospitalization and death.

On the other hand, there is a slight drop in the vaccine’s effectiveness among the oldest adults. And immunity against milder infection appears to wane months after people’s initial shots. Protecting health care workers from even mild illness may help some hospitals now struggling to care for unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

ARE OTHER COUNTRIES OFFERING BOOSTERS?

Britain and Israel are already giving boosters over strong objections from the World Health Organization that poor countries don’t have enough for their initial doses.

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The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press

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A pharmacist handles vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. A New York state Supreme Court judge late Friday handed down a temporary restraining order to halt the state’s vaccine mandate that goes into effect Monday. CSEA sued the state alleging the mandate was illegally unilateral and ordered without proper bargaining. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/TNS

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ottawa up slightly, ICU admissions down – Newstalk 1010 (iHeartRadio)

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Ottawa Public Health says another 50 people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19.

To date, OPH has reported 29,591 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported on Saturday. The city’s death toll from the pandemic stands at 595 residents.

Two more people are in the hospital with COVID-19 in Ottawa, but two patients have left the ICU.

The number of known active cases is down slightly.  

Across the province, health officials confirmed another 640 cases of COVID-19. Public Health Ontario says 10 more Ontarians have died—six in the past month and another four over a month ago—and 794 existing cases are now considered resolved. Ontario’s rolling seven-day average is at 629, down from 719 last week.

Around the region, Public Health Ontario reported 37 new cases, 30 of which are in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. There is also one new case in Hastings Prince Edward, three new cases in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and three new cases in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark.

OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS

Ottawa is now in Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (Sept 16 to Sept. 22): 37.9 (down from 39.4) 
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa (Sept. 17 to Sept. 23): 2.7 per cent 
  • Reproduction number (Seven day average): 0.98

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.

UNVACCINATED CASES

Health Minister Christine Elliott says of the 640 newly reported COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 155 are in fully vaccinated people and 485 are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Forty-three of the 323 people in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19 are fully vaccinated, while 280 are not or have an unknown status. There are seven fully vaccinated people in ICUs across the province, compared to 171 people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Data from Ottawa Public Health suggest unvaccinated residents are 11 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than fully vaccinated residents are.

COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health updates vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

As of Friday:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (12+): 812,726 
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (12+): 760,018 
  • Share of population 12 and older with at least one dose: 88 per cent
  • Share of population 12 and older fully vaccinated: 82 per cent
  • Total doses received in Ottawa: 1,417,102 

*Total doses received does not include doses shipped to pharmacies and primary care clinics, but statistics on Ottawa residents with one or two doses includes anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario. 

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

There are 441 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, down from 444 active cases on Friday.

Ottawa Public Health reported 54 newly resolved cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. The number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is 28,555.

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.

 
COVID-19 Cases in Ottawa

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HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

There are 14 people in Ottawa area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses Saturday, up from 12 on Friday.

Seven people are in the ICU, down from nine.

Age categories of people in hospital:

  • 0-9: 0
  • 10-19: 0
  • 20-29: 2 (1 in ICU)
  • 30-39: 1 
  • 40-49: 3 (2 in ICU)
  • 50-59: 5 (2 in ICU)
  • 60-69: 2 (1 in ICU) 
  • 70-79: 1 (1 in ICU)
  • 80-89: 0
  • 90+: 0

COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

  • 0-9 years old: 11 new cases (2,599 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: Nine new cases (3,887 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 15 new cases (6,673 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: One new case (4,553 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: Five new cases (3,882 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: Six new cases (3,447 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: Three new cases (2,031 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: Zero new cases (1,118 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: Zero new cases (866 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: Zero new cases (532 total cases)
  • Unknown: Zero new cases (3 cases total)  

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • Total Alpha (B.1.1.7) cases: 6,846
  • Total Beta (B.1.351) cases: 513
  • Total Gamma (P.1) cases: 55
  • Total Delta (B.1.617.2) cases: 633
  • Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 9,987
  • Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 103

*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports.

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 2,238 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on Sept. 23.

There were 4,352 lab tests performed in Ottawa on Thursday.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 31 hours.

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 30 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: One new case
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: Three new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: Three new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Zero new cases

COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at institutions and community outbreaks in Ottawa.

Community outbreaks:

  • Religious/Spiritual Organization: One outbreaks

Schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks:

  • La Coccinelle – Des Sentiers (Sept. 6)
  • École élémentaire catholique de la Découverte (Sept. 12) 
  • Service a l’Enfance Aladin – St. Anne (Sept. 13) 
  • École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau (Sept. 14)
  • École élémentaire catholique Franco-Cité (Sept. 15) 
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Elementary School (Sept. 17) 
  • St. Paul High School (Sept. 17) 
  • Lycée Claudel (Sept. 17) 
  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Sept. 17) 
  • École élémentaire catholique Montfort (Sept. 19)
  • Service a l’Enfance et a la jeunesse MIFO – Orleans (Sept. 19) 
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary school (Sept. 21)
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Rémi (Sept. 21)
  • Joan Of Arc Academy (Sept. 21)
  • St. Stephen Catholic Elementary School (Sept. 22)
  • École secondaire Catholique Samuel-Genest (Sept. 22) 
  • Queen Elizabeth Public School (Sept. 22) NEW
  • St. John the Apostle elementary school (Sept. 23) 

Healthcare and congregate settings experiencing outbreaks:

  • Group Home 2021-09-13 (Sept. 13)
  • Residence St. Louis – Unit 1C, 2AB, 2C (Sept 16) 
  • Peter D. Clark long-term care home (Sept. 19) 
  • Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital – 6th floor rehab unit (Sept. 21) 

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