Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 16, 2020.
Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 16, 2020.
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.
As of the latest numbers on May 16:
• Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 2,428 (355 active cases)
• New cases since May 14, 2020: 21
• Hospitalized cases: 49
• Intensive care: 11
• COVID-19 related deaths: 141
• Recovered: 1,932
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 15
• Acute care facilities currently affected: 5
The next update is on Monday.
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Saturday that B.C. has 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, boosting the total to 2,428 cases.
Henry said there has been one more death from COVID-19 complications, increasing the grim total of B.C. deaths to 141.
9 a.m. – Health Canada approves clinic trial for potential vaccine
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Health Canada has authorized the first clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
Trudeau also says an additional $100 million will go to the Red Cross to help deal with COVID-19, floods and wildfires.
9 a.m. – Trudeau hopes government can help Air Canada following announcement of layoffs
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will work closely with Air Canada to see if any more help can be offered after the airline announced mass layoffs yesterday.
Trudeau acknowledges it’s a very difficult situation for airlines and the travel industry during the COVID-19 crisis.
Air Canada will lay off more than half of its 38,000 employees next month as it grapples with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline estimates about 20,000 of its employees will be affected.
Air Canada’s move was announced after Trudeau extended the $73-billion Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy through the end of August earlier Friday.
Trudeau said the government will continue to work with Air Canada to try to determine the best way to get through the crisis.
9 a.m. – Snowbirds fly into B.C. on Saturday
The Snowbirds, the Canadian Forces’ famed precision flying team, will buzz into British Columbia today with Operation INSPIRATION, a cross-Canada salute front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers.
The squadron, which performed flyovers in Alberta on Friday and took out of Edmonton morning, will take off from Rocky Mountain House around 12:30 p.m. and zoom over Revelstoke, Sicamous and Salmon Arm before landing in Kamloops at 1:30 p.m.
The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, has been flying over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia last weekend
The remainder of the Snowbirds’ B.C. schedule has not been released.
8 a.m. – The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada
There are 75,004 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.
• Quebec: 41,420 confirmed (including 3,401 deaths, 11,039 resolved)
• Ontario: 22,313 confirmed (including 1,858 deaths, 17,020 resolved)
• Alberta: 6,515 confirmed (including 125 deaths, 5,317 resolved)
• British Columbia: 2,407 confirmed (including 140 deaths, 1,908 resolved)
• Nova Scotia: 1,034 confirmed (including 55 deaths, 918 resolved)
• Saskatchewan: 590 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 408 resolved)
• Manitoba: 278 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 254 resolved), 11 presumptive)
• Newfoundland and Labrador: 260 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 248 resolved)
• New Brunswick: 120 confirmed (including 118 resolved)
• Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)
• Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
• Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
• Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
• Nunavut: No confirmed cases
Total: 75,004 (11 presumptive, 74,993 confirmed including 5,595 deaths, 37,286 resolved)
Once the government gives the film and TV industry the green light to reopen in B.C. productions will be hitting the ground running, says Vancouver’s Brightlight Pictures chairman Shawn Williamson.
“As fast as we shut down we will be able to start up once we find the safe protocols,” said Williamson, whose company produces the TV shows The Good Doctor, The Power and The Mighty Ducks as well as numerous Hallmark movies.
“Film will come back very quickly.”
Brightlight’s productions were part of the 42 shows and films that were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the second week of March.
According to Creative B.C., the provincial agency that supports B.C.’s creative sector, TV and film production contributes close to $3 billion a year to the province’s economy, with around 70,000 jobs directly linked to the industry.
On May 6, Premier John Horgan announced the B.C.’s four-phase restart plan. The film and TV industry falls under phase 3, which is expected to happen June to September if COVID transmission rates remain low or decline and government protocols are met.
Creative B.C., film and TV industry representatives, unions, and WorkSafeBC are working to develop those protocols.
Today, we introduce you to some unsung COVID-19 heroes, who have proudly continued to perform their jobs during this pandemic, despite earning below B.C.’s average hourly wage. And we visit some organizations helping to feed, house and protect these important citizens, and who are lobbying for change.
Read the story from reporter Lori Culbert HERE
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
Mother mystified by Winnipeg toddler's 'terrifying' condition after coming down with COVID-19 – CBC.ca
Doctors are investigating the case of a Winnipeg toddler with symptoms suggesting a rare, inflammatory illness potentially linked to COVID-19, the girl’s mother says.
And the child is fighting to recover, even after she no longer tested positive for the disease.
The mother says health-care providers treating her daughter are concerned the girl may have developed Kawasaki disease, or multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, also called MIS-C.
The inflammatory syndromes can result from the body’s reaction to new viruses — not just the new coronavirus. But doctors in Canada, and scientists around the world, are investigating cases for a link to COVID-19.
Public health officials in Manitoba say no cases of the conditions connected with COVID-19 have been confirmed in the province so far.
“Honestly, it’s just terrifying. I don’t have the answers. Doctors don’t have the answers,” said the girl’s mother, who CBC is not naming due to concern about stigma.
“We’re just trying to do anything we can.”
It’s been more than a month since the one-year-old girl tested positive for COVID-19 in late April, the mother said. She believes her daughter was infected after her husband was exposed to a co-worker who later tested positive.
At first, her parents didn’t know what to make of the little girl’s symptoms. She had a red, puffy rash, vomiting and diarrhea, a tender abdomen and a recurring fever that spiked to 102 F.
“She refused to eat, barely had anything to drink,” said her mother.
Before they knew about her husband’s COVID-19 exposure, pediatricians contacted via Zoom were cautious about sending the child to a hospital, and told the mother to try Tylenol, thinking the girl had a flu.
WATCH | Toronto doctor answers questions about inflammatory syndrome following COVID-19
The family learned of the workplace exposure on April 28, two days after the symptoms arose, and went for testing immediately. Blood work done at the Children’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre confirmed the toddler had COVID-19.
At that point, Manitoba had fewer than 25 active cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The province was already announcing plans for reopening.
“It was absolutely devastating,” the mother said.
“You see your child kind of deteriorating, and you kind of think, it could be something different,” she said. “How could it possibly be COVID … with the cases being so low?”
Wish to take the pain away
Hospitals in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Alberta are examining possible cases of MIS-C. Experts say the illness is difficult to diagnose and many cases remain ill-defined.
“There are way more unknowns than knowns,” said Dr. Rae Yeung, a professor of pediatrics, immunology and medical sciences at the University of Toronto, and staff pediatrician and rheumatologist at the Hospital for Sick Children.
“Right now, the big challenge is that there is not one diagnostic test … that can actually tell us whether a child has MIS-C or Kawasaki disease, [which are] all one hyper-inflammatory syndrome,” said Yeung, who is also a senior scientist in cell biology research.
“As we’re learning, the one common denominator is that they have massive immune activation. But many things can cause massive immune activation.”
When she’s not sick, the Winnipeg 21-month-old is “very chatty. She’s energetic, running around,” said her mother. “She’s your typical toddler. She is always happy — except for when she’s teething, of course.”
COVID-19 sucked that energy away.
“She started sleeping more and more, to the point where she was only awake approximately three hours in a 24-hour period,” her mother said.
After she tested positive, doctors admitted the toddler to the hospital and put her on IV fluids and antibiotics. Medical staff did X-rays, ultrasounds, urinalysis and blood work, trying to rule out anything else that may have been making her sicker.
Initially, doctors hoped her body could fight off the disease on its own, her mother said. But the family has been in and out of the hospital for weeks as her condition remained serious.
Last week, the toddler’s condition took a turn for the worse. Her mother said it was like being “back to Square 1” — but when she brought her back to the hospital, on May 28, tests showed her daughter is now negative for COVID-19, and fighting a new medical battle.
That was the day doctors first raised the possibility of MIS-C or Kawasaki, the mother said. The toddler was also diagnosed with sepsis and a severe urinary tract infection, and prescribed a strong antibiotic — but on Thursday, one week into a 10-day prescription, there was little improvement.
Now, the mother said doctors will begin further tests to help understand exactly what is making her daughter so ill.
“You just kind of feel helpless because you can’t make [your children] feel better — and that’s kind of your job as a mother,” she said.
“You don’t want to see them sick, especially with something so serious as a pandemic. You just wish you could take their pain away.”
The syndrome with many names
Yeung calls MIS-C “the syndrome with many different names,” because depending on where you are in the world, it might be called different things.
“I think this is part of the reason why it’s led to some confusion and a lot of anxiety, in fact, among not only families, but also caregivers and health-care professionals,” she said.
Much of what’s known so far about the disease remains hypothetical, she said, and research is needed to understand more. At its core, the syndrome — and Kawasaki disease, which is part and parcel of the same family of illnesses — can be characterized by inflammation, especially in blood vessels, caused by a hyperactivation of the immune system.
“What we’re seeing in all of these syndromes is hyper inflammation — just an overactive immune system that’s gone into overdrive, affecting multiple organs in the body,” she said.
The illnesses in that family are triggered by a “tickle” to the immune system, Yeung said, which can be anything from strep throat to the novel coronavirus. Canada documents roughly 100 to 150 cases of Kawasaki disease a year, for example, she said.
But epidemiology in Europe, the U.S. and Canada has suggested a pattern, as cases of inflammatory syndromes in children emerge roughly four to six weeks following the peak coronavirus outbreak in each population.
Many, even most, of the children diagnosed with these illnesses don’t initially test positive when swabbed for COVID-19, Yeung said, but bloodwork often shows the children had the disease previously.
It’s still not clear exactly how many cases of the inflammatory illness there are in Canada, Yeung said. At the Sick Kids hospital in Toronto, where she works, she said they’re seeing roughly three to four times the volume of these illnesses over normal years.
She’s helping lead research, in partnership with the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to work with doctors across the country to determine where cases are and help understand them better.
“I think sharing knowledge and alerting the public is a very important component of this, so that people are alert and aren’t afraid to come to the hospital,” Yeung said. “I don’t want people to avoid coming to the hospital if their child is sick and has prolonged fever. They need to seek appropriate medical attention.”
BlackburnNews.com – Six more COVID-19 recoveries in Lambton – BlackburnNews.com
Six more COVID-19 recoveries in Lambton
June 6, 2020 7:02am
Lambton Public Health is reporting six more COVID-19 recoveries.
The health unit reported Friday night that of 267 confirmed cases, 223 have now recovered.
The death toll remains unchanged since Tuesday at 24.
Lambton Public Health has now received the results from 7,861 tests, 96 per cent of which have been negative for COVID-19.
Bluewater Health reported Friday that 12 patients were in hospital confirmed to have the virus, and 26 were in hospital suspected of having it with tests pending.
Trucker brings in another case of COVID-19 as two new cases emerge Friday – Winnipeg Sun
Another case of COVID-19 in a truck driver, and one in a close household contact of that driver, were reported by public health officials on Friday.
The two new cases bring the province’s total to an even 300 since the outbreak began in early March. The cases are both from Winnipeg. One is in a man in his 30s and another in a man in his 20s.
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said the trucker who tested positive had travelled outside of the province.
Other details were sparse, including if the driver had self-isolated or not.
“I don’t have a lot of details on that as of yet, the public health investigation is ongoing,” Roussin said.
Last week, two cases in truck drivers that had travelled into the U.S. for work were also reported.
Roussin said no new measures are going to be implemented in terms of testing truck drivers or requiring them to self-isolate upon return from international or domestic travel.
Currently, all truck drivers can access asymptomatic testing, but Roussin said they cannot disrupt supply chains into the province.
The province’s active caseload jumped to nine with the two new cases as no new recoveries were announced. There have been 284 total recoveries thus far.
The death toll in Manitoba remains at seven, and no one is in hospital at the moment.
The Cadham Provincial Laboratory processed 671 tests on Thursday, bringing the running total since early February to 47,372.
Meanwhile, changes to the hours of operation at community testing sites in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler, as well as at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, come into effect this weekend.
Due to low patient volumes, these sites are now closed on Sundays.
KNOWLEDGE, ROAD TESTS RESUME
Manitoba Public Insurance is resuming knowledge tests for all licence classes and road test bookings for Class 1 licences effective immediately, a release said on Friday.
Customers are encouraged to book Class 5 and 6 knowledge tests online. For those who cannot book online, MPI is allowing customers who phone their Autopac agent to perform certain critical transactions over the phone or by email.
For Class 1 road tests, drivers will be required to provide and wear their own mask, be screened prior to the test and sanitize all touchpoints in their vehicle.
Knowledge test customers will be asked to arrive on-site 15 minutes prior to their appointment.
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