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COVID-19 Update from Dr. Tam Chief Public Health Officer

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OTTAWA – COVID-19 In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

“There have been 146,663 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,234 deaths. 87% of people have now recovered. Over the past week, there has been a marked increase in laboratory testing, with an average of almost 70,000 people tested daily across Canada and 1.4% of these testing positive.

Since our last modelling update in mid-August, the national daily case count has been increasing at an accelerated rate. Over the past seven days, an average of 1,123 cases were reported daily, compared to 380 cases reported daily in mid-August.

Canada is at a crossroads with the COVID-19 epidemic trajectory. At the current rate of growth, our epidemiological analysis and modelling studies indicate that unless public health and individual protective measures are strengthened and we work together to slow the spread of the virus, the situation is on track for a big resurgence in a number of provinces.

Throughout the summer, infection rates have been highest among young adults aged 20-39 years. While COVID-19 tends to be less severe among young people, ongoing circulation of the virus in younger, more mobile and socially connected adults builds a reservoir for the virus. This not only increases the risk for spread to individuals and populations at higher risk for severe outcomes, but it threatens our ability to keep COVID-19 at manageable levels. As well, it is important to know that young adults are not immune to the direct impacts of COVID-19, as serious or prolonged illness can occur at any age.

Yesterday I ended my remarks with a message to young adults and today I want to reiterate that now more than ever, we need your cooperation, your creativity and your drive to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In fact, we can’t get back on the slow burn track without your help. This is your generation, this is your time, let’s work together to get this done.

To make this work, we all need to commit to strictly adhering to individual protective measures including physical distancing, hand hygiene, non-medical masks as recommended; limiting in-person contacts as much as possible to a small, consistent and trusted contacts bubble; and following the golden rule of staying home and isolating from others if experiencing any symptoms, even if mild.

The challenge we all face is to stay the course no matter how weary we may feel. We have done this before and we know that working together we can do it again. Let’s get back on the slow burn track together. Find more COVID-19 information and resources here.”

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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Alberta adds 477 COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations set pandemic high – CTV Edmonton

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EDMONTON —
Alberta’s top doctor reported 477 cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths on Thursday.

The province once again set a record of active cases with 4,921. There are 2,277 infections in the Edmonton zone and 1,879 infections in the Calgary zone.

A man in his 40s died of COVID-19 in the south zone, Alberta Health said. The other deaths involved four people in their 80s and 90s in the Edmonton and Calgary zones.

There are 130 Albertans with COVID-19 in hospital, a pandemic high, including 18 in ICU.

Alberta has reported 27,042 cases and 318 deaths.

The province will do maintenance on its data site this weekend and will not report COVID-19 numbers on Monday. Hinshaw will give her next update on Tuesday.

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Flu vaccine is available at 48 local pharmacies across Grey Bruce, offering flu shots to those ages 5 and older. The high demand for flu shots this year may result in pharmacies running out before their next shipment but they are constantly being re-supplied; check with your local pharmacy for availability. This supply/demand issue is occurring province-wide.

Flu vaccine is available through health care providers – most health care providers are doing appointment only and a few are providing mass-immunization clinics due to COVID-19. All health care providers should have flu vaccine available for clients now. Throughout October, health care providers have focussed on vaccinating high-risk clients. With that mostly complete, attention turns to vaccinations for the general population.

High dose flu is available in very limited quantities from pharmacies and health care providers.

Regarding time of receiving the flu vaccine, the general message is “don’t wait for a particular flu vaccine – get vaccinated. There is no preferential flu vaccine.” Nevertheless, your health care provider is the best judge on when it would be optimal for you to get the vaccine based on your individual health status, their expertise with understanding the community health need in their catchment area, and the plans they have to allocate resources to address these needs.

“It is likely that flu virus and COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter.” Says Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr Ian Arra. “Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with the flu and patients with COVID 19. This means getting a flu shot during 2020 season is more important than ever!”

While getting a flu shot will not protect against COVID 19, there are important benefits:

1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.
2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. (www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm)

 

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Kamloops clinic hosts flu vaccination drive-thru | Kamloops News | iNFOnews – iNFOnews

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The Orchards Walk Medical Clinic, run by STEPS, has opened a drive-thru flu shot clinic.
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October 29, 2020 – 2:18 PM

A Kamloops clinic is offering drive-thru flu vaccinations so that patients can stay in their cars, and stay safe.

The drive-thru is hosted at Orchards Walk Medical Clinic, run by the Supporting Team Excellence with Patients Society, according to a release.

In addition to the permanent team at the clinic, nursing students from Thompson Rivers University are also helping out with vaccinations for the 8,000 plus patients at the clinic.  

“We had read about the success of drive-thru vaccination clinics in Australia and decided to try it out here in Kamloops,” society spokesperson Christine Matuschewski said in a release.

“Although the weather has been unseasonably cold, we were still able to process a significant number of patients over the multiple flu shot clinics we are running.”

The lessons learned from this drive-thru clinic will be shared with other organizations looking to do flu shot clinics, and applied in the future once a COVID-19 vaccine is available.


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