On Saturday, medical health officer Dr. Rim Zayed declared the outbreak over after 28 days had passed without a new positive case of the novel coronavirus in the long-term care facility. The outbreak was originally declared on April 17.
Two residents of the home died as a result of the virus.
On April 26, Joseph Pierre Sylvestre, 83, was the first long-term care patient to die from COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. He was the fifth person to die from COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
Two days later, a second long-term care patient died in La Loche. Agnes McDonald, 85, was the sixth COVID-19 death in the province.
While the outbreak has been declared over, health officials say community precautions in La Loche remain in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 has hit La Loche the hardest in Saskatchewan, with 154 confirmed cases in the area as of Friday evening. Over 60 per cent of the province’s active cases are in La Loche, a Dene village of 2,800 people, about 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. The community has seen 48 recoveries with 106 cases remaining active.
Health officials say they continue to perform door-to-door testing alongside mobile testing and aggressive contact tracing.
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Pharma chiefs see coronavirus vaccine by year-end, but challenges 'daunting' – RFI
Issued on: 28/05/2020 – 21:34
Pharmaceutical company executives said Thursday that one or several COVID-19 vaccines could begin rolling out before 2021, but warned the challenges would be “daunting” as it was estimated that 15 billion doses would be needed to halt the pandemic.
Well over 100 labs around the world are scrambling to come up with a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, including 10 that have made it to the clinical trial stage.
“The hope of many people is that we will have a vaccine, hopefully several, by the end of this year,” Pascal Soriot, head of AstraZeneca, told a virtual briefing.
His company is partnering with the University of Oxford to develop and distribute a vaccine being trialled in Britain.
Albert Bourla, head of Pfizer, meanwhile said that his company, which is conducting clinical trials with German firm Biontech on several possible vaccines in Europe and the United States, also believed one would be ready before the end of the year.
“If things go well, and the stars are aligned, we will have enough evidence of safety and efficacy so that we can… have a vaccine around the end of October,” he said.
It can take years for a new vaccine to be licensed for general use, but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, experimental vaccines shown to be safe and effective against the novel coronavirus could likely win approval for emergency use.
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), which organised Thursday’s briefing, highlighted the “daunting” challenges facing the industry in the push for a vaccine.
– ‘Running against time’ –
One challenge, which may seem counterintuitive, is that transmission rates are rapidly declining in Europe where some of the trials are taking place.
Soon they will be too low to properly conduct clinical vaccine trials in a natural setting, Soriot said, adding that so-called “human challenge” studies in which people are intentionally exposed to the virus to test efficacy, were not considered ethically acceptable with COVID-19.
“We are running against time,” he said.
The novel coronavirus has killed more than 355,000 people and infected at least 5.7 million worldwide in a matter of months.
IFPMA director Thomas Cueni pointed to estimates that the world will need some 15 billion doses to stop the virus, posing massive logistical challenges.
He stressed that the industry was committed to ensuring equitable access to a future vaccine, but acknowledged that “we will not have sufficient quantities as from day one, even with the best efforts.”
Once a working vaccine is developed, one of the biggest obstacles to putting out the amount needed could surprisingly be that there are not enough glass vials to store the doses in.
“There are not enough vials in the world,” Soriot said, adding that AstraZeneca, like a number of other firms, was looking into the possibility of putting multiple doses in each vial.
– IP ‘fundamental’ –
Paul Stoffels, vice chairman and chief scientific officer at Johnson and Johnson, meanwhile said that if 15 billion doses were needed, a number of different vaccines would be necessary to satisfy the initial demand.
“Not all vaccine candidates could go all over the world depending on features, so somewhere between five and 10 will definitely be needed to serve the whole world,” he said.
One challenge could be that some of the vaccines being worked on require storage at very low temperatures, which could be difficult in places lacking the proper infrastructure.
While stressing the need for solidarity and for ensuring fair and equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the pharmaceutical chiefs flatly rejected any suggestion that intellectual property rights should be waived on vaccine research.
“IP is absolutely fundamental to our industry,” GSK chief Emma Walmsley said.
Soriot meanwhile pointed out that pharmaceutical companies are currently investing billions of dollars with little chance of recuperating the costs.
“If you don’t protect IP, then essentially there is no incentive for anybody to innovate,” he said.
© 2020 AFP
What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. on May 29, 2020 – CBC.ca
- Health officials will give their daily update in a written statement at 3 p.m. PT.
- To date, 2,558 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in B.C.
- 164 people have died of the illness.
- 2,153 people have recovered.
- There are currently 241 active cases of COVID-19.
- As of Thursday, 33 patients were in hospital with COVID-19, including six in intensive care.
B.C. has now had 2,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19, but less than a 10th of those are still active.
As of Thursday, there were 241 active cases in the province, while 2,153 people have recovered. Sadly, 164 people have now died from the novel coronavirus, including 93 residents of long-term care homes.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital has fallen to 33, including six who are in intensive care.
However, officials continue to be concerned about the impact of the pandemic on the elderly and care home residents, and specialized response teams have been sent in to deal with outbreaks at two facilities in the Fraser Health region.
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Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
As of 10 p.m. PT on Thursday, Canada had 88,512 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 46,480 considered resolved or recovered. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial health data, regional information and CBC’s reporting stood at 6,963.
The numbers are not a complete picture, as they don’t account for people who haven’t been tested, those being investigated as a potential case and people still waiting for test results.
For a look at what’s happening across the country and the world, check the CBC interactive case tracker.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What should I do if I feel sick?
Stay home. Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority or 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.
Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available in B.C. from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. PT, seven days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
- Keep at least two metres away from people who are sick.
- When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Masks won’t fully protect you from infection, but can help prevent you from infecting others.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.
If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, May 29 – CBC.ca
What’s happening today?
Families of people living at the Almonte Country Haven long-term care home just west of Ottawa say they asked for staffing help early in the pandemic, but didn’t get it.
All but 10 of the home’s 82 residents contracted COVID-19 and 28 died. The home’s administrator says it met Ontario’s staffing standards at all times.
WATCH: Staffing at hard-hit care home
Canadian Blood Services needs more people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma for a project to see if they have antibodies that could potentially help treat the virus.
Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan is calling on the city to open up more public washrooms during the pandemic, even with the portable toilets installed downtown.
WATCH: How to keep public washrooms safe
How many cases are there?
There have been 1,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 240 deaths linked to the respiratory illness. There are more than 3,070 known cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
More than 2,300 people in the region have recovered from COVID-19.
The deaths of 49 people in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties and 32 more in the wider region have also been tied to the coronavirus.
Confirmed cases are just a snapshot because not everyone can be tested and results take time to process, though testing criteria are being expanded.
What’s open and closed?
This Sunday, the farmers market at Lansdowne Park reopens for preordering and picking up at a designated time.
So can national parks and historic sites across Canada, which includes Rideau Canal lockstations.
Quebec elementary schools outside Montreal are open. Schools for its older students and all Ontario schools are closed through summer.
Distancing and isolating
The coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don’t need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home and staying at least two metres away from anyone they don’t live with.
Ottawa Public Health now wants people to think about how to safely do certain things and recommends people wear a fabric or non-medical mask when they can’t always stay two metres from strangers, such as at a grocery store.
Anyone who has symptoms, travelled recently outside Canada or, specifically in Ottawa, is waiting for a COVID-19 test result must self-isolate for at least 14 days.
The same goes for anyone in Ontario who’s been in contact with someone who’s tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.
People 70 and older or with compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions should also self-isolate.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. The Ontario government says in rare cases, children can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
WATCH: What it’s like to be new to Canada during the pandemic
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
Tests are done at the Brewer Arena from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., seven days a week, or at 595 Moodie Dr. and 1485 Heron Rd. those same hours on weekdays.
Testing has also expanded for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.
There is a drive-thru test centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don’t require people to call ahead and others in Rockland, and Cornwall that require an appointment.
In Kingston, the assessment centre at the Kingston Memorial Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for anyone with symptoms.
Napanee‘s test centre is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for people who call for an appointment.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.
It has a walk-in site in Brockville open seven days a week at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.
WATCH: The National‘s nightly COVID-19 Q&A
The public health unit in the Belleville area is asking people to call it at 613-966-5500, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.
If you have no symptoms, you can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre, or in Picton by texting 613-813-6864. You can also call Picton’s number as a backup.
You may also qualify for a home test.
Renfrew County is also providing home testing under some circumstances. Residents without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.
If you’re concerned about the coronavirus, take the self-assessment.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents should call 819-644-4545 if they have symptoms. They could end up being referred to Gatineau’s testing centre.
WATCH: Quebec’s latest projections show need to follow rules
Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.
Akwesasne has opened a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to Akwesasne who’s been farther than 80 kilometres away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who has symptoms can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.
Pikwakanagan‘s council planned to let businesses reopen as of today and Kitigan Zibi is keeping schools closed through the summer.
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