Another COVID-19 exposure occurred on a flight to Kamloops last weekend.
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control on Friday added six more Vancouver flights to its COVID-19 public exposures list, including an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Kamloops on Oct. 24.
The public health agency is warning passengers who recently travelled aboard the following Air Canada flights that they may have been exposed to the virus.
- Oct. 23 – Air Canada flight 123, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 26-30)
- Oct. 24 – Air Canada flight 215, Calgary to Vancouver (Affected rows 24-29)
- Oct. 24 – Air Canada flight 8198, Vancouver to Kamloops (Affected rows 8-14)
- Oct. 25 – Air Canada flight 248, Vancouver to Edmonton (Affected rows 16-22)
- Oct. 25 – Air Canada flight 855, London to Vancouver (Affected rows 18-23)
- Oct. 28 – Air Canada flight 551, Los Angeles to Vancouver (Affected rows 22-28)
The update comes following Thursday’s additions to the BCCDC’s list, which included the flights:
- Oct. 18 – Air Canada 8209, Vancouver to Prince George (Affected rows 8-14)
- Oct. 18 – Air Canada 8575, Saskatoon to Vancouver (Affected rows 1-4 and 12-14)
- Oct. 25 – Air Canada 192, Victoria to Toronto (Affected rows 1-4)
The health agency asks any passengers who travelled on a domestic flight flagged for carrying a COVID-19 case to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their potential exposure.
Any passengers who have travelled outside of Canada, meanwhile, are required to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival. The government continues to discourage international travel at this time.
Any returning travellers who develop symptoms following their arrival in Canada should get tested for COVID-19. These individuals will also be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days from their arrival date, or 10 days after onset of symptoms, whichever is longer.
While self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19— i.e. fever, cough, chills, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste and many more—individuals should take and record their temperature daily, and avoid taking fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if possible, for 14 days following their return to Canada or last known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case. The average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C, according to the BCCDC.
For more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation, head to the BCCDC’s website.
COVID-19 cases confirmed in several Regina, Saskatoon hockey teams – CTV News
The Saskatchewan government has declared new outbreaks in several hockey teams, including three in Regina.
Outbreaks in other Saskatchewan hockey teams including the Assiniboia Rebels, the Fort Qu’Appelle Fort Knox and the Regina Cherries Sr. Men’s teams.
Saskatoon Minor Hockey reported outbreaks in “multiple teams” this week.
According to the province, an outbreak is declared when two people or more test positive for COVID-19 in a non-household setting.
Below is a list of locations where outbreaks have been declared, along with the date of the declaration:
- Turvey Centre (Louis Riel play cast members), Nov. 26
- Doogz Diggers Hockey Team, Nov. 26
- Bro-Ci-Tops Hockey Team, Nov. 26
- Gailenes Child Care, Nov. 26
- Cherries Sr. Men Hockey Team, Nov. 25
- Paul Dojak Centre, Nov. 25
- Regina Provincial Correctional Centre (Isolation Unit), Nov. 25
- Pioneer Village, Nov. 25,
- First Years Learning Centre, Nov. 24
- Tim Hortons, South Albert, Nov. 22
- Parkside Extendicare, Nov. 20
- Santa Maria Long-term Care Home, Nov. 20
- Highland Curling Club, Nov. 20
- Avena Foods, Nov. 20
- Jesus the Anointed One Church, Nov. 18
- Ecole Wascana Plains School, Nov. 18
- Clare Parker Homes, Nov. 17
- Evraz Steel Mill, Nov. 17
- Culture Grooming Lounge, Nov. 17
- Revera Green Falls Landing, Nov. 15
- Saskatoon Minor Hockey (multiple teams), Nov. 25
- Saskatoon Food Bank, Nov. 24
- Oliver Lodge, Nov. 24
- Lutheran Sunset Home, Nov. 20
- Royal University Hospital, Unit 5300 (Ortho/Trauma), Nov. 20
- Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Nov.17
- Luther Special Care Home, Nov. 17
- Martensville High School, Martensville, Nov. 11
- The Mosaic Company – Esterhazy K3, Esterhazy, Nov. 25
- Northside Sales and Service, Ituna, Nov. 13
- Rebels Hockey Team, Assiniboia, Nov. 23
- Senior Balcarres Broncos Hockey, Balcarres, Nov. 22
- Fort Knox Hockey Team, Fort Qu’Appelle, Nov. 22
- Little Castle Child Care Centre, Indian Head, Nov. 17
- Hayes Haven Person Care Home, Indian Head, Nov. 17
- Gunnar Mine, Uranium City, Nov. 13
- St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Nov. 25
- Condo building, Battleford, Nov. 21
- U19 Bruins hockey, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- Global Sports Academy, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- Safeway, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- River Heights Lodge, North Battleford, Nov. 12
- Purolator, Prince Albert, Nov. 12
- Caleb Village, North Battleford, Nov. 11
COVID-19 clusters identified at Windsor Regional, Hotel-Dieu Grace hospitals – Windsor Star
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Visits to the floor are not allowed until further notice.
“Both hospitals continue to work with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to investigate the circumstances of the cluster and we will provide an update when more details become available,” the Windsor Regional release says.
HDGH says the patients in its affected unit are all being tested and staff who worked in the unit are being offered testing. In addition, the hospital is closing the unit to new admissions, enhancing cleaning, reinforcing the importance of PPE use and consistent hand-washing, and suspending a visitation program in the unit that allows designated family members to help with care.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said the health unit is working closely with hospital officials to investigate the clusters. Due to privacy concerns, he said, the health unit is “unable to disclose publicly any further details about the cases or the number of close contacts at the hospitals.”
(2) Covid-19 hit 7 members of one family. Now they're speaking out so others don't go through the same pain. – CNN
Two hospital systems gave Thanksgiving updates on their coronavirus caseloads, both saying that cases are rising in their hospitals but expressing confidence in their ability to deal with the increasing case load.
One hospital system said, the situation now is “nothing approaching what we experienced in March,” and another system echoing that saying they are “well within our ability to handle.”
Mt. Sinai healthcare system’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vicki LoPachin, said in a note Wednesday, that coronavirus cases continue to rise across the Mt. Sinai health system but that the current number of cases “is still within our projections, and well within our ability to handle.”
“Our COVID-19 inpatient census remains at less than 10 percent of what we saw at the peak in the spring,” LoPachin said. “And we do not believe we will ever see anything close to those prior numbers.”
Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which is also affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian’s hospital system, said in a message Thursday that the new Covid-19 case curve is “unequivocally positive” but nothing approaching “what we experienced in March.”
Smith’s candid updates during the heat of the coronavirus crisis in New York gained a large following in the spring.
Smith said NYP and CU have a “meticulous plan” for staffing changes if the surge in cases increases quickly, and that at this time, the systems are not close to a level where non-urgent surgeries would need to be canceled in order to deal with an influx of cases.
Smith also said the institutions are in the process of planning “thorough plans” for vaccine distribution.
On Wednesday morning, the system had 157 Covid-19-positive patients admitted to their hospitals, 25 of whom were in critical care.
LoPachin warned Mt. Sinai healthcare workers to “relax, recharge and prepare for the work ahead” as coronavirus case numbers are expected to increase, as some ignore warnings against gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We know that many people will ignore the warnings and gather unsafely with their families tomorrow, and that the patients with new COVID-19 infections resulting from those gatherings will arrive in our hospitals in the next few weeks,” LoPachin said. “Your family needs you, your colleagues need you, and your patients need you, now more than ever.”
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