Flu outbreak declared over at local hospital
December 26, 2019 10:48am
An influenza outbreak at a local hospital has been declared over.
On December 21st, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance declared an influenza outbreak at the Clinton Public Hospital. As of today, the outbreak has been declared over.
Visitors to the hospital are reminded that if they are feeling unwell or are experiencing flu symptoms, they should avoid visiting the hospital and stay home until they are well.
The flu shot is the best protection against the flu and is still available through family doctors for all ages and pharmacies for people aged five and over.
COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast Facts for Jan. 18, 2021 – CTV Edmonton
Good morning. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.
- Some COVID-19 statistics in Ottawa declined slightly on Sunday, but the city still saw a triple-digit number of new cases.
- A Nepean retirement home has lost four residents to COVID-19 due to a recent outbreak.
- The Ontario government is cracking down on COVID-19 violations at big box stores, visiting more than 100 in the GTHA this weekend, with plans to inspect stores all across the province.
COVID-19 by the numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):
- New cases: 123 new cases on Sunday
- Total COVID-19 cases: 12,286
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 85.6
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.1 per cent (Jan. 8 – Jan. 14)
- Reproduction Number: 1.03 (seven day average)
Who should get a test?
Ottawa Public Health says there are five reasons to seek testing for COVID-19:
- You are showing COVID-19 symptoms. OR
- You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. OR
- You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health. OR
- You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care OR
- You have traveled to the UK, or have come into contact with someone who recently traveled to the UK, please go get tested immediately (even if you have no symptoms).
Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:
There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx
The Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre
Open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Drive-thru assessment centre at National Arts Centre: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Moodie Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Heron Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at McNabb Community Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath
Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallow, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion
Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup
The number of people in Ottawa with known active cases of COVID-19 fell slightly on Sunday after hitting a record high on Saturday.
Ottawa Public Health reported 1,274 active cases of COVID-19 Sunday, down from a peak of 1,286 on Saturday.
The number of people in the hospital and in the ICU also fell by two on Sunday to 38 and eight, respectively.
The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 residents–considered more of a stable metric to judge the progress of the pandemic compared to daily case counts–dipped as well, to 85.6, down from 88.9. It was at nearly 100 late last week.
OPH added 123 new cases of COVID-19, 134 recoveries and one new death to its pandemic totals on Sunday.
As COVID-19 vaccines are delivered to local long-term care homes, one Ottawa retirement home is battling an outbreak that has so far claimed the lives of four residents.
The Valley Stream retirement home on Valley Stream Drive in Nepean has, to date, seen 46 residents and 27 staff members test positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 2.
In a statement dated Jan. 14, Dr. Rhonda Collins, chief medical officer for Revera, the company that runs the home, said COVID-19 protocols are in place to help limit the spread.
On Friday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said vaccination teams had visited all 28 local long-term care homes and the focus of the city’s inoculation efforts would turn to retirement homes.
A spokesperson for Revera told CTV News on Sunday that Valley Stream is awaiting confirmation from Ottawa Public Health of a date for residents to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and staff have been preparing the informed consents required.
Safety inspectors found more than 30 businesses violating COVID-19 safety rules during a big-box blitz across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said Sunday, and the blitz will soon be expanding across the province.
The ministry said that inspectors visited 110 stores on Saturday and found 31 stores in violation of provincial orders, which is equal to about 70 per cent compliance.
“We’ll be expanding that in the days and weeks to come across the whole province,” Minister Monte McNaughton said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press. “We’re going to continue targeting bad actors and we’ll continue issuing fines and close them down if we have to.”
The most common violations inspectors found big box stores contravening were linked to screening of customers and staff, masking protocols and physical distancing problems, McNaughton said.
With files from CTV Toronto’s Sean Davidson and The Canadian Press.
Vaccination campaign gets underway in nine Cree communities in northern Quebec – Sudbury.com
Boxes of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived by plane in nine Cree communities in Quebec’s James Bay region over the weekend and were immediately put to work to protect the community, the head of the regional health board said Sunday.
Bertie Wapachee, the chairperson of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, said vaccination was already underway in many of the communities, with the rest of the vaccine centres opening on Monday.
“In some ways, it represents a light at the end of the tunnel for us,” he said in a phone interview.
“It’s an added tool to defeating the virus as we move forward.”
Wapachee said he didn’t know the exact number of vaccines received, but said the communities would be able to offer a first dose to any adult community members who want them.
He said the remote Cree communities are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks due to overcrowded housing conditions that make isolating difficult, as well as a limited number of local health-care workers.
He said he was “confident” most of the community members would want the shot.
The region has contended with at least one outbreak involving about 40 cases.
While there are logistical challenges in delivering the vaccine to isolated communities, Wapachee said the area is well-served by regional airline Air Creebec, a strong team on the ground and a population that has done a good job respecting the health measures overall.
Meanwhile, Quebec reported 50 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday as well as a preliminary total of 1,744 new cases.
The province said a delay in transmitting data from Quebec’s labs means the number of cases is incomplete and will be adjusted in a future update.
Hospitalizations declined for the third straight day, down 14 to 1,460.
There were also 12 fewer people in intensive care, for a total of 215.
While the number of new cases recorded in Quebec has declined slightly over the past week, Health Minister Christian Dube said on Twitter that it’s too soon to describe the movement as a trend.
He urged Quebecers to keep following health measures because the battle is “not yet won.”
The province administered just over 8,800 doses of vaccine on Saturday, he added.
Quebec has reported a total of 242,714 cases and 9,055 deaths since the pandemic began.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2021
Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
Six-week vaccine pilot project to kick off Monday at Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Global News
A pilot program is set to start administering COVID-19 vaccines in Toronto on Monday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
It will be the city’s first vaccination clinic in a community setting. The hope is that it will set the stage for what the future rollout of COVID-19 vaccines will look like when they become available to the public.
While hospital staff have been rolling up their sleeves for weeks, frontline shelter workers told Global News they had no idea when it would be their turn to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Diana Chan McNally, with the Toronto Drop-In Network, said when the decision was announced last Monday it was a shock. “It was completely unexpected,” McNally said.
Tommy Taylor, who works in the Toronto shelter system, said “when it came time for things like vaccination, we just didn’t know where we were going to be on the schedule… just given how far we seemed to be of a thought on everything else.”
Starting tomorrow, the six-week pilot project in Toronto will be administering shots for staff working in shelters, harm reduction sites, and other community agencies.
Taylor said the news is a relief for him and his colleagues.
“Being a part of this vaccine really starts to put to rest some of those fears that we have had,” Taylor said. “Certainly waiting to hear if we were part of the plan that was a scary period of time.”
Officials said the site will be able to administer upwards of 250 COVID-19 vaccines per day. The program structure allows them to scale their work up or down depending on the number of doses available.
On Sunday, Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory toured the operation. “It’s going to be a pilot project that we can expand right across the province,” Ford said. “I know General Hillier is looking at 50 different sites across the province.”
The plan is to use the pilot project as way to prove the model works, and iron out any issues that might arise.
“There will be a playbook issued out of this if you can call it that will tell everyone how to make sure based on the lessons learned right here that you can do this effectively,” Tory said.
Those who qualify, sign up online. McNally explained that agencies were tasked with coming up with a list of staff who would be eligible. Those individuals received a link to register. But McNally said, given the supply and time frame, it is possible not everyone will get in during the pilot project. “There is the potential that some folks might not be able to receive the vaccine in this round,” McNally said.
However, officials said it’s a start, and every shot administered is one step closer to making sure everyone is protected.
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