A fourth COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, with the health facility now dealing with a concurrent quartet of active outbreaks.
On Nov. 13, Interior Health declared a fourth outbreak on unit 5 North, a 32-bed stroke and rehab ward, with two patients testing positive.
Total active COVID-19 outbreaks at RIH include:
• Unit 5 South (medical ward, declared on Nov. 2): 19 positive patient cases, seven positive staff/other cases, two deaths;
• Unit 7 North (renal and cardiac ward, declared on Nov. 8): Four positive patient cases;
• Unit 6 South (surgical ward, declared on Nov. 10): Eight positive patient cases;
• Unit 5 North (stroke and rehab ward, declared on Nov. 13)): Two positive patient cases.
KTW has asked for the vaccination status of all patients and staff infected during the three outbreaks — without linking them to any specific unit — and Interior Health is considering that request.
There have now been seven COVID-19 outbreaks at RIH this year and the first time three units have had outbreaks at the same time.
Previous outbreaks occurred in units 6 South and 6 North. Five people have died in outbreaks at RIH this year.
The health authority had maintained throughout outbreaks at RIH that it is safe for people to visit for emergency care.
However that changed on Nov. 10 when Interior Health said only essential visitors are permitted at Royal Inland Hospital. Essential visitors include:
• Visits for compassionate care: including critical illness, palliative care, hospice care, end-of-life and medical assistance in dying;
• Visits to patients in the emergency department or intensive care unit;
• Visits for pediatric care, labour and delivery;
• Visits necessary to support a patient’s physical care (such as help with feeding or mobility), mental well-being or decision-making.
Interior Health said all services continue to be available at RIH, adding that the hospital remains safe to visit for anyone needing emergency care.
Drop-in vaccination clinic goes Friday – Prince George Citizen
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is partnering with Northern Health for a COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The clinic will be at CSFS’s main office in Prince George located at 987 – 4th Ave. (at the corner of Queensway and Fourth, across from the Plaza 400 building). Everyone ages 12 and up are able to attend and no appointment is necessary. Identification is required.
The first, second and booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as well as the annual flu shot. As the different vaccines do not interfere with each other, residents will be able to receive both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot at the same time.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available.
COVID-19 shows up in Canadian wildlife for first time with three Quebec deer infected – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
OTTAWA – For the first time, the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Canadian wildlife.
Environment Canada says the virus was detected late last month in three wild white-tailed deer in Quebec.
The department says the deer all appeared healthy and showed no clinical signs of COVID-19.
The discovery follows recent reports of the virus spreading among white-tailed deer in the United States.
There has so far been no known transmission of COVID-19 from deer to humans and Environment Canada says it remains “largely a disease of human concern and typically spreads from human to human.”
Still, until more is known, it says anyone exposed to respiratory tissues and fluids from deer should wear a well-fitting mask and avoid splashing of fluids as much as possible.
COVID-19 has infected multiple species of animals, including dogs, cats, farmed mink and zoo animals. But this is the first time in Canada that it has spilled over into wildlife.
Deer in the Estrie region of Quebec were sampled Nov. 6 to 8. The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease confirmed the virus in three of them on Monday. The World Organisation for Animal Health was notified on Wednesday.
“As this is the first detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife in Canada, information on the impacts and spread of the virus in wild deer populations is currently limited,” Environment Canada said in a news release Wednesday.
“This finding emphasizes the importance of ongoing surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife to increase our understanding about SARS-CoV-2 on the human-animal interface.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2021.
KFL&A reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 304 active – Globalnews.ca
The Kingston region is once again over the 300 active cases mark, as Wednesday’s 34 new cases bring the daily active case count to 304.
Of the new cases, 10 are in the five-to-11 age group.
Nineteen people remain in hospital, with 11 of those cases are in the intensive care unit. Six people are on ventilators.
The cases per 100,000 over the past week is up slightly to 104.7, from 102.8 Tuesday.
The rise in cases locally has also forced the postponing of at least one local event. The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes was scheduled to have its grand opening on Dec. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have significant impacts throughout our communities, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is committed to supporting the community through this time of heightened risk and uncertainty,” the Marine Museum said in a statement Wednesday.
“We consider the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors paramount.”
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