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“We saw an even more intense level of socialization and viral transmission over Christmas than we might have expected and that’s what’s leading us to the really precarious position we’re in now.”
Nolan said cases could peak anywhere between 3,000 to 6,000 a day and Ireland was set to report more than 3,000 cases on Saturday, a near doubling of its daily record.
That will partly be due to a backlog of positive tests, but Nolan said the surge suggests the number of people infected by someone with COVID-19 – the so-called reproduction number – may have risen as high as 1.8 or 2.0.
The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 rose to 581 on Saturday from 508 a day earlier, and has more than doubled in a week.
Infections are also spreading rapidly across the open border in the British-run region of Northern Ireland. Cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days have risen to 577 after the health authority reported another 3,576 cases over the past 48 hours.
Be prepared for more travel, continued business restrictions due to COVID-19 variants: Hinshaw – Calgary Herald
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While those numbers have been trending down for several weeks, the spectre of the wider spread from the variants has led the province to delay any plans to end a lockdown on bars, restaurants and gyms that dates to mid-December.
That’s led members of the hospitality industry to urge the province to provide financial support for businesses facing desperate times.
“Please present to your caucus our ask as an industry for additional financial support that would mirror what has been executed in Ontario that has helped immensely in keeping their hospitality industry alive,” Alberta Hospitality Association president Ernie Tsu wrote in an email to Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried on Tuesday.
He said the sector is seeking provincial grants to ensure 100 per cent rebates on property tax and utilities costs retroactive to December, when the latest lockdown went into effect.
And he repeated his plea for the province to produce data showing the role the industry plays in spreading the virus.
“With the current data still not available to our industry as to why we are still locked down, this financial aid would help to bridge the anxiety and mental health issues which are now starting to truly increase on a day to day basis,” wrote Tsu, who owns the Trolley 5 Brew Pub in Calgary.
But on Tuesday, Hinshaw said those restrictions need to remain in the face of the threat posed by the new COVID-19 variants.
“I know many Albertans and impacted businesses are eager to reopen, this is understandable and I wish it was not necessary to keep the restrictions in place a little while longer,” she said.
“The rise of the new variants also make it vital we not move too quickly, which could have dire consequences for our health system and our health,” she said.
Frustration over restrictions has led to increased disinformation and several incidents in recent weeks of enforcement and health-care officials being “mistreated, verbally abused or treated disrespectfully while carrying out their duties,” she said.
“We need to remember that COVID is the enemy, not one another.”
Another 14 people die from COVID-19 in B.C., health officials report 407 new cases – CHEK
British Columbia health officials reported 407 new cases, including 22 in Island Health, and 14 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Tuesday.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 65,234 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,168.
One of the deaths reported by the province was on Vancouver Island, bringing the total number of people who have died from the virus in the Island Health region to 19.
Of the new cases recorded, 124 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 169 are in Fraser Health, 22 are in Island Health, 54 are in Interior Health, and 38 are in Northern Health.
There are currently 4,260 active cases in the province, 313 people in hospital — 71 of whom are in intensive care — 6,450 and people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
A total of 58,352 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 122,359 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 4,105 of which are second doses.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, said in a statement that the number of daily cases is much “higher than we want it to be” and urged everyone to bring the infection rate down.
“The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is much higher than we want it to be. We are asking for everyone’s help to bend our curve back down. This is especially critical with the presence of variant viruses in our province.”
Today’s data was released in a statement to the media.
Of the active cases, 22 are on southern Vancouver Island, 157 on central Vancouver Island and 16 on northern Vancouver Island.
Over the course of the pandemic, the Island Health region has reported 1,477 cases.
Island Health says their figures somewhat differ from the figures released by the provincial government due to “differences in timing of reporting across laboratory and public health data sources.”
More COVID-19 information
If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, public health contacts affected school community members directly. Regional health authorities also post-school notifications on their websites, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools.
The Island Health school site can be found here.
Provincial mental health and anxiety support can be found at www.bouncebackbc.ca
Island Health’s COVID-19 data breaks down north, central and south Island case counts and lists the number of days since any new lab-diagnosed cases. You can find the data here along with any public exposures.
BC health officials announce 407 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths | News – Daily Hive
British Columbia health officials announced 407 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 65,234.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 124 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 169 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 22 in the Island Health region, 54 in the Interior Health region, 38 in the Northern Health region, and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There are 4,260 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 313 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 71 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 6,450 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There have been 14 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,168 deaths in British Columbia.
A total of 58,352 individuals who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 122,359 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, 4,105 of which are second doses.
“The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is much higher than we want it to be,” said Henry. “We are asking for everyone’s help to bend our curve back down. This is especially critical with the presence of variant viruses in our province.”
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