Public health authorities in Kingston, Ont., say more people have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Georgia Nail Salon, the third personal care business in the area to be linked to an outbreak of the respiratory illness.
On Thursday, Kieran Moore, medical officer of health with Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, said anyone who visited Georgia Nail Salon at 4499 Bath Rd. in Amherstview, Ont., between June 12 to June 25 must get tested and self-isolate, regardless of test results. Amherstview is in Loyalist Township, just west of Kingston.
The health unit reported three new cases Thursday, increasing the total of lab-confirmed cases in the region to 96. No deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in the Kingston area. There are currently 33 active cases, while the rest are considered recovered.
After nearly two months with very few new cases, Kingston has seen a spike in recent weeks stemming from an initial outbreak at Binh’s Nails and Spa, which then spread to Kingdom Nails and Spa and now Georgia. An employee and golfer at Amherstview Golf Club have also tested positive.
Recent clients at all four businesses are being asked to go into self-isolation and get tested for COVID-19.
Rule breakers could face $5K fine
Health authorities had previously asked clients of Georgia’s to self-isolate until they were able to obtain a negative test result; now they’re asking all clients to get tested and go into self-isolation for 14 days from the last date they visited the salon, regardless of whether they test positive or not.
Additionally, if clients test negative and then develop COVID-19 symptoms later, public health authorities want them to get re-tested, a news release said Thursday.
“Since Tuesday, we have identified additional positive COVID-19 cases at Georgia Nail Salon. This is why we are re-issuing this communication and modifying the self-isolation requirements,” Moore said in the release.
“The well-being of Georgia Nail customers and employees is our top priority along with ensuring adherence to proper sanitization and cleaning.”
Any residents in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington region who do not follow public health directives to self-isolate can now face fines of $5,000 per day.
Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines – Salmon Arm Observer
Canada is signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and U.S.-based biotech firm Moderna to procure millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand is announcing the deals this morning in Toronto, which will see Canada get access to the vaccines if they prove to be both safe and effective.
Both companies began Phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine candidates in the last week, large-scale tests to determine how well the vaccines work.
Earlier in July both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials.
The Phase 3 trials will both test the vaccines on 30,000 people, and results are expected in the fall.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned Tuesday about expecting a vaccine to provide a quick end to the pandemic, saying they provide hope but likely no silver bullet for the novel coronavirus.
The Canadian Press
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30% of British Columbians would 'wait and see' before taking COVID vaccine: poll – Chilliwack Progress
Nearly one-third of British Columbians would take a “wait and see” approach to a COVID-19 vaccine, a poll from the Angus Reid Institute suggests.
The poll, released Tuesday (Aug. 4), took an overall look at how Canadians feel about a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 117,000 people and killed nearly 9,000 across the country. Quebec and Ontario have been hardest hit by the virus, with Alberta seeing recent spikes in cases and B.C. reaching 3,641 cases.
Pollsters found that 30 per cent of British Columbians would wait to see how the vaccine worked, or what its side effects were, before getting the shot. That number was similar Canada-wide at 32 per cent, with Ontario and the Atlantic provinces the most likely to wait at 35 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively, and Quebecers the least likely to wait at 29 per cent. Alberta was equal to B.C. at 30 per cent.
British Columbians were the most likely to get the vaccine right away at 52 per cent, above the country’s average at 46 per cent. Residents of Saskatchewan were the least likely to get the vaccine immediately at 33 per cent, with Alberta next at 41 per cent.
About 61 per cent of Canadians overall said they would be concerned about side effects from a vaccine, while 23 per cent each said they would be concerned about getting infected from taking it, its effectiveness or that COVID-19 is not as serious as people say it is.
Canadians who voted Conservative in 2019 were by far the most likely to think the outbreak was not as serious as others say, at 43 per cent compared to eight per cent for Liberal voters and five per cent for NDP.
Across the country, 14 per cent said they won’t get the vaccine when it becomes available, with Alberta and Saskatchewan least likely to get it at 22 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively. Men were less likely than women to agree to the vaccine, and men between 35 and 54 years old were the least likely overall at 21 per cent.
Health officials worldwide largely believe a vaccine could begin to be distributed as early as January 2021, although according to a Russian state news agency, the country said it will begin a national vaccination campaign in October.
Elsewhere, frontrunner Moderna began phase three trials at the end of July, while several other vaccines made by China and by Britain’s Oxford University, based on different vaccine technologies, began smaller final-stage tests in Brazil and other hard-hit countries earlier this month.
Poll results came from an online survey of 1,519 Canadian adults between July 23 and 24, 2020.
– With files from The Associated Press
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Canada strikes deals for vaccine candidates with Pfizer, Moderna – RFI
Issued on: 05/08/2020 – 19:14
Canada announced Wednesday it has signed two agreements with American pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and Moderna for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
Millions of doses will be supplied, but the vaccines are still in development while negotiations continue with other potential suppliers, Procurement Minister Anita Anand told a news conference.
They will also still need to obtain Health Canada regulatory approvals before being distributed to Canadians, she said.
The agreement with the American giant Pfizer concerns a vaccine candidate developed in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech.
BioNTech and Pfizer reported the first conclusive trials of the BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate in early July, after testing 45 people. They started large-scale clinical trials at the end of July, with 30,000 volunteers aged 18 to 35.
Moderna is to provide its mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate, which has started to be tested in thousands of Phase 3 clinical trial human participants.
On Tuesday, Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, warned that a vaccine will be a “very important aspect of the response,” but will not bring a swift end to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’re planning, as a public health community, that we’re going to have to manage this pandemic certainly over the next year, but certainly it may be planning for the longer term on the next two to three years during which the vaccine may play a role. But we don’t know yet,” Tam said.
“People might think that if we get a vaccine then everything goes back to normal the way it was before. That’s not the case,” added her deputy, Howard Njoo.
Canada had more than 118,000 cases of coronavirus and 8,996 patients have died, as of Wednesday.
© 2020 AFP
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