Of the 36 patients who have tested positive in the four concurrent COVID-19 outbreaks at Royal Inland Hospital, 31 were fully immunized, two were partially immunized and three were not vaccinated.
The patients are in the hospital for non-COVID-19-related issues and are not patients in the hospital’s COVID-19 units, where vaccination rates are “extraordinary lower,” according to Interior Health in communication with KTW.
Interior Health said that of the 36 people who were in RIH when they contracted COVID-19, three are in critical care as of Monday, with the vast majority of cases being mild and discovered through asymptomatic testing.
“Fortunately, these statistics demonstrate how the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe illness and death,” Interior Health told KTW.
“We are also fortunate to have very few deaths related to this outbreak due to the high vaccination uptake.”
As of Monday, there have been a total of 45 cases connected to the quartet of outbreaks — 36 patients and nine RIH staff members.
There have been three deaths, though whether the deceased were vaccinated or had co-morbidities has not been revealed, due to privacy concerns.
The outbreaks are on unit 5 South (medical ward, declared on Nov. 2), unit 7 North (renal/cardiac ward, declared on Nov. 8), unit 6 South (surgical ward, declared on Nov. 10) and unit 5 North (stroke/rehab ward, declared on Nov. 13).
The health authority had maintained throughout outbreaks at RIH that it is safe for people to visit patients.
However that changed on Nov. 10 when Interior Health said only essential visitors for patients 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.
A full list of facility, community and school outbreaks can be found online at interiorhealth.ca.
Air travelers to U.S. set to face tougher COVID-19 testing
The U.S. is moving to require that all air travelers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure in response to concerns about a new coronavirus variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Tuesday.
Currently, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative test result obtained within three days from their point of departure. Nearly all foreign nationals must be vaccinated to enter the United States. Unvaccinated travelers currently must get a negative COVID-19 test within one day of arrival.
The new one-day testing requirement would apply equally to U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals.
Reuters reported earlier that a draft proposal was circulating among government agencies for the stricter testing requirement.
A CDC spokeswoman confirmed the agency is working to modify its global testing rules for travel “as we learn more about the Omicron variant; a revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States.”
The administration is also considering whether to require air travelers to get another COVID-19 test within three to five days after arrival in the United States, officials said.
The CDC did not confirm that, but noted it continues to recommend all “travelers should get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival” and “post-travel quarantine for any unvaccinated travelers.”
The stricter rules could be announced Thursday, but it was not clear when they might take effect.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the agency “is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing closer to the time of flight and considerations around additional post-arrival testing and self-quarantines.”
On Monday, the White House barred nearly all foreign nationals who have recently been in South Africa and seven other southern African countries over concerns about the Omicron variant.
A White House official said earlier Tuesday the administration is evaluating COVID-19 measures “including considering more stringent testing requirements for international travel.”
On Tuesday, the CDC advised Americans against travel to Niger, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago, citing COVID-19 concerns.
The CDC now lists about 80 foreign destinations as having “Level Four,” its highest level of COVID-19 transmission, and discourages Americans from traveling to those destinations.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Sandra Maler, Cynthia Osterman and Leslie Adler)
KidsAbility to hold vaccine clinics starting this weekend – CTV News Kitchener
The Region of Waterloo’s public health unit has provided more vaccine clinic options for vulnerable children who may need extra comfort.
As the region ramps up efforts to immunize children between five to 11 years old against COVID-19, the rollout out now includes KidsAbility vaccine clinics that will start this weekend.
“We’re delighted that the KidsAbility team has offered to partner with the Region of Waterloo to make it easier to provide a sensory-friendly vaccination experience for those children who would find our regional vaccination clinics overwhelming,” said Vickie Murray, the lead of the Region of Waterloo vaccine rollout in a press release. “Although we are confident we can accommodate most children’s needs at our regional vaccination clinics, KidsAbility already has a relationship with many of the families who will benefit from the safe space and added support they are able to offer.”
The Kitchener and Cambridge KidsAbility clinics will be accepting children five to 17 years old and will be by referral only.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, KidsAbility has been committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of the children and families we serve, as well as our team members,” added Linda Kenny, Chief Executive Officer for KidsAbility Centre. “Vaccines are mandatory for our staff and now we are very pleased to be working with the Region of Waterloo to host sensory-friendly vaccination clinics at our KidsAbility locations.”
Referral forms for families who feel their child requires additional support of a sensory-friendly vaccination clinic is being asked to contact the Region of Waterloo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-575-4400.
Kingston-area adds 29 new cases, one new death, active case number drops – Globalnews.ca
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health are reporting 29 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. However, the region is also reporting a new virus-related death.
There is also one new hospitalization and four new outbreaks have been declared.
The highest case increase was seen in the 18-29 age group, in which there were 10 new cases.
Monday the region’s case count rose to above 300 for the first time.
“Unfortunately, the KFL&A region is continuing to see local cases rise. Our case activity over the past few weeks is consistent with the progression of the fourth wave of COVID-19,” Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Piotr Oglaza said. “There are thousands of individuals in our community that are not yet fully vaccinated including children five to 11 years of age but also many eligible adults.”
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“Not having that layer of protection, and not having been exposed in previous waves, makes the unvaccinated more susceptible to COVID-19,” he added.
The region remains in the red zone of Public Health’s risk-level meter, and so far the only restriction implemented has been the limit on household gatherings.
The number of cases per 100,000 over the past seven days has dropped to 102.8, compared to 112.3 yesterday.
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