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New scanner in Kelowna to serve Interior residents worried about cancer – CFJC Today Kamloops

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By James Peters

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Aug 19, 2020 11:15 AM

KELOWNA — Interior residents seeking cancer scans will soon have less road to travel.

In a teleconference Wednesday (Aug. 19), B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced a new PET/CT scanner will soon be up and running at BC Cancer in Kelowna.

Dix says in 2019-20, more than 1,100 scans were performed on Interior residents with PET/CT scanners in the Lower Mainland.

“By combining both scans in one, a PET/CT scanner creates a more precise image of a body,” said Dix. “Having a more precise image means that doctors can more accurately diagnose cancers, see where it has spread and allows them to make more informed decisions on treatments of patients.”

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One confirmed COVID-19 case reported at L'Essor – Windsor Star

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Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens issued as statement late Satuday morning encouraging residents to comply with the newest restrictions.

“We are all in the drivers seat when it comes to the regulations and limitations that are imposed on Windsor and Essex County,” Dilkens said. “The stronger our collective response, the more flexible guidelines I am confident our region will be permitted.

“To ensure that our region is not further restricted, I would strongly urge all residents to take this news to heart and to follow these guidelines strictly.”

Locally, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence has confirmed one case of COVID-19 at L’Essor high school.

The school board released the information Friday, saying in the interest of privacy it will not identify the student or staff member who tested positive for the virus but will immediately notify parents, students and staff if a class, cohort or school is ordered closed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

The health unit reported eight additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday in the region.

The new cases bring the cumulative total to 2,623 since March.

Three outbreaks continue at long-term care or retirement homes.

Those homes are Dolce Vita in Windsor, where there are four residents and two staff members who have tested positive for the virus.

Two Leamington homes have positive cases – Rosewood Erie Glen with one staff member testing positive and New Beginnings with 21 residents and seven staff members testing positive.

There are currently no workplace outbreaks.

A total of 76 people in Windsor-Essex have died as a result of COVID-19.

Also as of Saturday, 2,452 cases in the region have been categorized as resolved, two more since Friday.

For more information on COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, including public exposure notifications, visit www.wechu.org/cv.

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VIDEO: BC to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids – Goldstream News Gazette

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A new made-in-B.C. test will soon be available for children and youth to help make COVID-19 testing easier and more comfortable, the province’s top doctor has announced.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Thursday (Sept. 18) that B.C. will be one of the first places in the world to implement a new saline gargle test to diagnose the novel coronavirus.

“Unlike the [nasal] swab, this is a new saline gargle where you put a little bit of saline water, that is sterile water, in your mouth, you swish it around and spit it into a little tube,” she explained.

ALSO READ: Health Canada reverses course, will review applications for COVID-19 home tests

“This test is kind of cool and something we’ve had in the works for a while. This new method is more comfortable, particularly for our younger children.”

Henry said the new alternative will soon be made available to health officials across the province, noting the test has some key benefits ahead of influenza season: it is more efficient and can be done without a doctor or nurse involved.

ALSO READ: Easier, quicker saliva sampling eyed for next stage of COVID-19 testing

Currently, the province has been using a nasal swab test – the gold standard for confirming if someone has COVID-19 – which involves putting a six-inch long Q-tip into the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and then rotating it several times. A swab is repeated on the other side of the nose.

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For now, the test will be available for those aged four to 18.

The less-intrusive swab comes as B.C. sees an ongoing rise in daily COVID-19 cases. There have been a total 7,663 confirmed cases in B.C. since January.


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VIDEO: BC to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids – Chilliwack Progress

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A new made-in-B.C. test will soon be available for children and youth to help make COVID-19 testing easier and more comfortable, the province’s top doctor has announced.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Thursday (Sept. 18) that B.C. will be one of the first places in the world to implement a new saline gargle test to diagnose the novel coronavirus.

“Unlike the [nasal] swab, this is a new saline gargle where you put a little bit of saline water, that is sterile water, in your mouth, you swish it around and spit it into a little tube,” she explained.

ALSO READ: Health Canada reverses course, will review applications for COVID-19 home tests

“This test is kind of cool and something we’ve had in the works for a while. This new method is more comfortable, particularly for our younger children.”

Henry said the new alternative will soon be made available to health officials across the province, noting the test has some key benefits ahead of influenza season: it is more efficient and can be done without a doctor or nurse involved.

ALSO READ: Easier, quicker saliva sampling eyed for next stage of COVID-19 testing

Currently, the province has been using a nasal swab test – the gold standard for confirming if someone has COVID-19 – which involves putting a six-inch long Q-tip into the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and then rotating it several times. A swab is repeated on the other side of the nose.

[embedded content]

For now, the test will be available for those aged four to 18.

The less-intrusive swab comes as B.C. sees an ongoing rise in daily COVID-19 cases. There have been a total 7,663 confirmed cases in B.C. since January.


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