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Public Health Ontario has confirmed 118 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death today. 

A person over 80 years old has died with COVID-19. There have now been 1,918 people aged 80 and over who have died with the coronavirus, which is 31.5 per cent of all cases confirmed in the over-80 age group.

Of today’s new cases, four are individuals aged 80 and over, 13 are people aged 60 to 79 years old, 21 are individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 47 are people aged 20 to 39 years old, and 33 are youth aged 19 and under. 

Six of the 34 health units in Ontario have reported more than five new cases in today’s summary, and 18 health units have reported zero. Ottawa Public Health reported 22 of today’s cases, Peel Public Health reported 19 new cases, and Toronto Public Health reported 36 of today’s 118 new cases. 

To-date, the province’s public health agency has reported 41,813 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and has indicated 37,940 of those cases are now recovered. Of the total cases confirmed, 2,803 have ended in death. 

Based in information provided by the province in today’s epidemiological report, there are now 1,070 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Forty-eight people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 18 patients in intensive care and 10 patients on ventilators. 

Ontario reported 28,625 tests have been processed since yesterday’s update. In total, provincial labs have completed more than 2.8 million COVID-19 tests.

In Northern Ontario there are five known active cases.

The breakdown for the health units is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 27 cases, rate of 23.6 per 100,000 population. There are no known active cases.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 35 cases, rate of 27 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 37 cases. There are no known active cases.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 73, rate of 87.5 per 100,000 population. There is one known active case.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 94 cases, rate of 47.2 per 100,000 population. There is one known active case.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 19 cases, rate of 58.1 per 100,000. There are no known active cases.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 46 cases, rate of 52.5 per 100,000. The health unit has reported 47 cases. There are two known active cases.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 103 cases, rate of 68.7 per 100,000. The health unit has reported 104 cases. There is one known active case.

The Ontario rate of infection per 100,000 population is 281.3.

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Health officials to release new COVID-19 forecast as infections rise across country –



Canada is at a “crossroads” in controlling COVID-19 and actions of individual Canadians will determine whether cases continue to rise or can come under control, according to the latest projections from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Federal health officials presented new modelling today that shows the epidemic is accelerating nationally.

If the current rate of contacts is maintained, the epidemic is forecast to resurge, but if that rate of contacts increases, it is expected to resurge “faster and stronger.”

Rapid detection and response to outbreaks are key to controlling transmission of the virus, modelling documents from PHAC show.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Tam and her deputy, Dr. Howard Njoo are joined by Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand at a news conference in Ottawa at noon. 

CBC News is carrying it live.

The last modelling figures were released on Aug. 14. At that time, Canada’s top doctors said they were striving for a best-case scenario but preparing for the worst: a so-called “fall peak” of COVID-19 cases across Canada that threatens to overwhelm the public health-care system.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) officials said they were aiming for a “slow burn” scenario, in which the number of cases remains low to ensure the public health-care system can deal with the influx of patients.

But officials were also planning for a “reasonable worst-case scenario,” where a fall spike in infections is followed by ongoing peaks and valleys that put excessive demands on the health system.

The fall rise in cases coincides with the flu and cold season, potentially putting added strains on hospitals and other health resources.

Health-care workers have already been working on the front lines for several months and are now bracing for a possible spike in hospitalizations, prompting concerns about potential burnout.

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Ontario pediatricians caution on imminent crisis with rolling out flu shot | News – Daily Hive



A group representing more than 1,400 Ontario pediatricians is cautioning “an imminent crisis” in rolling out the flu shot.

A recent online petition by members of the Ontario Medical Association are “expressing our urgent concerns regarding an imminent crisis in influenza vaccination.”

They note that more children were hospitalized last year with the flu than have been with coronavirus to date.

The group said that with the pandemic, there could be “unprecedented strong interest” among parents for the flu shot. There will also be the difficulties of the flu and coronavirus occurring at the same time in communities, and obstacles with physicians delivering vaccinations safely due to high demand.

“COVID-19 remains a growing and unpredictable threat. Not only do we want to prevent our children from getting sick with the flu, we also must prevent them from making others around them sick,” the petition adds.

In order to avoid this, the group is asking for the uptake of flu vaccine to rise from “the usual 30-35% of the population to much higher levels, especially for young children and infants over six months of age.”

In order to assist with the problem, the petition notes that Ontario pediatricians and other community physicians are willing to assist in planning large scale, community-based flu vaccination clinics.

This would allow the flu vaccine to be administered quickly and to a large part of the population, while also ensuring they’re stocked with PPE.

“These clinics could potentially be part of COVID assessment centers staffed by public health and community pediatricians and other volunteer physicians,” the group notes.

From 2019 to 2020, there was a total of 42,541 flu cases in the country, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Daily Hive has reached out to the Ontario Ministry of Health for comment and will update the article accordingly.  

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Brandon records first COVID-19 death – Brandon Sun



The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another victim in the Prairie Mountain Health region on Monday, with the province reporting that a woman in her 80s has died due to the virus.

Dr. Brent Roussin revealed during an afternoon news conference that this death is related to the Brandon Regional Health Centre’s Assiniboine Centre, which originally went into lockdown on Aug. 30 after staff and patients on its second floor tested positive.

This latest fatality represents the first recorded COVID-19 death within the City of Brandon since coronavirus cases began emerging in March.

However, it marks PMH’s second COVID-19-related death overall, with the first being a woman in her 60s who passed away in April after being hospitalized in the Agassiz Mountain health district (which encompasses communities like McCreary and Ste. Rose du Lac).

Roussin mentioned that a man in his 80s from the Southern Health region also recently died from COVID-19, which brings the province’s death rate up to 18 people as of Monday.

Otherwise, public health officials announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, only two of which stemmed from PMH. The remaining new cases on Monday originated from Southern Health (three), Interlake-Eastern (one) and Winnipeg (16).

With this new round of numbers, there are now 17 active coronavirus cases in Brandon, which includes a new confirmed case at Meadows School.

A press release issued by Brandon School Division Supt. Marc Casavant late Sunday afternoon revealed that the affected individual was present at the “school portable” throughout Sept. 15-16.

When asked why the province didn’t include this case in Sunday’s update, Roussin told the Sun that the act of processing every positive case takes time and occasionally results in reporting delays.

“We get many positive results and each of them has to be followed up by a public health nurse to start compiling the information: where they were? Do they go to school? Were they self-isolating? Those type of things,” he said.

Despite this recent death and confirmed school case, Roussin used Monday’s news conference to consistently praise Westman residents for their continued adherence to the “fundamentals” of COVID-19 avoidance throughout the last couple weeks.

Because of the population’s wide use of masks and physical distancing, the province lowered PMH’s Pandemic Response System threat level from orange to yellow this past Friday, which holds out hope for health regions like Winnipeg that are experiencing a spike in activity right now.

“All these fundamentals are easy to know, but they’re challenging to adhere to all the time because we’ve been doing this for long. But if we look at, say, Prairie Mountain Health, we can see the effectiveness of those actions,” Roussin said. “So we’re seeing cases increasing now in Winnipeg … but if we can get back to those fundamentals, then we can live with this virus without needing to repeatedly institute restrictions.”

Right now, the province is contending with 363 active cases and a five-day test positivity rate of 1.8 per cent. Eight people are currently hospitalized because of the virus, while two individuals are in intensive care.

Overall, there have been total of 1,608 coronavirus cases in Manitoba and 506 in PMH.

Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show that 4,167 tests were completed over the weekend, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 166,998.


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