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Ontario marks record high with 2,923 new COVID-19 cases today – NewmarketToday.ca

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Public Health Ontario has reported a record 2,923 new COVID-19 cases today. 

The number of active, lab-confirmed cases now, for the first time, exceeds 20,000 cases, and the rate of positive test results continues to hover at some of the highest levels reported during the pandemic with an 8.4 per cent positivity today and a 9.7 per cent rate reported yesterday.

The province reported 20 deaths in today’s update, but removed one death reported yesterday (an individual between 20 and 39 years old from the list, resulting in an increase of 19 deaths for the report. Of those, 12 were residents of long-term care homes. Five of the deaths reported were individuals between 60 and 79 years old, and 15 were over the age of 80. 

The total number of hospitalizations wasn’t included in yesterday’s report, so the data reflects the number of people hospitalized since the Dec. 28 report. Over the last two days, 145 people have been hospitalized with COVID and 23 patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

Today’s update provided by the province’s public health agency today also reported the following:

  • 2,237 new recoveries 
  • 1,177 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 864 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 323 COVID patients in intensive care units (up from 304 yesterday) and 204 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 204 yesterday)
  • 20,558 current active cases in Ontario, which is up from 19,891 reported yesterday
  • The province has reported 39,210 tests have been processed for today’s update, resulting in an 8.4 per cent positivity rate. The province’s goal is three per cent. 
  • Of the 2,923 cases reported today, 998 are from Toronto, 441 are from Peel, 408 are from York Region, 69 are from Hamilton, and 65 are from Simcoe-Muskoka.
  • Based on case data reported today, the new cases include 386 people under 20, 1,039 people between 20 and 39 years old, 885 people between 40 and 59 years old, 458 people between 60 and 79 years old, and 159 people over the age of 80.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 178,831 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 153,799 recoveries and 4,474 deaths, of which 2,738 were individuals living in long-term care homes

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,203.1 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario. The weekly incidence rate in Ontario is 103.7 cases per 100,000 people from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26, which is down by 3.5 per cent compared to Dec. 14-20 when the average weekly incidence rate was 107.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Newmarket and York Region numbers are here.

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B.C. now has three clinics for ‘long-hauler’ COVID-19 patients with lingering symptoms – The Globe and Mail

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Katy McLean, a COVID-19 ‘long-hauler’ in Vancouver, on Jan. 22, 2021.

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British Columbia has launched a network of three clinics offering specialized treatments for COVID-19 patients still suffering from an array of ailments months after testing positive for the virus, with researchers using evidence from this care to better understand the long-term effects of the disease.

On Friday, a group of local health authorities announced units already operating at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver have now been joined by one this week at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey, still the B.C. community reporting the most new cases each day.

As the pandemic nears its first year in Canada, health authorities across the country are grappling with how to treat those patients, who refer to themselves as long haulers. Alberta has announced three similar clinics, while Ontario has one in Toronto and one in London.

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Most patients at the trio of B.C. clinics will see a doctor at the facility three months after they first feel ill and then have follow-up visits after six months and then a year. “We’re truly building this plane as we’re flying it and we haven’t reached the 12-month mark,” said Zachary Schwartz, head of the recovery clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.

Though the scientific research to date varies, Jesse Greiner, the head of St. Paul’s clinic, told The Globe and Mail that a leading study showed up to 13 per cent of patients in the United Kingdom self-reported still having symptoms a month after first getting ill. A further 4.5 per cent reported having at least one symptom a month further along, and 2.5 per cent still felt sick at 12 weeks.

In B.C., 56,455 people were listed as recovered in the province’s Friday update, which means more than 1,400 people could still be fighting coronavirus-related symptoms three months or longer after first noticing them.

Dr. Schwartz, whose clinic began seeing long haulers in November, said the most common problem among patients is serious fatigue, but many also experience insomnia, ringing in their ears, tremors or a foggy brain.

“It’s a very individual disease, and everyone has a different history and story to them which makes treatment very difficult,” he said.

For Katy McLean, a Vancouver officer manager, her current experience is comparable to her recovery from a bad concussion once suffered after she fell down the stairs. More than four months after she first tested positive for coronavirus, the 42-year-old still finds it impossible to walk more than 10 minutes at a time and has to write everything down because of short-term memory loss.

“I feel like I have a brutal hangover every day and like I’ve smoked several packs of cigarettes,” she said.

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Still, she said she is feeling positive after recently reducing her work hours to 80 per cent of full time. Ms. McLean has found success managing her fatigue by setting intentional goals for each day. She said she is also incredibly grateful to live with her partner, who is a nurse.

“If I had been living alone I think I probably would have had to go live with a family member because that’s how much my function has been impaired,” she said.

Dr. Greiner, the internist who is in charge of the clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, said the most important treatment to date has been educating people about how their activities can lead to their symptoms flaring.

Often, people experience a worsening of their ailments two to three days after they exert themselves heavily while recovering, he said. But mental and emotional stress can also kick off these bouts of bad symptoms, he added. His clinic has seen 160 patients since it opened in the fall.

“The learning that happens from doing this over and over again really just takes time … listening to patients and really trying to hear their stories and understand what their suffering is and where it’s coming from,” Dr. Greiner said.

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B.C. records 508 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths as vaccine plan released – News 1130

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Health officials in B.C. say the risk of COVID-19 transmission in long-term care and in communities remains too high to lift restrictions, as they announce nine more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

In a joint statement Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 508 more people have been contracted the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

On the heels of an announcement of how the province will proceed with immunization, Dix and Henry remind British Columbians that following guidelines and public health orders continue to be critical.

“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care,” they write.

“We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now.”

So far, 110,556 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,202 are second doses.

A new outbreak has been declared at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam, and outbreaks have been declared at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

A total of 315 people are hospitalized, 74 are in intensive care.

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Coronavirus: Dr. Bonnie outlines B.C.'s mass immunization plan | Watch News Videos Online – Globalnews.ca

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Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines the COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule and when British Columbians can expect to start receiving their doses. The province says the goal is to provide 7.4 million doses and will prioritize vaccines based on age.

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