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Ontario reports 807 new COVID-19 cases, more than 10M people now fully vaccinated – Global News



Ontario is reporting 807 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the province has reached a milestone of more than 10 million people who are now fully vaccinated against the virus. The provincial case total now stands at 567,878.

Of the 807 new cases recorded, the data showed 499 were unvaccinated people, 68 were partially vaccinated people, 179 were fully vaccinated people and for 60 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Friday’s report, 175 cases were recorded in Toronto, 136 in Peel Region, 85 in York Region, 72 in Windsor-Essex, 50 in Durham Region, 49 in Ottawa, and 46 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 30 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,536 as six more deaths were recorded. However, the ministry of health said three of the deaths occurred in the last week with the other three having occurred more than a week ago.

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Hospitalizations in Ontario

Ontario reported 326 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by six from the previous day) with 169 patients in intensive care units (up by seven) and 144 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by seven).

Provincial officials recently announced they would start including the vaccination status of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 as part of their daily COVID-19 data reporting. They noted the new dataset will grow and improve over time as more information is collected.

For those in general hospital wards with COVID, 142 were unvaccinated, 17 were partially vaccinated and 34 were fully vaccinated. For those in ICUs, 103 were unvaccinated while 8 were partially vaccinated and 12 were fully vaccinated.

In the third wave peak, which was the worst wave for hospitalizations, the province saw as many as 900 patients in ICUs with COVID. The province’s data has recorded 5,641 patients in total have ever been in ICU with 29,080 patients having been hospitalized due to COVID since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccinations, recoveries, testing, 7-day average in Ontario

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, 43,855 vaccines (21,284 for a first shot and 22,284 for a second shot) were administered in the last day.

Typically, second shots have been outpacing first shots but Thursday saw an almost even split between first and second doses since the vaccine certificate system was announced by the province on Wednesday.

It was also the highest number of vaccinations administered in a 24-hour period in two weeks.

There are now more than 10 million people fully immunized with two doses, which is 76.8 per cent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage stands at 83.3 per cent.

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Meanwhile, 552,248 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 97 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 738 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 6,094 — up from the previous day when it was at 6,031, and up from Aug. 27 when it was at 5,444. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 732 which is the up from yesterday’s at 728, and is up from last week when it was 665. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 200.

The government said 28,786 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 13,055 tests awaiting results.

Test positivity hit 3.2 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 3 per cent.

Variants of concern in Ontario

Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) detected so far in the province which consists of:

“Alpha” the B.1.1.7 VOC (first detected in the United Kingdom): 146,428 variant cases, which is up by three since the previous day. This strain dominated Ontario’s third wave.

“Beta” the B.1.351 VOC (first detected in South Africa): 1,501 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Gamma” the P.1 VOC (first detected in Brazil): 5,222 variant cases, which is unchanged since the previous day.

“Delta” the B.1.617.2 VOC (first detected in India): 11,319 variant cases, which is up by 325 since the previous day. This strain is currently the dominating strain for Ontario’s fourth wave.

NOTE: It takes several days for positive COVID-19 tests to be re-examined for the exact variant. Therefore, there may be more variant cases than overall cases in daily reporting.

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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 283,008 people are male — an increase of 370 cases.
  • 280,998 people are female — an increase of 431 cases.
  • 15,453 people are under the age of four — an increase of 33 cases.
  • 27,356 people are 5 to 11 — an increase of 91 cases.
  • 50,490 people are 12 to 19 — an increase of 84 cases.
  • 214,209 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 321 cases.
  • 160,503 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 194 cases.
  • 74,303 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 68 cases.
  • 25,463 people are 80 and over — an increase of 14 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

Here is a breakdown of the total deaths related to COVID-19 by age:

  • Deaths reported in ages 19 and under: 5
  • Deaths reported in ages 20 to 39: 90
  • Deaths reported in ages 40 to 59: 631 (+2)
  • Deaths reported in ages 60 to 79: 3,088 (+2)
  • Deaths reported in ages 80 and older: 5,721 (+2)
  • The province notes there may be a reporting delay for deaths and data

Cases, deaths and outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,794 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is unchanged since the previous day. Thirteen virus-related deaths in total have been reported among staff.

There are 6 current outbreaks in homes, which is unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 34 active cases among long-term care residents and 19 active cases among staff — up by six and up by two, respectively, in the last day.

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Coronavirus cases in Quebec rise by 821 with three new deaths and two more hospitalizations – CTV News Montreal



Quebec reported Saturday that 821 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province, bringing the overall number of infections to 402,283.

Of the new infections, 609 people were unvaccinated when they received their positive result, 49 received one dose of vaccine more than two weeks prior, and 163 were double-vaxxed more than a week before the test. 

Hospitalizations rose by two bringing the total number of people receiving care in the province’s hospitals to 264. The ministry reports that 36 people checked in for care, and 34 were discharged. Of the 36, 28 were unvaccinated, two received one vaccine dose more than 14 days prior and six got both jabs more than a week before entering the hospital. 

There are 89 people in intensive care wards, which is six fewer than on Friday.

Three more people have died due to COVID-19, bringing that total to 11,321 since March 2020.

There are 508 active outbreaks in the province.

Quebec’s vaccination rate remains at 88 per cent for one dose of the eligible population and 82 per cent for both doses. 

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Spike in COVID-19 cases is pushing New Brunswick's health-care system to the limit – CTV News Atlantic



New Brunswick’s jump in COVID-19 cases has overloaded the health-care system this week.

The Horizon Health Network is now looking to hire more staff across the province to help with the growing demand for testing and vaccinations.

The health network has seen an increased demand in testing as COVID-19 cases have soared over the last month.

“Two weeks ago, if you wanted a test, you could walk in or call and get it at almost anytime you wanted,” said Dr. Jeff Steeves with New Brunswick’s Medical Society.

But now, assessment centres are seeing long line ups and delays in testing.

Steeves wants people to get the jab and practice caution during this time to prevent overloading the system even more.

“Remember, we were running short even before COVID, so we’re trying to maintain that,” Steeves said. “Therefore, we can’t divert the staff like we did before, hence the call for new staff.”

Horizon Health’s vice-president said in a statement Friday that they are currently looking to recruit staff at vaccination clinics, assessment centres and school clinics in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton.

“Given the recent rise in COVID activity in New Brunswick, and the increased demand for these services, we are hoping to replenish our pool of available clinicians and administrative support staff as we ramp up activity at these locations,” said Jean Daigle.

Since the province announced proof of vaccination requirements this week, public health has reported a significant jump in vaccination appointments.

On Wednesday, 1,700 appointments were booked, while yesterday there were 1,929.

Health officials say prior to Wednesday’s number, the recent average for vaccinations was 600 bookings per day. On Thursday, 600 additional vaccines had to be delivered to a clinic in Moncton.

“Things have picked up dramatically,” said Fredericton pharmacist Alistair Bursary, who says they’ve been busy taking calls from people looking to get their first or second dose.

“So, whereas we were doing perhaps 10 patients a day on average now we are probably going to hit 40-50 just at our pharmacy alone,” Bursary said.

While the demand for services continue to climb, those working on the frontlines hope to get the help they need sooner rather than later.

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Quebec reports 821 COVID-19 cases, three deaths – Winnipeg Free Press



People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 cases and three further deaths in its latest data on Saturday, as authorities expanded plans to use rapid tests in elementary schools to more regions of the province.

Health officials said hospitalizations increased by two to 264, while the number of patients in intensive care dropped by six to 89.

The province said about 80 per cent of new infections involve people who were not adequately vaccinated.

Quebec administered 19,662 vaccine doses on Friday and officials said 88 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received a first dose while 82 per cent have gotten both shots.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said in a tweet more than 1,000 of those doses went to health-care workers, with the province remaining firm on a plan to have all sector employees adequately vaccinated Oct. 15 or face reassignment or suspension without pay.

“It’s never too late to get the vaccine, it’s the best way to protect yourself and others,” Dubé wrote on Saturday.

The province conducted more than 32,000 tests on Friday and the positivity rate is 2.4 per cent.

Late Friday, Quebec’s Health Department said rapid testing in elementary schools will now extend to several administrative regions of the province where masking in classrooms is already mandatory.

In a statement, officials said the deployment will take a few weeks and include nearly 1,600 schools.

The provincial government came under criticism from opposition parties and school administrators on the rollout of the testing program.

The province appointed Daniel Paré, head of the vaccination campaign, to co-ordinate the deployment.

The Health Department said schools will have the tests and PPE needed to use the tests, reserved for students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day and training and protocols are being set up.

“They are a complementary tool to quickly detect cases and further protect students and school staff and ensure that young people continue to receive their education at school,” the department said.

The tests, which provide a result in 15 minutes, have been used in four neighbourhoods in Montreal and Laval since Monday.

Schools are expected to begin using the tests widely by the end of the month, when training of staff to use the tests is complete.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2021.

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