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Ottawa surpasses 18000 COVID-19 cases less than a week after surpassing 17000 – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
Ottawa Public Health is reporting another 198 people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the capital’s pandemic total to more than 18,000 confirmed cases.

Ottawa surpassed 17,000 cases on March 29.

Sunday’s report from Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows Ottawa has seen 18,023 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed on March 11, 2020.

No new deaths were reported on Sunday. The city’s pandemic death toll stands at 467 residents.

The Ontario government did not provide a provicewide update on Sunday because of the Easter holiday. Ontario will release both Sunday and Monday’s reports at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

There are more people in the hospital and in the ICU, and the number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 1,600. The city’s incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 people is nearly 115 and the estimated reproduction number remains above 1, meaning the virus is spreading. 

No testing figures are being provided today by the province or the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce. The next update of local testing figures will be released Monday.

OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS

Ottawa entered Ontario’s COVID-19 “shutdown” at 12:01 a.m. April 3.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (March 27-April 2): 114.9
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 6.5 per cent (March 26-April 1)
  • Reproduction number: 1.17 (seven day average)

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing.

VACCINES IN OTTAWA

As of April 2:

  • First vaccine doses administered: 124,462
  • Second vaccine doses administered: 26,824
  • Total doses received: 176,410

OPH says the city received a shipment of 36,270 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on March 29.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Ottawa Public Health data*:

  • Total B.1.1.7 (UK variant) cases: 23
  • Total B.1.351 (South Africa variant) cases: 6
  • Total P.1 (Brazil variant) cases: 0
  • Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 599
  • Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 4

*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

There are 47 people in Ottawa-area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses, up from 44 on Saturday.

Sixteen people people are in the intensive care unit, up from 14.

Of the people in hospital, one person is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, two are in their 40s, 13 are in their 50s (four are in the ICU), 10 are in their 60s (six are in the ICU), eight are in their 70s (four are in the ICU), nine are in their 80s (two are in the ICU) and three are 90 or older.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 1,641 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, up from 1,516  active cases on Saturday.

Seventy-three more Ottawa residents have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. Ottawa Public Health reports 15,915 resolved cases of COVID-19 in the capital.

The number of active cases is the number of total cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.

COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

  • 0-9 years old: 16 new cases (1,390 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 18 new cases (2,315 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 47 new cases (3,967 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 29 new cases (2,597 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 29 new cases (2,331 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 32 new cases (2,164 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 12 new cases (1,280 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 13 new cases (755 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 2 new cases (742 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 0 new cases (479 total cases)
  • Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 33 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

An outbreak at an Ottawa shelter that began Jan. 26 has now official ended. The outbreak resulted in 51 residents cases, 16 staff cases and one resident death.

Outbreaks have also ended at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, the Portobello Retirement Residence, Seraphin-Marion elementary school and St. Peter High School.

One new outbreak has declared Sunday at Sacred Heart High School.

There are six active community outbreaks, up from five on Saturday. Two outbreaks are linked to services workplaces, one is linked to a private social event, one is linked to a restaurant, one is linked to a recreational workplace, and one is linked to construction.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. St. Luke’s Childcare Centre (March 15)
  2. Centrepointe Home Daycare (March 26)
  3. St. Gabriel Elementary School (March 29)
  4. St. Leonard Elementary School (March 30)
  5. St. Isidore Elementary School (March 31)
  6. Connaught Public School (April 2) 
  7. Fallingbrook Community Elementary School (April 2) 
  8. Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School (April 2) 
  9. Sacred Heart High School (April 3) [NEW]

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus (Feb. 19)
  2. St. Vincent Hospital (March 6)
  3. Extendicare Medex (March 9)
  4. Peter D. Clark LTCH (March 10)
  5. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 12)
  6. Chapel Hill RH (March 13)
  7. St. Patrick’s Home (March 14)
  8. St. Vincent Hospital (March 15)
  9. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 16)
  10. Shelter (March 21)
  11. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 21)
  12. Supported Independent Living (March 23)
  13. Timberwalk Retirement Home (March 24)
  14. Longfields Manor (March 24)
  15. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 26)
  16. St. Vincent Hospital – 5N (March 26) 
  17. Jardin Royal Garden (March 27)
  18. Sisters of Charity (March 28)
  19. Landmark Court Retirement Home (March 29)
  20. Hillel Lodge (March 30)
  21. Group Home A-11533) (March 31)
  22. Manotick Place Retirement (March 31) 
  23. Wildpine Retirement Living (April 1) 
  24. Queensway Carleton Hospital (April 2) 

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, two children or staff or household member cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the childcare establishment is considered an outbreak in a childcare establishment.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

Two staff or patient cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a specified hospital unit within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in hospital is considered an outbreak in a public hospital.  

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study – Hindustan Times

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Better mental health support needed for pregnant individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: Study

  • A new study finds that more mental health support is needed for pregnant people during the pandemic after it was found that nearly three-quarters of individuals who were pregnant during this time reported moderate to high levels of distress. 
ANI | , Toronto [canada]
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 11:18 AM IST

A team of researchers suggested that more mental health support is needed for pregnant individuals after a survey found nearly three-quarters of individuals who had been pregnant during the pandemic reported moderate to high levels of distress, and one in five experienced depressive symptoms.

The findings of the study appeared in the journal titled ‘Canadian Family Physician’.

The researchers, led by clinicians at Unity Health Toronto, surveyed nearly 1,500 participants online – 87 per cent of whom were Canadian – who had been pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 69 per cent of respondents reported moderate to high levels of distress and 20 per cent had depressive symptoms.

“The high levels of distress highlight the importance of considering mental health centrally in support for this population,” said Dr Tali Bogler, study lead author and family physician and chair of family medicine obstetrics at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto.

“The findings also highlight the overall impact the pandemic has had on families in general and the downstream impact this will have,” added Dr Bogler.

A limitation of the study was that it did not have comparable data on distress levels among pregnant people prior to the pandemic. However, a population-based survey conducted in Japan before the pandemic found 28 to 32 per cent of pregnant people reported distress.

Researchers also sought to learn more about what the common sources of concern were for expectant parents during the pandemic. Participants were provided with a list of 27 concerns and asked to indicate their level of concern for each issue.

The top five concerns during pregnancy included: hospital policies regarding support persons in labour; not being able to introduce their baby to loved ones; getting sick from Covid-19 while pregnant; not being able to rely on family or friends after labour for support; and conflicting medical information on Covid-19 in pregnancy and newborns, especially early in the pandemic.

There were differences in the concerns of first-time and second/third-time parents. First-time parents were more concerned about the cancellation of in-person prenatal classes and hospital tours, whereas second/third-time parents were more concerned about the transmission of Covid-19 from older children in the home.

The authors said that family physicians are well placed to support perinatal mental health and can engage in screening practices and offer appropriate treatment, such as counselling, public health nursing, and psychiatric appointments. They also recommend hospitals better utilize technology to help address parents’ concerns by arranging more virtual check-ins and hospital tours and provide more online resources with evidence-based information on Covid-19 relevant to expectant and new parents.

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“Clinicians and hospital administrators need to explore innovative ways to increase perinatal support,” said Dr Bogler, who is also one of the leads of the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide, a virtual platform that provides medical information on pregnancy and Covid-19 and helps form a community for expecting parents during the pandemic. 

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B.C. reports 66 new COVID-19 cases in Island Health, two deaths – CHEK

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British Columbia health officials have reported 661 new cases and seven deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Tuesday.

In the Island Health region, 66 new cases were reported, increasing the number of active cases in the health authority to 615, along with two deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 168,459 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,873.

READ MORE: B.C. introducing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all health-care workers

In addition to the new cases in Island Health, 99 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 237 were in Fraser Health, 196 in Interior Health, and 62 in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,791 active cases in the province and 288 people in hospital — 137 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 168,459 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,643,973 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide. Out of all eligible adults in the province, 79.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine and 86.7 per cent have received one dose.

The Ministry of Health said that 76.5 per cent of cases recorded Sept. 7-13 were in people who have not been vaccinated. Unvaccinated people have also accounted for 87.3 per cent of hospitalizations, the ministry said.

Island Health

Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

Island Health has identified 531 active cases — 61 in North Island, 255 in Central Island and 215 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Twenty-four people are currently in hospital after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus, 15 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 2,193 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 35 were AstraZeneca, 1,370 were Moderna and 788 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,274,685 vaccine doses — 611,677 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,156 doses of AstraZeneca, 336,516 doses of Moderna and 905,013 doses of Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,479 cases reported, 58 deaths, 318 total hospitalizations, and 6,752 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 615, which is 84 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

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