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P.E.I. health office keeping close eye on New Brunswick after rash of COVID-19 cases – The Guardian

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P.E.I.’s chief public health officer is “actively monitoring’’ the situation in New Brunswick after three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in that province Thursday on the heels of an outbreak of the virus Wednesday.

Dr. Heather Morrison cautions that Islanders who have been to the Costco Optical Centre or St. Hubert restaurant in Moncton since Oct. 1 are at risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. Islanders who have been to either of these locations since last Thursday should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and visit a drop-In testing clinic to be tested if symptoms develop.

Morrison says she will continue to update Islanders with information about this situation and its potential impact on P.E.I.

The three cases of COVID-19 reported in New Brunswick Thursday come after 17 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday in that province in relation to an outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive.

The three cases reported Thursday are in the Fredericton, Campbellton and Saint John region. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on Oct. 4 on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 418 from Toronto to Montreal; and Air Canada Flight 8792 form Montreal to Saint John.

Morrison says in a statement screening for COVID-19 at points of entry into P.E.I. will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

In the short-term, additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and to avoid large gatherings.

All individuals entering the province will continue to be screened at points of entry. Islanders travelling out of province should follow public health measures in the jurisdiction they are visiting.

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Fraser Health outbreaks push active COVID-19 infections in B.C. to all-time high of 2390 – Powell River Peak

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B.C. has never had more people actively battling COVID-19 infections, as new government data showed a total of 2,390 people suffering with the virus that has spurred a global pandemic. 

That’s 46 more people suffering with the illness than was the case yesterday and it comes as 272 people were newly identified as infected in the past 24 hours. With 10,420 tests conducted, the day’s positive-test rate was 2.6%.

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The hotspot for new infections remains the 1.8-million-resident Fraser Health region, which includes much of the eastern and southern Lower Mainland, including 20 communities, such as Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, but not Richmond or Vancouver.

Only about two-thirds of the new cases are from Fraser Health today, however. That’s down from the average in the past week, which had seen about three-quarters of all new cases located in the Fraser Health region. 

Here is the breakdown of all 14,381 detected COVID-19 cases in B.C., by health region, with new cases identified overnight in brackets:
• 4,664 in Vancouver Coastal Health (76);
• 8,219 in Fraser Health (183);
• 256 in Island Health (no change);
• 741 in Interior Health (seven);
• 412 in Northern Health (six); and
• 89 people who reside outside Canada (no change).

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital fell by six to 78, with 25 of those people having infections serious enough to be in intensive care units. 

The vast majority of those infected are self-isolating at home. Health officials are keeping tabs on a record 6,003 people because those individuals have come into contact with others who are known to be carrying the virus.

The vast majority of COVID-19 patients recover: 11,670, or more than 81%.

One new death was recorded overnight, pushing the provincial death toll from the disease to 263. That leaves 58 patients unaccounted for, and health officials have told BIV that it is likely that they left the province without alerting authorities.

“There has been one new community outbreak, at Suncor Firebag Oil Sands,” provincial health officer Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement. “There continue to be exposure events around the province.”

One hospital in Fraser Health, Surrey Memorial Hospital, has had an outbreak for weeks. That health authority earlier this week declared that the outbreak at Delta Hospital is over.

There are three new outbreaks at seniors’ homes and healthcare facilities:
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community in Port Coquitlam;
• CareLife Fleetwood in Surrey; and 
• Queen’s Park Hospital: Unit 3C NMSK 2.

Three such outbreaks have been declared over: 
• Fort Langley Seniors Community in Fort Langley;
• Sunset Manor in Chilliwack;
• The Village in Langley.

Fraser Health yesterday declared that the outbreak at Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, in New Westminster, is over, and the province confirmed that news today.

Other seniors’ long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. that have active outbreaks, include:
• Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors in Surrey;
• Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence in Port Coquitlam;
• Louis Breyer Home and Hospital in Vancouver;
• Revera Lakeview long-term care home in Vancouver;
• Evergreen Baptist Care Society in White Rock;
• Queens Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Three Links Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home in Vancouver;
• Haro Park Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion 4 West in Vancouver;
• Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Zion Park Manor in Surrey;
• Laurel Place in Surrey;
• Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Baillie House in Maple Ridge;
• Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• St. Michael’s Centre long-term care facilityin Burnaby;
• Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Burnaby; and
• Agassiz Seniors Community in Agassiz.

“As we all enjoy Halloween tomorrow, make it about the treats and not the tricks,” Henry and Dix said.

“Respect homes that are choosing not to participate this year and give everyone the space to stay safe, both indoors and outdoors.”

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Family Thanksgiving dinner linked to 13 cases of COVID-19 in Renfrew County – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
Three weeks after Thanksgiving weekend, a family dinner is Renfrew County is being linked to 13 cases of COVID-19.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Cushman tells CTV News Ottawa between 15 and 20 people attended an intergenerational Thanksgiving dinner over the holiday weekend.

Dr. Cushman says it appears someone at the dinner was asymptomatic or didn’t pay attention to the symptoms.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit says 13 positive cases are linked to the Thanksgiving dinner, including two new cases Thursday. Not all 13 positive cases attended the dinner.

“What you see is the spread, now into the third group from those at the dinner,” said Dr. Cushman, noting there is now second and third generational spread of the virus.

Two family members who tested positive for COVID-19 were high school students.

“Luckily, no further spread yet (at schools), thanks to excellent public health precautions at the school,” said Dr. Cushman.

Seventy students at the school were tested for COVID-19, while 90 students returned to school on Friday after being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Dr. Cushman says four outstanding students who developed symptoms on days 14 and 15 are now being retested, and will remain in isolation.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is also investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory at Chalk River. Six people have tested positive for COVID-19.

“This virus is very wily,” said Dr. Cushman, noting CNL has solid public health measures in place.

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Alberta reaches record highs in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations – Calgary Herald

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Alberta set records for new COVID-19 cases, active infections and hospitalizations, in figures released Friday.

In the largest single-day jump to date, the province had 622 new novel coronavirus cases. The previous high came on Oct. 24, when 575 cases were reported.

The new cases came from just under 13,000 tests, about a 4.8 per cent positive rate. It’s the largest positivity rate since April 28, when Alberta was in the midst of the first wave of COVID-19 infections.

There are now 5,172 active coronavirus infections in Alberta, up from 4,921 Thursday. It marks the first time Alberta has surpassed 5,000 active cases. Alberta has set records for active COVID-19 infections each day for the past 12 days.

The Alberta Health Services Calgary and Edmonton zones lead the province in active cases, combining for 85 per cent of the province’s total.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also surged Friday, with 10 more Albertans in hospital and seven more receiving treatment in intensive-care units. In total, there are 140 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including 25 in ICU. Alberta has 70 ICU beds dedicated to the virus.

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