With COVID-19 cases rising in B.C. and the majority of them a highly contagious variant, a B.C. physician is warning of the dangers to those who are unvaccinated.
CTV Morning Live spoke with family physician Dr. Rhonda Low Wednesday, who said the Delta variant poses a significant risk.
“It’s very dangerous. We are seeing it now, even among the young people who cannot be vaccinated yet, and we’re getting very serious disease that requires hospitalization and some folks are even dying,” Low said.
“We now know that 95 per cent who have COVID in our community now were unvaccinated. Our current problem is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
A report issued last week by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control showed 95 per cent of all positive tests from the province during the last week of July were the Delta variant.
Delta is the dominant strain of the coronavirus in every health authority, according to that BCCDC report.
The highly transmissible variant was responsible for 99 per cent of infections in Interior Health during the last week of July. It was also responsible for 96 per cent of infections in Island Health, 90 per cent in Fraser Health, 88 per cent in Vancouver Coastal Health and 79 per cent in Northern Health.
Low warned that while vaccines “are very effective” at preventing people from getting very sick, requiring hospitalization or dying from the disease, they aren’t 100 per cent effective.
“This Delta variant replicates so quickly and it’s so contagious, a vaccinated person can still get a break-through infection where you might not have symptoms or you might only get mildly sick, but you could pass it on,” she said.
“If you have those mild symptoms of cough, sore throat or even shortness of breath, you might have COVID, so go get yourself tested and self-isolate.”
For those who can’t get vaccinated yet – like children under the age of 12 – Low said it’s important to protect them in other ways.
“The best way to protect kids is to surround them with people who have been vaccinated. So that means parents, older siblings, caregivers, grandparents,” she said. “You want a shield of vaccinated people around the little ones so they can at least have a better chance.”
Low said she’s hoping studies will be completed by the end of this year so vaccines are approved for kids under the age of 12.
With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Ian Holliday
Ontario reports 653 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more virus-related deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ontario is reporting another week-over-week decline in its daily COVID-19 case count with fewer than 700 new infections confirmed over the past 24 hours.
Provincial health officials logged 653 new COVID-19 cases today, up slightly from 640 on Saturday but down from 715 one week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to drop, hitting 620 today, down from 709 last Sunday.
Of the new cases confirmed today, 499 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 154 are in those who are fully immunized.
With 31,063 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of two per cent, compared to 2.3 per cent seven days ago.
The province says there are now 177 people with COVID-19 receiving treatment in Ontario intensive care units, declining by five since last Sunday.
Six more virus-related deaths were reported over the past 24 hours but the province says three of those fatalities occurred last month.
Ontario’s active COVID-19 caseload now sits at 5,591, down from 6,396 last Sunday.
More than 80 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In an effort to boost vaccination rates, the city is holding vaccination clinics in a variety of locations with high foot traffic, including malls across Toronto this weekend.
Dr. Omar Khan, an assistant professor with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said Ontario’s high vaccination rate will help keep ICUs from filling up.
“By having people vaccinated, that keeps them out of the hospital, keeps them out of the ICUs, and then lets the medical system catch up with everything that’s been piling up,” he told CP24 on Sunday morning.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.
COVID-19: N.B. reports person in 40s has died, as province adds 82 new cases – Globalnews.ca
A person in their 40s is New Brunswick’s 54th COVID-related death.
The province said in a news release Sunday that the person was from Zone 1 (Moncton region).
The news marked six COVID-related deaths in the province since last Wednesday, under a week ago.
“Each life taken in New Brunswick by COVID-19 is more than a number,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.
“These are people’s parents, children, friends, neighbours and coworkers.”
The death was announced on the same day the province reported 82 new cases — 64 of which involve people who are not fully vaccinated.
There are now 33 people in New Brunswick hospitalized due to the virus, 15 of whom are in the ICU.
With 33 recoveries reported, the number of active cases is now 628.
Public Health data shows 79.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine.
New cases breakdown
The new cases are:
Zone 1 (Moncton region) – 27 cases
- 12 people 19 and under
- one person 20-29
- three people 30-39
- two people 40-49
- two people 50-59
- two people 70-79
- three people 80-89
- two people 90 and over
Eighteen cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 2 (Saint John region) – four cases
- a person 20-29
- a person 40-49
- a person 60-69
- a person 70-79
Three cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases and one is under investigation.
COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children
Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – 30 cases
- 16 people 19 and under
- six people 20-29
- one person 40-49
- three people 50-59
- four people 60-69
Twenty-two cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.
Zone 4 (Edmundston region) – 14 cases
- four people 19 and under
- two people 20-29
- six people 30-39
- two people 80-89
Thirteen cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 5 (Campbellton region) – two cases
- a person 30-39
- a person 70-79
Both cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.
Zone 6 (Bathurst region) – four cases
- three people 30-39
- one person 40-49
Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 7 (Miramichi region) – one case
- a person 30-39
This case is under investigation.
State of emergency reinstated
On Friday, the province reinstated a state of emergency due to the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Physical distancing, indoor masking and a proof of vaccination policy for certain services and businesses are now in effect.
Anyone entering New Brunswick must also pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency
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Outbreak declared at Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC – BC News – Castanet.net
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Prince George’s University Hospital of Northern BC Sunday.
Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member on the hospital’s Primary Care Medical Unit have tested positive for the virus, and more testing is currently underway.
As a result, the hospital has restricted the unit to essential visitors only.
The condition of the infected people was not disclosed.
An outbreak at the same hospital last December through January left eight people dead, after 33 people tested positive.
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