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Sask. COVID-19 cases in kids 11 and under: here's what we know – CBC.ca

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Nearly 17 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan have been among kids aged 11 and under since the province began reporting infections in March 2020.

That figure, released last week, represents the provincial government’s most specific breakdown yet of infections by age group.

The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard was updated to include a new 11-and-under age category in the case summary table featured on the dashboard’s “Total cases” page, which is being updated daily. Before the addition of that age category, only the case total for children aged 0 to 19 was provided. 

Out of a cumulative total of 80,841 cases recorded as of Tuesday, 13,549 were among children aged 11 or younger. 

Here’s the full breakdown:

  • 11 and under: 13,549.
  • 12-19: 9,643.
  • 20-39: 27,908.
  • 40-59: 18,416.
  • 60-79: 8,484.
  • 80 and over: 2,481.
  • Total: 80,481.

Age classifications were still pending for 563 cases.

2 children currently under acute care

On Tuesday, as thousands of Saskatchewan parents booked appointments to have their children aged 5 to 11 immunized later in the week, the health ministry and the Saskatchewan Health Authority were asked about the extent of serious cases in kids so far during the pandemic.

Derek Miller, the SHA’s head of emergency operations, said two children with COVID-19 were under acute care at the children’s hospital in Saskatoon as of Tuesday, though he was unsure how old they were.

“It certainly just indicates that this is an ongoing risk,” Miller said.

Chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said that while anywhere from a quarter to a third of current cases have been in school-aged children and perhaps even younger kids, “right from the beginning” hospitalization has thankfully been less common among young children infected with COVID-19 — even with the more transmissible delta variant circulating. 

“There have been a few hospitalizations” in the recent past, Shahab said, adding that some lingering symptoms can be significant.

“Plus, of course, we’ve seen how, if a child tests positive or is a contact in a household, the child misses school, misses other important sporting or other events that are important for normal development.”

Shahab said children and young adults have been very concerned about potentially exposing their parents or grandparents to COVID-19.

“I’ve heard so many stories of 12 and older who love their grandparent saying, ‘I’m so glad I’m fully vaccinated now. I can hug my grandparents.'”

Shahab encouraged people to continue wearing a mask indoors. 

“If we’re getting ready for our Christmas gathering, maybe get ourselves tested as well, just to make doubly sure that we protect our grandparents. Grandparents should be getting their boosters as well before the holidays.”

Shahab said he’s hopeful vaccinating kids five to 11 will help bring Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 case numbers down and reduce transmission inside families’ homes. 

“Especially also protecting the under-five children who still can’t get vaccinated,” he added. “That younger demographic is at slightly higher risk than the five to 11.”

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WHO advises against using blood plasma of recovered patients as COVID-19 treatment – CBC.ca

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The World Health Organization on Monday advised against using the blood plasma of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat those who are ill, saying current evidence shows it neither improves survival nor reduces the need for ventilators.

The hypothesis for using plasma is that the antibodies it contains could neutralize the novel coronavirus, stopping it from replicating and halting tissue damage.

Several studies testing convalescent blood plasma have shown no apparent benefit for treating COVID-19 patients who are severely ill. A U.S.-based trial was halted in March after it was found that plasma was unlikely to help mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients.

The method is also costly and time-consuming to administer, the WHO said in a statement Monday.

A panel of international experts made a strong recommendation against the use of convalescent plasma in patients with non-severe illness, the WHO said. They also advised against its use in patients with severe and critical illness, except in the context of a randomized controlled trial.

The recommendation, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is based on evidence from 16 trials involving 16,236 patients with non-severe, severe and critical COVID-19 infection.

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COVID vaccine clinics available this week – The North Bay Nugget

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A number of appointments for COVID-19 vaccine clinics – including some for children five to 11 years of age – are available across the region this week.

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Only individuals five to 11 years of age will be able to secure an appointment at a child and youth Clinic, although older siblings or parents will be able to receive an adult dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at these clinics if they are accompanying a child to their appointment.

The pediatric COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in five to 11-year-olds is not yet available at regular clinics. However, it is available at participating pharmacies throughout the district. Parents and guardians are encouraged to book an appointment at one of the participating pharmacies if they would like their child immunized this week and cannot secure an appointment at a clinic hosted by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

Individuals are encouraged to bring a health card or another form of identification, if possible, as well as any required documentation for those with underlying health conditions eligible for a third dose. Eligible individuals who received their last dose before June 21 will be able to book and receive their booster dose this week.

Flu shots will also be available for those with COVID-19 appointments at the adult clinics this week.

Appointments are still available at the following clinics this week:

Parry Sound,  Wednesday, child and youth clinic at Parry Sound High School (111 Isabella St., Parry Sound) from 4 to 8 p.m.

South River,  Thursday, child and youth clinic at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School (21 Mountain View Rd., South River) from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Mattawa, Friday, child and youth clinic at Élisabeth Bruyère Catholic Secondary School (359 Brydges St., Mattawa) from 4 to 8 p.m.;

North Bay,  Saturday, child and youth clinic at Northgate Shopping Centre (1500 Fisher Street, North Bay), former Gap location, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sturgeon Falls,  Tuesday, child and youth clinic at West Nipissing Public Secondary School (175 Ethel St., Sturgeon Falls) from 4 to 8 p.m. and  Wednesday, at Marcel Noel Hall (219 O’Hara St., Sturgeon Falls) from 4 to 7 p.m.

To book an appointment or for more information, visit myhealthunit.ca/GetVaccinated or call the health unit call centre at 1-844-478-1400 or 705-995-3810.

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More than 12500 Waterloo Region kids aged 5-11 have had 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine – cjoy.com

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More than 12,500 Waterloo Region children aged five to 11 have had their first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine since they were first handed out 11 days ago.

Waterloo Public Health says 26.62 per cent of area residents of that age group’s estimated 48,000 have had their initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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This number increased by 8.5 per cent from Friday, with Waterloo Public Health no longer updating its totals over the weekend.

The agency says there have now been 941,742 vaccinations done in the area, which is 7,303 more than it reported on Friday.

However, the number of those getting their second dose continues to climb at a slow pace as that total now stands at 455,372, 569 more than was announced 72 hours prior.

This means that 75.24 per cent of all residents in the region have now had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The youth vaccinations could not come at a more prudent time as there were a host of COVID-19 outbreaks announced at schools across Waterloo Region over the past few days.

There were five new outbreaks announced over the weekend with four of those coming at schools including Mary Johnston Public School in Waterloo, Sir Adam Beck Public School in Baden, Saint John Paul II School in Kitchener and Forest Glen Public School in New Hamburg. The fifth new outbreak was at an unnamed auto sales location.

In addition, Waterloo Public Health reported another 125 positive tests for the coronavirus on Monday, lifting the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 21,145.

This lifts the rolling seven-day average number of new daily cases up to 34.6. A week ago, that number was 24.7.

Another 70 people were also cleared of the virus, lifting the total number of resolved cases in the area to 20,549.

There have been no new deaths reported in the area in five days, leaving the death toll at 308, including one victim in December.

The region now has 282 active COVID-19 cases, the highest number that has been reported since July 12.

There are also 12 people in area hospitals, including two patients in need of intensive care.

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Ontario reports 887 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 887 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total case count in the province to 624,384.

Of the 887 new cases recorded, the data showed 373 were unvaccinated people, 24 were partially vaccinated people, 426 were fully vaccinated people and for 64 people the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Monday’s report, 139 cases were recorded in Toronto, 73 in Simcoe Muskoka, 60 in York Region, 60 in Peel Region and 55 in Ottawa. All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province now stands at 10,027 as three more deaths were reported.

—with files from Global News’ Jessica Patton

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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