For the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic in the province, public health officials have reported a single-day high of 40 new cases.
The news was delivered by Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, on Friday during an unscheduled press conference at the Manitoba Legislature. The new cases pushed the total case count in the province to 643, and increased the active caseload to 246.
Friday’s reported cases tied a single-day high from April 2.
Roussin continued to push the message of returning to the fundamentals but said there are no imminent plans to reintroduce sweeping restrictions that were successful in quelling the spread of the virus early on in the pandemic.
“We can’t continually rely on massive shutdowns to get through this,” Roussin said, adding that we’re going to be dealing with this virus, not for the next month or two, but the next year or two. “We need to get used to seeing cases.”
Roussin wouldn’t commit to mandating masks but said the strong recommendation is to wear them and expects Manitobans to follow that advice. He said if compliance is not seen, mandates could come.
Of the 40 new cases, 25 come to from the Prairie Mountain Health region, including many tied to the current outbreak in Brandon. However, Roussin said there are signs of community-based transmission in the area as well.
There are now 39 cases linked to Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon. Roussin said there is still no evidence of workplace transmission at the meatpacking plant.
That’s also the case in Winnipeg, Roussin said, where 10 of the 40 cases were found on Friday. Roussin revealed that most of the cases in Winnipeg are related to travel or contacts of a known case, but said signs of community-based spread are there as well.
In the past seven days, 31 cases are considered community-based transmission, but Roussin said that number is just an estimate as investigations are ongoing.
The other five cases are in the Southern Health region.
Roussin reiterated the need for those self-isolating to do so while limiting contact with other household contacts. He said one case in the province had 25 contacts who became infected.
From March 12, when the first two cases were reported in the province, to July 14, when a 13-day streak of no reported cases ended, public health had reported 330 total cases. In the month since 313 cases have been reported.
The province conducted a new single-day high of 2,288 tests on Thursday. It’s the first time during the pandemic where 2,000-plus tests were carried out in a single day. The total testing number since early February now sits at 110,492.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is now 1.25%.
Meanwhile, the province is now reporting cases in a more nuanced way. As of Friday, cases are now broken down into 68 health districts in Manitoba.
There are 13 districts in Prairie Mountain Health, 23 in Southern Health–Santé Sud, 15 in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, 15 in the Northern Regional Health Authority and two in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). Churchill is part of the WHRA, but will be reported as its own area.
More can be found on manitoba.ca/covid19.
Public health officials are advising of two potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first potential exposure was on Aug. 7 at the Sobey’s at 1570 18th Street in Brandon and Aug. 10 at the Minnedosa Hospital at 334 First Street.
The second exposure is on Aug. 9 at the Cartwright Town and Country Golf Club, along PTH 3, just west of Cartwright.
Roussin said the risk of transmission is low, but told people who attended those businesses to monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms crop up.
Masks for Brandonites
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and the City of Brandon are partnering to make three-ply disposable masks available to all members of the community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the outbreak struck company said in a release on Friday.
“As of this afternoon, we are still working on the logistics to safely distribute the masks to community members,” the release said. “While we work through the broader distribution logistics, we have arranged for delivery of thousands of masks to a local social agency to help make masks available to some of Brandon’s most vulnerable community members.”
Active caseload by health region:
Prairie Mountain – 110
Southern – 47
Interlake-Eastern – 45
Winnipeg – 44
Northern – 0
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It’s one of several potential vaccines that the government has signed deals to procure in the event they are successful.
Agreements were previously reached with major pharmaceutical companies including Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
“Canadians must have access to a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, no matter where it was developed,” Trudeau said during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday.
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Trudeau also announced that Canada is joining an international coalition on vaccine distribution.
Canada will contribute $440 million toward the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, known as COVAX.
Canada is joining both parts of the initiative: one which secures access to millions of doses of vaccines for Canada, and the other which has wealthier nations pooling their funds to help lower and middle-income countries secure doses as well.
The deal will give Canada the option to buy up to 15 million doses, Trudeau said.
Joining the program will allow Canada to help ensure the successful vaccine is distributed “quickly and fairly” around the world, according to the prime minister.
“This pandemic cannot be solved by any one country alone because to eliminate the virus anywhere, we need to eliminate it everywhere,” he said.
–With files from The Canadian Press
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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 25 – CBC.ca
What’s the latest?
As a second wave of COVID-19 hits Ottawa, experts in the region are calling on the province to shut down activities again and bring the virus under control.
Eleven Ottawa pharmacies will begin offering free COVID-19 tests today to certain people who have no symptoms of the viral illness.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board says there are hundreds of kids now trying to switch to remote learning, building a waiting list of some 1,600 students.
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Some families in Ottawa say the long wait for COVID-19 test results is placing a burden on them as they’re forced to stay home from work and school.
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How many cases are there?
As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health (OPH) update on Thursday, 3,919 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 587 known active cases, 3,052 resolved cases and 280 deaths.
Its five-day average of new cases per daily report is at its highest level of the pandemic.
Overall, public health officials have reported more than 5,900 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,700 of those cases considered resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario.
According to data shared by Ottawa’s four boards and OPH, more than 50 schools had reported at least one case of COVID-19 involving a staff member or student.
Five have what OPH considers an outbreak, or a reasonable chance COVID-19 passed from one person to another during a school activity.
What’s open and closed?
Some public health rules are being rolled back because of the second wave of the pandemic.
Ottawa public health officials are ordering anyone with symptoms or who has been identified as a close contact of someone who’s tested positive to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.
Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
Quebec has introduced tighter restrictions in the province’s “orange zones,” which now includes the Outaouais.
Ottawa will resume ticketing drivers who park longer than allowed in unmarked areas Thursday.
Distancing and isolating
The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.
People can be contagious without symptoms.
This means precautions such as working from home, keeping your hands and frequently-touched surfaces clean socializing outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don’t live with or have in your social circle, including when you have a mask on.
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Ottawa’s medical officer of health and Quebec’s top health official are pleading with residents to reduce the number of people they’re in close contact with as new cases of COVID-19 continue to surge.
Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can’t stay the proper distance from others.
Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.
Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.
Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Where to get tested
Wait times and lines have been long at many of the area’s test sites, causing some to reach capacity before closing time or even before opening.
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It’s also taking up to five days for laboratories to process tests, according to OPH’s Etches on Wednesday.
Ontario health officials have said they’re trying to add more test capacity.
In eastern Ontario:
As of Thursday Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, have been told to by your health unit or by the province because of your work.
A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.
People without symptoms, but who are part of the province’s targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.
In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there are drive-thru centres in Casselman and Limoges and a walk-up site in Hawkesbury that doesn’t require people to call ahead.
Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.
Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.
In Kingston, the Leon’s Centre is hosting the city’s test site though Gate 2.
It moves to the Beechgrove Complex near King Street West and Portsmouth Avenue this weekend and will start with two days of drive-thru testing as a trial.
Napanee‘s test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.
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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit has walk-in sites in Kemptville and Brockville — the latter with extended hours this weekend.
Testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment, same for a pop-up site in Perth today.
Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor. Those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.
People can also visit the health unit’s website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.
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In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.
They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have other questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.
Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who’s been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who’s interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.
For more information
COVID antibodies endure over six months in China trial subjects – BNN
The amount of COVID-19 antibodies in trial subjects who received China’s experimental vaccines remained high six months after the first shots, said a top Chinese scientist, projecting confidence that the country will be among the first to produce effective inoculation against the coronavirus.
The high levels detected in volunteers who took part in the earliest clinical trials suggest that the shots are effective and can provide immunity against the virus for an extended period of time, though final-stage testing results still need to be evaluated, Zeng Guang, chief scientist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a briefing in Beijing on Friday.
Tianjin-based CanSino Biologics Inc, which is co-developing a coronavirus shot with the Chinese military, was the first in the world to administer an experimental vaccine into healthy people in March, though Zeng did not specify which vaccine candidate he was referring to.
China now has at least 10 vaccine candidates in human trials, with four in the final stages of Phase III testing around the world.
The country’s confidence that it can deliver an effective and safe vaccine has grown in recent months. President Xi Jinping in May promised that China-developed vaccines would be a global “public good” shared by all. Supplying vaccines to other countries could help repair China’s image around the world, tarnished by its initial missteps in handling the original virus outbreak in Wuhan.
Chinese vaccine developers are now neck-and-neck with western pharmaceutical firms including AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc. in the race to deliver a viable vaccine against the novel coronavirus. With outbreaks flaring again across Asia and Europe, and governments bracing for a fresh wave in the northern hemisphere winter, pressure is mounting for immunization efforts to deliver, with a vaccine key to countries re-opening their economies safely.While testing is still underway, vaccine developers have quickly expanded production capacity to prepare to meet the overwhelming demand. China’s annual coronavirus vaccine production is expected to reach 610 million doses by end of this year and will grow to 1 billion doses by the end of 2021, Zheng Zhongwei, an official at the country’s National Health Commission, said at Friday’s briefing.
China has promised to provide vaccines for at least 62 countries, signing formal agreements with allies like Indonesia and Pakistan. Meanwhile is appears to be blocking cooperation efforts with countries with which it has tense relations, such as Canada.
Chinese vaccine frontrunner Sinovac Biotech Ltd., has said that it will give countries running its final-stage trials — Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, among others — vaccine shots at the same time as the Chinese population.
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