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Some GTA pharmacies report running out of flu shots – 680 News

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With flu season upon us and demand expected to be high for the flu shot, it appears that some pharmacies in the province have already run out of doses.

After contacting multiple Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy locations, at least three locations in the GTA, at King Street and Spadina Avenue, Yonge and Charles Streets and at Rutherford Mall in Vaughan, reported they were already out of flu shots.

Others have reported long line-ups and a lack of appointments available until at least the weekend.

A CityNews viewer also reported going to three different Shoppers in Ottawa before she received a flu shot. She had pre-registered to get the shot, but still had to wait over an hour indoors.

Shoppers Drug Mart began their staggered rollout of the flu shot on Wednesday.

An associate owner and pharmacist at a Shoppers Drug Mart in east-end Toronto, Victor Wong, said earlier this week, requests for the flu shot
“have been off the charts,” with some customers asking about its arrival since the summer.

He expected demand to be high at his store after hearing some doctors are skipping the season entirely.

“We have local doctors, even within our close proximity, who have already phoned us to let us know that they will not be opening up their clinics this year for flu shots or will be diverting their flu shot patients to our store,” says Wong, whose store delivered more than 600 flu shots last year

In Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association says 55 per cent of flu shots are delivered by physicians, 40 per cent by pharmacies, and 5 per cent by corporate employers who provide them to their workforce. Data was insufficient on the remaining 5 per cent.

The Ford government has also made encouraging Ontario residents to get the flu shot part of the province’s plan to combat COVID-19 and have spent $70 million to purchase 5.1 million doses of the flu vaccine – 700,000 more than the previous year.

This year, the Public Health Agency of Canada says more than 13 million doses have been ordered, a jump from last season’s 11.2 million doses.

Ten per cent of that is the high-dose influenza vaccine – itself a 25 per cent increase from last season as public health focuses on inoculating more adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu and COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Today: A look at the numbers for Newmarket, York Region, Ontario – NewmarketToday.ca

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Newmarket (reported Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.)

  • 348 cases of COVID-19
  • 4 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 303 (+5) cases resolved (87%)
  • 23 (-1) active cases
  • 22 deaths
  • 1 (-2) hospitalized, 1 in ICU
  • 2 institutional outbreaks: outbreak #2 at Mackenzie Place LTC (2 health-care workers);outbreak #2 at Vita Community Living (3 residents, 7 staff)
  • 4 schools under surveillance: Newmarket High; Huron Heights Secondary, Terry Fox P.S., Sir William Mulock Secondary
  • 18 (+1) new cases in last 7 days
  • 390 (+5) cases per 100,000 population
  • 1,084 tests Oct. 11 to 17: 14 positive (1%), 1,067 negative, 3 indeterminate

The Nitty Gritty

  • 136 cases outbreak, or 39%
  • 93 (+2) cases close contact, or 27%
  • 65 (+1) cases community transmission, or 19%
  • 13 cases under investigation, or 5%
  • 24 cases travel, or 7%
  • 11 cases workplace outbreak, or 3%
  • 68 cases age 19 to 34, 20%
  • 62 cases age 80+, or 18%
  • 54 cases age 55 to 64, or 16%
  • 54 (+1) cases age 35 to 44, or 16%
  • 49 cases age 65 to 79, or 14%
  • 43 (+3) cases age 45 to 54, or 12%
  • 9 cases age 4 to 13, or 3%
  • 8 cases age 14 to 18, or 2%
  • 1 case age 0 to 3, or 0%

York Region (reported Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.)

  • 5,816 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 103 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 4,846 (+76) cases resolved (83%)
  • 703 (+23) active cases
  • 2 more deaths, totalling 267
    • An 86-year-old Markham woman passed away Oct. 20 at Mackenzie Health, Richmond Hill (institutional outbreak at Mackenzie Health)
    • An 80-year-old Vaughan man passed away Oct. 17 at Etobicoke General Hospital (close contact) 
  • 41 (-3) cases are hospitalized; 6 (-1) patients in ICU
  • 166 (+4) workplace outbreaks, 21 (+3) active, 871 (+9) cases  

Recovery Measures

  • 607 (-23) new cases reported in last 7 days
  • 543 (+11) cases per 100,000 population
  • 78 (+2) new community cases daily average in last 7 days
  • 0.95 (-0.02)  7-day median reproductive number*
  • 40% of new cases unknown source of infection 
  • 13,019 total tests Oct. 11 to 17: 550 (4%) positive, 12,448 negative, 21 indeterminate

*Rt is the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus stops spreading.

Cases in schools, child care centres

  • Full daily reporthere
  • 4 (+1) school outbreaks
    • Outbreak declared Oct. 21 at Sir Walter Scott Public School, Richmond Hill (2 staff)
  • 2 schools closed
  • 99 (+5) school cases to date
  • 69 (+4) schools under surveillance, 41 (+4) active
  • 5 (+3) active child care centre outbreaks
  • 12 (+4) child care cases to date

Institutional Outbreaks

  • 108 (+1) institutional outbreaks; 23 (-1) active
    • Outbreak #3 declared Oct. 20 at Participation House – Farintosh, Markham (1 health-care worker)
    • 12-day outbreak #3 resolved Oct. 20 at Villa Leonardo Gambin LTC, Vaughan (2 health-care workers)
    • 25-day outbreak resolved Oct. 20 at Mackenzie Health LTC, Richmond Hill (2 health-care workers)

The Nitty Gritty

  • 2,528 (+46) cases, or 43%, close contact
  • 1,415 (+29) cases, or 24%, community transmission
  • 1,076 (+2) cases, or 19%, institutional outbreak
  • 229 cases under investigation, or 4%
  • 250 cases, or 5%, travel
  • 238 (+4) cases, or 4%, workplace outbreak
  • 1,547 (+25) cases age 19 to 34, or 27%
  • 972 (+20) cases age 45 to 54, or 17%
  • 908 (+11) cases age 55 to 64, or 16%
  • 710 (+18) cases ages 35 to 44, or 12%
  • 622 (+10) cases age 65 to 79, or 11%
  • 599 (+2) cases age 80+, or 11%
  • 211 (+8) cases age 14 to 18, or 4%
  • 188 (+6) cases age 4 to 13, or 3%
  • 59 (+1) cases age 0 to 3, or 1%

Around the region:

  • Vaughan 2,512 (+39) cases, 341 (+11) active
  • Markham 1,356 (+41) cases, 167 (+16) active
  • Richmond Hill 731 (+13) cases, 60 (+1) active
  • King 143 (+1) cases, 37 (-1) active
  • Aurora 232 cases, 24 (-2) active
  • Newmarket 348 (+4) cases, 23 (-1) active
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville 166 (+2) cases, 23 active
  • East Gwillimbury 130 (+2) cases, 22 active
  • Georgina 182 (+1) cases, 2 active

Ontario (reported today at 10:30 a.m.):

  • 67,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19 
  • 841 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 9 more deaths, totalling 3,071
  • 58,066 resolved 86% of cases
  • 270 (+10) cases are hospitalized; 74 (+3) in ICU; 48 (-1) on ventilators
  • 38,860 more tests completed, with 34,784 awaiting results
  • 2.5% (-1.1%) positivity Oct. 20

Cases in schools, child care centres and homes 

  • Full daily reporthere

Institutional Outbreaks 

  • 531 (+2) outbreaks at long-term care homes, 79 (-1) active
  • 249 outbreaks at retirement homes, 45 (-2) active
  • 118 outbreaks at hospitals, 15 (-1) active
  • 1,984 (+3) long-term care resident deaths
  • 6,487 (+25) cases are long-term care residents
  • 7,532 (+29) cases are health-care workers (11.3%)

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70 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death in Ottawa – CBC.ca

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 70 cases of COVID-19 and one additional death Thursday.

That’s precisely on par with the rolling seven-day average of new cases in the city. Slightly more than half of the new cases reported Thursday are people under 40, OPH said.

A total of 6,296 Ottawa residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, including 675 known active cases, 5,312 resolved cases and 309 deaths.

Ottawa’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches, who announced on Sept.18 that a second wave of the illness had struck Ottawa, said Wednesday there are signs the rate spread in the capital may be plateauing.

There was still plenty of availability at Ottawa’s COVID-19 testing sites Thursday, though the backlog of swabs sitting at local labs for more than 24 hours had grown to more than 2,300 on Wednesday.

OPH is now hearing about positive tests within 48 hours 73 per cent per cent of the time, continuing its slow improvement.

There are now 49 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Ottawa hospitals, five of them currently in intensive care — the fewest in an ICU since early October.

There are new outbreaks at All Saints High School and École élémentaire catholique Montfort, while OPH has declared an outbreak at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans over. There are active outbreaks at 10 Ottawa schools.

Elsewhere, the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit is reporting three new cases of COVID-19, while 32 more people have tested positive in western Quebec.

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Ontario receives 100K rapid COVID-19 tests, plans to use them in long-term care homes – CTV Toronto

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TORONTO —
Ontario has received the entire first batch of rapid COVID-19 tests ordered by the federal government and plans to distribute them to select long-term care homes.

The feds signed a deal last month with Abbott Diagnostics to purchase 7.9 million ID Now tests, which are capable of producing results in less than 15 minutes without the need to be processed in a lab.

The first shipment of 100,000 of the tests arrived in Canada over the weekend and CTV News has now confirmed that the entire initial batch will be used in Ontario.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that the government plans to distribute the tests to long-term care homes dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks as well as others that are located in rural areas and Northern Ontario, where the wait time for tests results tends to be longer.

Multiple U.S. studies have pegged the ID Now test’s accuracy at approximately 90 per cent.

Another 2.4 million of the tests are expected to arrive in Canada by the end of December, though it remains unclear how many of those Ontario will receive.

The federal government has also ordered 8.5 million of another rapid test produced by Abbott Diagnostics but has not received its first shipment of those yet.

Premier Doug Ford has previously blamed the slow rollout of rapid tests for the lab backlog that the province saw earlier this month when more than 90,000 specimens were being processed at one point.

That backlog has since been mostly eliminated.

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