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Some Ottawa Public Health programs slowly returning – CBC.ca

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has begun ramping up some community programs that were suspended at the start of the pandemic, but the city’s medical officer of health said not all will return to their pre-COVID-19 selves.

The pandemic didn’t just throw OPH’s budget into disarray but also how it offered many of its services, including chronic disease prevention work.

“These kinds of teams are completely redeployed to the COVID-19 response,” said Dr. Vera Etches, the city’s medical officer of health, on Monday.

OPH also had to shutter its four dental clinics across the city that offered services to people who had difficulties paying for care elsewhere.

The St. Laurent Boulevard clinic reopened for emergency services last week, while the Wabano Centre clinic should reopen part time on Thursday, Etches said.

Ottawa’s medical officer of health Vera Etches during a school visit in early September. Etches says some of OPH’s programs have gone virtual, while others have been scaled back or cancelled altogether. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Those clinics together saw 140 clients a day before the pandemic hit, said OPH’s director of health promotion and chief nursing officer Esther Moghadam, and the hope is to get the other two open so vulnerable populations have easier access to one nearby. 

While the clinics were closed, Moghadam said dentists across the community stepped up to help and will likely have to continue to do so until the clinics are at full capacity.

“It’s still very early … There is going to be a need that we won’t be able to address fully,” she said.

Another program that fell by the wayside was the Healthy Growth and Development Program, which Etches said is currently running at 50 per cent capacity.

Its breastfeeding support work is moving online or having mothers come to OPH or other community partners instead of nurses visiting them in their homes.

Two mothers breastfeed their babies in Spain in a file photo. Ottawa Public Health’s Healthy Growth and Development Program, which offers breastfeeding support, is running at about 50 per cent capacity and has had to prioritize who gets an at-home visit from a public health nurse. (Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images)

Not all programs are set to return to the way they once were.

“We’re looking to learn from the new tools we have, the innovative approaches that can be built upon and the partnerships that we have grown to extend some of this work into the future,” said Etches.

That future shift includes those services tailored at chronic diseases, which she said will change because private companies have been stepping up to help protect and promote employee health.

COVID-19 in 2021

Ottawa’s Board of Health unanimously passed its largest budget ever at its meeting Monday night, with $24 million of its $98.1 million budget for 2021 expected to cover a number of one-time COVID-19 expenses

Even with positive vaccine updates, Etches said next year’s budget forecasts a similar amount of COVID-19 cases, outbreaks, follow-up and communication work in 2021 as exists now.

It is also expecting to help provide that COVID-19 vaccine to Ottawa residents “which we are hopeful, initially, will protect against hospitalizations and deaths in the people most at risk,” she said.

“That would be excellent.”

The budget will go to city council for final approval on Dec. 9.

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Active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb as Ottawa reports 136 new cases Saturday – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
Ottawa Public Health is reporting 136 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and four more people are in the hospital.

The new figure also brought Ottawa’s number of current active cases of COVID-19 to its highest level yet for the fourth straight day.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 12,163 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

No new deaths were reported on Saturday. The City has lost 402 residents to COVID-19.

Provincial health officials reported 3,056 new cases of COVID-19 reported across Ontario. The province also reported another 51 deaths from COVID-19. The province reported 152 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, for a total of 12,128.

Figures from OPH and from the province often differ due to data reporting times, OPH has said.

One key weekly figure has fallen slightly. OPH reported 88.9 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days on Saturday, down from 94.1 on Friday. The estimated reproduction rate of the virus held steady in Saturday’s update.

OTTAWA’S COVID-19 KEY STATISTICS

A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone last week.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 88.9 cases
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.1 per cent (Jan. 8 – Jan. 14)
  • Reproduction number: 1.01 (seven day average)

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing. 

VACCINES

Across Ontario, 14,460 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Friday. The provincial government says 189,090 doses in total have been administered across Ontario as of 8 p.m. Friday and 19,333 people have received both doses and completed their vaccinations.

Ontario has so far received 277,050 total doses of vaccine, 224,250 from Pfizer-BioNTech and 52,800 from Moderna, as of Jan. 14, according to Health Canada.

Ottawa Public Health said Friday that that 18,560 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered locally as of 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Ottawa has received 22,245 doses to date.

On Friday, Pfizer confirmed that shipments of its COVID-19 vaccine to Canada will be cut in half over the next month as it expands its European manufacturing facility. 

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people in Ottawa with known active cases of COVID-19 rose by 25 on Saturday to 1,286, the highest figure yet throughout this pandemic.

OPH said 111 people’s COVID-19 cases are now considered resolved, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 10,475. 

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

Four more people have been admitted to Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications. There are now 40 individuals in hospital, with 11 in intensive care.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Ottawa has nearly quadrupled from the start of the month. There were 11 people in hospital on Jan. 1.

Of the people in hospital, one is between the ages of 10 and 19 (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 30s (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 40s, four are in their 50s (one is in the ICU), nine are in their 60s (four are in the ICU), 10 are in their 70s (three are in the ICU), seven are in their 80s, and seven are 90 or older.

TESTING

Ontario health officials say 73,875 COVID-19 tests were performed across Ontario on Friday and 50,387 remain under investigation.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce does not provide local testing updates on weekends. In its most recent report on Friday, the taskforce said 1,491 swabs were taken at assessment centres in Ottawa on Jan. 14 and 7,262 tests were performed.

The next update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will be released on Jan. 18.

CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

Here is a breakdown of all known COVID-19 cases in Ottawa by age category:

  • 0-9 years old: 15 new cases (860 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 25 new cases (1,537 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 29 new cases (2,572 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 18 new cases (1,660 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 21 new cases (1,592 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 22 new cases (1,444 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 2 new cases (886 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 2 new cases (559 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 1 new case (627 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 1 new case (423 total cases)
  • Unknown: no new cases (3 cases total)

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 59 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 4 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 1 case removed
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 6 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases
  • Outaouais region: 43 new cases

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 36 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

There are seven active community outbreaks.

Two are linked to health workplaces, one is linked to a multi-unit dwelling, one is linked to an office, one is linked to a distribution facility, one linked to a retail workplace and one is linked to a services workplace. 

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – Licensed home daycare
  2. Greenboro Children’s Centre
  3. Montessori by Brightpath
  4. Ruddy Family Y Child Care
  5. Services à l’enfance Grandir Ensemble – La Maisonée – 28627

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Alta Vista Manor
  2. Besserer Place
  3. Centre D’Accueil Champlain
  4. Chartwell Duke of Devonshire Retirement Home
  5. Colonel By Retirement Home
  6. Extendicare Laurier Manor
  7. Extendicare Medex
  8. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  9. Extendicare West End Villa
  10. Forest Hill
  11. Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home
  12. Grace Manor Long-term Care Home
  13. Granite Ridge long-term care home
  14. Group Home – 28608
  15. Group Home – 28740 
  16. Group Home – 28848
  17. Hillel Lodge
  18. Madonna Care Community
  19. Manoir Marochel
  20. Oakpark Retirement Community
  21. Portobello Retirement Residence
  22. Redwoods Retirement Residence
  23. Shelter – 27549
  24. Shelter – 28365
  25. Sisters of Charity Couvent Mont Saint-Joseph
  26. Sisters of Charity Maison Mère
  27. St. Patrick’s Home
  28. Supported Independent Living – 28110
  29. Valley Stream Retirement Residence
  30. Villa Marconi
  31. Villagia in the Glebe Retirement Residence

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, a single confirmed, symptomatic case in a staff member, home daycare provider, or child triggers an outbreak.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).  

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COVID-19 update for Jan. 16 to 17: Nine more British Columbians dead | No sign of seasonal flu | Pfizer delay slows vaccination rollout – Vancouver Sun

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Supply problems that will slow global deliveries of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine over the next four weeks will affect B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination plan “in a significant way,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday.

“But just in the immediate period, the next month,” Dix told a teleconference to announce upgrades to the West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

Federal Procurement Minister Anita Anand revealed on Friday that the pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and BioNtech, partners in the vaccine, will delay the delivery of promised doses to Canada and other countries it supplies from Pfizer’s European manufacturing plant.

In B.C., Dix said the province received the 25,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine it expected this week, but will experience a slight reduction in expected deliveries next week; then, starting Jan. 25, B.C. will get only half of the 50,000 doses health officials had planned on through the beginning of February.

12 a.m. – B.C. records 509 new cases, nine more deaths

Another 509 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia since Thursday, and nine more people have died from the respiratory disease.

There have been a total of 1,047 deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic and 60,117 confirmed cases.

To date, 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

The province now has 4,604 active cases, a number that continues to drop, with 349 people being treated in hospital, 68 of whom are in intensive care.

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Israel leads the world in administering COVID vaccines — and it's not even close. Here are the countries with the best vax rates so far. – TheBlaze

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As countries race to get vaccinations into the arms of their people, one country is dominating the rest of the field: Israel.

According to
data collected by Our World in Data, Israel has administered the COVID vaccine at a per capita rate of nearly 25 per 100 people. This equates to just over 23% of the population having received at least one vaccine dose.

Leading the world

Americans have watched in horror as many state governments have mishandled the administration of the COVID vaccine. Most notably, New York, thanks to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s
disastrous rollout plan, saw health care facilities forced to throw out expired doses.

Though only about 3% of the U.S. population has received the vaccine, not every state has been a disaster, as
West Virginia, South Dakota, and North Dakota have led the way with above-average per capita vaccination rates.

But Israel has somehow avoided such disasters and is making even the most successful states in the U.S. look like failures by comparison.

And they’re leaving the rest of the world in the dust.

In less than a month, the country has vaccinated nearly a quarter of its population. It has been delivering shots to nearly 150,000 people every day, Vox
reported, and though the nation created a priority list, it made it a practice from the beginning to make sure doses did not go to waste. In fact, the nation was so successful that the worry was about running out of doses, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration made a deal with Pfizer.

From Vox:

Over the past few weeks, the country delivered shots to about 150,000 people per day. Priority went to people over 60 and health workers; however, in an attempt to avoid wasting any shots that might spoil, other Israelis got the vaccine if they happened to know the right clinic or happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Israel’s rapid campaign worked almost too well: The country soon began running low on doses, which threatened to slow the pace of new vaccinations. Israel also committed to reserving a second dose for everyone who received the first. Follow-up appointments are scheduled for 21 days after the first jab, often to the exact day, sometimes the hour.

But on January 7, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the country had reached an agreement with Pfizer to deliver more vaccines, with the goal of inoculating all citizens over the age of 16 by the end of March. With more than 70 percent of people over 60 already vaccinated, Netanyahu said Sunday that the campaign would soon expand to include all people 50 and older, and strive for 170,000 inoculations each day.

Israel got the Pfizer deal by agreeing to share with the company and the World Health Organization the age, gender, and medical history of everyone getting the vaccination, as well as how well the vaccinations work and any side effects, Politico
reported.

So how is the rest of the world doing? Well, not great.

Coming in second place, with a per 100 rate of 15.45, is the United Arab Emirates. Third is Bahrain at 6.44. And it only gets worse from there.

And there’s a lot of work yet to go as a percentage of the population for every nation — even Israel.

(H/T: HotAir)

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