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Surrey is B.C. city with most COVID-19 cases, updated map shows – CTV News Vancouver

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VANCOUVER —
Alongside its update on modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control released new, monthly subregional data on coronavirus cases in the province.

The revised map shows both the total number of cases and the number of cases per 100,000 residents recorded in each of British Columbia’s “local health areas” from Jan.1 to the end of October. 

The data shows the City of Surrey as the site of the largest raw number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 3,993 cases in the local health area that includes most of the city’s population. An additional 298 cases have been detected in the South Surrey/White Rock local health area, though the BCCDC does not specify to which municipality those cases correspond.

B.C.’s largest city has recorded the next-highest case total, with 3,444 cases in Vancouver as of Oct. 31.

Within the City of Vancouver – which is subdivided into several local health areas – downtown has seen the most cases (857).

That said, every region of the city has recorded more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest concentration shown on the colour-coded map.

Indeed, every local health area in Metro Vancouver is shaded in the dark-purple hue that indicates 200-plus cases per 100,000 residents, except for the City of Richmond.

In Richmond, there were 411 cases of COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, a total that equates to between 150 and 200 cases per 100,000 residents.

Most of B.C.’s cases of the coronavirus have been located in the two health authorities that serve the Lower Mainland: Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

The recently released data shows nearly every region of those two health authorities dealing with more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents. There are exceptions, however. In addition to the aforementioned lower number of per-capita cases in Richmond, Vancouver Coastal Health has seen lower numbers in its regions outside Metro Vancouver, including 150 to 200 cases per 100,000 in the Powell River local health area and 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 on the Sunshine Coast.

Likewise, Fraser Health’s easternmost local health areas have recorded lower per-capita caseloads.

Elsewhere in B.C., there are a few local health areas that still have not recorded even a single confirmed case of COVID-19.

That includes Island Health’s Cowichan Valley West region, Interior Health’s North Thompson region and Northern Health’s Stikine region, among others.

The BCCDC is quick to point out, however, that the absence of a confirmed case does not mean there is no risk to residents of a given region.

“Note that the number of cases in the (local health area) may not represent the location of exposure (e.g. people who acquired the disease while travelling or working elsewhere), and that not all COVID-19-infected individuals are tested and reported,” the map warns. “The virus may be circulating undetected in the community, including in areas where no cases have been identified by public health.”

Though the vast majority of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases have been located in the Lower Mainland, health authorities outside the region have also dealt with their own hotspots. The updated map shows at least one local health area within each health authority that has recorded more than 200 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents.  

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The reason why liquor and cannabis stores are considered essential services in Manitoba – CTV News Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG —
With high COVID-19 case counts, many in Manitoba are asking why certain businesses are still open – including liquor and cannabis stores.

On Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health official, said taking liquor stores and cannabis stores off the list of the essential services and shutting them down could cause more harm than good.

“Unintended consequences of not allowing access to theses types of products,” Roussin said.

For more than 40 years, Mitch Bourbonniere, a community outreach worker, has been working with those who are impacted by mental health and addiction. He says those untended consequences can be physical, emotional, and psychological withdrawals, and it could be life-threatening.

“Addiction has no demographic. Anyone and everyone can be afflicted by addiction in the wrong circumstance,” he said.

Addiction is an illness, he said, that causes intense suffering usually brought on by trauma. If the stores are closed, people are most likely to turn to more dangerous substances.

“Whether it is home brew, whether it is crack, whether it is meth, prescription drugs, anything they can get their hands on, if they can’t get a safe, viable, government-run product,” Bourbonniere said.

Bourbonniere also says closing stores opens the door for organized crime to take over the sales.

“People are absolutely going to get desperate and go to organized crime, they are going to go to the street, they are going to go to gangs,” said Bourbonniere.

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Manitoba reports record spike of more than 540 new COVID-19 cases on Monday – CTV News Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG —
Manitoba has once again set a record of COVID-19 cases, with more than 540 people testing positive for COVID-19 as of Monday morning.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, reported 546 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, though three cases were removed from the total due to an error. This is the highest single-day spike of cases the province has seen yet.

The majority of the cases were reported in the Winnipeg region, which had 368 new cases as of Monday morning. The five-day test positivity rate in Winnipeg is now at 13.8 per cent.

The Southern Health region also reported a significant spike in cases, with 118 more cases.

The other cases include:

  • 21 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 27 cases in the Northern health region; and
  • 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The new cases bring Manitoba’s total since March to 14,087 and raises the five-day test positivity rate to 14 per cent.

DEATHS SURGE IN PAST 23 DAYS IN MANITOBA

Along with the cases, Roussin reported seven more people had died of COVID-19.

These people include:

  • A woman in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Maples Long-Term Care Home outbreak;
  • A woman in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Holy Family Personal Care Home outbreak;
  • A man in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the Menno Home outbreak;
  • Two women in their 80s, and a man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region; and
  • A man in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

Since March, 236 Manitobans have died of COVID-19. Deaths caused by COVID-19 have been surging in recent weeks. Roussin said the past 23 days, 161 people have died due to the virus.

“It might be easy just to think of these as numbers, but we all know these are Manitobans. These are people who were loved, who are missed right now,” Roussin said.

Hospitalizations also saw a jump as 296 people are now in hospital with COVID-19, 52 of whom are in the intensive care unit.

On Monday, 160 more Manitobans had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 5,353. The number of active cases in Manitoba is reported to be 8,498.

TOP DOCTOR SEES SOME RESULTS OF RESTRICTIONS

This Thursday it will be two weeks – one full incubation cycle of the virus – since the entire province was placed under code red restrictions, which included closures of non-essential business and further restrictions on gathering sizes.

Roussin said health officials are starting to see some positive results from these restrictions.

“We have a fewer number of contacts per case right now, which can certainly be an early indicator that our restrictions are having their intended benefit,” he said. “It is expected that that is going to translate into fewer cases in the next week or 10 days.”

Roussin said three weeks ago, there was an average of seven contacts per case, which has gradually dropped to between four and two contacts in some cases.

“Certainly the trend is in the right direction.”

He said the province is still at a critical point, once again urging Manitobans to stay home.

“We have these critical restrictions in place for a reason – we are seeing these numbers that we cannot sustain in our health care system,” he said. “We need to bring these numbers down, and we need to act now to do so.” 

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Coronavirus: Manitoba reports record-breaking 543 new cases, 7 additional deaths | Watch News Videos Online – Globalnews.ca

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Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Brent Roussin on Monday reported a record-breaking 543 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and seven additional deaths. It is the highest single-day increase the province has seen since the pandemic began, breaking the previous record of 494 cases announced Nov. 15.

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