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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 – Virden Empire Advance

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The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday Feb. 7, 2021.

There are 804,260 confirmed cases in Canada.

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_ Canada: 804,260 confirmed cases (44,727 active, 738,766 resolved, 20,767 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 3,203 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 117.69 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 24,407 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,487.

There were 65 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 735 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 105. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.28 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 54.64 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 416 confirmed cases (19 active, 393 resolved, four deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 3.64 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been eight new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 0.77 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 113 confirmed cases (three active, 110 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 1.88 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,585 confirmed cases (eight active, 1,512 resolved, 65 deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 0.82 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been five new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 6.64 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,344 confirmed cases (204 active, 1,120 resolved, 20 deaths).

There were seven new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 26.1 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 88 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 13.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 2.56 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Quebec: 270,058 confirmed cases (11,915 active, 248,112 resolved, 10,031 deaths).

There were 1,081 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 138.96 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,475 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,068.

There were 32 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 237 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 34. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.39 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 116.99 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Ontario: 278,207 confirmed cases (14,799 active, 256,903 resolved, 6,505 deaths).

There were 1,489 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 100.44 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,996 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,428.

There were 22 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 317 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 45. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.31 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 44.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 30,237 confirmed cases (3,256 active, 26,135 resolved, 846 deaths).

There were 79 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 236.07 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 673 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 96.

There were four new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 17 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.18 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 61.34 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 25,403 confirmed cases (2,363 active, 22,701 resolved, 339 deaths).

There were 194 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 200.48 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,539 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 220.

There were three new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 35 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is five. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.42 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 28.76 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Alberta: 126,767 confirmed cases (6,242 active, 118,816 resolved, 1,709 deaths).

There were 351 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 141.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,559 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 366.

There were four new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 70 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.23 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 38.65 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 69,716 confirmed cases (5,903 active, 62,567 resolved, 1,246 deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 114.67 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,056 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 294.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 57 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is eight. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.16 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 24.2 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Yukon: 70 confirmed cases (zero active, 69 resolved, one deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.38 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 32 confirmed cases (one active, 31 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 2.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 299 confirmed cases (14 active, 284 resolved, one deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 35.58 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of five new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 2.54 per 100,000 people.

There have been zero tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published Feb. 7, 2021.

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B.C. call centres to book vaccines will 'do better' after hectic first day: minister – North Shore News

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VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s health minister promised to “do better” on Monday after call centres to schedule vaccine appointments were overwhelmed on the first day of booking.

Adrian Dix said there were 1.7 million calls in less than three hours after the phone lines opened for people over 90 and Indigenous elders over 65 to book their appointments.

Dix said he believed that people who were not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine were flooding the lines, but he also acknowledged that more staffing was needed.

“It’s really important in order to allow those over 90 to get their appointments that we only call when our age group becomes open for calling,” he told the province’s COVID-19 briefing.

“It’s also important that we do better. I know that people have called in and have waited a long time today.” 

Dix said that more resources would be added in the coming weeks, as more age groups become eligible to call to book their vaccines.

People born in 1936 or earlier can start calling for appointments on March 15 and those born in 1941 or earlier can start to schedule their immunizations March 22.

Fraser Health was the only authority to launch an online booking platform on Monday, but Dix said a web-based system would become widely available on April 12.

Some residents with elderly parents said they spent hours redialing their health authority’s number and only got a busy signal or a recorded message telling them to call back later.

Julie Tapley, whose 90-year-old father lives in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, said she was frustrated that the authority had not yet established an online booking system.

“I just want to get in the queue and start the process so that (my parents) can return to their normal lives.”

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said creating an online booking system is “quite a large project” and Fraser Health was the only authority with an existing platform.

Of about 80,000 people eligible to book appointments this week, roughly 26,000 have already received a shot, so a relatively small number of people should be calling, Dix said.

He said about 10,000 appointments were booked as of Monday afternoon and a “significant number” of those were scheduled through the Fraser Health online site.

Dix urged eligible residents and their families to keep calling in the coming days. There are plenty of appointments available and it is not a “first-come, first-serve” system, he said.

Although B.C.’s case numbers have been on the rise, Henry said some restrictions would be eased in the coming weeks as the weather warms and immunizations ramp up.

Outdoor gatherings, larger meeting places and layers of protection such as masks will still be recommended, she said.

“I like to think of it as slowly turning up the dial again rather than flicking a switch,” she said. 

She also said she hopes to see the return of sports and in-person religious ceremonies within weeks.

Officials have been developing a plan with faith leaders to enable the gradual return of in-person services, as there are important dates in many religions coming up, Henry said.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge reserved his decision on Friday on a petition filed by three Fraser Valley churches who argued that a ban on in-person services violates charter rights.

Henry reported on Monday 1,462 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths over three days, pushing the death toll to 1,391 in the province.

She said there was one new outbreak in a long-term care home, the Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna, where a high number of residents and staff had already been vaccinated.

The flare-up serves as a reminder that while vaccines are effective and prevent severe illness and death, they don’t necessarily mean that all transmission will be stopped, she said.

There have been 144 new cases that are variants of concern, bringing the total to 394 confirmed cases. Officials still do not know how about a quarter of the cases were acquired.

Henry became emotional when quoting Chief Robert Joseph, a knowledge-keeper with the Assembly of First Nations.

“We will celebrate our lives again, dream our dreams again and watch our children regain their hope,” Henry quoted him as saying, with tears in her eyes.

“That’s what we can look forward to in the coming months.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. 

Laura Dhillon Kane, The Canadian Press

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U.S. issues advice to those fully vaccinated, but no shift in Canada yet – BayToday

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New U.S. guidelines say people fully inoculated against COVID-19 can drop some precautions when gathering with others, but at least two provincial health ministers say existing public health advice holds for now.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that Americans who have waited two weeks since their second required shot can spend time with other immunized people indoors without masks or social distancing.

The same applies to gatherings by those at low-risk of severe disease, such as fully vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy grandchildren.

The U.S. guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks, avoid large gatherings and physically distance when in public.

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday that physical distancing and other public health guidelines will be around for some time.

He said about 15 per cent of B.C.’s eligible residents are expected to be immunized by the end of the month, which is “nothing like herd immunity.”

“The future is bright, but we can’t live the future right now. We’ve got to live the now right now.”

Dix does expect visiting restrictions to be loosened in B.C.’s long-term care homes this month as about 90 per cent of residents and staff have been vaccinated.

University of Alberta infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lynora Saxinger said evidence on which the U.S. health agency based its advice is “very much in evolution” and such recommendations might not work everywhere.

Virus variants with the potential to break through vaccine protection are also a “wild card,” she said.

But Saxinger said the principles underlying the U.S. guidance make sense, especially since the initial vaccine rollout has targeted older individuals, many of whom have been kept away from their grandchildren for almost a year.

“They’re basically taking a balance-of-probabilities approach to say that if you’ve received vaccine, you should be highly protected against severe disease. Therefore this should be hopefully OK.”

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said her province is still recommending people take precautions with gatherings and will take its cues from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Ontario reported 1,631 new cases in its latest update, but said the higher-than-expected count was due to a system “data catch-up.” The seven-day average for new cases was at 1,155.

There were also 10 more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Ontario lifted stay-at-home orders in Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay on Monday — the last three regions subject to the government’s strictest measures introduced two months ago.

Alberta also loosened some rules for banquet halls, community halls, conference centres, hotels, retail shops, performances and post-secondary sports, as hospitalizations stayed well below the provincial target of 450.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said he believes it is safe enough to immediately ease more restrictions

The province reported 278 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths. Six cases of the more contagious variant were also detected, bringing that total to 659. There were 254 people in hospital.

And residents in five regions of Quebec, including the capital, were again able to eat in restaurants and work out in gyms.

Restrictions remain in place in the Montreal area due to fear that variant cases will cause a spike in infections and hospitalizations.

Quebec reported 579 new cases in its update. New daily infections had been above 700 for the five previous days. The province also recorded nine more deaths.

All of New Brunswick shifted to a lower pandemic response level Monday. That means a circle of 15 regular contacts can socialize, up from 10. The Atlantic province had five new cases and 36 active ones.

Saxinger said a “judicious and slow” reopening is the safest approach.

She noted that many countries have seen their case counts come down, but the proportion of more contagious variants is higher, planting the seeds for a spike.

“We know that it’s possible that the variants can be responsible for another surge, that a variant surge is harder to contain and you need longer and more stringent restrictions to contain them.”

Also Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Thursday will be a “national day of observance” to commemorate the 22,000 people in Canada who have died from COVID-19 and to acknowledge all the ways the virus has changed our lives in the last year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021

— With files from The Associated Press

Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

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B.C. reports 1,462 new COVID-19 cases over three days, 11 deaths – Globalnews.ca

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B.C. reported 1,462 new cases of COVID-19 over three days along with 11 deaths.

There were 545 cases from Friday to Saturday while 532 cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday, and 385 from Sunday to Monday.

Of the new cases, 407 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 802 were in the Fraser Health region, 72 in Island Health, 79 in Interior Health, and 102 in Northern Health.






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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 144 of the new cases involved variants of concern, bringing the total number of variant cases to 394. The majority of those cases are linked to the B.1.1.7. variant first identified in the U.K.

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The number of active cases linked to COVID-19 variants jumped to 87. On Friday, the province reported just 12 active cases involving variants.

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The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped by 15 to 240. Sixty-six of those patients are in critical or intensive care, a number that remains unchanged from Friday.

There are 4,854 active COVID-19 cases in the province while 8,723 people are in self-isolation due to possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The 11 deaths bring the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,391.

The update comes after the opening of British Columbia’s call centre to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments.


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Dix said the appointment booking line received 1.7 million calls as of 9:40 a.m. Monday despite the fact that only about 82,000 people — those born in 1931 or earlier and Indigenous people born in 1946 and earlier — are eligible to receive an appointment at this time.

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Many of those same people have already received a vaccination in long-term care.

“This is not the time to call in if you are not calling for someone over the age of 90 or an Indigenous person 65-plus,” Dix said.

“This is not the time to call in.”


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Upward trend continues as B.C. reports 634 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

On Friday, B.C. reported 634 new cases of COVID-19 along with four deaths.

— With files from Simon Little and Richard Zussman

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