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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 – Thompson Citizen

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The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 400 a.m. ET on Sunday Jan. 31, 2021.

There are 775,048 confirmed cases in Canada.

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_ Canada: 775,048 confirmed cases (54,186 active, 700,920 resolved, 19,942 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 4,255 new cases Saturday from 63,080 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 6.7 per cent. The rate of active cases is 142.58 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 31,990 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 4,570.

There were 141 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 968 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 138. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.36 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 52.47 per 100,000 people.

There have been 17,433,226 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 408 confirmed cases (16 active, 388 resolved, four deaths).

There were zero new cases Saturday from 506 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 0.0 per cent. The rate of active cases is 3.06 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10 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 0.77 per 100,000 people.

There have been 79,795 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 111 confirmed cases (six active, 105 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Saturday from 517 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 0.0 per cent. The rate of active cases is 3.76 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 90,603 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 1,580 confirmed cases (11 active, 1,504 resolved, 65 deaths).

There were three new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 1.12 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10 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 6.64 per 100,000 people.

There have been 203,766 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,230 confirmed cases (284 active, 928 resolved, 18 deaths).

There were 12 new cases Saturday from 2,055 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 0.58 per cent. The rate of active cases is 36.34 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 126 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 18.

There was one new reported death Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of five new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.09 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 2.3 per 100,000 people.

There have been 140,624 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 261,360 confirmed cases (14,509 active, 237,088 resolved, 9,763 deaths).

There were 1,367 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 169.21 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 9,184 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,312.

There were 46 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 326 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 47. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.54 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 113.86 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,695,925 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 266,363 confirmed cases (19,724 active, 240,494 resolved, 6,145 deaths).

There were 2,063 new cases Saturday from 57,646 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 3.6 per cent. The rate of active cases is 133.87 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 13,778 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,968.

There were 73 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 392 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 56. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.38 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 41.71 per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,248,077 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 29,446 confirmed cases (3,526 active, 25,095 resolved, 825 deaths).

There were 166 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 255.64 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 970 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 139.

There were two new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 28 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.29 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 59.81 per 100,000 people.

There have been 452,461 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 23,626 confirmed cases (2,523 active, 20,803 resolved, 300 deaths).

There were 260 new cases Saturday from 2,356 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 11 per cent. The rate of active cases is 214.05 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,709 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 244.

There were eight new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 50 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is seven. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.61 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 25.45 per 100,000 people.

There have been 335,890 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 123,747 confirmed cases (7,530 active, 114,586 resolved, 1,631 deaths).

There were 383 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 170.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,417 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 488.

There were 11 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 106 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 15. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.34 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 36.88 per 100,000 people.

There have been 3,118,211 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 66,779 confirmed cases (6,039 active, 59,551 resolved, 1,189 deaths).

There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 117.31 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,768 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 395.

There were zero new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 61 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is nine. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 23.1 per 100,000 people.

There have been 1,044,931 tests completed.

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

There were zero new cases Saturday. 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 6,273 tests completed.

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

There were zero new cases Saturday. 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 zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 9,064 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 284 confirmed cases (18 active, 265 resolved, one deaths).

There was one new case Saturday. The rate of active cases is 45.74 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been 17 new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

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

There have been 7,530 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published Jan. 31, 2021.

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First patient in Quebec gets approval from Health Canada for magic mushroom therapy

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MONTREAL — When Thomas Hartle indulges in a session of psilocybin treatment, the end-of-life anxiety, distractions and noises associated with his terminal colon cancer go away.

“Before the treatment, it’s like you’re sitting in your car. It’s summer. You have your windows down; you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic; it’s noisy …. It’s unpleasant,” said Hartle, who lives in Saskatchewan.

“Your favourite song is on the radio, but you can’t actually appreciate any of it because all of the other distractions are preventing you from even noticing that the radio is on. After a psilocybin treatment,(it’s like) you’re still in your car, in traffic, but you have the windows up; the air conditioning is on and it’s quiet. It’s just you and the music.”

Hartle, 54, is one of the very few Canadians to have received legal psychedelics psychotherapy for a mental health condition since Health Canada made it easier in January for health-care workers to access psilocybin — the hallucinogenic compound found in some mushrooms.

In Montreal, meanwhile, a pioneering clinic in the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is about to become the first health-care facility in Quebec to legally treat depression with psilocybin.

“It’s a privilege to be able to accompany people in the exploration of their psychological distress and to offer something different than conventional treatment such as antidepressants,” Dr. Andrew Bui-Nguyen, of the Mindspace by Numinus clinic, said in a recent interview.

Bui-Nguyen said his clinic received Health Canada’s approval onMay 5 to care for a patient who had undergone several unsuccessful treatments for depression.

“There’s a rigorous screening procedure,” Bui-Nguyen said, adding that Quebec’s health insurance plan doesn’t cover the treatment. “We look at the diagnosis, the medical history, if there’s a risk of addiction, what treatments have already been tried …. There must have been a lot of treatments done beforehand so the application is solid.”

Health Canada on Jan. 5 restored its “Special Access Program” — abolished under former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2013 — allowing health-care experts to request access to restricted drugs that have not yet been authorized for sale in the country.

Before January, people could only access psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy through clinical trials or medical exemptions. Now, licensed experts can file applications on behalf of patients with mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, but for whom conventional treatment has failed.

Health Canada says it has received 15 requests for the use of psilocybin or MDMA — a psychedelic drug with stimulant properties — since resuming the program.

In April, a clinic called Roots To Thrive, in Nanaimo, B.C., became the first health centre in Canada to offer a legal psilocybin group therapy program, in which Hartle took part.

“The therapy part has a capital T in this whole process,” Hartle said. “It isn’t just taking psychedelics. It’s just a tool in the process; the therapy is crucial to getting a good outcome.”

Psychedelic-assisted treatment, Bui-Nguyen explained, requires multiple therapy sessions before and after patients experience the drug. Patients will consume psilocybin while they are supervised by two psychotherapists and remain in the clinic-secured environment for up to six hours.

“It’s not miraculous,” Bui-Nguyen said. “You don’t take psilocybin and that’s it, a psychedelic trip and after the depression is cured — no! The patient has a lot of work to do. But it opens perspectives; it creates new paths in the brain that we aren’t used to taking. The patient then explores new roads to get out of depression.”

In the world’s largest study on psychedelics’ affect on the brain, released in March in the journal Science Advances, lead author Danilo Bzdok said psychedelic drugs might just be the next big thing to improve clinical care of major mental health conditions.

“There’s something like a renaissance, a reawakening of psychedelics,” Bzdok, associate professor with McGill University’s biomedical engineering department, said in a recent interview.

He said the evidence-based benefits are very promising. Patients, he said, say they have experienced up to six months of lasting effects after a single psychedelic-aided therapy session. They have also experienced a reduction of symptoms associated with mental health conditions, Bzdok said, adding that there were fewer side-effects compared to antidepressants.

Mindspace by Numinus CEO Payton Nyquvest said psychedelics have the potential to become a widespread treatment. As Health Canada continues to approve more requests, he hopes the recognition will make the treatment much more accessible.

“We haven’t seen significant innovation in mental health care in probably over 40 years,” Nyquvest said in a recent interview.

“We’re at a time where new and better treatments for mental health are needed now more than ever. No matter what you look at, depression, anxiety, and suicidality … these are all rates that continue to go up with no clear line in terms of how we’re going to address these massive societal issues. Psychedelics represent an opportunity to make a significant impact.”

Hartle’s own experience echoed those hopes. “The improvement in my mental health is so night and day that it would be difficult to say all of the things that it does for me,” he said.

“I still have cancer. I still have difficulty with what it physically does, but there are days when I don’t even think about it. What would you do to have a day where you just feel normal?”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

 

Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press

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MARS Wildlife Centre closes due to avian influenza – Squamish Chief

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The MARS Wildlife Centre north of Courtenay is closing to the public temporarily after avian influenza was found this week in a small poultry flock in the Comox Valley.

As of Monday, the visitor centre and gift shop will not be accessible to visitors.

“Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our resident ambassador birds (eagles, owls and crows) and wildlife patients is our first priority, and we hope that this additional precautionary measure will help reduce the risk of on-site transmission of the virus,” Gyl Andersen, centre manager of wildlife rehabilitation, said in a statement.

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society worries that needed donations to operate the centre will drop during the time the centre it is closed, at a time of year when expenses rise.

Andersen is asking supporters to donate to its animal care fund.

It is “baby season” and the influx of injured and orphaned baby birds, raccoon kits, and other small mammals has begun, Andersen said.

The largest expenses at this time of year are food and nursery supplies. Also needed are personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to combat viruses.

The Canadian Food Inspection agency confirmed Wednesday that Vancouver Island’s first case of the H5N1 virus was found in the small flock.

This is the first reported case on the Island, which may have been caused by infected migrating wild birds.

Increased bio-security measures have been put into place to protect birds at the centre, where its wildlife hospital remains open, Andersen said.

Sanitizing footbaths, a separate patient admission building, quarantine zones for different species, and covering the ambassador enclosures are among safety measures implemented.

Anyone bringing an injured animal to the Merville centre must remain in their vehicle and call the hospital at 250-337-2021, extension zero to speak to rehabilitation staff, who will come and collect the animal.

The centre said dead birds can not be brought to the centre. Call the centre for advice. The bird hotline can be called at 1-866-431-2473.

cjwilson@timescolonist.com

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Rise of acute hepatitis among kids: Find out what is causing it, symptoms to note and all about the role of vaccines – Times of India

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Besides the adenovirus 41, scientists continue to investigate COVID-19 as a potential underlying cause of the rise in recent cases of acute hepatitis in children.

An Indian study conducted by a team of researchers from the Bundelkhand Medical College (BMC), Sagar, Madhya Pradesh and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research, Chandigarh found that of 475 children, who tested positive for COVID-19 from April-July in 2021, 37 were diagnosed with COVID Acquired Hepatitis (CAH).

“We observed a peculiar rise in hepatitis cases. Usually, the beginning of monsoon marks a rise in hepatitis cases. Last year (2021) we started to see this in April, or summer, in covid positive children who were part of follow-up. Most of them in fact had recovered from their covid,” said Sumit Rawat, Associate Professor, Microbiology, BMC, and one of the authors of the study.

“Hepatitis A and E are specific to certain villages or regions, B is present through the year and D is usually from a parent or from a blood transfusion. Last year, following the Delta wave we saw these cases from all over the state, defying the usual histories,” he added.

Another recent case study suggested a possible link between liver disease and COVID-19.

The study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition observed a previously healthy three-year-old girl who developed acute liver failure a few weeks after recovering from a mild COVID infection.

Dr. Anna Peters, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the lead author of the study said, “”The patient had liver biopsy findings and blood testing consistent with a type of autoimmune hepatitis which may have been triggered by COVID infection.”

“I think it’s important for physicians to be aware that this is a rare condition that may happen during or after COVID infection. It’s important to check liver tests in patients who aren’t improving as expected,” she added.

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