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Vaccinations on hold as city awaits more doses – CBC.ca

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Ottawa’s COVID-19 inoculation program will be on hold for several days next week as health officials await further delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Ottawa Hospital will run out of doses on Saturday, after which the vaccination clinic “is expected to be paused and resume operation toward the end of next week,” the hospital confirmed to CBC in an emailed statement Friday.

Any remaining doses — the hospital didn’t say how many — will be used for long-term care residents “as a priority,” and for the health-care workers and other caregivers who were vaccinated last month but require their second doses within the 21-28 day period recommended by the manufacturer.

Because of the supply shortage, “some appointments already pre-booked will have to be rescheduled, and those individuals will be contacted with a new appointment time to ensure they receive their second dose within the timeframe outlined,” according to the hospital.

There’s no word yet on how many Pfizer-BioNTech doses are expected to arrive in Ottawa next week. The federal government said Friday it expects 280,000 doses a week to arrive in Canada until the end of January, increasing to 360,000 a week in February.

It’s not clear when doses of the Moderna vaccine might also arrive in Ottawa. 

Some health-care workers and caregivers at long-term care homes may need to have their appointments for their second doses rescheduled until the next Pfizer-BioNTech shipment arrives. (Supplied by The Ottawa Hospital)

Nursing homes a priority

So far, Ottawa has received 12,675 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. As of Wednesday, the hospital had administered 11,000 doses to about 10,000 people on site.

Residents of five long-term care homes also received vaccinations this week. Residents have been deemed a priority to receive the vaccine because the death rate among those who contract COVID-19 is extremely high.

In a memo on Friday, Ottawa’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches and Anthony Di Monte, the city’s general manager of emergency and protective services, listed the order in which residents of the remaining long-term homes will be vaccinated.

  • Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre (already vaccinated once).
  • Carlingview Manor Long-Term Care Home (already vaccinated once).
  • Peter D. Clark Home (already vaccinated once).
  • St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa (already vaccinated once).
  • Garry J. Armstrong (already vaccinated once).
  • Saint-Louis Residence – Bruyère.
  • Extendicare Medex.
  • Extendicare West End Villa.
  • Extendicare Laurier Manor.
  • The Glebe Centre.
  • Madonna Care Community.
  • Extendicare Starwood 1.
  • Garden Terrace 14.Centre d’Accueil Champlain.
  • Granite Ridge Care Community.
  • Forest Hill.
  • Villa Marconi.
  • Carleton Lodge.
  • Revera Montfort Long-Term Care Home.
  • Osgoode Care Centre.
  • Salvation Army Ottawa Grace Manor.
  • Hillel Lodge.
  • New Orchard Lodge.
  • Revera Longfields Manor Long-Term Care Home.
  • Résidence Élizabeth Bruyère.
  • Manoir Marochel.
  • Sarsfield Colonial Home.
  • Royal Ottawa Place.

However, the city couldn’t say when that might start.

“Specific dates cannot be determined at this time given vaccines are received from the province weekly and in amounts that fluctuate week over week,” according to the memo. “Distribution planning must also consider inventory requirements for second vaccine doses, which have started to be administered.”

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Potential COVID exposure at multiple businesses and on Halifax Transit routes – HalifaxToday.ca

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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS
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Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at one location in Western Zone, four locations in Central Zone and various Halifax Transit routes. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following location on the named date and time are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

  • Callister’s Country Kitchen (7076 Highway 1 Coldbrook) on Feb. 15 between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 1.
  • Hop Scotch Dinner Club (1537 Barrington St, Halifax) on Feb. 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.

For the following locations, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.

  • Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water St, Halifax) on Feb. 19 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
  • Sobeys Timberlea (65 Market Way Ln, Timberlea) on Feb. 21 between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 7.
  • Superstore Sackville (745 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville) on Feb. 21 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 7.

Various Halifax Transit bus routes:

  • Route 159 Portland Hills from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
  • Route 61 Auburn/North Preston from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
  • Route 14 Leiblin Park from Scotia Square to Mumford on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
  • Route 1 Spring Garden from Mumford to Scotia Square on Feb. 19 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
  • Route 159 Portland Hills from Scotia Square to Portland on Feb. 19 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
  • Route 61 Auburn/North Preston from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 20 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 6.
  • Route 14 Leiblin Park from Scotia Square to Mumford on Feb. 20 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 6.

Please remember:

Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. Please book an appointment online and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.

Currently, anyone who traveled outside Nova Scotia or PEI is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. If a person returning from non-essential travel outside Nova Scotia or PEI is unable to isolate alone, then everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well.

When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.

All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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Three New Cases of COVID-19 – Government of Nova Scotia

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  1. Three New Cases of COVID-19  Government of Nova Scotia
  2. Nova Scotia increasing testing capacity as COVID cases ‘creep up’  CBC.ca
  3. N.S. reports three new COVID-19 cases Wednesday; concerns that cases could rise  CTV News Atlantic
  4. Feb. 24 update: concerns for community spread grow as Nova Scotia reports three new COVID-19 cases  TheChronicleHerald.ca
  5. Three new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday  HalifaxToday.ca
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GameStop shares surge more than 100 per cent – CTV News

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GameStop shares climbed rapidly and were halted twice for volatility ahead of the closing bell Wednesday. The gaming retailer’s stock was priced at $91.71 at market close, up nearly 104% from the previous day.

Shares were halted once around 3:40pm ET after climbing nearly 74%, and again just over 10 minutes later after gaining 104%. GameStop’s trading volume was roughly three times higher the five-day average for the stock, according to data provider Refinitiv.

Less than an hour after the closing bell, the stock was on the move again — gaining nearly 90% in after-hours trading.

Having déjà vu yet? The surge comes about a month after a wild GameStop trading frenzy caused its stock to jump around 1,600% in a matter of days, though it quickly fell from highs around $350. The late January surge was fueled by individual retail investors, many from the Reddit page WallStreetBets, some of whom believed the GameStop was undervalued and others who wanted to squeeze hedge funds that had shorted the stock.

The jump in GameStop also comes a day after the company announced its chief financial officer would resign next month to help “accelerate GameStop’s transformation,” which could fuel investors who believe in the long-term value of the retailer and its ability to shift from relying on physical stores to an e-commerce sales model.

AMC, another “meme stock” involved in the trading frenzy last month, also jumped around 18% on Wednesday.

Redditors on WallStreetBets cheered as GameStop soared. Posts on the subreddit included diamond emojis (a reference to holding a stock long term) and titles like “NEXT STOP IS THE MOON BABY” with rocket emojis, representing a belief that the stock will continue its upward trajectory.

Some GameStop investors have talked publicly about not selling their positions in the company during last month’s trading frenzy because they believe in its long-term potential.

Around 4pm, the entire Reddit site was down for many users, though the company did not identify the cause of the outage. Within about half an hour, Reddit said it had identified the underlying issue and “systems are beginning to recover.”

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