Four people have died of COVID-19 in B.C. since Friday, and 294 new cases of the virus have been confirmed.
There is now a record-high 1,107 active infections of the novel coronavirus in the province out of 5,790 to date, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday. Three of the deaths recorded this weekend were in long-term care; to date, 208 people have died from infection caused by the virus.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital has risen to 28, including 10 in intensive care. There is one new outbreak in a long-term care home in the Fraser Health region, though two other outbreaks have been declared over.
Since the province entered Phase 3 of its recovery plan, active cases have spiked beyond what was seen in the spring.
During Monday’s briefing, Henry urged British Columbians to be more cautious as summer turns into fall, describing the current situation as the “messy middle” of a pandemic that no one expected.
“After many months of restrictions, we all needed to reconnect with our family, our friends this summer. We travelled, we enjoyed our summer, and we recharged. Now we must slow down our social interactions for the respiratory [illness] season ahead,” Henry said.
“As the cooler weather arrives, we all have to be ready. We have seen the challenges that this virus has, and now is our time to prepare. As we step into our offices, our workplaces, our schools, we need to take a step back from some of the social interactions that we’ve had this summer. Being ready means all of us going back to the basics.”
That means vigilant handwashing, keeping social circles small and especially staying at home when you are feeling ill.
B.C. needs to ‘flatten our curve again’
Henry warned that the cold weather could bring a new wave of COVID-19, or it could bring an epidemic of influenza.
“These more, challenging colder months, we have to close those gaps that we’ve had here in the summer and flatten our curve again,” she said.
Despite the recent increases in B.C.’s caseload, Henry has been resolute in her approach to the virus. Earlier this month she said contact tracing was working to keep the spread of the virus in B.C. in check.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said the summer has shown how quickly people’s behaviour can lead to a surge in numbers, pointing to the numerous exposure events that led to a spike in infections in Kelowna around the time of the Canada Day holiday.
He said everyone should be aware of how opportunities for the disease to spread can come disguised as a chance to hang out with a big group of friends or participate in an activity we’ve missed.
“COVID-19 is knocking at our doors and we cannot let it in,” Dix said.
He said British Columbians should take the rules around eating in restaurants — i.e. a limit on six people per table — as the guideline for socializing in our personal lives.
Sept. 21 update: One probable COVID-19 case identified in Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Post
A Dalhousie University student has received an indeterminate COVID-19 test result.
Since the test result does not confirm the case is positive, it will not be included in the total COVID-19 case tally in Nova Scotia, the province said in its daily update.
The student, who lives off campus, was travelling outside the Atlantic bubble. They have been self-isolating since their return.
A COVID-19 test doesn’t differentiate between active virus and non-infectious virus fragments. So, an indeterminate test result could mean someone previously had COVID-19 and recovered, but non-infectious virus particles remain in their bodies. It could also mean that someone was tested before the virus is fully detectable.
Public health is treating the probable case as positive. In these situations, public health investigates whether the person had or is currently having COVID-19 symptoms. They also look into whether the person was recently exposed to COVID-19.
On Sunday, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs conducted 587 tests. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases, 87,928 negative test results, and 65 deaths. The last confirmed positive COVID-19 case was identified on Sept. 7.
Anyone who has is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last 48 hours one of the following symptoms should visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:
- new or worsening cough
- fever (i.e. chills or sweats)
Anyone experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening) should also visit the website:
- sore throat
- runny nose or nasal congestion
- shortness of breath
Probable COVID-19 case involving Dalhousie student announced Monday – HalifaxToday.ca
As of today, Sept. 21, Nova Scotia has no active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified Sunday, Sept. 20.
The province is reporting one probable case of COVID-19 involving a Dalhousie University student who has received indeterminate test results. The student recently returned from travel outside the Atlantic Bubble, lives off-campus and has been self-isolating, as required.
Based on public health assessment, this case is being treated as though it is a lab-confirmed positive to ensure all precautions are taken.
Indeterminate test results do not provide a negative or positive. They may occur because someone previously had COVID-19 and the virus is still detectable in their system, or someone has been tested before the virus is fully detectable. In these situations, public health conducts further assessment, including whether someone had or has symptoms or was recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, to inform how the case is treated. Since probable cases are not confirmed to be positive, they are not included in the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 587 Nova Scotia tests on Sept. 20.
To date, Nova Scotia has 87,928 negative test results, 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and twenty-one cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.
Visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing:
— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/ nasal congestion
— shortness of breath
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.
As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Oct. 4
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)
Toronto Public Health preparing for second wave of COVID-19 – 680 News
New daily COVID-19 cases are looking very similar to when the virus brought our daily lives to full-on standstill.
The bulk of Sunday’s new cases came in Toronto and the Peel Region, but data suggests the York region now could also be an emerging hotspot with 38 infections that day alone.
Toronto Public Health is preparing for a resurgence of COVID-19, and on Monday will present the board of health with three possible scenarios of what a second wave could look like.
Scenario one would see peaks and valleys, which public health describes as a series of small waves, and could require a reinstitution of public health measures.
The second scenario warns of a large wave in the fall or winter and one or more smaller subsequent waves in 2021, which would require the reinstitution of lockdown measures in an attempt to reduce the spread of infection and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
Scenario 3 predicts a slow burn, with no clear wave pattern. Public health says this would not require further lockdowns.
Monday’s meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
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