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Which B.C. regions have the most COVID-19 cases? Updated map shows hotspots – 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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Potential exposure to COVID-19 reported at various locations in Halifax – Global News

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Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at six locations across Halifax on Thursday.

Nova Scotia Health Public Health is asking that anyone who visited or worked at the following locations on the specified date and time to immediately self-isolate and contact 811 to arrange for COVID-19 testing, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms.

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  • Stillwell (1672 Barrington St, Halifax) on Nov. 20 between 6 p.m. and 12:30 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, Dec. 4.
  • Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs (1269 Barrington St, Halifax) on Nov. 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 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, Dec. 4.
  • Highwayman (1673 Barrington St, Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 12 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, Dec. 5.
  • Gahan House (5239 Sackville St, Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 2:30 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, Dec. 5.
  • Princess Nails (1475 Bedford Highway, Bedford) on Nov. 21 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the above date may develop symptoms up to, and including, Dec. 5.
  • Boston Pizza Dartmouth Crossing (111 Shubie Dr, Dartmouth) on Nov. 20 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 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, Dec. 6.

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According to N.S. Health, all potential exposure notifications are now listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

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Simcoe Manor outbreak declared over according to the health unit – 104.1 The Dock (iHeartRadio)

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The outbreak at Simcoe Manor in Beeton has been declared over, according to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website.

The two-month-long outbreak at the long-term care home saw more than 70 people test positive for the coronavirus – 43 residents and 32 staff – while ten residents succumbed to the infection since September 29.

The outbreak at the Allandale Station Retirement Residence has also been declared over, however, outbreaks remain in place at both Sunset Manor in Collingwood and Holland Gardens Retirement Residence in Bradford.

Meanwhile, 14 more people tested positive in the city of Barrie as the SMDHU reported 30 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the region inching closer to 2,000 total cases.

Thursday’s numbers from the health unit show the region now stands at 1,983 cases – 153 since Monday – with new infections in New Tecumseth (6), Bradford (3), and Springwater (2).

Innisfil, Tiny, Collingwood, and Essa are all reporting one new case, while one case is still pending.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting an uptick in cases, confirming 1,478 more people have tested positive for the virus, up from 1,373 on Wednesday.

Ontario also processed more than 47,000 COVID-19 tests over the last day, with about 53,000 swabs still under investigation.

With files from CTV News Toronto.

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30 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka, local total reaches 1,983 – Global News

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 30 new novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 1,983, including 52 deaths.

Fourteen of the new cases are in Barrie, while six are in New Tecumseth, three are in Bradford and two are in Springwater.

The rest are in Collingwood, Essa, Innisfil and Tiny Township.

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Twelve of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while seven are community-acquired. Two of the new cases are related to an educational setting outbreak, while on is travel-related.

The rest of the new cases are all under investigation.

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This week, the health unit has reported 149 new coronavirus cases.

Last week, there were 200 new COVID-19 cases in the region, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single week since the start of the pandemic.






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Of the region’s total 1,983 coronavirus cases, 87 per cent — or 1,717 — have recovered, while 13 people remain in hospital.

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There are 13 total COVID-19 outbreaks in the region — at four schools, two long-term care facilities, two congregate settings, two workplaces, one retirement home and two community settings.

The school outbreaks are at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, Willow Landing Elementary School and Warnica Public School, all of which are in Barrie, as well as Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Angus.

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There has been 61 outbreaks in Simcoe Muskoka since the start of the pandemic — at 20 long-term care facilities, 14 workplaces, 10 retirement homes, eight educational settings, six congregate settings and three community settings.

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According to the province of Ontario, 14 schools under the public Simcoe County school board and the Catholic Simcoe Muskoka school board are reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

The affected schools are:

  • Warnica Public School in Barrie
  • Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie
  • Monsignor Clair Catholic School in Barrie
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Barrie
  • Willow Landing Elementary School in Barrie
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Barrie
  • Bradford District High School
  • Fieldcrest Elementary School in Bradford
  • Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School in Essa
  • Our Lady of Grace School in Essa
  • Boyne River Public School in New Tecumseth
  • St. Paul’s Catholic School in New Tecumseth
  • Holy Family Catholic School in New Tecumseth
  • Nantyr Shores Secondary School in Innisfil

On Thursday, Ontario reported 1,373 new coronavirus cases, bringing the provincial total to 107,883, including 3,554 deaths.

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