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Hinshaw said she continues to closely watch the number of hospitalizations to monitor the acute-care system’s ability to manage the spike in cases and hospital admissions.
“As I’ve said before, one of the best ways to limit cases in schools, hospitals and continuing-care is to limit transmission within the community. COVID-19 is a difficult virus to contain, and the more cases and spread we see in our communities, the more likely it becomes that we will see it in other places as well,” said Hinshaw.
No new cases were identified in connection to the Foothills Medical Centre outbreaks on Wednesday. A total of 45 patients, 37 health-care workers and five visitors have tested positive since the start of the outbreak, while 11 patients have died.
Hinshaw said the cause of the outbreak still hasn’t been determined.
“AHS has been working very, very hard to contain the spread and make sure that onward transmission is stopped, and that any risks to patients or staff or visitors are contained,” said Hinshaw.
According to Alberta Health, 964 Albertans been hospitalized due to COVID-19, 177 of whom have required intensive care. The average age for COVID-19 cases hospitalized from the start of the pandemic to now is 61 years old, ranging from under one year old to 102. The average age requiring intensive care is also 61, ranging from four years old to 89.
In Wednesday’s update, AHS said 80 per cent of the 45 postponed surgeries at Foothills have been rescheduled.
The 243 newly identified cases come from 14,881 tests on Tuesday. Alberta Health has confirmed 21,199 cases of COVID-19 and 18,223 recoveries.
Of the active cases, 1,473 are in the Edmonton zone, 791 in the Calgary zone, 177 in the South zone, 124 in the North zone and 108 in the Central zone.
October 25, 2020 – Update on COVID-19 from Dr. Theresa Tam – Net Newsledger
OTTAWA – In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
“As the resurgence of COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to maintain COVID-19 at manageable levels across the country.
Since the first cases were reported in March 2020, there have been 211,732 cases of COVID-19, including 9,888 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though the cumulative number is high and continues to increase, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions that will keep ourselves, our families and our communities safer.
At this time, there are 23,965 active cases across the country. The latest national-level data indicate daily averages of 2,488 new cases (Oct 16-22) and 74,719 people tested, with 3.1% testing positive (Oct 11-17). Outbreaks continue to contribute to COVID-19 spread in Canada. These vary in size from just a few cases to larger clusters occurring in a range of settings including long term care and assisted living facilities, schools, congregate living settings, industrial work settings and large social gatherings. Larger clusters tell us those closed and crowded settings and/or not sufficiently maintaining public health practises, such as physical distancing and mask-wearing, can amplify spread of the virus.
The number of people experiencing severe illness continues to increase. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 1,010 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Oct 16-22), including 209 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. During the same period, there was an average of 23 COVID-19-related deaths reported daily.
As hospitalisations and deaths tend to lag behind increased disease activity by one to several weeks, the concern is that we have yet to see the extent of severe impacts associated with the ongoing increase in COVID-19 disease activity. As well, influenza and respiratory infections typically increase during the Fall and Winter, placing increased demands on hospitals. This is why it is so important for people of all ages to maintain public health practises that keep respiratory infection rates low.
Canada needs a collective effort to sustain the public health response through to the end of the pandemic, while balancing the health, social and economic consequences. We can all do our part by keeping our number of in-person close contacts low and committing to proven effective public health practises; stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, maintain physical distancing, wear a face mask as appropriate, and keep up with hand, cough and surface hygiene. Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practises and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others.”
B.C. flu vaccine: Here's what you need to know – Vancouver Sun
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Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Receiving the flu vaccine can protect you and others around you from the spread of influenza.
Who should get a flu shot?
Health officials recommend that everyone six months of age and older should get a yearly vaccination, particularly if you or someone in close contact with you is considered high-risk, such as children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with medical conditions.
Those who work in health care or who spend time in care homes or health-care settings should also get the vaccine.
Is the flu shot free or will I have to pay?
The flu shot is publicly funded and free for those who are eligible. The full list of eligible individuals is available online here but includes:
• Anyone at high risk of serious illness such as children, pregnant women, seniors over the age of 65, residents in care homes, etc.
• People able to transmit or spread influenza to those who are high risk such as household contacts of high-risk individuals or care workers.
• Essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics and corrections workers.
To find out if you are eligible, talk to your healthcare provider to call HealthLink B.C. at 811.
If you are not eligible for a free vaccine, it can be purchased at most pharmacies and travel clinics. Some employers also provide the vaccine free to employees and may set up a flu clinic.
Where can I get the flu shot?
The free flu vaccine is available from public-health clinics, some doctors’ offices and most pharmacies.
COVID infections in B.C. remain at elevated levels on Friday with 223 new cases
The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in B.C. remains elevated, reaching 223 in the last 24 hours, provincial health officials said Friday afternoon.
That figure – coming a day after the province reported a record high of 274 new daily cases on Thursday – brings the total number of active COVID cases in B.C. to 2,009, with another 4,637 people under active health monitoring after having been exposed to the virus.
Overall, 75 patients are hospitalized and 24 of them are in intensive care, said Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry in a statement. However, there were no new deaths to report in the latest report, and the total death toll remains at 256.
Henry said the continued spike in new COVID cases means that it is time for B.C. residents to again consider reducing social gatherings and limiting contact with others, given the rising numbers recently coincided with private events such as weddings.
“Contact-tracing teams throughout our province are working around the clock to stop further spread, but it requires all of us to do our part to be successful in these efforts,” Henry said in the statement. “This is our opportunity and the time to take a step back from our social interactions and keep our groups small this weekend. In doing this, we show our appreciation and support for the important work of contact tracers.”
It has been a discouraging week in terms of B.C.’s COVID numbers, as Thursday marked the fourth time in six days that the province announced a new record high for daily cases.
The area with the largest number of cases since the start of the pandemic remains the Fraser Health region (6,864), followed by Vancouver Coastal Health (4,319), Interior Health (662), Northern Health (371) and Island Health (250). In total, the province has now seen 12,554 cases of the novel coronavirus – with 10,247 people having recovered since.
Officials did report two new health-facility outbreaks, located at Laurel Place in Surrey and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Burnaby, as well as two new community outbreaks at Langley’s Coast Spa Manufacturing and Surrey’s Pace Processing. With four assisted-living facilities now off the outbreak list, the total number of health-care facilities outbreaks in B.C. now stands at 16.
The following facilities remain on the outbreak list:
Vancouver Coastal Health –
* Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
* Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility
* Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second occurrence)
* Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility
Fraser Health –
* Al Hogg Pavilion
* Baillie House long-term care facility
* Evergreen Baptist Care Society long-term care facility
* Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge
* Fort Langley Seniors Community long-term care facility
* Good Samaritan Victoria Heights assisted-living facility
* Laurel Place
* Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
* Rosemary Heights Seniors Village independent, assisted and long-term care facility
* Sunset Manor assisted-living facility
* The Village assisted living and long-term care facility
* Zion Park Manor long-term care facility
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