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COVID-19: Ontario reports 864 new cases, 64 in Ottawa

COVID-19: Ontario reports 864 new cases, 64 in Ottawa

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NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN OTTAWA AND ONTARIO

Ontario reported 864 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and three more deaths.

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There were 64 new cases in Ottawa, according to Ontario health data, though the numbers released by Ottawa Public Health later in the day often vary slightly because statistics are collected at different times.

In areas just outside of Ottawa, the province reported 17 new COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit; 10 in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington; five in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and none in Renfrew County.

The number of Ontario residents in hospital intensive care units with COVID-19, a key indicator of the health system’s ability to cope, rose to 191, compared to 188 patients reported Wednesday.

By comparison, 828 residents of Ontario were on top of the third wave of the April pandemic in intensive care units with COVID-19.

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The number of ICU patients began a slow upward rise in August as the province struggles against another rise in the pandemic driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

The number of people in Ontario hospitalized with COVID-19.  Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data/hospitalizations
The number of people in Ontario hospitalized with COVID-19. Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data/hospitalizations

Of the 191 Ontario patients currently on the ICU, 178 are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or their vaccination status is unknown, while 13 patients are fully vaccinated, Health Secretary Christine Elliott tweeted Thursday morning.

COVID-19 VACCINE NEWS AND UPDATES

The number of eligible residents of Ontario who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has reached 78.5 percent, the province reported. Across the province, 84.72 percent of eligible residents have received a dose.

The vaccine is approved for people over 12 years of age.

Ontario’s vaccination certificate program, which requires proof of vaccination to enter some non-essential companies, kicks off on September 22. Residents can download and print their vaccination receipt now, and a certificate with a QR code will be available by October 22nd.

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COVID-19 throughout Canada

As Alberta Facing a COVID-19 crisis that threatens to collapse its healthcare system in just over a week, Prime Minister Jason Kenney has reintroduced boundaries for gatherings along with elements from a vaccine passport system.

The United Conservative government on Wednesday declared a public health emergency on Wednesday, asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care units and staff while preparing its triage protocols, which would allow doctors to choose who receives life-saving treatment and who does it does not.

“Unless we slow down (virus) transmission, especially among unvaccinated Albertans, we will simply not be able to provide adequate care to anyone who becomes ill,” Kenny said, adding that hospitals could run out of staff and intensive care units within the next 10 days.

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Alberta has more than 18,000 active COVID-19 cases, by far the highest in Canada. There are 269 patients on intensive care in a system set up for 173. Of the 269 patients on the ICU, 218 have COVID-19-vast majority unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Alberta has lagged behind with vaccinations, with less than 72 percent of those 12 and older fully immunized.

To curb the transmission, the Kenyan government introduced a number of measures, including a form of vaccine passport.

From September 20, people must show proof of vaccination to enter selected non-essential businesses, including shops, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, concerts and libraries.

However, companies that opt ​​out of the program may operate with reduced capacity and with distance rules or restrictions, e.g. Maximum of six people at a table in a restaurant.

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IN Saskatchewan, says the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation that it is illogical that students who are exposed to classmates who are COVID-19 positive are not required to isolate themselves.

Patrick Maze says the government exemption does nothing to protect children.

Close contact students may continue to go to school after suspension, but are excluded from leisure activities and must wear masks unless they eat.

Only students who have been exposed outside of a school should isolate themselves.

The Ministry of Health did not respond to a request for comment.

A public health executive order says close contact students are exempt from isolation so parents do not have to bear the burden of taking time off work.

Just over 20 percent of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan are in children 12 and under who are not eligible for a vaccine.

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