COVID-19: Ottawa pharmacies selected for vaccination program, when vaccines arrive; Ontario reports 2,453 cases

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 COVID-19: Ottawa pharmacies selected for vaccination program, when vaccines arrive;  Ontario reports 2,453 cases


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  • Ottawa Public Health reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with no new deaths
  • Quebec has been hit by a “wave of variants” which will only intensify if the government does not impose additional restrictions, according to epidemiologist

Some Ottawa pharmacies have been identified as part of the next group of pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccinations as part of a provincial program, Nepean MP Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sports, confirmed. of Tourism and Culture of Ontario.

But delayed shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine used in the program mean injections are not expected to start until April.

“When federal authorities receive an AZ supply – which they believe will happen) in April – pharmacies in Ottawa, which have already been identified, will receive a supply. I informed OPH yesterday, ”MacLeod tweeted.

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Federal Supply Minister Anita Anand said on Friday that 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca are expected to arrive in Canada by truck from the United States next Tuesday.

“This is when (the federal government) receives the shipment,” Premier Doug Ford spokesperson Ivana Yelich tweeted on Saturday. “The last time around, the provinces waited over a week to receive the doses. We are told the same will happen again. ”

Pharmacies in Toronto, Kingston and Windsor-Essex have been administering AstraZeneca COVID-19 in a successful pilot project for several weeks.

The provincial government has announced that it plans to add approximately 700 pharmacies in the next phase and then increase the number again to approximately 1,500 pharmacies across the province.

Premier Doug Ford has said pharmacies, both chain operators and independents, are “ready to go.”

Mayor Jim Watson sent a letter to the Department of Health on Wednesday, calling for Ottawa to be “urgently prioritized” in the pharmacy delivery project allowing pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ottawa Public Health reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday for a cumulative total of 16,755 since the start of the pandemic. The death toll remained unchanged at 459.

There were 954 active cases with 30 people in hospital, 10 of them in intensive care.

PHO has reported a new outbreak at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, involving a patient and two staff, with 27 outbreaks underway in healthcare settings.

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There was a new outbreak, involving two student cases, at Louis-Riel Public High School, with 12 ongoing outbreaks in daycares and schools.

There have been no new outbreaks in the community, but six are underway in workplaces, including one in construction, recreation, health and services, and two in restaurants.

The weekly incidence rate in the capital continues to climb, to 71.9 per 100,000 inhabitants on Saturday. The positivity level of the test is 4.6%. The seven-day average reproduction level is 1.18.

In health regions across the Ottawa region, Public Health Ontario has reported 23 new cases from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which on Monday joined Ottawa at the red level of provincial public health restrictions.

Eight new cases were reported from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, five from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, 17 from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District and eight from Renfrew County and District.

Latest news on COVID-19 in Ontario

Ontario reported 2,453 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday – the highest daily tally since January – with Ottawa again topping the rankings.

There have been 16 new deaths in the province for a toll of 7,308 since the start of the pandemic.

More than 61,000 tests have been done with 814 new cases in Toronto, 411 in Peel, 263 in York Region, 156 in Hamilton and 139 in Durham, Elliott said.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, 1,916,332 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.

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There were 985 patients infected with the virus in Ontario hospitals, including 365 in intensive care and 192 on a ventilator.

A total of 1,481 cases were newly resolved, the province reported, for a total of 315,865 cases out of a total of 340,692 resolved cases.

Latest news on COVID-19 from Quebec, Outaouais

Quebec reported 1,009 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with eight more deaths, including two in the past 24 hours.

Health officials say hospitalizations remained stable at 481 and 108 people were in intensive care, down from seven.

The province said it administered 53,796 doses of the vaccine on Friday, for a total of 1,176,670.

Quebec has reported a total of 307,394 COVID-19 infections and 10,645 virus-related deaths.

The province has 7,617 active reported cases.

In the Outaouais, 68 other people have tested positive for the virus, for a total of 17,248 cases since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, another person died, bringing the toll to 172.

The Quebec government has said the Outaouais could be placed in the red zone of pandemic restrictions unless conditions improve.

Meanwhile, Quebec has been hit by a “wave of variants” which will only intensify if the government does not impose additional restrictions, warned a high-level epidemiologist at the Institute of Public Health of the province.

Gaston De Serres said current measures “are not sufficient to control the transmission of variants”, which are already predominant in some regions of Quebec.

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“Over the past two days we have seen a marked increase in cases. I don’t know at what point we will start talking about a third wave, but we certainly have a wave of variants… which will lead to us having more cases in the short term.

At present, 85% of cases of suspected variants that are genetically sequenced in Quebec turn out to be the B.1.1.7 strain originating in the United Kingdom.

The variants have already become predominant in Montreal, while a high proportion of new strains have been identified in the Outaouais and Bas-St-Laurent regions.

Tests and vaccines

The Ottawa test network is increasing weekend hours and operating days as demand increases. The new weekend hours are:

  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Center – Moodie
    Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (tests only)
  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Center – Ray Friel
    Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • CHEO COVID-19 Assessment Center and Child Care First Clinic at Brewer Park Arena
    Friday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:https://www.ottawatestingupdate.ca

-With files from Postmedia and Canadian Press



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