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‘We’re afraid of reliving the spring’: Advocates worry about new long-term care outbreaks – CTV News

September 16th, 2020

TORONTO — Advocates worry that long-term care homes devastated by COVID-19 earlier this year could see another deadly wave of cases this fall if authorities don’t clamp down on new outbreaks.

In Ontario, 20 long-term care homes have already reported COVID-19 outbreaks. West End Villa in Ottawa is the hardest hit, with six deaths in the past two weeks and 47 residents and 11 staff members testing positive.

“This is a concerning time for our community and our families and we will continue to keep them informed,” Extendicare, which runs the Ottawa home, told CTV News in a written statement.

In the spring, as the virus spread from one long-term care home to the next, an estimated 82 per cent of deaths in Canada were among residents of long-term care homes.

People older than 80 account for 71 per cent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths, followed by those aged 70 to 79 (18 per cent) and 60 to 69 (seven per cent). Together, those three groups account for more than two-thirds of all COVID-19 hospitalizations.

With an anticipated second wave of infections on the horizon, Donna Duncan, chief executive officer at the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, worries that not enough is being done to protect the most vulnerable.

“We’re afraid of reliving the spring,” Duncan told CTV News. “We can’t repeat that, we have to make sure that what happened in the spring never happens again.”

Amani Oakley, a Toronto-based lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice, said Ontario’s current outbreaks are perplexing after the province underwent intense scrutiny over how it handled COVID-19 just a few months ago.

“You would have thought there would have been a learning curve, and they would have figured out, you know, how to do things right, especially the severity that hit the first time. It is a little difficult to understand how if they’ve got all the systems in place and everyone’s following the rules that they’d have a second outbreak like this,” Oakley said.

The upcoming flu season could make matters even worse, with doctors warning of a possible “twindemic.” Oakley said she’s concerned of a “really big hit” to seniors who are already medically compromised.

“We’re just not getting it right with the nursing homes and it’s not right. This is a population we have a high obligation to protect,” she said.

Many facilities continue to struggle with ongoing staff shortages. Recruitment campaigns in Quebec and British Columbia have been established in hopes of hiring more support workers.

Duncan said current levels of understaffing are unacceptable and that reinforcements must be brought in “as quickly as possible” to fill a need.

“We can’t throw up our arms and say, ‘Oh my goodness this is too complicated.’ It is going to require that others help us do this. Long-term care homes cannot do it alone. We need to work with our community college and educational partners to make this work,” she said.

Experts agree that it will be impossible to prevent all outbreaks, but it will be important to watch how quickly these spikes in cases can be kept under control.

Dr. Nathan Stall, a medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said the current outbreaks are a reminder of just how quickly COVID-19 can spread, particularly among vulnerable seniors.

“Long-term care actually isn’t getting the spotlight I would argue it deserves. We have 20 homes under active outbreaks in the province, and these things spread like wildfire as we do see,” he said.

On Wednesday, Canada added another 944 cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new cases since late May. Ontario led the country with most new cases, at 315, followed by 303 in Quebec and 122 in British Columbia.

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Canada adds over 900 new coronavirus cases, continuing alarming upward surge – Global News

September 16th, 2020

Canada’s new coronavirus cases continued to climb at an alarming rate Wednesday, as health officials reported 939 new confirmed infections.

The new total nearly matches the number reported back on May 26 — which happened to be the first day in months that daily cases were under 1,000, signalling the end of the pandemic’s first wave.

It’s also the first time more than 900 new cases were reported since May 29.

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With a total of 139,634 cases since the pandemic began, Canada is on track to cross 140,000 cases just two weeks after hitting 130,000. By comparison, it took 24 days to grow from 120,000 to 130,000 cases.

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Five more deaths were also reported Wednesday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,193. A total of 122,449 patients have recovered, with 609 of those recoveries occurring over the past 24 hours.

Quebec reported 303 new cases and three more deaths, although two of those fatalities occurred last week. The province continues to be the hardest hit in the country, with 65,857 cases and 5,788 deaths to date.

Another 313 new cases and two deaths were announced in Ontario, bringing that province’s totals to 45,383 cases and 2,822 deaths. Over 40,000 of those cases have since recovered from the virus.

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Manitoba saw 23 new cases for a new total of 1,489, while Saskatchewan has now seen 1,751 total cases after 10 new infections were reported Wednesday. No new deaths were announced for either province, which have seen a combined 40 fatalities to date.

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Alberta reported 171 new cases, taking its total to 16,128 cases. The province’s death toll stands at 254, with no new deaths in the past 24 hours, while 14,379 have recovered.

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British Columbia reported one of its highest daily totals on record, with 122 new cases, all but five of which have been confirmed through laboratory testing. The rest are “epidemiologically linked,” meaning they are close contacts with confirmed cases and have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

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The province has now seen 7,385 confirmed cases to date, plus a total of 113 epidemiologically-linked infections. The death toll stands at 219, with no deaths.

None of the Atlantic provinces nor the northern territories reported new cases Wednesday.

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The steadily-increasing cases comes as more and more schools reopen to full-time, in-class learning, raising the possibility of even more new infections in the near future.

Several provinces have already seen cases spring up within schools, forcing some — including in Winnipeg and parts of Ontario — to close or shift to online learning.

The virus has also impacted some prominent politicians, with both Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet going into self-isolation this week after staffers for both men tested positive. Blanchet’s spouse has also contracted COVID-19.

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Parliament is set to resume next week with the Liberals’ planned throne speech, which O’Toole and Blanchet will likely be unable to attend in person — putting the prospect of a non-confidence vote into question.

At the end of a two-day cabinet retreat Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made clear he does not want an election in the fall and that government should be focused on economic recovery and getting through the pandemic.

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Trudeau also released details Wednesday of how provinces and territories will spend the $19 billion the federal government is giving them to safely restart the economy. The details were in letters each premier has sent outlining how they intend to spend the money.

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Among other things, the funding will help increase testing and contact tracing, support the health-care system, help municipalities deliver essential services like public transit and ensure a secure supply of personal protective equipment for front-line workers.

The money will also go toward increasing safe child-care spaces and income support for workers without paid sick leave.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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Rare mosquito-borne virus suspected in Michigan; 10 counties urged to cancel outdoor events after dusk – msnNOW

September 16th, 2020

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DETROIT – A Michigan adult is suspected of having the rare and dangerous mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis, health officials announced Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services now urges people in 10 Michigan counties — Barry, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland — to cancel or postpone outdoor events that take place at or after dusk to prevent more people from contracting the virus, which is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The adult suspected of having the virus is from Barry County.

Also known as Triple E, the virus is one of the deadliest mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33% fatality rate in people who become ill. It leaves many survivors with physical and mental disabilities. It kills 90% of the horses sickened by the virus. So far this year, 22 horses in the 10 counties that are urged to cancel outdoor events have had confirmed cases of the virus.

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“MDHHS continues to encourage local officials in the affected counties to consider postponing, rescheduling or canceling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly those involving children, to reduce the potential for people to be bitten by mosquitoes,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS, in a statement.

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If the suspected human case is confirmed through lab testing later this week, it would be the first person with EEE this year in Michigan. 

Last year, EEE infected 38 people in the U.S. — more than in any previous year since it has been tracked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a typical year, there are seven cases nationally.

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Children under 15, adults older than 50 at greatest risk

In Michigan alone in 2019, six people died, and four others were hospitalized. Three of the four people who survived EEE infections in the state “have severe neurologic issues and continue to receive supportive care, either in rehab or at home with home care,” said Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a previous interview with the Free Press. 

Signs of EEE infection include sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

Children under age 15 and people older than age 50 are at greatest risk for developing severe illness from the EEE virus. There is no vaccine for EEE, no treatment and there’s no cure. Doctors can only offer supportive therapy to help patients breathe, get fluids and nutrition and prevent other infections. 

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Anyone who thinks they may be experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care. Permanent brain damage, coma and death may also occur in some cases.

The MDHHS announced earlier this week that it would begin spraying pesticides in the 10 counties where EEE cases in horses have been identified to control mosquitoes and reduce the risk of infection. 

“This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including aerial treatment,” said Khaldun said.  

Spraying is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the 10 impacted counties, and state health officials say more areas of the state may be treated if additional human or animal cases are identified. 

Aerial treatment will be conducted by Clarke from St. Charles, Illinois, using specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn. Treatment will be conducted using Merus 3.0, the same product used in 2019 in Michigan to treat 557,000 acres. Merus 3.0 is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, and is labeled for public health use over residential areas. 

To avoid EEE, health officials suggest following these steps:

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, following the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
  • Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

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Orange County reports first West Nile death of the year – KABC-TV

September 16th, 2020
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) — Orange County is reporting its first death of the year from West Nile virus.

County health officials say an elderly man from Garden Grove died of complications from a West Nile infection.

The county has reported five confirmed symptomatic West Nile infections in humans this year – and four of them were hospitalized. A sixth case that was asymptomatic has also been reported.

The county notes that the majority of people who are infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms and are not tested, so the number of people actually infected with the virus is likely much higher.

Orange County historical data shows the region typically experiences several deaths from West Nile every year, with a total of at least 32 deaths during the period of 2004-2019.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. Anyone who experiences serious symptoms is urged to seek medical care immediately. Those over 50 or with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of complications.

West Nile is typically transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials urge the public to take steps to reduce the mosquito population, including getting rid of standing water around your home, wearing long protective clothing while outside and applying insect repellent containing DEET.

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COVID-19 map of California: Coronavirus cases by county – KSBW Monterey

September 16th, 2020

SPEAKING OF SOME OPTIMISM. WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN SEEING A DECLINE IN THE RATE OF SPREAD AND TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19. YOU CAN SEE HERE SEPTEMBER 15TH 2009. 50 POSITIVE CASES WERE REPORTING A SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE DOWN TO 3348 SIGNIFICANT NONETHELES, BUT A SEVEN-DAY ARAGE THAT IS SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN WE’VE SEEN IN A NUMBER OF MONTHS IN THIS STATE. WE ARE TURNING THE CORNER AND SUPPRESSING THIS LATEST INCREASE IN THE CASE GROWTH RATE OF COVID-19. YOU CAN SEE THAT SPECIFICALLY ON THE POSITIVITY RATE CHART WHICH MANY OF YOU ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH WE’RE STARTING TO SEE OUR TESTING COME BACK GETTING CLOSER TO A HUNDRED PLUS THOUSAND AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY TASKS. I’LL REMIND YOU WERE A NUMBER OF WEEKS OUT FOR OUR NEW PERKINS ELDER PARTNERSHIP TO COME INTO SHAPE WHERE WE WILL SUBSTANTIALLY BEING START TO INCREASE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAILY TASKS. WE’RE NOT BACKING OFF ON OUR COMMITMENT INCREASE THE TOTAL DAILY TEST. WE WANT TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE TOTAL DAILY VOLUME. WE’VE BEEN STRESSED THE LAST THREE WEEKS. EVER BY THESE FIRES THAT HAVE IMPACTED A LOT OF OUR MOBILE TESTING SITES AIR QUALITY ISSUES OF IMPACTED ACCESSIBILITY TO THESE SITES AND WHILE IT’S TRUE THE LAST FOUR OUT OF FIVE DAYS WE’VE HAD IN EXCESS OF A HUNDRED THOUSAND TESTS A DAY THOSE NUMBERS OVER THE 7-DAY PERIOD ARE JUST SHY OF THAT HUNDRED THOUSAND GOLD, BUT NONETHELESS THE POSITIVITY RATE IS ALSO DECLINING AT 3.6 PERCENT OVER 14 DAY PERIOD AND AT POINT SIX PERCENT OVER THE LAST SEVEN DAYS. SO POSITIVITY RATE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DOWN TO THREE POINT SIX PERCENT STATEWIDE BOTH ON THE SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE AND THE 14-DAY AVERAGE WE CONTINUE TO SEE REAL PROGRESS WITH HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN 22% OVER A 14 DAY PERIOD YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS CHART THAT THAT REPRESENTS FOUR PERCENT NOW OF OUR TOTAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CAPACITY NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 IN OUR HOSPITALS SO RELATES TO ICUS ALSO 22% DECREASE IN ICU PATIENTS OVER THE LAST 14 DAYS AND I SEE YOU CRITICAL CARE CAPACITY TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS REPRESENTS 10% AGAINST SUBSTANTIALLY DOWN FROM NUMBERS. WE HAVE SEEN OVER

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More than 6.5 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 194,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
People who let down their guard and got too close to others over Labor Day weekend should get tested for COVID-19, White House coronavirus task coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said.
In a month-long investigation completed in July, the CDC analyzed symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities and found that adults who became infected with COVID-19 had reported dining at indoor or outdoor restaurants two weeks before getting sick.


Here is a breakdown of the number of cases in California. The data is from county health officials across California and will be updated when we learn of new information.

Mobile app users, click here to view the map.

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