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COVID-19 outbreaks growing in Alberta care homes as transmission rises

Alberta care homes are once again battling a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks. According to the province, 160 new COVID outbreaks have been declared in long-term care and supportive living facilities across the province since Sept. 1. 72 residents have been hospitalized and 33 have died. “It can be quite trying,” said …

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New Brunswick ‘sees no need’ to release COVID-19 modelling, despite predicted surge

The New Brunswick government refuses to release its latest COVID-19 projections. But one immunologist predicts “a bigger surge than we’ve ever seen.” And a behavioural scientist warns the lack of public data is creating “a false sense of security.” Department of Health officials have repeatedly said in recent months they anticipate …

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Health Canada approves Pfizer’s new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine

Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, which targets the virus strains now most common in Canada. The updated version of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine targets the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, as well as the original strain of the virus, and is authorized for use as a booster dose in …

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Science table says Ontario needs new approach as COVID-19 burden set to fall on primary care

The burden of COVID-19 going forward will sit on the shoulders of primary care doctors and nurses if no new variant emerges, but the way that medical care is delivered must be reconsidered, Ontario’s now-defunct science table said Monday in its final bit of advice to the province. The Ontario …

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Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations surge with increase of 137 people in 1 week

Alberta’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are spiking and experts say the big question now is how high the fall surge will go. The number of people hospitalized with the virus jumped from 843 last week to 980 this week — an increase of 137 people in one week. In intensive care, the …

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Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 antivirals are sitting on shelves across Canada

Health Canada has distributed enough of the antiviral Paxlovid to treat more than 700,000 people with COVID-19, yet the provinces have given only a fraction of that medication to patients.  Paxlovid has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths among people most at risk from COVID-19, such as seniors and people …

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COVID-19 vaccination low among young Alberta children ahead of predicted fall surge

More than a month after Alberta children under five became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, uptake is slower than expected, and some experts are urging parents to consider the shot as fall approaches. According to provincial data, 4.6 per cent of kids between the ages of six months and four …

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Opening the door to my identity: How an FASD diagnosis shaped my life during the COVID-19 pandemic

This piece is by Vinnie Naistus, as told to Rachel Hetherington at FASD Network of Saskatchewan. It has been edited for structure and clarity with Vinnie’s input and approval. I was at home watching YouTube in March 2020 when I first learned about COVID-19 getting serious. I saw a video that said …

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B.C.’s COVID-19 fall booster program begins rolling out next week. Here’s what you need to know

The rollout of British Columbia’s fall COVID-19 booster program is expected to begin next week, according to provincial health authorities.  Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said everyone five and older is encouraged to get a fall booster six months after their last shot. For those who developed COVID-19 after their last …

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