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Canada COVID-19 Update: Kenney to provide update on reopening plan at 1 p.m. | Canada extends U.S. travel restrictions through July 21

19:26  18 june  2021
19:26  18 june  2021 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.

Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, left, receives a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination clinic at the Stoney Nakoda First Nation health services centre in Morley, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. © Provided by Calgary Herald Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, left, receives a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination clinic at the Stoney Nakoda First Nation health services centre in Morley, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021.

What’s happening now

  • Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to provide an update on Alberta’s reopening and vaccination plans at 1 p.m.
  • Canada said Friday it will extend restrictions that bar non-essential travel at U.S. land borders until at least July 21.
  • As the province closes in on its 70 per cent vaccination first-dose threshold, Alberta Health is reporting 150 new cases Thursday.
  • Nashville North will return to the Stampede this year with a canopy-style tent and lineup of 40 country music artists.
  • Alberta Health reported 153 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the seventh day in a row with cases below 200. However, the outbreak at Foothills hospital has risen to 30 patients and staff.
  • A Calgary tech developer is hoping to ease Canadians’ international and domestic travel plans with an app that securely streamlines COVID-19 test and vaccine data.
  • The province added 40 travel-related prizes to the vaccine lottery, including flights for two to Cancun.
  • The Calgary Expo will go ahead this fall with a limited capacity of 25,000 attendees.
  • The Calgary Folk Festival is announcing a limited series of concerts in late July, in lieu of the usual weekend festival.
  • Scofflaw pastor Tim Stephens was arrested after holding another church service that violated public health orders.
  • Residents of British Columbia can now travel freely in their own province, the B.C. government announced Monday — but Canadians from other provinces are asked to stay out, at least for another couple of weeks.
  • Calgary officials lifted the city’s state of local emergency Monday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline.

Kenney to provide ‘Open for Summer’ update

Jason Kenney wearing a suit and tie and holding a sign:  Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Health Tyler Shandro at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Monday, June 14, 2021. They spoke of a new lottery to help encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. © Provided by Calgary Herald Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Health Tyler Shandro at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Monday, June 14, 2021. They spoke of a new lottery to help encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro are scheduled to provide an update at 1 p.m. today on the province’s ‘Open for Summer Plan’ and vaccine rollout.

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We will have a livestream of the press conference here.

Canada extends U.S. travel restrictions through July 21

Canada is extending a ban on non-essential travel with the United States until July 21 and will soon reveal how existing COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Friday.

Canada’s Liberal government is under increasing pressure from businesses and the tourism industry to ease the ban, which was first imposed in March 2020 to help contain spread of the coronavirus and has been renewed on a monthly basis ever since.

“In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021,” Blair said on Twitter.

Some U.S. airlines are mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for hires. Should Canada follow?

  Some U.S. airlines are mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for hires. Should Canada follow? The airline industry has been among the hardest hit over the course of the pandemic, shedding thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of revenue since the onset of COVID-19. Read more: Domestic flights account for 80% of COVID-19 cases among air travellers But now, as vaccination rates continue to ramp up across many parts of the world, including in Canada, many airlines have begun to announce a reopening of air routes and rehiring of their employees. Last Thursday, Air Canada said it would begin recalling over 2,600 employees across various roles in preparation for a surge in demand for flights.

Read more.

Thursday

Alberta nearing 70 per cent first dose threshold despite recent decline

Alberta is on the cusp of being able to remove nearly all health restrictions on Canada Day, despite a recent slowdown in the number of people getting their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As of June 16, 69.9 per cent of people aged 12 and up in the province have had at least one dose of vaccine. Alberta is set to enter Stage 3 of its reopening plan, removing most restrictions, two weeks after 70 per cent of all eligible residents have received their first shot.

If the province hits that benchmark by the end of day Thursday, the final stage of its Open For Summer plan will be scheduled to begin on Canada Day.

  • There are 242 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 58 in intensive care. There are 116 hospitalizations in Calgary.
  • There are 2,471 active cases in Alberta, 1,078 in the Calgary zone. There are only 88 active cases in the South zone.
  • There were two deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,280.
  • 69.9% of eligible Albertans (those aged 12 and older) have now received a first shot of COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday there were 5,342 first doses and more than 42,000 second doses administered.
  • 24.2% of eligible Albertans are now fully vaccinated.

Read more.

COVID-19 live updates: Quebec launches portal to download proof of vaccination

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Thursday

Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines now ‘preferred’ second dose for AstraZeneca recipients: advisory council

a hand holding a cell phone:  A person unpacks a special refrigerated box of the Moderna vaccine. © JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP A person unpacks a special refrigerated box of the Moderna vaccine.

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Thursday people who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose should get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second shot.

On June 1, NACI had said AstraZeneca recipients “could” get Pfizer or Moderna for their second shot if they wanted, but Thursday went further to say an mRNA vaccine was the “preferred” choice.

“Since NACI first looked at mixed vaccine schedules, new evidence is starting to emerge suggesting immune responses are better when a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine is followed by an mRNA vaccine as a second dose,” said NACI vice-chair Dr. Shelley Deeks, in the new guidance documents.

Read more.

Thursday

Nashville North returning to Stampede with safety precautions, virtual entry line and all-Canadian artists

 Construction continues on the Nashville North tent on June 14, 2021, for this year’s Calgary Stampede. © Provided by Calgary Herald Construction continues on the Nashville North tent on June 14, 2021, for this year’s Calgary Stampede.

Nashville North will be back this summer with an all-Canadian lineup of country artists and several major changes meant to enhance safety.

A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country

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Calgary Stampede attendees ready for a dose of live music will be able to find the Nashville North stage next to the Grandstand this year, where a canopy-style tent with open walls will offer more space for distancing and airflow. And the usual long line of guests outside the tent will be replaced with a digital queue that lets people wander the grounds while waiting for their turn to enter.

Read more.

Thursday

Stampede rodeo competitors must have at least one shot of vaccine

a person riding a horse:  Calgary cowboy Cole Cartwright competes in the novice saddle-bronc event at the Stampede rodeo on July 8, 2019. © Al Charest / Postmedia Calgary cowboy Cole Cartwright competes in the novice saddle-bronc event at the Stampede rodeo on July 8, 2019.

Competitors at the Calgary Stampede will need to have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to attend this year’s rodeo.

Kristina Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Stampede, said that as part of the event’s modified quarantine plans, each competitor will need at least one shot, but two doses are preferred.

“The reason why it was one (dose) was because when we made the proposal, we thought the general community would only have one,” said Barnes. “All rodeo athletes, not just the international ones, will be required to have that vaccine.”

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Thursday

Which COVID vaccine is best? Here’s why that’s really hard to answer

a person in a blue shirt:  Every vaccine delivered is a small but significant step towards global normality. © John Lappa/Postmedia Every vaccine delivered is a small but significant step towards global normality.

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, people are increasingly asking which vaccine is best?

A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country

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Even if we tried to answer this question, defining which vaccine is “best” is not simple. Does that mean the vaccine better at protecting you from serious disease? The one that protects you from whichever variant is circulating near you? The one that needs fewer booster shots? The one for your age group? Or is it another measure entirely?

Even if we could define what’s “best”, it’s not as if you get a choice of vaccine. Until a suite of vaccines become available, the vast majority of people around the world will be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available. That’s based on available clinical data and health authorities’ recommendations, or by what your doctor advises if you have an underlying medical condition. So the candid answer to which COVID vaccine is “best” is simply the one available to you right now.

Still not convinced? Here’s why it’s so difficult to compare COVID vaccines.

Read more.

Thursday

Manitoba doctors cite ‘staggering’ pandemic backlog of medical surgeries, tests

a man walking a dog on a leash:  A woman and her service dog walk past a grocery store window in Osborne Village in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 17, 2021. © KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia A woman and her service dog walk past a grocery store window in Osborne Village in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is facing a “staggering” backlog of surgeries, diagnostic tests and other health-care services because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drain on staff, the provincial doctors association said Thursday.

An estimated 110,000 procedures have been delayed, leaving patients suffering and deteriorating in many cases, Doctors Manitoba said in a 26-page report.

Canadiens HC Dominique Ducharme must isolate for 14 days after positive COVID test

  Canadiens HC Dominique Ducharme must isolate for 14 days after positive COVID test Although the NHL has relaxed many rules pertaining to its COVID protocol, a positive test still warrants a 14-day isolation period. Especially when the Canadiens were fortunate enough to not have any other positive tests among its players and staff, the league wants to maintain the health and safety of the team as well as the integrity of its semifinals. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Dominique Ducharme is out for the next two weeks after testing positive for COVID. With that said, losing Ducharme is a blow for Montreal.

“We’re seeing patients that are suffering in pain and we’re hearing from physicians that are worried … that they can’t get their patients the answers they need, the diagnosis they need,” said Dr. Kristjan Thompson, the association’s president.

Read more.

Thursday

Supreme Court will continue virtual hearings beyond COVID pandemic: chief justice

a group of people walking in front of a building:  The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. © Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/File The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief justice says the Supreme Court will continue to hold virtual hearings beyond the COVID-19 pandemic if participants agree to them.

At a news conference today, Richard Wagner says video technology has improved efficiency, saving time and travel costs for those taking part in hearings.

The Supreme Court began holding hearings via videoconference last year to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Read more.

Thursday

CDC eases warning for cruises; recommends only fully vaccinated travel

a large ship in a body of water:  People look out from aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California on March 8, 2020. © JOSH EDELSON/AFP People look out from aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California on March 8, 2020.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased its warnings for cruises by a notch from the highest level that led to a sailing hiatus, and recommended only fully vaccinated people take trips when sailings resume from U.S. ports in a few days.

The CDC also recommended that travelers get tested 1 to 3 days before their trips and 3 to 5 days after their trips.

The health regulator’s updates, first posted on Wednesday, comes after two passengers on Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Millennium tested positive, and cases of infection among crew members aboard its Odyssey of the Seas, forcing delay of its first trip.

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Thursday

Paris celebrates, cautiously, as France ditches face masks outdoors

a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd:  People walk in a street in Paris without protective face masks as they are no longer required outdoors, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, France, June 17, 2021. © GONZALO FUENTES People walk in a street in Paris without protective face masks as they are no longer required outdoors, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, France, June 17, 2021.

Some people in the French capital joyfully ditched their masks on Thursday after the government announced the precaution against the coronavirus pandemic would no longer be mandatory outdoors.

Ottawa eases quarantine for vaccinated travellers, but won't give firm date for full reopening of U.S. border

  Ottawa eases quarantine for vaccinated travellers, but won't give firm date for full reopening of U.S. border Federal cabinet ministers are refusing to outline a clear threshold for when the Canada-U.S. border can reopen for non-essential travel, saying instead that they are looking at a wide range of factors — and that even if Canada’s domestic numbers look good, the international situation may not allow for it.  Health Minister Patty Hajdu suggested that one key metric will be getting 75 per cent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated. But she went on to list numerous other metrics that could play a role in reopening, including whether other countries have their own COVID-19 case rate under control.

But the jubilation was tempered by the knowledge that the virus was still circulating, and some safety measures would still be in force for weeks to come.

“It’s a small liberation,” Benjamin Grolleau, a Parisian who works in marketing, said of not having to wear a mask any more while outside.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Wednesday that the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors would be waived, citing advice from public health experts and an easing in the numbers of people in hospital with COVID-19.

Read more .

Thursday

Fringe Festival back in smaller form this summer

a person wearing a costume:  Steven Morton has a show at the Calgary Fringe Festival, Drag Me to the Opera. Courtesy, Steven Morton and Calgary Fringe Festival Steven Morton has a show at the Calgary Fringe Festival, Drag Me to the Opera. Courtesy, Steven Morton and Calgary Fringe Festival

There will be a Calgary Fringe Festival this summer.

Fringe 2021 will not look like the 14 festivals that have preceded it but it will offer fringe aficionados the opportunity to gather once again in Inglewood for some edgy, unpredictable and uncensored performances. There will also be a virtual component to this year’s festival for those who are not yet ready to venture down to the two performance spaces in Inglewood.

Read more .

Ottawa eases quarantine for vaccinated travellers, but won't give firm date for full reopening of U.S. border .
Federal cabinet ministers are refusing to outline a clear threshold for when the Canada-U.S. border can reopen for non-essential travel, saying instead that they are looking at a wide range of factors — and that even if Canada’s domestic numbers look good, the international situation may not allow for it.  Health Minister Patty Hajdu suggested that one key metric will be getting 75 per cent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated. But she went on to list numerous other metrics that could play a role in reopening, including whether other countries have their own COVID-19 case rate under control.

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