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Sports COVID-19 live updates: Hospitalizations rise as Quebec reports 1,559 cases, 7 deaths

18:55  14 april  2021
18:55  14 april  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

COVID protocol-related absences: 03/31/21

  COVID protocol-related absences: 03/31/21 Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is the list for today: © Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Anaheim – Alexander VolkovBoston – Jake DeBruskFlorida – TBALos Angeles – Brendan LemieuxMinnesota – Zach PariseMontreal – Joel Armia, Eric StaalNY Rangers – Brett Howden Vancouver – Adam GaudetteAs a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for Coronavirus or even that they have been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person.

a man standing next to a train: Urgences Santé paramedics transfer a COVID-19 patient to the emergency room at Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Urgences Santé paramedics transfer a COVID-19 patient to the emergency room at Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

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  • Opposition criticizes CAQ for welcoming back MNA Denis Tardif, caught partying without respecting health directives
  • COVID-19 cases are rising again among eldercare residents
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11:40 a.m.

Blood clots may be linked to AstraZeneca vaccine but benefits far outweigh risk: Health Canada

From The Canadian Press:

NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game

  NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game The NHL has decided to ere on the side of caution as a result of Adam Gaudette’s positive COVID-19 test.  Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that tonight’s game between the Canucks and Flames has been postponed.  TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweets that the decision was made after more information has surfaced regarding Vancouver’s test results; that information obviously has not yet been made public.

Health Canada says a new and extremely rare blood clotting syndrome may be linked to Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine but the benefits of the vaccine still far outweigh the risks.

The conclusions come after the department’s drug regulatory experts completed a review of safety data, and are in line with those issued in Europe and the United Kingdom last week.

The decision comes the day after Canada reported its first-ever case of a blood clot in a patient who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Quebec.

The syndrome, now known as VIPIT, occurs when the body’s immune system begins to attack blood platelets, leading to clots.

Scientists now know what is happening but they haven’t yet been able to explain how the vaccine may be causing it.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 8, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 8, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8, 2021. There are 1,036,023 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,036,023 confirmed cases (64,291 active, 948,521 resolved, 23,211 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 7,984 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 169.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 48,108 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,873. There were 38 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 209 new reported deaths.

Health Canada says there is no evidence showing certain people are more at risk than others and the vaccine will remain authorized for all adults in Canada.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is reviewing this information and will decide if it needs to change its recommendation that the vaccine not be used on anyone under the age of 55.

11:30 a.m.

Opinion: What won’t protect you from COVID-19

Practices like fogging, fumigation, electrostatic spraying and ultrasonic waves have no clear benefit and potentially carry some risk.

“The most likely way for COVID-19 to enter your home is not on the surface of your groceries. If it enters your household, it probably got there inside of you. Clean if you must, but staying home if you can is the more useful strategy.”

Read the latest column by Christopher Labos, a Montreal physician.

11:25 a.m.

Federal officials provide update on AstraZeneca vaccine

11:10 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:10 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:10 a.m.

Update on variants in Quebec

11:05 a.m.

Hospitalizations rise as Quebec reports 1,559 cases, 7 deaths

Quebec has recorded 1,559 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 12, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 12, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday April 12, 2021. There are 1,071,016 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,071,016 confirmed cases (75,135 active, 972,525 resolved, 23,356 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,541 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 197.7 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 56,643 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,092. There were 27 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 238 new reported deaths.

For the twelfth day in a row, the number of hospitalizations increased.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said the increase in hospitalizations is a direct result of the growing number of cases in recent days.

To deal with the influx of COVID-19 patients, said some hospitals are postponing surgeries and other procedures, Dubé said.

Seven new deaths were reported, including one over the previous 24 hours.

The other deaths occurred between April 7 and 12.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update, published this morning:

  • Montreal Island: 313 cases, zero deaths.
  • 17 more people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 660. That’s the highest since Feb. 23.
  • 2 more people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 152.
  • 68,192 additional vaccine doses were administered, bringing the total to 2,075,808.
  • On Monday, Quebec conducted 44,183 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.
  • The positivity rate is 4.1 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 331,031 cases and 10,763 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 306,608 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 15, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 15, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021. There are 1,096,716 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,096,716 confirmed cases (83,143 active, 990,073 resolved, 23,500 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 9,562 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 218.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,682 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,669. There were 55 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 289 new reported deaths.

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10:15 a.m.

Legault government is ignoring accountability rules in COVID-19 crisis: Anglade

Premier François Legault’s government is failing to respect the spirit of Quebec’s health emergency act, which gives it extraordinary powers in a crisis, Liberal leader Dominique Anglade said Wednesday.

Anglade said the Coalition Avenir Québec government has renewed the decree 55 times since the pandemic started March 13, 2020, without once going before the legislature to explain its decision and answer questions from the opposition.

Read our full story, by Philip Authier.

10 a.m.

Two-thirds of Quebecers think province is lifting restrictions too quickly – poll

A majority of Quebecers say Premier François Legault’s government has been relaxing pandemic rules too quickly, according to a survey conducted on the weekend by Léger for the Association for Canadian Studies.

Sixty-six per cent of respondents felt that way, compared to 22 per cent who said the province is moving too slowly.

Compared to other Quebecers, Montrealers were more likely to say they think lockdown restrictions are being lifted too quickly.

Sixty-nine per cent of those surveyed in the Montreal region said Quebec is removing measures too quickly, compared to 60 per cent in other regions.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 19, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 19, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday April 19, 2021. There are 1,131,773 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,131,773 confirmed cases (88,327 active, 1,019,779 resolved, 23,667 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,317 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 232.41 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,759 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,680. There were 45 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 311 new reported deaths.

The poll was conducted between April 9 and 11, after Quebec announced that as of April 11, the curfew in Montreal and Laval was being pulled back to 8 p.m.

In those cities, it had been pushed back to 9:30 p.m. three weeks earlier – on March 17.

On March 29, Quebec sent older Montreal high school students back to classrooms full time. They had previously been alternating between in-class and remote learning.

The survey results indicate that Quebecers are increasingly pessimistic about the pandemic.

Forty-two per cent of respondents said Quebec is in the worst period of the crisis. Two weeks earlier, only 29 per cent said they felt that way.

The Leger-ACS survey was conducted via web panel with 1,504 Canadians (346 Quebecers) and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.52 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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9:45 a.m.

Elderly show similar antibody response to 1st dose of AstraZeneca and Pfizer shots in UK study

The first study to directly compare immune reactions between Pfizer’s and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines found strong and broadly similar antibody responses in over 80-year-olds after a first dose of either shot, scientists said on Wednesday.

Read our full story.

9:45 a.m.

Canada’s migrant farmworkers remain at risk a year into pandemic

Last year, migrant farmworkers in Canada were hit hard by COVID-19, with 8.7 per cent of migrants in Ontario testing positive. This year they are returning as Canada is in the grip of a third wave.

While governments and employers say they are taking steps to keep these workers safe, advocates and workers contacted by Reuters say the dangers remain – except that now, those dangers are known.

NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup

  NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup As the Stanley Cup Playoffs creep closer and closer and there has been no change at the Canadian border, it is seeming more and more likely that there will be some form of relocation in the postseason. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHL is not rushing to any conclusions, waiting to see if border policies are relaxed, but have to evaluate alternative plans for the North Division winner to be able to compete in the semifinals and Cup Final this season.

Read our full story.

9:45 a.m.

Amid third wave of COVID, Trudeau says he has no regrets about Canada’s vaccine rollout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is nothing about Canada’s vaccine procurement effort he would do differently, even as a third wave of cases surges across much of the country.

Few countries have completely blunted a third wave with vaccines, but the U.S. and the U.K. are seeing much lower rates now because of their widespread vaccine use. Trudeau defended his government’s efforts, even with cases on the rise, an increase that could have been slowed if the vaccine had been administered more widely and quickly.

Read our full story.

9:35 a.m.

Opinion: We should want what’s best for our children’s teachers

“If parents sent their kids back to school in person last fall with much gratitude and lots of trepidation, imagine how teachers felt, standing at the head of crowded classes with only a thin layer of fabric protecting them from the ravages of COVID-19?

“It has been a roller-coaster ride ever since, with: changing public health protocols; teachers and students falling sick; teachers and classmates having to get tested for COVID-19; families living in isolation while waiting for results; class “closures”; school shutdowns; switching to online learning; returning to school in person; then buckling up to take the wild ride all over again.”

Read the latest column by Allison Hanes.

For more on the teachers’ demands and strike, read Katherine Wilton’s articles – here and here.

a group of people walking down a street next to a sign:  Teachers protest outside LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School during strike action April 14, 2021. © Pierre Obendrauf Teachers protest outside LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School during strike action April 14, 2021.
9:35 a.m.

Opposition criticizes CAQ for welcoming back MNA Denis Tardif, caught partying without respecting health directives

Allowing Denis Tardif to rejoin the Coalition Avenir Québec caucus at this stage of the pandemic sends a bad message to the population, Quebec’s opposition parties say.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 23, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 23, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 23, 2021. There are 1,164,581 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,164,581 confirmed cases (86,355 active, 1,054,343 resolved, 23,883 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,739 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 227.22 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 58,516 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,359. There were 61 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 342 new reported deaths.

Tardif withdrew from the caucus in December after a video showed him partying in a bar without respecting distancing guidelines.

Read our full story.

9:35 a.m.

COVID-19 cases are rising again among eldercare residents

Premier François Legault spoke a lot on Tuesday about the increase in hospitalizations among younger Quebecers, including those in their 20s and 30s.

Although this has been true with the arrival of the new variants, Quebec has also reported a 50-per-cent increase in the past two weeks in the number of active COVID-19 cases among residents of eldercare homes.

Read our full story, by Aaron Derfel.

9:35 a.m.

Ontario-Quebec border controls needed, Montreal public health director says

Quebec should impose controls at the Ontario border to improve the odds that COVID-19 cases can be kept in check, Montreal’s public health director says.

Read our full story.

9:35 a.m.

Avoid Montreal’s crowded emergency wards for minor health issues, authorities say

Montrealers with minor health issues should avoid hospital emergency wards due to overcrowding, regional authorities said Tuesday.

Read our full story.

9:15 a.m.

Everything you need to know about getting COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec

Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated , by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Wondering if the vaccines are safe? Once vaccinated, can you disregard public health measures? Is vaccination mandatory? Read our FAQ, by Jason Magder.

9:15 a.m.

Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:45 a.m.

The situation across Canada

Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiology update .

  COVID-19 live updates: Hospitalizations rise as Quebec reports 1,559 cases, 7 deaths
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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 23, 2021 .
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 23, 2021. There are 1,164,581 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,164,581 confirmed cases (86,355 active, 1,054,343 resolved, 23,883 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,739 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 227.22 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 58,516 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,359. There were 61 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 342 new reported deaths.

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