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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday May 4, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 226,014 new vaccinations administered for a total of 14,051,490 doses given. Nationwide, 1,136,877 people or 3.0 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 37,075.879 per 100,000.

There were 90,500 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 14,952,634 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 93.97 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 16,869 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 181,653 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 346.91 per 1,000. In the province, 1.85 per cent (9,676) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 8,300 new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 209,050 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 6,924 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 53,202 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 335.386 per 1,000. In the province, 6.67 per cent (10,585) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 61,735 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 39 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.18 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 44,835 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 320,910 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 328.836 per 1,000. In the province, 3.75 per cent (36,600) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 372,850 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 38 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.07 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 27,418 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 271,891 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 348.56 per 1,000. In the province, 3.46 per cent (27,015) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 298,495 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 38 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.09 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 38,187 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,256,401 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 380.57 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 3,448,799 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 94.42 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 53,880 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,378,249 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 366.139 per 1,000. In the province, 2.56 per cent (375,905) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 5,644,975 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 38 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 95.27 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 4,185 new vaccinations administered for a total of 495,482 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 359.826 per 1,000. In the province, 5.33 per cent (73,445) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 553,890 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.45 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 7,154 new vaccinations administered for a total of 450,823 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 382.327 per 1,000. In the province, 3.78 per cent (44,527) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 460,755 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 39 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 97.84 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 18,997 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,640,303 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 372.623 per 1,000. In the province, 6.85 per cent (301,398) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 1,694,975 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 39 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 96.77 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting 90,558 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,877,330 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 365.839 per 1,000. In the province, 1.79 per cent (91,731) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were 82,200 new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,054,690 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 40 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.37 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting 348 new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,655 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,165.92 per 1,000. In the territory, 54.29 per cent (22,657) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 54,320 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 89.57 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting 1,207 new vaccinations administered for a total of 48,007 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,064.009 per 1,000. In the territory, 48.04 per cent (21,674) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 56,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 85.27 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting 333 new vaccinations administered for a total of 28,584 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 738.109 per 1,000. In the territory, 32.35 per cent (12,529) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 41,800 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 68.38 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

*Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 4, 2021.

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Did this pandemic teach us how to tackle the climate crisis?

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

In today’s Big Story podcast, a year ago we never would have imagined that humanity could collectively change its work habits so quickly, or that governments could unveil ambitious national programs so quickly. We all saw a silver lining last Spring when the global shutdown brought with it clearer waters and skies and a record drop in emissions.

If we’re smart enough to harness what we’ve learned over the past 15 months, it could go a long way in the fight to keep our planet livable. If we don’t … we could end up right back where we started. Are we smart enough to apply pandemic lessons to the climate crisis?

GUEST: Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, May 3, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 3rd, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday May 3, 2021.

There are 1,234,180 confirmed cases in Canada.

Canada: 1,234,180 confirmed cases (83,744 active, 1,126,136 resolved, 24,300 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 7,147 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 220.35 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 53,466 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,638.

There were 39 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 321 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 46. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 63.94 per 100,000 people.

There have been 31,756,698 tests completed.

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,088 confirmed cases (44 active, 1,038 resolved, six deaths).

There were seven new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 8.43 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is four.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 243,744 tests completed.

Prince Edward Island: 182 confirmed cases (13 active, 169 resolved, zero deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 8.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been seven new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 144,379 tests completed.

Nova Scotia: 2,708 confirmed cases (822 active, 1,819 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were 133 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 83.93 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 655 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 94.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 581,746 tests completed.

New Brunswick: 1,939 confirmed cases (137 active, 1,765 resolved, 37 deaths).

There were six new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 17.53 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 88 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 13.

There was one new reported death Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.73 per 100,000 people.

There have been 302,589 tests completed.

Quebec: 351,880 confirmed cases (9,425 active, 331,513 resolved, 10,942 deaths).

There were 1,006 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 109.92 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,072 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,010.

There were nine new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 64 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is nine. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 127.61 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,331,503 tests completed.

Ontario: 470,465 confirmed cases (37,200 active, 425,163 resolved, 8,102 deaths).

There were 3,732 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 252.48 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 25,114 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,588.

There were 23 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 191 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 27. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.19 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 54.99 per 100,000 people.

There have been 14,001,507 tests completed.

Manitoba: 39,274 confirmed cases (2,540 active, 35,756 resolved, 978 deaths).

There were 281 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 184.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,676 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 239.

There were two new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 11 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 70.91 per 100,000 people.

There have been 682,338 tests completed.

Saskatchewan: 41,598 confirmed cases (2,436 active, 38,667 resolved, 495 deaths).

There were 238 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 206.67 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,666 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 238.

There was one new reported death Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 20 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.24 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 42 per 100,000 people.

There have been 772,100 tests completed.

Alberta: 194,898 confirmed cases (22,920 active, 169,892 resolved, 2,086 deaths).

There were 1,731 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 518.33 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 13,092 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,870.

There were three new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 19 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 47.17 per 100,000 people.

There have been 4,166,499 tests completed.

British Columbia: 129,482 confirmed cases (8,116 active, 119,785 resolved, 1,581 deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 157.66 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,996 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 571.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 13 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 30.71 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,490,477 tests completed.

Yukon: 81 confirmed cases (zero active, 79 resolved, two deaths).

There were zero new cases Sunday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of one new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There were zero new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.34 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.76 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,975 tests completed.

Northwest Territories: 52 confirmed cases (seven active, 45 resolved, zero deaths).

There was one new case Sunday. The rate of active cases is 15.5 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been four new case. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 18,465 tests completed.

Nunavut: 520 confirmed cases (84 active, 432 resolved, four deaths).

There were 11 new cases Sunday. The rate of active cases is 213.45 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 65 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 12,300 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 3, 2021.

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Shared smoking breaks, broken rules: What led to Nunavut’s first COVID-19 cases?

EMMA TRANTER, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Broken isolation rules, shared cigarettes and fear of extended isolation periods are some of the findings in a report that sheds light on how Nunavut’s first cases of COVID-19 suddenly appeared last November.

For eight months, while outbreaks erupted across the country, Nunavut remained free of infection, with the exception of some cases among mine workers from outside the territory.

That was partly because Nunavut has some of the tightest public health measures in the country. In March 2020, the territory restricted travel to residents only and required anyone who left to complete a 14-day isolation period in a hotel outside Nunavut before returning.

But health officials repeatedly warned that it was not a matter of if, but when COVID-19 would show up.

On Nov. 6, 2020, Nunavut reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in Sanikiluaq, a Hudson Bay community of about 850 people. It soon appeared in other communities, including Arviat, where an outbreak swelled to 339 cases in the community of about 2,800.

Health officials confirmed the first cases came from Nunavummiut who had completed 14 days of isolation down south, but there were no further details.

The isolation hubs are in Yellowknife, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa. They are funded by the territorial and federal governments. Day-to-day operations are run by Qikiqtaaluk Corp., a Nunavut-based company offering sanitary services and contracted by the territory.

Nunavut’s Health Department determined the infected people had completed isolation at Winnipeg hotels in October and November. The government ordered a third party to review what had happened.

That report, obtained through a Canadian Press access-to-information request, looks at five guests and one security guard who tested positive.

It says some guests at one Winnipeg hotel didn’t report their symptoms, while some were asymptomatic. One guest had symptoms the day after checking in, but was not tested until eight days later.

The review also found that some guests shared things like cigarettes and lighters while on smoking breaks outside. To resolve that, the Health Department recommended a smoking break schedule be developed.

Guests must stay in their rooms for most of the isolation period, but are allowed to go outside for smoke breaks and to get fresh air and exercise.

“The process for communicating expectations to guests regarding their stay was ineffective … which decreased the likelihood of compliance with isolation hub expectations,” the report says.

The review also found some guests were “fearful of having their isolation stays extended” beyond the 14 days. That “led to guests not reporting their symptoms, which increased the likelihood of guests unknowingly having COVID-19.”

As a result, voluntary COVID-19 testing was put in place at all of Nunavut’s southern isolation hubs.

Another concern outlined in the report is that the protocol for managing positive cases was “unclear.” That led to guests being admitted “without the appropriate safety protocol.”

At one point, guests were sent back to the isolation hub after their flight to Nunavut was cancelled, which led to potential exposure between guests, the report says.

Isolation guests are called by a public health nurse once a day and a temperature check is done before guests are cleared to fly.

Some guests also faced cultural and language barriers that could have increased the chance of COVID-19 going undetected.

“Many staff did not have a comprehensive understanding of the cultural aspects of care, which led to misinterpretation of guest body language (and) increased the likelihood that symptoms would be inaccurately captured.”

The report also says interpretation services were not readily available.

Dr. Anna Banerji, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, said standard operating procedures, consistent messaging and proper cultural safety training is essential in Nunavut’s isolation hubs.

“If someone has an exposure or has symptoms, and they can’t communicate that or they don’t understand the isolation, there are some significant problems,” Banerji said.

“They need people working there who speak the language … and people who are able to enforce the isolation.”

Banerji also said the isolation period loses its purpose if guests don’t distance themselves from others while outside.

“If there are people there who have COVID and they are mingling with each other, then this isolation hub loses its effectiveness.”

Testing at isolation hubs is critical, especially when people are asymptomatic, Banerji added.

“COVID is a very hard disease to manage because it can be transmitted with no symptoms … If you’re trying to prevent outbreaks in the community there should be mandatory testing.”

The Canadian Press reached out to Nunavut’s Health department for an interview but did not receive a response.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

‘He loved Nova Scotia.’ Former premier Donald Cameron dead at 74

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 3rd, 2021

HALIFAX — The leader of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative party has issued a statement saying Donald Cameron, the province’s 22nd premier, has died.

Tory Leader Tim Houston described Cameron as a mentor with incredible integrity.

Cameron, who was 74, served as premier from February 1991 to May 1993.

Houston says Cameron’s government introduced pioneering human rights legislation that called for equal rights for gay and lesbian people.

Cameron retired from politics the night his party was defeated in a general election by the Liberals, led by John Savage.

In June 1993, then prime minister Brian Mulroney appointed Cameron to serve as consul general in Boston.

“He loved Nova Scotia and during his time in public and private life, Donnie was a man of incredible integrity.” Houston said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 30, 2021

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Apr 30th, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday, April 30, 2021.

There are 1,211,083 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Canada: 1,211,083 confirmed cases (83,452 active, 1,103,462 resolved, 24,169 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.

There were 8,348 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 219.58 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 55,241 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,892.

There were 57 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 347 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 50. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.13 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 63.59 per 100,000 people.

There have been 31,325,175 tests completed.

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,068 confirmed cases (31 active, 1,031 resolved, six deaths).

There were two new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 5.94 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 16 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people.

There have been 241,615 tests completed.

_ Prince Edward Island: 179 confirmed cases (11 active, 168 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 6.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of four new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 141,950 tests completed.

_ Nova Scotia: 2,360 confirmed cases (548 active, 1,745 resolved, 67 deaths).

There were 70 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 55.96 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 466 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 67.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 6.84 per 100,000 people.

There have been 538,842 tests completed.

_ New Brunswick: 1,900 confirmed cases (119 active, 1,745 resolved, 36 deaths).

There were 10 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 15.23 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 77 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 11.

There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.61 per 100,000 people.

There have been 296,955 tests completed.

_ Quebec: 348,732 confirmed cases (9,954 active, 327,865 resolved, 10,913 deaths).

There were 1,042 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 116.09 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,087 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,012.

There were 10 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 68 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 10. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 127.27 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,212,465 tests completed.

_ Ontario: 459,477 confirmed cases (38,438 active, 413,010 resolved, 8,029 deaths).

There were 3,871 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 260.88 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 26,672 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 3,810.

There were 41 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 200 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 29. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.19 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 54.49 per 100,000 people.

There have been 13,844,691 tests completed.

_ Manitoba: 38,439 confirmed cases (2,263 active, 35,203 resolved, 973 deaths).

There were 230 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 164.07 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,551 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 222.

There were two new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 11 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 70.54 per 100,000 people.

There have been 672,935 tests completed.

_ Saskatchewan: 40,824 confirmed cases (2,408 active, 37,929 resolved, 487 deaths).

There were 210 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 204.3 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,677 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 240.

There was one new reported death Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 17 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.21 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 41.32 per 100,000 people.

There have been 760,974 tests completed.

_ Alberta: 188,727 confirmed cases (21,385 active, 165,267 resolved, 2,075 deaths).

There were 2,048 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 483.62 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 11,640 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,663.

There were two new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 21 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 46.93 per 100,000 people.

There have been 4,106,488 tests completed.

_ British Columbia: 128,742 confirmed cases (8,228 active, 118,937 resolved, 1,577 deaths).

There were 853 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 159.84 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 5,985 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 855.

There was one new reported death Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 27 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 30.63 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,469,265 tests completed.

_ Yukon: 81 confirmed cases (zero active, 79 resolved, two deaths).

There were zero new cases Thursday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of three new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero.

There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.34 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 4.76 per 100,000 people.

There have been 8,928 tests completed.

_ Northwest Territories: 51 confirmed cases (six active, 45 resolved, zero deaths).

There were zero new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 13.29 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of five new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people.

There have been 18,264 tests completed.

_ Nunavut: 490 confirmed cases (61 active, 425 resolved, four deaths).

There were 12 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 155.01 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 58 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is eight.

There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people.

There have been 11,727 tests completed.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published April 30, 2021.

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Who have provinces pegged to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Apr 30th, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says that’s if provinces follow the advice to delay second doses up to four months.

He also cautions that it is dependent on having no production delays again.

Health Canada anticipates a total of 36.5 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30.

Provinces initially suspended giving AstraZeneca shots to people under the age of 55 based on an advisory committee’s advice, but their recommendation changed on April 23 to reflect that the shot is safe for anyone aged 30 and older.

Provinces have yet to move the threshold quite that low, however.

There are approximately 31 million Canadians over 16, and no vaccines are approved for anyone younger than 16.

Here’s a list of the inoculation plans throughout Canada:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Residents who are between the ages of 55 to 64 have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

People 65 and older, Indigenous adults, people considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” and rotational workers, truck drivers and flight crew have access to the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Nova Scotia

Residents as young as 55 can book an appointment for a Pfizer of Moderna vaccine.

The province continues to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55-64.

Prince Edward Island

Beginning April 26, people in the province between the ages of 40 and 59 can start booking appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine.

People 16 years and older who have certain underlying medical conditions, pregnant woman and eligible members of their household can also get a vaccine.

New Brunswick

People as young as 60 can begin booking vaccination appointments.

Individuals 40 years old and older with three or more select chronic health conditions are also eligible.

Officials said the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be available to people aged 40 to 54 by April 30.

Quebec

All adult Quebecers will be able to make a vaccination appointment by mid-May and receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June, Health Minister Christian Dube has said.

He said Quebecers aged 50 to 59 can begin booking appointments on April 30.

Over the following two weeks, appointments will rapidly open to Quebecers in descending order of age — dropping by five years every two or three days — until May 14, when they will be available to people aged 18 to 24.

Quebec has also expanded AstraZeneca availability to people as young as 45. Pregnant women could begin booking vaccine appointments April 28.

Ontario

The province will send half its vaccine supply for the first two weeks of May to 114 postal codes identified as hot spots, an increase from the 25 per cent allocation those areas currently get.

The move follows a recommendation from the province’s science advisers to allocate shots based on transmission rate rather than age group to reduce hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19.

The government said it will return to a per capita distribution for vaccines on the week of May 17.

Ontario is also working to lower age eligibility for the vaccine throughout May, saying those 50 and older can book shots at mass vaccination clinics starting next week. If supply holds, the province expects to make those 18 and older eligible for a shot at mass sites provincewide on the week of May 24.

In hot spots, the province said those 18 and older will be able to book vaccines at mass sites starting Monday.

Vaccine eligibility will also open Monday to those with high-risk health conditions, such as obesity, developmental disabilities and treatments requiring immunosuppression. A group of employees who cannot work from home − including food manufacturing workers and foster care workers − also become eligible.

Manitoba

The province is using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for First Nations people aged 30 and up and others aged 50 and up. These are available through a few channels including so-called supersites in larger communities. Health officials plan to continue reducing the age minimum, bit by bit, over the coming months.

The province is also allowing anyone 40 and over to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through pharmacies and medical clinics, subject to availability.

All front-line police officers,  firefighters and health care workers, regardless of age, qualify as well.

The province is also vaccinating all adults in high-risk areas.

Anyone over 18 who lives or works in the northern health region can get a vaccine.

Any adult who lives in other high-risk areas, including downtown Brandon and much of central Winnipeg, can get a shot as well. Adults who don’t live in those neighbourhoods but who work there in certain jobs that deal with the public can also get vaccinated. Those jobs include teachers, grocery store workers, food-processing staff and restaurant employees.

Roughly 35 per cent of Manitoba’s adult population has had at least one vaccine dose.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Health Authority opens up bookings Friday for residents 40 and older. The minimum age for people living in the Far North is 30.

All workers identified as priority are also eligible for shots starting Friday. Additional workers include police, firefighters, public-health inspectors, teachers and educational staff working with students.

The province previously expanded the vaccine delivery plan for people in more vulnerable groups to include all pregnant women and 16- and 17-year-olds who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Saskatchewan also dropped the age at which people can receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to 40 from 55.

There are drive-thru and walk-in vaccination clinics in communities across the province.

Alberta

Another group of 650,000 Albertans will be eligible to book appointments starting Friday.

The final two groups in Phase 2 includes vulnerable Albertans and those who support them, workers at locations with potential for large outbreaks, Albertans aged 50 and older, and all First Nations, Inuit and Metis people aged 35 and older.

It will also include front-line police officers and provincial sheriffs who interact with residents at shelters, correctional facilities and remand centres, border security staff and firefighters.

Albertans born in 2009 or earlier with high-risk underlying health conditions are eligible for shots.

Health-care workers can still book appointments: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, their office staff, lab workers, practicum students in clinical areas, as well as health workers on First Nations reserves and Metis settlements.

Previously, shots have been available to front-line health workers, staff and residents in supportive living facilities.

For the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the province has lowered the minimum age to 40 from 55. For those living in the hot spots of Banff and Lake Louise as well as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the age for AstraZeneca is 30.

The Moderna vaccine is also available to Indigenous people in Wood Buffalo as young as 30.

More than 250 pharmacies are offering immunizations. Ten physicians clinics across the province are also providing shots as part of a pilot project, which could be expanded in May.

About 15,000 workers at 136 meat-packing plants across the province can also get shots at on-site clinics, pharmacies and health clinics.

Alberta has said it is extending the time between the first dose and the second to four months. But some cancer patients are able to book a second dose 21 to 28 days after their first.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro has said the province expects to offer all Albertans 18 and over a first dose by the end of June.

British Columbia

The province has lowered the eligibility age for people to register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Ministry of Health says all adults over the age of 18 are now eligible to register for vaccines through the province’s Get Vaccinated program.

Once registered, users receive a confirmation code. They then wait for an email, text or call telling them they’re eligible and can book their vaccine appointment using that code.

Health authorities are also targeting so-called hot spot communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 with dedicated clinics, which the provincial government says are using its “limited” supply of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

B.C. has lowered the age for those eligible to receive the AstraZeneca shot to 30, starting with those in `hot spot’ communities and adding appointments at pharmacies as supplies improve.

Firefighters, police and paramedics, meanwhile, are being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines alongside staff at schools and childcare centres.

The province says more than 1.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered, with more than 90,000 of those being a second shot.

Nunavut

Nunavut has opened vaccinations to anyone 18 and older.

It is also offering shots to rotational workers coming from Southern Canada.

The territory expects to finish its vaccine rollout of first and second doses by the end of April.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories is also providing vaccine to those 18 and older and expects to finish its rollout by the end of April.

It is similarly offering shots to rotational workers and mine employees coming from Southern Canada.

Yukon

There have been almost 48,000 doses of Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon, 25,731 of them first doses and 22, 032 of them second shots.

More than 70 per cent of Yukon residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials say that means they can reduce the hours of operation at the Whitehorse vaccine clinic.

A statement from the territory says at the peak of the process, hundreds of people are day were coming into the Whitehorse clinic.

Deputy health minister Stephen Samis says they’ll scale down operations and focus some efforts on other vaccinations, including pre-kindergarten and routine childhood vaccines.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2021.

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Early estimate from Statistics Canada shows economic growth slowed in Q1

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Apr 30th, 2021

Statistics Canada estimates the economy grew at an annualized rate of 6.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year.

The preliminary estimate for the first three months of the year compares with growth at an annualized rate of 9.6 per cent over the last three months of 2020.

Statistics Canada says the economy grew 0.4 per cent in February and estimated growth of 0.9 per cent for March.

Service industries that have been hard-hit through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic showed a small gain in February, while goods-producing industries had a small contraction for the first time since last April.

With the gain in February, overall economic activity was about two per cent below the levels seen pre-pandemic in February 2020.

Taking into account the preliminary numbers for March, Statistics Canada estimates the economy last month was roughly one per cent below pre-pandemic levels.

Who have provinces pegged to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Apr 29th, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says that’s if provinces follow the advice to delay second doses up to four months.

He also cautions that it is dependent on having no production delays again.

Health Canada anticipates a total of 36.5 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30.

Provinces initially suspended giving AstraZeneca shots to people under the age of 55 based on an advisory committee’s advice, but their recommendation changed on April 23 to reflect that the shot is safe for anyone aged 30 and older.

Provinces have yet to move the threshold quite that low, however.

There are approximately 31 million Canadians over 16, and no vaccines are approved for anyone younger than 16.

Here’s a list of the inoculation plans throughout Canada:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Residents who are between the ages of 55 to 64 have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

People 65 and older, Indigenous adults, people considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” and rotational workers, truck drivers and flight crew have access to the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Nova Scotia

Residents as young as 55 can book an appointment for a Pfizer of Moderna vaccine.

The province continues to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55-64.

Prince Edward Island

Beginning April 26, people in the province between the ages of 40 and 59 can start booking appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine.

People 16 years and older who have certain underlying medical conditions, pregnant woman and eligible members of their household can also get a vaccine.

New Brunswick

People as young as 60 can begin booking vaccination appointments.

Individuals 40 years old and older with three or more select chronic health conditions are also eligible.

Quebec

The province has expanded its vaccination rollout to people with chronic illnesses who don’t require regular hospital care, as well as to those with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Quebec expanded AstraZeneca availability to people as young as 45.

Pregnant women can begin booking vaccine appointments April 28.

Ontario

Ontario has said everyone aged 60 and older is eligible to receive a vaccine, though some local public health units have lowered the threshold on their own.

The province has also expanded eligibility for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, saying those 40 and older can start receiving the shot. Shots are available through pharmacies and primary care providers.

People aged 45 and older living in more than 100 neighbourhoods deemed at high risk for COVID-19 can book vaccines at mass immunization clinics starting Tuesday.

The government says child-care workers employed in a licensed child-care setting will be able to book on Thursday, and those in unlicensed settings can set up appointments in the coming weeks.

Ontario, meantime, has doubled the number of pharmacies involved in the provincial vaccine effort.

Some 1,400 pharmacies in COVID-19 hot spots are now offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The province says it hopes to add another 100 pharmacies to the vaccine effort by the end of the month.

Manitoba

Manitoba is using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for First Nations people aged 30 and up and others aged 50 and up. These are available through a few channels including so-called supersites in larger communities. Health officials plan to continue reducing the age minimum, bit by bit, over the coming months.

The province is also allowing anyone 40 and over to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through pharmacies and medical clinics, subject to availability.

All front-line police officers, firefighters and health-care workers, regardless of age, qualify as well.

The province is also vaccinating all adults in high-risk areas. Anyone over 18 who lives or works in the northern health region can get a vaccine, as can any adult who lives or works in a public setting in six Winnipeg neighbourhoods and downtown Brandon.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is currently booking vaccinations for residents 42 and older, however the age eligibility is expected to be lowered to 40 starting Friday. The minimum age for people living in the Far North is 30.

All workers identified as priority are also eligible for shots starting Friday. Additional workers include police, firefighters, public-health inspectors, teachers and educational staff working with students.

The province previously expanded the vaccine delivery plan for people in more vulnerable groups to include all pregnant women and 16- and 17-year-olds who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Saskatchewan also dropped the age at which people can receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to 40 from 55.

There are drive-thru and walk-in vaccination clinics in communities across the province.

Alberta

Albertans born in 2009 or earlier with high-risk underlying health conditions are eligible for shots.

The next phase of health-care workers can also book appointments: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, their office staff, lab workers, practicum students in clinical areas, as well as health workers on First Nations reserves and Metis settlements.

Previously, shots have been available to front-line health workers, staff and residents in supportive living facilities, Albertans born in 1956 or earlier and First Nations, Inuit and Metis people born in 1971 or earlier.

For the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the province has lowered the minimum age to 40 from 55. For those living in the hot spots of Banff and Lake Louise as well as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the age for AstraZeneca is 30.

The Moderna vaccine is also available to Indigenous people in Wood Buffalo as young as 30.

More than 250 pharmacies are offering immunizations. Ten physicians clinics across the province are also providing shots as part of a pilot project, which could be expanded in May.

About 15,000 workers at 136 meat-packing plants across the province can also get shots at on-site clinics, pharmacies and health clinics.

Alberta has said it is extending the time between the first dose and the second to four months. But some cancer patients are able to book a second dose 21 to 28 days after their first.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro has said the province expects to offer all Albertans 18 and over a first dose by the end of June.

British Columbia

The province has lowered the eligibility age for people to register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Ministry of Health says all adults over the age of 18 are now eligible to register for vaccines through the province’s Get Vaccinated program.

Once registered, users receive a confirmation code. They then wait for an email, text or call telling them they’re eligible and can book their vaccine appointment using that code.

Health authorities are also targeting so-called hot spot communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 with dedicated clinics, which the provincial government says are using its “limited” supply of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

B.C. has lowered the age for those eligible to receive the AstraZeneca shot to 30, starting with those in `hot spot’ communities and adding appointments at pharmacies as supplies improve.

Firefighters, police and paramedics, meanwhile, are being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines alongside staff at schools and childcare centres.

The province says more than 1.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered, with more than 89,000 of those being a second shot.

Nunavut

Nunavut has opened vaccinations to anyone 18 and older.

It is also offering shots to rotational workers coming from Southern Canada.

The territory expects to finish its vaccine rollout of first and second doses by the end of April.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories is also providing vaccine to those 18 and older and expects to finish its rollout by the end of April.

It is similarly offering shots to rotational workers and mine employees coming from Southern Canada.

Yukon

There have been almost 48,000 doses of Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon, 25,731 of them first doses and 22, 032 of them second shots.

More than 70 per cent of Yukon residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials say that means they can reduce the hours of operation at the Whitehorse vaccine clinic.

A statement from the territory says at the peak of the process, hundreds of people are day were coming into the Whitehorse clinic.

Deputy health minister Stephen Samis says they’ll scale down operations and focus some efforts on other vaccinations, including pre-kindergarten and routine childhood vaccines.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 29, 2021.

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