Saskatchewan Ministry of health encourages those eligible to get new COVID-19 booster
As fall rolls around, the Saskatchewan Ministry of health is expecting an increase in COVID-19 activity. The government recently announced that a new booster shot is available.
COVID-19 numbers spike in B.C. but no more cases of new variant detected
The BCCDC said that 447 people tested positive in tests funded by the province's medical services plan in the week ending Sept. 2.
COVID-19 risk index at high for Peterborough area; outbreak at PRHC among 5 active
Two new hospitalized cases of COVID-19 were reported in the area over the last week. Among five active outbreaks is one on the hospital's geriatric assessment behavioural unit.
The post-COVID live music scene: There’s some good news and some bad news
Live music has come roaring back since pandemic restrictions were lifted. But there are also some dark clouds.
Quebec health-care establishments argue against allowing COVID-19 class action
If the case is allowed to go ahead, it would cover all residents of long-term care homes where COVID-19 outbreaks occurred during the first two waves of the pandemic.
Wastewater testing for COVID-19 expands to include influenza, says Western scientists
Led by a consortium of universities including Western University, the initiative, launched in 2020, surveils sewage in monitoring the location of emerging COVID-19 infections.
Quebec delayed preparation for COVID-19 in care homes, leading to deaths: lawsuit
A Montreal lawyer says that Quebec's COVID-19 response in long-term care homes was marked by improvisation and that a pre-existing pandemic plan was ignored until it was too late.
COVID-19, influenza vaccines available soon at Alberta pharmacies
Influenza vaccines will be available in Alberta pharmacies on Oct. 16, with the new Moderna XBB vaccine likely to be accessible around the same time.
U.S. to produce more COVID-19 tests for free distribution as cases rise
Canada, by contrast, has millions of rapid at-home tests in its federal inventory as the U.S. works to replenish its own stockpile ahead of an expected fall and winter surge.
Youth self-harm higher than expected during COVID-19 pandemic: study
Hospital visits for self-harm among youth saw a 'large' increase during the first years of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, according to a new study.
N.B. nursing homes lacked infection control measures during COVID: auditor general
New Brunswick's auditor general has found that lessons from the 2009 H1N1 influenza crisis were not incorporated into New Brunswick's COVID-19 pandemic plan.
Ontario rolling out flu, COVID 19 shots, first to high priority groups
Ontario is planning to allow pharmacists to prescribe flu medication, administer flu shots to babies and administer RSV vaccines ahead of an expected fall viral surge.
Manitoba’s two major political parties say they would not repeat COVID-19 lockdowns
Manitobans were never locked in their homes. But at the height of the pandemic, there were temporary restrictions on having visitors.
U.S. latest country to approve updated COVID-19 vaccines as fall nears
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision is part of a shift to treat fall updates of the COVID-19 vaccine much like getting a yearly flu shot.
COVID-19 hospitalizations triple in Quebec over the past month, health minister says
Many of those patients are admitted for other reasons and contract the novel coronavirus during their hospital stay, according to Health Minister Christian Dubé.
New COVID variant confirmed in Peterborough area, risk index at moderate
Peterborough Public Health says the first confirmed case of the new COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 was reported this week. Its risk index for COVID-19 is at moderate as cases climb.
COVID-19: Risk index moves to moderate for Peterborough area
Peterborough Public Health says some indicators for COVID-19 are on the rise, prompting its weekly risk index to move to "moderate" level.
China ending COVID-19 test requirement for incoming travellers
Beijing ended its tough domestic 'zero COVID' policy in December, after years of curbs that at times included full-city lockdowns and lengthy quarantines for infected people.
It’s rhinovirus season. Can catching the common cold protect against COVID-19?
The common cold (rhinovirus), usually dismissed as an annoyance, might just hold the key to blocking other viruses, like COVID-19, experts say.
Omicron infection didn’t protect some seniors from getting COVID-19 again: study
A senior author of the study says it suggests people should stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and not assume a previous infection is protecting them.