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COVID-19: Ottawa Sports Game, Social Event Leads To 26 Infections, Schools Closed; Ontario reports 321 new cases

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October 27, 202143 minutes agoRead for 4 minutes Join the conversation File: COVID-19 vaccinationFile: COVID-19 vaccination Photo by Julie Oliver /Postal media

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Two unvaccinated people at an outdoor sporting event and an indoor social gathering sparked an outbreak that infected 26 people with COVID-19 in just a few weeks and resulted in the closure of an elementary school, according to Ottawa Public Health.

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The outbreak also swept 247 people identified as close contacts, OPH said in a Twitter post that explained how it came about.

“Please get vaccinated,” OPH said in the post. “If you show symptoms of COVID-19, get tested right away.”

The transmission of the virus in schools and sports games shown in the example occurred among adolescents over the age of 12, OPH said. This age group is eligible for vaccination.

The chain started last month with two unvaccinated people who delayed the test even though they had symptoms of COVID-19 and mixed up with other people if they had symptoms.

The outbreak included 26 people identified with COVID-19 over a 23-day period and the number continues to rise, OPH said.

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One of the unvaccinated was playing an organized sports game outdoors, OPH said. The next day, the person developed symptoms related to COVID-19. The person delayed the test and went to school and a social meeting while experiencing symptoms.

The second person wasn’t at the sports game but had symptoms of COVID-19 and was attending a social event with some of the game’s players, OPH said. This person also delayed the test.

The outbreak also affected five high schools and resulted in 13 cohorts of students being fired from school. It also affected a nursing home, OPH said.

Other factors identified in connection with the outbreak, according to the OPH: the players in the unidentified game did not wear masks and did not maintain physical distance; The social gathering was indoors, and the wearing of masks and physical distancing were inconsistent; Anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 was not fully vaccinated.

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A sports game and social gathering resulted in 26 people with COVID-19 and 247 contacts in 23 days. With vaccinations and early testing, these numbers could have been reduced.

Please get vaccinated.
If you’re showing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested right away. Https://t.co/Mc5XjWhoTU pic.twitter.com/FaR9tUR0LT

– Ottawa Public Health (@OttawaHealth) October 27, 2021

Latest COVID-19 News in Ontario

In Ontario, 321 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, according to Health Secretary Christine Elliott.

Among these new cases, 203 people were not fully vaccinated or their vaccination status was unknown, she said.

The province reported that nine more people have died from COVID-19 and one more death has been added due to a data cleansing. This brings the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 9,862.

There are 215 hospitalized people with the disease across Ontario.

There are 134 people in intensive care units in Ontario, 16 of whom are patients relocated from Saskatchewan, where the hospital system cannot handle the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Ottawa has 27 new cases, the province reported on Wednesday. The data reported by Ottawa Public Health later that afternoon often varies slightly as the statistics are collected at different times.

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In other regions of the c -ital region, the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington health unit reported 11 new cases. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported four new cases, while Leeds, Grenville and Lanark reported one new case. No new cases have been reported in Renfrew County.

On the vaccine front, 84 percent of eligible Ontario residents (anyone aged 12 and over) are fully vaccinated and 88 percent are receiving a dose, the province reported.

Meanwhile, the province’s scientific advisory table says setting up COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools is a key strategy in a plan to immunize children.

Health Secretary Christine Elliott said schools are likely to play a big role in the campaign to vaccinate children ages five to 11 once Health Canada  -proves vaccinations for that age group.

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She says it can be done after hours and on weekends so parents can be with their child when they are vaccinated.

According to the science table, recommendations from health care providers will also help, as will systems to remind parents of their children’s first and second doses and public health communications to combat misinformation and encourage positive attitudes about vaccination.

The experts say that the images shouldn’t focus on needles, but communication should be focused on the benefits, such as protecting grandparents, keeping schools open, and being able to safely participate in recreational activities.

It is also important to take into account the different stages of development of small children and adolescents, such as planning scenarios in which adolescents want to be vaccinated but their parents do not, and the ability to give consent.

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Latest COVID-19 news from Quebec

Quebec reported 478 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest number in nearly two weeks.

Four new deaths were also reported.

There are 257 patients in the hospital, a net decrease of two (18 hospitalized, 20 discharged).

The number of intensive care patients did not change, 66 (five were admitted to the intensive care unit, five were discharged).

The province has administered 10,021 additional doses of vaccine in the past 24 hours.

Since the pandemic began, Quebec has reported 423,813 cases and 11,485 deaths related to COVID-19.

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-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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