珠海夜网Long-term care home staff struggle to isolate dementia patients amid coronavirus: experts

珠海桑拿网Staff in long-term care homes across Canada are struggling to isolate elderly residents with dementia during COVID-19 outbreaks, accelerating the deadly spread of the virus, experts say.

These vulnerable residents have a tendency to wander as well as a need for social connection and physical touch, leading them to enter other patients’ rooms or common areas where they could contract or transmit the virus, say doctors and advocates.

“It’s a significant problem in the time of COVID-19 and long-term care,” said Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group.

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珠海桑拿论坛“It’s also quite inhumane to be locking people up in their rooms. Older people with dementia in long-term care are not prisoners,” she added. “The good news is there are some things we can do to help support infection prevention and control while at the same time not isolating seniors exclusively in their rooms.”
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The novel coronavirus has taken a lethal toll on Canadians living in long-term care homes. More than 3,000 of Ontario’s over 5,000 deaths have been in these facilities, as have more than 600 of British Columbia’s roughly 1,000 fatalities. Overall in Canada, residents of these homes account for 10 per cent of total cases and 72 per cent of deaths.

A woman whose grandmother died of COVID-19 in a Vancouver care home has raised the alarm about residents wandering during outbreaks. Parbs Bains said she was on a Zoom call with her sick grandmother when another resident entered the room and began hugging her and kissing her on the forehead, remaining for several minutes before a nurse arrived to usher her out.

The care home, Little Mountain Place, is the site of B.C.’s deadliest outbreak in such a facility, with 41 dead. But in all long-term care homes with outbreaks in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, keeping residents with cognitive impairments isolated has been a challenge, said chief medical health officer Dr. Patricia Daly.
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The health authority advises staff to monitor residents who wander but not to lock them in rooms or restrain them, Daly said.
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Tamblyn Watts said 80 per cent of residents of long-term care homes in the country have some form of cognitive impairment such as dementia. Keeping them in one room without social engagement, exercise or daily routines has a negative effect, she said.

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She said more staff, not necessarily with medical training but with dementia training, are needed to compassionately intervene when they see a resident wandering and redirect them to a safe area. Ideally, there would be a separate room where residents could walk to other than their own, Tamblyn Watts added.

“It does, however, mean that you need to have people on deck to be able to help with that,” she said.

Quebec announced last year it would hire 10,000 patient attendants to work in care homes and train them over last summer. B.C. and Ontario have also created new jobs in care homes for people without prior experience, but much more hiring needs to be done, Tamblyn Watts said.

She also said more infection control, cleaning, testing and now vaccines are needed, in order to prevent COVID-19 from getting inside care homes to begin with.

Dr. Roger Wong, clinical professor and vice dean in the University of British Columbia faculty of medicine, said people with dementia need a lot of hands-on care.

‘Stop the violence’: Metro Vancouver police appeal to gangs after 6 shootings leave 5 dead

珠海桑拿网 Law enforcement officials are urging anyone involved in the recent shootings in Metro Vancouver to stop the violence.

“Again, the blame is squarely on these reckless individuals who are putting our safety in jeopardy,” Sgt. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said on Monday.

Since the end of December, there have been six gang-related shootings in the region, with five of them fatal.

Police have said the gunfire is linked to a flare-up in the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

The latest victim, Dilraj Johal, was shot in a suite in the 8100 block of Lansdowne Road in Richmond on Saturday night.

Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, but he did not survive.
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Officials have asked family members to speak with their loved ones with the hope of saving lives.

“If your kid’s coming home with a $60,000 SUV and he’s not working, time to wake up and smell the roses,” Doug Spence, a retired Vancouver police gang squad member and Odd Squad member told Global News.

“Start asking questions.”

The flare-up appeared to have begun two weeks ago, when 19-year-old Harman Singh Dhesi and a 14-year-old boy were gunned down on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, respectively.

Then, on Jan. 6, high-profile gangster Gary Kang was gunned down in his family’s home in South Surrey.

The following day, 29-year-old Anees Mohammed was shot dead in Richmond’s Steveston neighbourhood. Police have said he also had gang ties.

珠海桑拿网Driver arrested after semi-truck crashes, hits overpass at Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

珠海桑拿网A semi-truck flipped over and struck an overpass at the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge Friday morning, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters.

The truck crashed under the Dollarton overpass above Highway 1 in North Vancouver around 4 a.m.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from Surrey, was not seriously hurt but has now been arrested for driving while impaired and driving while prohibited.
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Due to concerns about the structural integrity of the overpass, the Westbound lanes of Hwy 1 were temporarily closed to traffic, which caused significant traffic delays for morning commuters, North Vancouver RCMP said.
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Engineers were able to assess the overpass and it was deemed to be structurally safe.

However, when the crash was cleared, a fuel spill left the roadway slick and dangerous, RCMP said.

A significant amount of sand was required to soak up the spill, causing further delays.

The highway opened around 9:45 a.m.

珠海桑拿网‘A significant cautionary tale’: experts weigh-in on U.S. Capitol riot

珠海桑拿网While a mob ransacked the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, groups of Trump supporters gathered in Calgary and Red Deer, protesting the U.S. election results.

Read more: Organizer of U.S. election result protest in Red Deer charged

Political scientist Duane Bratt said Alberta has the highest number of Trump supporters in Canada, but added that yesterday’s events are very unlikely to ever happen on this side of the border.

“A lot of political trends come up to Canada and we do have groups like this, but there is a different political culture in Canada than the United States,” Bratt said. “It’s a completely different situation… they don’t have the numbers.”

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Calgary’s Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra — a former New Yorker, now dual citizen — watched the stunning images spilling out of Washington on Wednesday in disappointment and disbelief.

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“I also see it as a significant cautionary tale because we are definitely on that road here in Canada, I think western democracies throughout the world are on that road.”

The politician admits he’s never been more proud to be a Canuck, but said Canadians should take a hard look at what led to the riots state-side and start “girding our own democracy.”

“We cannot let the insanity that we saw unleashed on the streets of Washington yesterday gain any more of a toe hold here and wash over us anymore,” he said.

Read more: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, delaying electoral vote count

The Canadian Social Harmony Index, a recent study completed by Calgary researcher Joni Avram, found Canadians are more united than some may think in our willingness to understand each other despite differences.
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“The vast majority of Canadians in all regions, including Alberta, are very much on the same page… very willing to meet one another in the middle, find common ground, understand one another,” Avram said.

A hopeful sign in Canada as our closest neighbour struggles to find harmony and balance in a divided nation.
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珠海桑拿网Capitol Hill insurrection ‘dark chapter’ in U.S. history, says former Canadian ambassador

珠海桑拿网Manitobans, including the former Canadian ambassador to the United States, reacted with near-universal shock and disgust as violent pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a very dark chapter of their democracy,” said Gary Doer, former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former Manitoba premier.

“Today is basically charging up the emotion that the election was stolen and firing up the Trump folks that ended up being rioters,” said Doer.

“I think was a horrible example of leadership.”

Officials said the Capitol building has been secured after protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump violently stormed the House Chamber to prevent president-elect Joe Biden’s certification, leaving one woman dead.

珠海夜网The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., said the woman, who was shot inside the Capitol during the protest, died at a nearby hospital. No other details were provided.
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Doer said the Canadian Embassy is about a 10-minute walk to Capitol Hill, a walk he made numerous times as Canadian ambassador, with “tremendous security.”

“I think there’ll be a lot of postmortems on on what happened and why it happened.”

Doer said he hopes the certification will continue, and urged lawmakers to “proceed this evening.”

House speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN that leaders of Congress will resume the joint session Wednesday night to certify Biden as president when the Capitol building is “cleared for use.”

Read more: Small pro-Trump rallies break out in Canada amid chaos at U.S. Capitol

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said he was thinking about those whose lives were in danger.
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Respect for the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power is a cornerstone of democracy – as Canadians, we deeply value that. Our thoughts are with those who work in the US Capitol for their safety and for a quick de-escalation of the disturbing situation unfolding.

— Brian Pallister (@BrianPallister) January 6, 2021

“Respect for the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power is a cornerstone of democracy — as Canadians, we deeply value that,” he wrote on social media.

“Our thoughts are with those who work in the U.S. Capitol for their safety and for a quick de-escalation of the disturbing situation unfolding.”

American Trisha Kamani lives in Winnipeg and worked with vice-president-elect Kamala Harris when Harris worked as a district attorney in San Francisco.

Kamani said she’s been emotional all day, watching the events from afar.

“This has been a very difficult afternoon,” she told 680 CJOB.
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“Peaceful protest has always been an important mechanism of our democracy. But what we’re witnessing this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol is absolutely reprehensible.”

She was shocked that there wasn’t more of a police presence in the first place, said Kamani, noting larger presences at other protests.

“Absolutely there should have been a stronger police presence. I’ve been in that building many, many times. It is not easy to get in there,” said Kamani.

“It makes me really wonder how they were even even able to get into the speaker (Nancy Pelosi)’s office, personal chambers and sit in her chair, leave her notes and incite such violence all around.”

珠海桑拿网Canada adds 7,220 new cases, 159 deaths as vaccine rollout conti

Canada added 7,220 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 618,164.
Health authorities also reported 159 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 16,233.
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The number of hospitalizations also grew by 193 to 4,361 on Tuesday.
However, since the pandemic began, 523,564 people have recovered after contracting the respiratory illness, and 18,973,438 tests for the virus have been administered.

Read more: What the COVID-19 variant from South Africa means for pandemic, vaccines

The new cases and fatalities come as health officials across the country race to get needles into the arms of the most vulnerable as the virus continues to spread.
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However, speaking at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “frustrated” to hear that some COVID-19 vaccines are sitting “in freezers” and are not being administered immediately.

“That’s why we’re going to continue working closely with the provinces, both to deliver vaccines to the provinces and to support them as they need it in terms of getting more vaccines out to vulnerable populations and front line workers as quickly as possible,” Trudeau said.
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The prime minister said over the past few weeks provinces have been able to ramp up vaccinations, adding that now that 2021 has arrived, vaccine delivery will “really accelerate.”

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珠海桑拿网Meanwhile, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Tuesday that she has asked the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to investigate whether it would be warranted to delay the second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to get first doses to more people faster.
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“This is a topic of, of course, active discussion,” Tam said.

So far, Canada has approved two vaccines, one made by Pfizer-BioNTech, the other by Moderna.

Both require two doses to be administered weeks apart.

The federal government has faced criticism over its vaccine rollout, as the country falls behind countries including the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of distribution.
Thousands of new cases in the provinces

珠海桑拿论坛Concerns over vaccine distribution come as Canada continues to struggle to contain the second wave of the pandemic, and as experts warn the number of new infections could rise dramatically in the weeks following the holidays.

In Ontario, 3,128 new cases and 51 additional deaths were reported. To date, the province has seen 197,360 infections of the virus and 4,730 fatalities.

Meanwhile, in Quebec, 2,508 new infections bring the total case load to 215358, while 62 more fatalities bring the province’s death toll to 8,441.

Saskatchewan reported 153 new cases an health officials confirmed five more people have died.

Read more: Trudeau: ‘no one’ should vacation right now, quarantined travellers won’t access sickness benefit
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A total of 16,520 people have contracted the virus in Saskatchewan, and 165 have now died after falling ill.

In Atlantic Canada, 32 new cases were detected.

Health officials in New Brunswick reported 27 new cases, marking the highest daily increase since the pandemic began.

珠海桑拿夜网The new cases bring the total number of infections in the province to 662.

In Nova Scotia, meanwhile, three new cases push the province’s case load to 1,508.

CN and CP report higher grain transport numbers thanks 珠海桑拿网to hopper car additions

珠海桑拿网Canada’s railways are reporting continued record levels of grain shipments as they add high-capacity grain hopper cars.

Canadian Pacific Railway Co. says it moved a calendar year record 31.32 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in 2020.

It says it moved a record 8.84 million tonnes in the fourth quarter, aided by a record haul of 2.84 million tonnes in December.

READ MORE: CN, CP notch record Q3 grain hauls as global demand continues to surge

Canadian National Railway Co., meanwhile, says it also shipped a record of over 2.84 million tonnes of grain by rail car in December, bringing the volume from the 2020-21 crop year-to-date to 14.5 million tonnes, exceeding the previous all-time record pace volume by nearly two million tonnes or over 15 per cent.
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珠海桑拿论坛CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis added in an email that the railway shipped 9.25 million tonnes in the fourth quarter and over 32 million tonnes in calendar 2020, both records. He added the numbers don’t include grain shipped by intermodal container, which is also at a record level for CN.

CP says it has added 3,700 of its commitment for 5,900 hopper units that carry 15 per cent more volume and 10 per cent more weight compared with older cars they are replacing.

Two weeks ago, the Canadian Transportation Agency said CN and CP exceeded their maximum grain revenue entitlements for the 2019-20 crop year and would have 30 days to pay the amount by which they exceeded their entitlements plus a five per cent penalty.

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U.K. jumps ahead in global vaccine race珠海夜网rolls out 1st AstraZeneca shots

珠海桑拿网Britain on Monday took another giant step in the fight against COVID-19, ramping up its immunization program by giving the first shots in the world from the vaccine created by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, was the first to get the new vaccine shot, administered by the chief nurse at Oxford University Hospital. Pinker said he was so pleased and that he can “now really look forward to celebrating my 48th wedding anniversary with my wife Shirley later this year.”

Since Dec. 8, Britain’s National Health Service has been using a vaccine made by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech to inoculate health care workers and nursing home residents and staff. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine boosts that arsenal and is cheaper and easier to use since it does not require the super-cold storage needed by the Pfizer vaccine.
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珠海桑拿论坛The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was being administered at a small number of U.K. hospitals for the first few days so authorities can watch out for any adverse reactions. But hundreds of new vaccination sites — at both hospitals as well as local doctors’ offices — will launch this week, joining the more than 700 already in operation, NHS England said.

In a shift from practices in the U.S. and elsewhere, Britain now plans to give people second doses of both vaccines within 12 weeks of the first shot rather than within 21 days, to accelerate immunizations across as many people as quickly as possible.

The government’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said Sunday that decision is “the right thing to do for the nation as a whole.”

The U.K. is in the midst of an acute outbreak, recording more than 50,000 new coronavirus infections a day over the past six days. On Sunday, it notched up another 54,990 cases and 454 more virus-related deaths to take its confirmed pandemic death toll total to 75,024, one of the worst in Europe.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels.
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Johnson, though, insisted he has “no doubt” that schools are safe and urged parents to send their children back into the classroom Monday in areas of England where schools plan to reopen. Unions representing teachers have called for schools to turn to remote learning for at least a couple of weeks more due to the variant, which officials have said is up to 70% more contagious.

“We are entirely reconciled to do what it takes to get the virus under control, that may involve tougher measures in the weeks ahead,” Johnson told the BBC.

Johnson conceded that school closures, curfews and the total banning of household mixing could be on the agenda for areas under the most stress.
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London and southeast England are facing extremely high levels of new infections and there’s speculation that restrictions there will have to be tightened. Some areas in the region have more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

Thousands rally in Baghdad to mark 1 year since Iran general’s death

Thousands of Iraqis converged on a landmark central square in Baghdad on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of a powerful Iranian general and top Iraqi militia leader in a U.S. drone strike.

Roads leading to Tahrir Square were closed off and security was tight as the crowds gathered in response to a powerful Iraqi militia’s call for a rally marking the occasion and demanding the expulsion of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Carrying Iraqi and militia flags and posters of the two men, thousands of Iraqis marched 南昌桑拿网toward Tahrir Square for the rally Sunday, demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops in implementation of the parliamentary resolution. The event was organized by mostly Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Soleimani headed the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, responsible for the Islamic Republic’s foreign operations and he frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Al-Muhandis was Iraq’s most powerful militia leader who was deputy commander of the PMF.

Their killing dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the region and brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war. Iran hit back by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two淡水桑拿 Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops, some of whom suffered concussions. Iranian officials have suggested that more retaliation is coming.

On Saturday night, thousands of people took part in a commemoration ceremony held at Baghdad airport where the strike took place a year ago.

Mourners, many of them members of the PMF, joined a march on the highway leading to the Baghdad airport. Posters of the dead men adorned both sides of the road, which was lined with tents that served food and drinks for those who walked the highway.

The scene of the bombing was turned into a shrine-like area sealed off by red ropes, with a photo of Soleimani and al-Muhandis in the middle, as mourners lit candles. Shrapnel marks were still visible on the asphalt and concrete blast walls n the area.

In dueling New Year’s Eve messages珠海夜网, Trump touts record as Biden looks forward

U.S. President Donald Trump in a New Year’s Eve message reflected on his accomplishments in office, calling them “historic victories,” while his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, struck an upbeat tone in looking ahead to 2021.

After weeks of vowing to win his fight to remain in office, Republican Trump said in a video posted on Twitter: “We have to be remembered for what’s been done.”

Trump, who has yet to formally concede his November election defeat to his Democratic rival, returned to Washington early from his Florida resort amid a fight with Congress over a defense bill and coronavirus aid checks.

Speaking from Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, Biden paid tribute to healthcare workers and encouraged people to get vaccinated in a brief appearance with his wife, Jill Biden, on the long-running ABC special “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.”

“I’m absolutely, positively confident – confident – we’re going to come back and we’re going to come back even stronger than before,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20.珠海上门桑拿论坛

He repeated his call for vaccines to be distributed more quickly.

Trump, who had COVID-19 in October, frequently played down the severity of the pandemic and oversaw a response many health experts have criticized as disorganized, cavalier and sometimes ignored the science behind virus transmission.

But in his remarks he noted that the United States has produced a COVID-19 vaccine in record time and he had correctly predicted it would come before the year ended.

The United States has been one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19 and leads the world in fatalities, with more than 340,000 deaths officially attributed to the virus.