IPAC news for the week of Aug 23-27, 2021Aug302021

Danish Hospital Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2. Combining WGS with epidemiological links offers surprising new information. Journal

Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Turkey amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; a debacle for the healthcare system of Turkey. Journal

As hospitalization rates soar, FDA grants full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. News

Toronto Blue Jays to mandate vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests for all fans aged 12 and up. News

So many people in this Texas town got Covid-19 that the school district shut down and then the city essentially closed. News

China reports no new local Covid-19 cases for first time since July, as Delta outbreak wanes. News

Mr. Porky pork rinds recalled in Canada as Salmonella outbreak linked to pork rinds sickens nearly 200 in UK. News

Sask. First Nation communities have 8 active outbreaks as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. News

Ontario won’t reach COVID-19 herd immunity until vaccines given to children under 12, report finds. News

Taiwan hits zero Covid cases for first time since outbreak in May. News

Ontario reports more than 600 new COVID-19 case for second straight day. News

TDSB to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for staff, trustees and visitors. News

A Salmonella Outbreak Has Spread To 17 States And It’s Linked To Italian Meats. News

Unvaccinated ER nurse tests positive for COVID-19 at Lakeshore General Hospital.  News

Arkansas doctor investigated for prescribing anti-parasitic drug thousands of times for COVID-19 despite FDA warning.  News

This B.C. man did not get vaccinated before getting COVID-19. He ended up in a coma.  News


IPAC news for the week of Aug 16 -20, 2021Aug232021

Infection Control Behavior at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Observational Study of a Web-Based Behavioral Intervention (Germ Defence). Journal 


Mass Immunization and Vaccine Hesitancy in Children and Their Families: A Long and Winding Road Ahead to Address without a Second Thought. Journal 


Younger children may be more likely to transmit COVID-19, study says. News


Many Bible Belt preachers silent on shots as COVID-19 surges. News


Federal agents seize thousands of fake covid vaccination cards destined for locations across U.S. News   


Ontario to require COVID-19 vaccination or regular tests for health, education workers: Canadian Press. News


‘We are no longer comfortable’: How Canada’s rising COVID-19 cases have some abandoning back-to-school plans. News


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines a hot-button issue as election race kicks off. News  


US recommends Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccine boosters – live. News


Broccoli Deli Items Recalled in Canada For Possible Listeria. News


China’s Delta outbreak shows signs of slowing, as variant rages across the world. News


Côte d’Ivoire Ebola outbreak: A second suspected case being investigated. News     


Majority of Canadians support mandatory vaccines, say COVID-19 a top election issue: poll. News


As U.S. promotes booster shots against Covid, moral questions arise over vaccine equity. News


Most Canadians unsympathetic to unvaccinated who get sick with COVID-19, poll finds. News


Ebola, other outbreaks, atop COVID-19, risk straining West Africa health systems -WHO. Journal    


IPAC news for the week of Aug 9-13, 2021Aug162021

A Quantitative Framework for Defining the End of an Infectious Disease Outbreak: Application to Ebola Virus Disease. Journal 

An Outbreak of RSV Infections in the Neonatology Clinic of the University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Sofia, 2019 – a Case Series. Journal  

N.B. Public Health investigates outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in Moncton. News

Israeli survey finds 3rd Pfizer vaccine dose has similar side effects to 2nd. News

How will the Tokyo Games influence the next Olympics of the COVID-19 era? News     

Outbreaks in Ontario’s child care system rise as parents look ahead to September. News

Africa: Cholera outbreaks in Niger and Nigeria. News

Guinea confirms first West African case of deadly Marburg virus. News

Ontario reports another 324 COVID-19 cases, most infections found in unvaccinated people. News

Chet Hanks, whose parents were hospitalized with Covid-19, rants against vaccines and masks. News

Vaccine-skeptical German nurse may have swapped thousands of legitimate doses for saline. News   

Ontario reports over 500 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time since mid-June. News

What’s Alberta’s long game on COVID-19? News

Australian capital locking down after first community-transmitted COVID-19 case in over a year. News   

Toronto Public Health orders downtown steakhouse to temporarily close due to COVID-19 outbreak.News

 China issues new guidelines for face mask wearing amid Delta outbreak. News

 U of T faculty say COVID-19 vaccine policy is ‘inadequate’ and ‘misleading’. News   


IPAC Barrier SurveyAug132021

You are invited to participate in a survey on infection prevention and control (IPAC) during the pandemic!


Did you or the health care providers in your organization face barriers to following infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices during the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C.? We’re learning from past experiences to improve our systems going forward.


If you are a direct health care provider or an IPAC professional working with health care providers, please complete this 10-minute survey. The survey will close on September 10th, 2021.


Collaborators from Provincial Infection Control Network of BC (PICNet), University of British Columbia (UBC), Workplace Health & Safety and the IPAC Epidemiologists of British Columbia (ICE-BC) and multiple health authorities are running a quality improvement project to learn how the health care system can best support staff to follow IPAC practices.


This work will inform future IPAC interventions for health authorities across the province. The goal is to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, as well as future emerging infections.


If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Brooke Cheng, Research Assistant, at brooke.cheng@cw.bc.ca!