IPAC News for the week of Aug 3 to Aug 6, 2021Aug092021

Updated Characterization of Poliovirus Transmission in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Impacts of Different Outbreak Response Vaccine Options. Journal 


Yellow Fever Outbreak in Eastern Senegal, 2020–2021. Journal 


Muskoka overnight camp temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 outbreak. News


China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID-19 outbreak spreads. News


Health Canada investigating Hepatitis A outbreak in N.S. and Quebec, prompting frozen mango recall. News


Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO says. News    


Long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms are rare in children: U.K. study. News


China shuts down transport routes as it battles worst Covid outbreak in months. News


Greece’s entire artistic swimming team out of Olympics over coronavirus outbreak. News


Quebec to implement vaccine passport system as cases rise in province. News


Hinshaw apologizes for causing ‘fear or anger’ over Alberta’s plan to lift COVID-19 measures. News


Feds say 82,000-plus doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to be sent to Trinidad and Tobago. News   


Ontario’s doctors support vaccination certificates. News 


Japan’s COVID-19 cases hit 1 million as infections spread beyond Tokyo. News


CNN fires 3 employees for breaking mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. News


United Airlines will require all U.S. employees to get Covid vaccines, a first for domestic carriers. News  


Lunch and Learn Sessions: COVID-19 Reflections (May – July 2021)Aug042021

PICNet is very thankful to have hosted the COVID-19 Reflections Lunch & Learn series held May to July 2021.

We are very grateful to all our speakers for sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise at our Lunch and Learn sessions. We have provided links to presentations that we obtained consent for posting below.

Thank you to all our participants for attending the sessions and for participating in the discussions and Q&A.

We hope to facilitate future lunch and learn sessions and will keep our community of practice updated.



Date Topic Presenter(s):
May 13, 2021 PICNet’s Role in British Columbia’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Tara Donovan
  VCH PPE Testing Lab Jesse Copper and Dr. Titus Wong
May 20, 2021 Immune Compromised Populations BC Cancer Agency IPAC Team
  Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Experience in COVID-19 Outbreaks in VCH Long-term Care Jacquie Hlagi
June 3, 2021 Acute Care Experiences of COVID-19 and Fire Burnaby Hospital IPAC Team
  A team engaged approach to best practice and transformation Debbie Ram-Ditta, Fraser Health IPAC
June 10, 2021 Case and Outbreak Management in Adult Mental Health and Correction Facilities PHSA MHSU & Corrections IPAC Team
June 17, 2021 COVID Pathophysiology and Long-term COVID Effects Dr. Zachary Schwartz, VCH
June 24, 2021 COVID-19 Lab Testing and Genomic Sequencing Dr. Linda Hoang
June 29, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine mechanisms and efficacy Dr. Manish Sadarangani
July 8, 2021
How’s your battery?
Regaining and maintaining a good mental health balance after the pandemic
Sandy Coughlin, Providence Health, Occupational Health & Safety




IPAC News for the week of July 26 to July 30, 2021Aug032021

Pediatric Vaccination During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal 


Outbreaks of Adenovirus-associated Respiratory Illness on 5 College Campuses in the United States, 2018–2019. Journal 


Experts warn of potential resurgence of common cold viruses ahead of schedule. News


France approves law requiring coronavirus health pass for restaurants, other venues. News


A rare snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19. News   


BioNTech says it plans to develop an mRNA vaccine to prevent malaria. News 


Low COVID-19 vaccine rates in some Toronto neighbourhoods. News


Tokyo records new high in COVID-19 cases days after 2020 Olympics begin. News  


COVID-19 spreading faster in Alberta than during peak of 3rd wave. News


Yukon woman facing long rehab after coma urges everyone to get COVID-19 vaccine. News


Japan minister urges young to get vaccinated. News    


Alberta to adjust COVID-19 masking, isolation, testing rules over next month. News


Beijing reports first Covid case in 179 days as alarm grows over Nanjing Delta cluster. News


Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled in Canada. News   


Worried your COVID-19 vaccine won’t be accepted abroad? Here’s what you need to know. News


Fully vaccinated Quebecers enrolled in vaccine lottery could win a trip to Mexico. News


Asian nations impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions due to Delta outbreaks. News   


IPAC News for the week of July 19 to July 23, 2021Jul262021

Outbreak of Acute Respiratory Illness Associated with Human Adenovirus Type 4 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2019. Journal 


Predictors of hospital-acquired bacterial and fungal superinfections in COVID-19: a prospective observational study. Journal 


US gymnast tests positive for Covid-19 days before Olympics. News


‘Freedom Day’ kicks off in U.K. as country drops remaining COVID-19 restrictions. News


Indigenous community navigated COVID-19 while crossing borders. News


RSV outbreak: Children under 16 banned from visiting Hawke’s Bay Hospital. News 


COVID-19 vaccine trials for children are ongoing. How do they differ from adults? News


Protect Canadians from another COVID-19 wave by ramping up vaccination in developing countries, experts say. News


Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak. News   


31 Toronto neighbourhoods mark zero COVID-19 cases, including hard-hit Thorncliffe Park. News


Sask.’s COVID-19 outbreaks remain mostly in workplaces, group homes, northern communities. News


U.S. extends travel restrictions at land border with Canada until Aug. 21. News


Man flees Australian COVID-19 quarantine using a bed sheet. News  


2 shots of Pfizer vaccine 88% effective against Delta variant: study. News


More than two-thirds of India may have COVID-19 antibodies, blood survey shows. News


Nevada becomes latest Covid-19 hotspot, as hospitalizations rise and vaccination rates plateau. News


Unvaccinated Albertans are majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths: Hinshaw. News


The rise in US Covid-19 hospitalizations is a self-inflicted wound, expert says. News