Today’s coronavirus news: Britain’s longest-known COVID-19 patient dies after 15 months; Elderly Kitchener woman dies of despite full vaccination; Ontario reporting 318 new cases, 12 more deaths Sunda

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.9:30 p.m.: A British man has died 15 months after first contracting COVID-19, his wife said.Jason Kelk, 49, was hospitalized in Leeds in March 2020, according to The Guardian. However, he died Friday after he was transferred to a hospice centre. Kelk is believed to have been Britain’s longest-known COVID-19 patient.“It was definitely important for him to do it on his terms. But he is leaving an awful lot of people absolutely bereft,” his wife, Sue Kelk, 63, told the Yorkshire Evening Post.Kelk, who suffered from diabetes and asthma, had been transferred to an intensive care unit in April 2020 and remained there before transitioning to hospice care. During the course of his infection, he suffered additional lung, kidney and stomach damage.7:30 p.m.: Alberta’s chief medical health officer is reporting 100 new COVID-19 cases, 89 of which are new.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the 11 others were probable cases that occurred earlier and have since been confirmed.Hinshaw says in a series of tweets that there are 2,127 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, with 214 in hospital and 53 in intensive care. She is also reporting one new death.4 p.m.: Saskatchewan will remove all public health orders as of Sunday, July 11.The province’s daily pandemic update says that includes the removal of the province-wide mandatory masking order, as well as capacity limits on events and gathering sizes.The update says the province is going ahead with removing all restrictions because 70 per cent of residents over the age of 18 and 69 per cent of those over 12 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.Premier Scott Moe says that since Saskatchewan is so close to the final threshold, the province is going ahead with full implementation of Step 3 of the Reopening Roadmap.3:30 p.m.: Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is encouraging Quebecers inoculated against COVID-19 to get their proof of vaccination, if they haven’t already.In a tweet this morning, Dubé posted a link to the provincial government’s website where vaccination validation can be obtained.Meanwhile, Quebec continues its downward trajectory of COVID-19 infections, with 103 new cases in the past 24 hours.Health authorities say there are now 170 patients in hospital with the virus, a decrease of eight from the previous day.2:30 p.m.: Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting two new cases of COVID-19, as the total number of infections in the province drops to 56.Both new cases are in the Fredericton area, with one person in their 80s and a second in their 90s.Both are contacts of previously confirmed patients.Meanwhile, the province is encouraging all eligible residents to book their second dose appointments on Monday if at least 28 days have passed since their first dose.2 p.m.: Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today.Both are in the central zone, which includes the Halifax Regional Municipality, and are close contacts of previously reported cases.Premier Iain Rankin noted today’s count is the lowest number seen in some time and will allow for the steady reopening of the province to continue.As of today, Nova Scotia has 83 active cases of COVID-19.They include six patients in hospital COVID-19 units and three in intensive care.12:25 p.m.: An elderly woman in a nursing home has died of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.She was in her 90s and was in long-term care at the Village at Winston Park where an outbreak has sickened nine people including four other residents.It’s the first COVID-related death in this region of someone who was fully immunized.“Death is a very rare outcome in fully immunized individuals,” Dr. Rabia Bana, associate medical officer of health, said in a statement.“Members of the public need to continue to follow public health guidance and get immunized as soon as possible.“Vaccines along with public health measures are still our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant which is circulating in our community.”Residents of long-term care homes are more vulnerable to severe outcomes from the COVID-19 virus, the regional public health unit said.The health unit is working with Winston Park to manage the outbreak and prevent further spread of the virus.10:17 a.m. (Updated 11:04 a.m.): Ontario is reporting another 318 COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths, according to its latest report released Sunday morning.Ontario has administered 184,251 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 12,551,150 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.According to the Star’s vaccine tracker, 9,676,870 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 65.7 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 76 per cent of the adult population.The province says 2,874,280 people have completed their vaccinat

Today’s coronavirus news: Britain’s longest-known COVID-19 patient dies after 15 months; Elderly Kitchener woman dies of despite full vaccination; Ontario reporting 318 new cases, 12 more deaths Sunda

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

9:30 p.m.: A British man has died 15 months after first contracting COVID-19, his wife said.

Jason Kelk, 49, was hospitalized in Leeds in March 2020, according to The Guardian. However, he died Friday after he was transferred to a hospice centre. Kelk is believed to have been Britain’s longest-known COVID-19 patient.

“It was definitely important for him to do it on his terms. But he is leaving an awful lot of people absolutely bereft,” his wife, Sue Kelk, 63, told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Kelk, who suffered from diabetes and asthma, had been transferred to an intensive care unit in April 2020 and remained there before transitioning to hospice care. During the course of his infection, he suffered additional lung, kidney and stomach damage.

7:30 p.m.: Alberta’s chief medical health officer is reporting 100 new COVID-19 cases, 89 of which are new.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the 11 others were probable cases that occurred earlier and have since been confirmed.

Hinshaw says in a series of tweets that there are 2,127 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, with 214 in hospital and 53 in intensive care. She is also reporting one new death.

4 p.m.: Saskatchewan will remove all public health orders as of Sunday, July 11.

The province’s daily pandemic update says that includes the removal of the province-wide mandatory masking order, as well as capacity limits on events and gathering sizes.

The update says the province is going ahead with removing all restrictions because 70 per cent of residents over the age of 18 and 69 per cent of those over 12 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Scott Moe says that since Saskatchewan is so close to the final threshold, the province is going ahead with full implementation of Step 3 of the Reopening Roadmap.

3:30 p.m.: Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is encouraging Quebecers inoculated against COVID-19 to get their proof of vaccination, if they haven’t already.

In a tweet this morning, Dubé posted a link to the provincial government’s website where vaccination validation can be obtained.

Meanwhile, Quebec continues its downward trajectory of COVID-19 infections, with 103 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Health authorities say there are now 170 patients in hospital with the virus, a decrease of eight from the previous day.

2:30 p.m.: Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting two new cases of COVID-19, as the total number of infections in the province drops to 56.

Both new cases are in the Fredericton area, with one person in their 80s and a second in their 90s.

Both are contacts of previously confirmed patients.

Meanwhile, the province is encouraging all eligible residents to book their second dose appointments on Monday if at least 28 days have passed since their first dose.

2 p.m.: Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today.

Both are in the central zone, which includes the Halifax Regional Municipality, and are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Premier Iain Rankin noted today’s count is the lowest number seen in some time and will allow for the steady reopening of the province to continue.

As of today, Nova Scotia has 83 active cases of COVID-19.

They include six patients in hospital COVID-19 units and three in intensive care.

12:25 p.m.: An elderly woman in a nursing home has died of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.

She was in her 90s and was in long-term care at the Village at Winston Park where an outbreak has sickened nine people including four other residents.

It’s the first COVID-related death in this region of someone who was fully immunized.

“Death is a very rare outcome in fully immunized individuals,” Dr. Rabia Bana, associate medical officer of health, said in a statement.

“Members of the public need to continue to follow public health guidance and get immunized as soon as possible.

“Vaccines along with public health measures are still our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant which is circulating in our community.”

Residents of long-term care homes are more vulnerable to severe outcomes from the COVID-19 virus, the regional public health unit said.

The health unit is working with Winston Park to manage the outbreak and prevent further spread of the virus.

10:17 a.m. (Updated 11:04 a.m.): Ontario is reporting another 318 COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths, according to its latest report released Sunday morning.

Ontario has administered 184,251 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 12,551,150 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.

According to the Star’s vaccine tracker, 9,676,870 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 65.7 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 76 per cent of the adult population.

The province says 2,874,280 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 19.5 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 23.6 per cent of the adult population.

The province says 21,063 tests were completed the previous day, with a 1.7 per cent positivity rate.

There are 266 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 333 patients in intensive care. There are 208 people on ventilators.

Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 51 new cases in the Region of Waterloo, 49 in Peel, 45 in Toronto, 26 in Ottawa and 20 in Hamilton.

Read the full story by Rhythm Sachdeva here.

Sunday 8:35 a.m.: Through the long winter and into the frantic first weeks of the third wave, critical care staff at the Hospital for Sick Children could only watch as their colleagues across the province struggled to keep up with the flood of COVID-19 patients streaming into overstretched ICUs.

They were grateful the virus largely spared children, and that detailed plans to manage a surge of critically ill kids weren’t needed. But staff felt helpless as COVID patients threatened to overwhelm neighbouring hospitals.

Then, at the beginning of April, after provincial modelling predicted there could be 800 COVID patients in ICUs and physicians worried about the grim possibility of rationing care, Sick Kids enacted its pandemic plan of last resort.

For the first time in its history, the hospital would admit adult patients as part of a provincial response.

“There was a desperate desire to be helpful,” said Jackie Hubbert, clinical director of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“We felt like we had been watching from the sidelines. Our colleagues (in other hospitals) had been working so hard, and the situation was so devastating, their resources so stretched … in many ways it was a relief to finally be able to help.”

Sick Kids accepted its first two adult COVID patients on April 8. Days later, the new eight-bed unit was filled, and staff were seeing firsthand how the virus attacked bodies and ravaged lungs.

“I don’t think we understood until we saw them — had them in our building — how sick the patients can be,” said Jason Macartney, Sick Kids’ clinical manager of respiratory therapy.

Read Megan Ogilvie’s coverage on “‘The situation was so devastating’: How Sick Kids transformed to treat gravely ill adults with COVID” here.

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Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain. The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.Rahm said the stars aligned for him.“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good things were coming,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn. There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank. Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.

“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”

Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.

This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain.

The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.

There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.

Rahm said the stars aligned for him.

“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good things were coming,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”

The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.

But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.

“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”

One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.

“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”

The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn.

There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.

Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank.

Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.

Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.

Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.

He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.

“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”

Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.

Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

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