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11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to large wedding in Markham and Whitchurch-Stouffville –



Eleven people who attended a large wedding in Markham and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville last weekend have since tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials in York Region say.

In a statement on Saturday, York Region Public Health said individuals who attended “a series of wedding events” in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Toronto between Aug. 28 and 29 should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms until Saturday, Sept. 12, as they may have been exposed to the infection.

People with confirmed cases of COVID-19 attended the wedding celebrations at the following locations:

  • Friday, Aug. 28 — Private residence in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
  • Friday, Aug. 28 — Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre at 47 Baywood Road in Toronto.
  • Friday, Aug. 28 — Lakshmi Narayamandir Temple at 1 Morningview Trail in Toronto.
  • Saturday, Aug. 29 — Private residence in Markham.

According to the statement, a total of 11 people from across York Region have since tested positive for COVID-19 and can be traced back to these events. 

York Region Public Health said it has followed up with known close contacts of the identified cases and directed them to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing. 

The health unit also continues to work with the family to notify attendees about the potential exposures.

Meanwhile, anyone who attended an event associated with this wedding at Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre in Toronto, Lakshmi Narayamandir Temple in Toronto or the private residences in Markham or Whitchurch-Stouffville should also monitor themselves for new or worsening signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until Saturday, Sept 12.

People who are currently experiencing symptoms should  self-isolate immediately and seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

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AHS declares COVID-19 outbreak on 3 units at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre – Global News



Alberta Health Services confirmed Sunday that it declared a COVID-19 outbreak on three units at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary after nine patients and two staff members tested positive for the virus.

“We anticipate this situation will continue to evolve as test results come in and we will provide daily updates,” AHS communications manager Melissa Ballantyne said.

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All patients on the unit are offered testing, and contact tracing is ongoing, AHS said.

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“While we appreciate it may be difficult for some, visitors to this one unit are limited to only end-of-life situations until further notice,” AHS said in a statement to Global News.

The health authority said all AHS facilities follow “rigorous infection prevention and control standards,” saying that health-care workers are asked to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure risk using a screening tool in addition to masking.

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“The Foothills Medical Centre remains a safe place to visit and to receive care. There is no increased risk to patients coming to the hospital,” AHS said.

“Any patient with symptoms, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, is isolated and treated in designated rooms.”

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Sudbury health officials confirm eighth new COVID-19 case in 8 days – CTV Toronto



Health officials in Sudbury have confirmed the eighth new case in just over a week.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts say this latest case appears to be the result of community spread, with the exposure being unknown.

The case is the 102nd in the region. The person is now self-isolating.

This latest case comes just one day after the premier announced restrictions province-wide on social gatherings, just days after imposing these limits in the province’s current hot spots of Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.

Anyone who is a close contact of this latest case will be contacted by public health officials.

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CBC Windsor September 20 COVID-19 update: 9 new cases and new limits on gatherings –



The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in the region this weekend.

Six of the new cases are from people having close contact with confirmed cases, two of the cases were acquired in the community and one case is under investigation. 

There are 86 people with the virus currently in self isolation.

According to the health unit, 76 people have died because of the virus and 2,453 cases are resolved. 

As of Sunday, three senior facilities are considered to be in outbreaks, the most recent being Dolce Vita in Windsor which has had an outbreak since September 10. Four residents and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.

Rosewood Erie Glen in Leamington had one staff member test positive for the virus. New Begninnings, also in Leamington, has had an outbreak since August 10 where 21 residents have tested positive along with seven staff members.

New gathering limits take hold 

On Saturday, the province of Ontario extended its limits on social gatherings to the entire province which were previously imposed in just the Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa areas. 

The decision comes following “alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province.”

“Clearly, the numbers are heading in the wrong direction,” the premier said in a release. “We need everyone to follow the public health rules in order to prevent another province wide lockdown, and protect all our citizens, especially the elderly and the vulnerable.”

The limit on indoor gatherings was reduced from 50 people down to ten people, and only 25 people are allowed to gather outside rather than the previous limit of 100 people.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford extended new social gathering limits to the entire province on Saturday. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The new limits, which were made effective immediately, will apply to functions such as, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

Organizers who hold such events face a minimum $10,000 fine.

The rules do not apply to “events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events.”

The limits are set to be in place for the next 28 days. 

Potential public exposures

Over the past few weeks, the health unit has flagged several businesses for potential COVID-19 exposures.

In each case, a customer or staff member has tested positive and the health unit wants anybody who may have come into contact to be alerted, self-monitor for symptoms and seek care if symptoms develop. 

The affected businesses and dates include:

  • The Chelsea at 576 Ouellette Ave. on Sept. 6
  • Spagos at 3850 Dougall Ave. on Sept. 6, Sept. 9, Sept. 10
  • Crunch Fitness LaSalle at 5844 Malden Rd. on Sept. 8.

COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

Lambton Public Health has recorded a total of 344 cases of COVID-19.

Two cases are currently active and 317 are resolved.

Twenty-five people have died.

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Public Health reported no new cases on Sunday. There have been a total of 366 positive cases, with three active cases in the community. 

Two of those cases are active and 362 people have recovered.

Two people have died from the virus in the region. 

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