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A 14th resident at the Intercare Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary has died from COVID-19 as the outbreak continues to spread at the facility, according to Alberta Health.

Intercare Brentwood has the second-most deaths among Alberta outbreaks, following McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre, which recorded 21 deaths. According to an Intercare update, only one of the facility’s six units remains free of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Alberta Health Services has recorded 72 total cases at the Intercare centre, with 16 active cases and 42 recoveries among residents and staff.

The resident whose death was reported Monday was a woman in her 70s and is the 94th resident of a continuing-care facility in the province to have died from COVID-19. Alberta Health said there are currently 93 active cases at continuing-care facilities, with 596 people confirmed to have recovered.

More widely, AHS has confirmed 6,683 cases of COVID-19 in the province since the first case in early March. Of those cases, there have been 5,519 recoveries and 128 deaths, which means there are currently 1,036 active cases.

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Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Premier Moe introduces new measures to stop spread of virus | FULL – Global News

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  1. Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Premier Moe introduces new measures to stop spread of virus | FULL  Global News
  2. Sask. suspends team sports, activities along with other tweaks to existing COVID-19 restrictions  CTV News
  3. New COVID-19 restrictions suspend sports, extend mandatory masking to schools  CBC.ca
  4. ‘I understand, but I’m disappointed’: Sports on hiatus after Saskatchewan implements latest COVID measures  Saskatoon StarPhoenix
  5. Sask. surpasses 3000 active COVID-19 cases, adding 164 Wednesday  CTV News
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Ontario reports 1,373 new COVID cases today – SooToday

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Public Health Ontario has confirmed 1,373 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 35 deaths. 

The deaths reported today include one person between 20 and 39 years old, two people between the ages of 40 and 59 years old, eight people between the ages of 60 and 79 years old, and 26 people over the age of 80. Twenty-two of the people who died were residents at long-term care facilities. 

Since yesterday, 51 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and seven people have been admitted to intensive care units with COVId-19. 

Included in the 1,373 new cases reported today are 415 cases from Peel, 445 cases from Toronto, and 136 cases from York Region. 

The province has also reported 162 new school-related cases today, including 138 student cases and 24 staff cases. There have been 1,193 school-related cases reported in the last 14 days and 4,269 school-related cases reported to date. 

There are 688 schools in the province with one or more reported COVID-19 cases and four schools are closed because of cases. 

Today, there are 23 new cases of COVID-19 reported in licensed child care settings. Eleven of the cases are children and 12 are staff/care providers. Five centres and one home are closed because of COVID-19 cases. 

The province reported 1,476 recoveries today, bringing the total number of active cases down.

There are currently 12,779 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which is down from 12,917 active cases yesterday. There are 523 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is down from 523 yesterday. There are 159 COVID patients in intensive care units and 106 COVID patients on ventilators. 

Since yesterday’s report, Ontario’s public health labs have processed 36,076 COVID-19 tests and those results produced a 4.7 per cent positivity rate. There are 44,950 COVID tests awaiting processing. 

To date, the province has confirmed 107,883 cases of COVID-19 and has reported 91,550 recoveries and 3,554 deaths. 

In Northern Ontario, all but two of the health unit regions are currently classified as green under the province’s new regional restrictions. It means the areas are permitted the broadest allowance of Stage 3 activities.

Public Health Sudbury and District and Thunder Bay District Health Unit are in the yellow (protect) restriction level.

Since yesterday, five of the seven Northern Ontario health units reported a total of 31 new cases. There are 128 known active cases.

The breakdown of Public Health Ontario data for the rate of cases for Northern Ontario health units is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 58 cases, rate of 50.7 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 60 cases. There are three known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 66 cases, rate of 50.9 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 68 cases. There are nine known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 24.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 106, rate of 127 per 100,000 people. There are three known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 20.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 222 cases, rate of 111.5 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 224 cases. There are 14 known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 18 cases, rate of 55.1 per 100,000 people. There is one known active case. The last case was reported Nov. 15.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 108 cases, rate of 123.2 per 100,000 people. The health unit has also reported two probable cases. There are 23 known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 24.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 248 cases, rate of 165.4 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 252 cases. There are 75 known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 25.

The Ontario rate of infection is 725.8.

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Restrictions will be revisited by chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab on Dec. 17.

While the province is no longer seeing “super-spreader” events, Shahab said Saskatchewan has reported an average of more than 200 new cases per day over the past week, quadruple what it saw approximately a month ago.

“Some of the measures we’ve made in the last few weeks have made a difference, but the difference has not been enough to bring our numbers down,” Shahab said.

U of S epidemiologist Dr. Cordell Neudorf said the latest set of restrictions is positive, but warned they might not be sufficient given the extent of community transmission.

His advice is to hunker down and support local businesses via curbside pickup or delivery, he said. 

“The danger is that all we’re going to do is affect the slope, and the cases are just going to keep going up, and that might be enough to take our hospitals over capacity in the coming weeks. That’s the danger in this kind of move.”

Moe said the government is considering financial relief for businesses affected by new restrictions, but would not say which businesses may received it, or when further details might be provided.

He said the new measures are “significant” and expressed confidence they will reduce the infection rate.

However, he did not rule out further steps in the weeks ahead.

“Had (previous measures) worked perfectly, we wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

The province reported a record 111 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 19 in intensive care. Seventy-nine people were reported to have recovered.

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