The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 15 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the local total number of cases in the region to 956, including 39 deaths.
Of all the new cases, nine are related to the local institutional outbreak at Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Ont., mostly involving people who are over 80 years old, with one involving someone who’s between the ages of 65 and 79.
The other new cases are in Barrie, Essa, Tay Township, Bradford, New Tecumseth and Innisfil.
As the Simcoe Muskoka region continues into its second wave of COVID-19, the health unit’s medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, notes there are differences in the second wave than what happened in the first wave.
During the first wave of COVID-19, a higher proportion of cases were related to institutional coronavirus outbreaks, according to Gardner.
The region’s top doctor also notes the average age of new cases is younger during the second wave than it was during the first COVID-19 wave.
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“Our reproduction number is presently 1.2,” Gardner told reporters Tuesday. “Anything above one indicates … our pandemic is growing, which of course is consistent with increasing case counts.”
There are currently six COVID-19 outbreaks happening in the region — at Simcoe Manor long-term care home in Beeton, IOOF Odd Fellow and Rebekah Home in Barrie, the Pines Long-Term Care Home in Bracebridge and at three undisclosed workplaces.
There have been 29 total coronavirus outbreaks in Simcoe County and Muskoka — at 16 long-term care facilities, five retirement homes, seven workplaces and one group home.
Of all the region’s 956 cases, 87 per cent — or 835 — have recovered, while none are in hospital. There are 79 active COVID-19 cases currently.
On Tuesday, Gardner issued an order to enforce COVID-19 self-isolation among those who have been diagnosed with the virus, close contacts of positive cases, people who have COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results, and people who have “reasonable grounds” to believe they have one or more coronavirus symptoms.
On Tuesday, Ontario reported 548 new coronavirus cases, bringing the provincial total to 55,362, including 2,987 deaths.
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An Ontario dog has tested positive for COVID-19 after a research study proved the possibility by placing the animal in an infected household.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, they had been notified of the confirmed case contracted by a Niagara region dog on October 23.
The dog was part of a research study “following the diagnosis of COVID-19 in several people in the same household,” according to the release by OMAFRA.
“This dog did not have any clinical signs of disease. The current understanding of COVID-19 is that the overall risk of infection and illness in most domestic animals is low.”
The release states that current evidence suggests that mink, ferrets, cats, and (rarely) dogs can be infected with the virus; however, there is still “uncertainty” surrounding what this means for animals and how the virus behaves through different animal species.
“As a precautionary measure, people with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who are self-isolating due to contact with a COVID-19 case, should restrict contact with their pets, livestock or any other animals, and exercise the same infection control precautions they would around people,” read the release.
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A coalition of about 200 Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health rules.
The businesses are calling on Quebec Premier François Legault to lift COVID-19 restrictions that forced fitness facilities to close this month.
In a statement, they say their facilities contribute to the overall physical and mental health of the population and they were not the source of COVID-19 outbreaks.
They say the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they’ve made significant investments to comply with health measures during the pandemic.
The owners say they intend to reopen across the province but will back down if health authorities can demonstrate by Thursday that their operations have led to outbreaks.
On Oct. 8, Quebec introduced new public health measures for regions under the province’s highest COVID-19 alert level, shuttering gyms, putting limits on team sports and making masks mandatory for high school students.
Last week, Legault hinted that some red zone restrictions would remain in place even as the initial 28-day lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City come to an end on Wednesday.
Legault, Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, are to hold a news conference this afternoon.
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Coalition of fitness centres threatens to reopen regardless of Quebec's red zone restrictions – CBC.ca
A coalition of Quebec gyms, yoga studios and other recreational activity centres are threatening to reopen at the end of the week, even if the province extends the 28-day partial lockdown.
Such facilities have been closed since Oct. 8, as part of a series of measures imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Premier François Legault has scheduled a news conference for 5 p.m. today, where he is expected to extend many of the measures imposed earlier this month in red zones.
Owners of fitness facilities say they have spent thousands of dollars to ensure their locations are safe and that their clients depend on exercise to keep physically and mentally healthy.
In a statement issued Monday, the group — which says it numbers more than 200 — says they will reopen Oct. 29 regardless of what the government decides.
“All the sanitary measures in force will be respected,” the statement said.
“If the government by then can prove to us, through studies, that we are the source of the outbreak, we will reverse it.”
Question of mental and physical health, owners say
Dan Marino and Christian Ménard, two of the men representing the coalition, both have shared social media posts publicly that provide misleading information about COVID-19.
For example, Marino has shared posts on his Facebook page that question the effectiveness of masks and minimize the dangers of the novel coronavirus. Ménard has asked people to sign a petition against Quebec’s mandatory mask law.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Marino said It would be unacceptable for gyms to stay closed.
“I have heard from too many people who are in distress,” said Marino who owns Mega Fitness Gym in Quebec CIty. “It’s mental and physical health.”
Dany Laflamme, owner of Nova Gym, a martial arts centre in Quebec City, said customers are calling every day.
“It’s truly sad. My customers are my family,” he said.
Gyms have been the site of outbreaks in Quebec and neighbouring Ontario.
But regardless of the risk, the coalition says customers want to get back to their favourite gym or studio.
Tanya de Montign told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak that the gym closures have had a substantial impact on her clients’ mental health.
She owns the Idolem yoga studio in Brossard, and when she closed her doors yet again earlier this month, she said “I had people leaving my studio crying.”
“I had people actually telling me they didn’t know how they would end up being able to get through these 28 days without us,” she said.
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