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38 more Albertans test positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Red Deer remains at one active case – Rimbey Review



Alberta confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Of the total 7,888 confirmed cases, 509 are active, 7,225 have recovered and 154 have died.

There is still just one confirmed active COVID-19 case in Red Deer, according to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website. Thirty-five people in the city have recovered from the virus.

In total, there are three confirmed active cases in Alberta’s central zone – the other two are located in Drumheller and Beaver County. There are 86 recovered cases in the central zone.

Twelve people have recovered from the virus in Red Deer County, while Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Ponoka County each have two recovered cases.

Lacombe County and Stettler County each have three recovered cases. Clearwater County has just one recovered case, and both Olds and Mountain View County have four recovered cases.

Thirty-seven Albertans are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. Eight of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit.

In Alberta, 422,351 tests have been completed.

Edmonton’s 241 confirmed active case total is the most of any zone in Alberta. Calgary has 208, the north zone has 31, the south zone has 23 and three are in an unknown location.

Nationally, 102,268 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Woman asked to 'leave the hospital immediately' as she refuses to wear a face mask – Shoreline Beacon



They told her that official orders have been issued which require everyone to wear face masks,

Anti-face mask supporters seem to be on the rise as another woman who seems to be a face-mask denier was declined for medical treatment upon refusal to wear a face mask inside a hospital.

On Saturday, July 4, a woman in Toronto went into an emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital to seek medical treatment for a “suspected broken finger.” However, medical staff at the hospital told her that the Ontario Ministry of Health has ordered face covering for everyone who is inside a hospital.

The woman did not take that well and started filming at the scene.

Letitia Montana, an insurance advisor, who said on Twitter that she is a ‘truther’ and ‘freedom lover’, was visiting the hospital with her child when the incident happened. In the video, Montana is seen questioning the nurse whether a patient is being denied medical assistance because they’re not wearing a face mask, to which the nurse responds in the affirmative. They told her that official orders have been issued that require everyone to wear face masks, especially inside a health care facility.

The incident came in advance of a City of Toronto bylaw that takes effect Tuesday, July 7, and makes face masks mandatory for everyone who visits grocery stores, retailers and hair salons.


Montana’s posted video now has thousands of comments and retweets from people who are calling her out for being irresponsible and expressing support for the nurses who ensured the safety of patients at the hospital.

But it didn’t stop Montana and on Sunday she shared another video, this time one that alleges that face masks are not required to contain a virus and that they have no health benefits.

Montana wrote that all of this is part of “media’s propaganda.”

“Twitter, I appreciate the attention though frankly, I cannot respond to close to 4,000 replies on my recent tweet. It’s sad how well the mainstream media propaganda is working. I thought we were doing better. In any case, I wish you all well,” she tweeted.

Twitter reacts 

Montana’s video, which has since gone viral, did not receive appreciation. In fact, people were calling her out for irresponsible behaviour and the possibility of endangering other patients at the facility. Many pointed out that “filming inside a hospital is not allowed as it violates the privacy and confidentiality of patients who are at their most vulnerable.”

While some tweets addressed the issue seriously, others had a comical take on it.

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P.E.I. reports two new COVID-19 cases Sunday – The Journal Pioneer




P.E.I. has two new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain), bringing the total number of active cases to five, the chief public health officer announced on Sunday.

Dr.  Heather Morrison said extensive contact tracing and testing has been underway and will continue.

“We are looking at a cluster of four patients related to a man who had travelled to Nova Scotia and had contact with an individual, who had recently arrived from the United States,” said Morrison.

On Saturday, three cases of COVID-19 were announced, including the man in his 20s, who is asymptomatic, at the centre of this cluster. It also included a woman in her 20s, who is a close contact of the man. The third was a man in his 50s, who is an essential worker that travelled outside the province and has been self-isolating since his return.

“At this point, there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our province and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the province remains low,” said Morrison.

Sunday’s new cases are both men in their 20s who were close contacts with the man, who travelled to Nova Scotia for personal reasons on June 26 and returned on June 29. None of the five cases related to seasonal residents or the Atlantic bubble that opened on Friday.

The weekend cases were the first announced in the province in two months.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Prince Edward Island has had a total of 32 cases of COVID-19. We are taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus in our province,” said Morrison. “Our system has the capacity to respond effectively and efficiently to this cluster of cases and our response protocols have really worked well in this situation.”

The woman in her 20s went to work at Whisperwood Villa on June 30. She had no close contact with residents and returned home as soon as she began to feel ill.

The woman identified nine close contacts, all of whom tested negative, Morrison said on Sunday. The close contacts will remain in self-isolation for 14 days.

Public health officers tested 129 residents and 140 staff at Whisperwood Villa on Saturday. All tests were negative. They will all be re-tested later this week as an added precaution. The final few residents and staff were expected to be tested on Sunday.

Visitors who were at Whisperwood Villa on Tuesday, June 30, are being contacted to arrange for testing.

Morrison said her team is working closely with the facility and its staff.

“I know that it has been a stressful time for the residents, families and staff of Whisperwood Villa to undergo testing for COVID-19,” said Morrison. “We are taking every precaution to protect residents and staff of Whisperwood Villa and keeping them safe is a top priority.”

She also praised staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital medical laboratory, who completed a record-high number of 406 tests on Saturday.

Morrison then reminded Islanders to remain careful and “stick to the basics” like hand washing and physical distancing.

“We have all observed instances of people not maintaining physical distancing and the public health guidelines. This cluster of cases is a clear reminder that COVID-19 is still very much present in our province and we must remain vigilant.

“Even people in a low-risk category are responsible for making good choices to protect their health and the safety of others. Our actions affect others and everyone is susceptible to COVID-19,” said Morrison.

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer
Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer


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P.E.I. reports 2 new COVID-19 cases linked to local man who returned from Nova Scotia – larongeNOW



“At this point there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our province and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the province remains low.”

Before this weekend, the province’s last COVID-19 positive test came in late April.

Morrison said public health officials in P.E.I. and Nova Scotia have been in close communication to trace the COVID-19 cluster.

The P.E.I. man travelled to Nova Scotia for personal reasons on June 26 and returned to the island on June 29, Morrison said.

He is believed to have come into contact with someone there who had travelled to the U.S.

“This cluster of cases is a clear reminder that COVID-19 is still very much present in our province and we must remain vigilant,” Morrison said.

Morrison said COVID-19 tests were also carried out in relation to the other two COVID-19 cases that were confirmed Saturday.

A man in his 50s who travelled outside the province tested positive for the virus, the P.E.I. government announced Saturday, as did a woman in her 20s who was in contact with the man who travelled to Nova Scotia.

That woman worked at Whisperwood Villa, a seniors’ residence in Charlottetown, and listed nine close contacts — all of whom have tested negative for COVID-19, Morrison said.

Morrison said 140 staff members and 129 residents at Whisperwood Villa were also tested for COVID-19 on Saturday and their results all came back negative.

Four or five staff members and two residents still need to be tested, she said, and all the residents and staff members will be tested again later this week.

People who visited the residence last Tuesday also will be contacted for testing, Morrison added.

She reiterated that the new COVID-19 cases are not related to seasonal residents of P.E.I. or to the Atlantic bubble.

As of Friday, residents of P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have been allowed to travel freely between the provinces without needing to self-isolate upon arrival.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2020.

— By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours in Montreal.

The Canadian Press

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