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70-year-old man is ninth COVID-related death in Timmins area – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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No active cases in either Timiskaming or Porcupine; just one in Northeastern Ontario

Dr. Lianne Catton, medical officer of health for the Porcupine Health Unit.

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A 70-year-old Timmins area man has become the ninth COVID-19 related death in the Cochrane district.

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health, Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), announced the death Saturday.

 “It is with great sadness that I report that we have had a ninth death related to complications of their infection of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit region,” she said. 

The man was in his 70s and admitted to the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), having tested positive for COVID-19 on July 19, 2020. His death was not related to an institutional outbreak. Out of respect for his family, no further information will be shared, the health unit said. 

The man was among 73 positive cases in the Porcupine Health Unit region, which includes the Cochrane district and the James Bay coast. There are currently no active cases in the region.

Catton said the latest death is a solemn reminder of the need to remain vigilant.

“We need to continue to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our families, neighbours, co-workers and communities,” she said. ”There have been too many tragic outcomes. Please stay home if you are not well, practice physical distancing when out, wear a non-medical mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or outdoors if you cannot maintain 2 m from others, wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.” 

Timiskaming, meanwhile,  also remains clear of active cases and had had no fatalities to date.

A woman in her 30s was Timiskaming’s ninth positive case since testing began back in April. She tested positive in early August, having contracted the highly contagious disease outside the district, and her case has since been resolved.

Timiskaming has conducted more than 5824 tests to date, and has consistently had one of the higher levels of testing per capita among Ontario’s health units.

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Toronto Public Health preparing for second wave of COVID-19 – 680 News

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New daily COVID-19 cases are looking very similar to when the virus brought our daily lives to full-on standstill.

The bulk of Sunday’s new cases came in Toronto and the Peel Region, but data suggests the York region now could also be an emerging hotspot with 38 infections that day alone.

Toronto Public Health is preparing for a resurgence of COVID-19, and on Monday will present the board of health with three possible scenarios of what a second wave could look like.

Scenario one would see peaks and valleys, which public health describes as a series of small waves, and could require a reinstitution of public health measures.

The second scenario warns of a large wave in the fall or winter and one or more smaller subsequent waves in 2021, which would require the reinstitution of lockdown measures in an attempt to reduce the spread of infection and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Scenario 3 predicts a slow burn, with no clear wave pattern. Public health says this would not require further lockdowns.

Monday’s meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

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Sore throat, runny nose among symptoms removed from student health checklist, province confirms – CBC.ca

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The list of symptoms parents are urged to screen their kids for each morning before they send them to school has gotten shorter.

Since the reopening of schools across the province, parents have been asked to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19, with districts releasing a daily health checklist. Fever, chills, and shortness of breath are among the 17 symptoms parents were told to screen for.

Kids that exhibited any of the symptoms were urged to stay home.

But that list of symptoms has been reduced, B.C.’s Ministry of Health has confirmed. Ten symptoms have been removed, including sore throat, runny nose, headache, and fatigue. Districts have since released updated daily health checklists.

“This was a recommendation from public health to remove some of the symptoms, given the very low probability of these symptoms by themselves indicating COVID,” the ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

“They are also very common in children so there are concerns that it would unnecessarily exclude children,” said the ministry.

The bulk of the symptoms removed from the daily health check for students are still included in both B.C.’s self-assessment tool and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Some parents concerned

Parents like North Vancouver’s Amitis Khorsandi say the sudden change has reignited health concerns she had before sending her five-year-old to kindergarten. She fears some COVID-19-positive students could slip through the cracks.

“A lot of people made tough decisions to go back to school, and we’re all taking a risk to send our kids … and then within a week, or less than a week, the rules have already changed,” she said.

Parents are asked to screen children for the following symptoms daily:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

The following symptoms have been removed from the daily checklist:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rash or discolouration of fingers and toes

The ministry says it’s still important to seek medical assessment if children are exhibiting a combination of symptoms.

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Will there be a twindemic? Fighting COVID-19 means fighting the flu – Ottawa Citizen

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The flu presents its own dangers. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are an average of about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu every year. Based on laboratory testing, there were 42,541 cases of seasonal influenza in 2019-2020.

“Everyone should get the flu vaccine this year,” Wilson said. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Concern about a potential twindemic is not overblown, epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong said.

“Most health care workers would say we’re barely managing in a normal flu season. We’re always on the verge of collapse. If you add COVID, we’re in big trouble,”  said Kwong, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

“The biggest problem with how we view influenza is that there are other respiratory viruses circulating,” he said. “The flu is a whole bunch of viruses with a whole bunch of different presentations. They’re impossible to distinguish without lab tests.”

If people let down their guard on measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene, there will be a twindemic, Kwong said.

“If people keep having parties, we’ll have influenza. But, if you can control COVID, you can control influenza.”

It is also possible, but rare, to be infected with flu and COVID-19 at the same time. A study published in June in the Journal of Medical Virology found that, among 1,103 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID‐19 in three hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, six were diagnosed as also being infected with influenza. Co-infected patients have been reported in China, Germany, Iran,  Japan, Spain and the United States.

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