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AHS investigate Calgary shawarma restaurants after dozens get sick from norovirus – CTV News

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CALGARY —
Alberta Health Services says norovirus was the likely cause of an outbreak of illness linked to a chain of Calgary shawarma restaurants.

An investigation was launched Dec. 6 after reports of diners becoming sick after eating at Jerusalem Shawarma. Reports were received from 17 different groups who said they ate at multiple locations between Dec. 4 and Dec. 12.

“Between Dec. 7 and Dec. 18, AHS completed 27 inspections at all Jerusalem Shawarma locations,” reads a statement from AHS.

“Following these inspections, no closure orders were issued as it was determined that norovirus was the likely cause of the outbreak and public health inspectors discarded potential foods of concern (i.e. cut vegetables, sauces, etc.), implemented enhanced handwashing procedures and increased disinfection levels and frequencies.”

AHS is continuing to work with the restaurants to ensure the outbreak is contained.

The illnesses were linked to four locations:

  • 722 85th Street S.W.
  • 8650 112th Avenue N.W.
  • 5255 Richmond Road S.W.
  • 301 16th Avenue N.W.

AHS says 123 people became sick. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Health Link to speak with a registered nurse, 24-hours a day, by calling 811.

“As always, Albertans are reminded to stay home when sick, refrain from preparing foods while sick with diarrhea or vomiting, and always wash hands well with soap and warm water before preparing foods or drinks or before eating or drinking,” reads the statement.

“Handwashing is vital to preventing the spread of illness in the community and at home. A chlorine-based disinfectant (i.e. 1/3 cup regular bleach to 4 litres of water) is an inexpensive way to disinfect any contaminated and/or frequently touched surface if anyone is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea at home.”

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Today's coronavirus news: Five employees, two patrons at popular Toronto bar test positive for COVID-19; anti-mask protest at Yonge-Dundas; three King St. eateries closed for safety violations – northumberlandnews.com

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Today’s coronavirus news: Five employees, two patrons at popular Toronto bar test positive for COVID-19; anti-mask protest at Yonge-Dundas; three King St. eateries closed for safety violations | NorthumberlandNews.com


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Possible COVID-19 exposure at three Saskatoon businesses: SHA – CTV News Saskatoon

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SASKATOON —
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure at three Saskatoon businesses in the last week. 

The SHA said a person or persons attended the following locations while likely infectious:

• Sept. 19 – Walmart Supercentre at 225 Betts Ave. in Saskatoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

• Sept. 22 – Planet Fitness at Market Mall on 2325 Preston Ave. S in Saskatoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

• Sept. 23 – KFC at 1808 McOrmond Drive in Saskatoon from 5 to 10 p.m.

The SHA is advising anyone who was at these locations on the specified dates and times to self monitor for 14 days or immediately self isolate and call HealthLine 811 if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

People may develop symptoms between two and 14 days after getting exposed to the virus, according to the SHA.

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Coronavirus: 7 people linked to Toronto restaurant test positive, around 1,700 possibly exposed – Global News

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Toronto Public Health (TPH) officials say seven people linked to a downtown restaurant have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and officials are now asking approximately 1,700 people to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Officials said five staff members and two patrons of Yonge Street Warehouse — located near Yonge and Dundas streets — are confirmed to have contracted the virus.

All known close contacts of those individuals have been reached by TPH, officials said, adding that anyone who hasn’t been contacted is considered low risk.

TPH said the period for potential exposure is from Sept. 10 to 17 — it’s estimated around 1,700 people may have attended the restaurant during that time.

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Anyone who was at the establishment during that period is being asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days since their last visit “as a precaution.”

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“If symptoms develop, please contact TPH, seek testing and immediately self-isolate,” officials said.

“Please wear a mask when going for testing.”






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