Alberta Health Services (AHS) spent part of Friday conducting onsite COVID-19 tests as the number of cases inside a Calgary condominium continues to grow.
Verve Condominium, which is in the East Village, has had 34 cases of the virus. Of those, 27 were active as of Friday’s provincial update, and three people were in hospital.
AHS was inside the building doing free tests Friday and will conduct even more Saturday.
It is also hosting a virtual town hall Friday nightto answer any questions those impacted may have. Early Friday evening, it was announced that a second town hall, originally scheduled for Saturday, was being rescheduled to early next week.
Residents inside say it’s a strange scenario.
“It’s pretty scary,” renter Amy Okeynan said. “Kind of shocking, really.”
On Thursday, Alberta’s top doctor said there’s a high chance the virus is spreading through areas commonly touched: places like elevator buttons, mailboxes or door handles.
“It does seem that possibly high-touch surfaces are a mechanism,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said. “This outbreak is a reminder that indoor areas pose unique risks of transmitting and this virus can spread easily from one person to many if given the opportunity.”
Okeynan said she’s getting tested and trying to stay in her apartment as much as possible.
“It’s just kind of nerve-wracking now to have to go outside and walk the dog and take the elevator,” she said. “You don’t know what floors it’s on. That is kind of scary.”
Okeynan said there are a lot of young people in the building, and the area itself is sees a lot of foot traffic.
The bottom of Verve is retail space and deliveries in and out of the building happen “all the time,” according to Okeynan.
According to the Verve Board of Directors and Management, there are approximately 375 residents in the building’s 288 suites.
Health Unit reports 35 new COVID-19 cases Saturday – Windsor Star
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Windsor and Essex County jumped by 35 as of Saturday morning, with at least one grocery store employee testing positive.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 35 new cases for a total of 1,656 confirmed cases in the area, with the number of deaths holding steady at 68.
An employee at the Real Canadian Superstore at 4371 Walker Rd., recently tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19, said a Loblaw’s public relations spokesperson.
“We are working with the local public health team and have taken a number of steps to minimize risk, including increased sanitization protocols and enforcing social distancing practices in the store,” according to the emailed response. “The store also arranged for additional cleaning and has since reopened.
“Team members who worked closely with this individual are now at home in self-isolation, monitoring for any symptoms.”
Health Unit Announces 35 New Cases of COVID-19 – AM800 (iHeartRadio)
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced 35 new cases of COVID-19.
The newest cases announced Saturday includes 20 in the agri-farm sector.
Among the other cases, two involve healthcare workers, 12 are community based while one remains under investigation.
There are now 1,656 confirmed cases in the area with 68 deaths while 994 cases have been resolved.
The health unit also reports outbreaks at two long-term care homes.
There is also an outbreak at four workplaces, two in Kingsville and two in Leamington, which means there is two or more positive cases involving the workforce.
Oil pares weekly gain amid virus fears, signs of tighter supply – BNNBloomberg.ca
Oil slipped on Friday, paring a weekly gain, as concern of demand erosion from a coronavirus resurgence countered strong U.S. economic data.
Futures fell to about US$40 a barrel in New York as the virus continues to spread unabated across large parts of the U.S., clouding the outlook for energy demand. Crude prices gained 4.2 per cent for the week as data showed a rebound in the U.S. jobs market accelerated in early June and American crude stockpiles shrank by the most this year. A survey showed OPEC oil production dropped last month to the lowest since 1991.
The worsening pandemic may not have been fully captured in the jobs data, which provided a snapshot of hiring in the middle of the month before many states reversed course on their re-openings.
“We have had a sharp recovery in demand for energy products that has occurred from March to end of May,” Daniel Ghali, a TD Securities commodity strategist, said by phone. “Since then the pace of recovery has slowed. There is concern that this stall may be a signal of weakness in demand that’s tied to the rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S.”
Adding to the murky demand outlook, Chinese oil inventories swelled to a record this week, satellite data show, after the world’s biggest oil importer went on a buying spree last quarter as the economy rebounded. The stockpiles may indicate a slowdown in buying by the East Asian country.
That outlook was balanced by the OPEC+ alliance’s commitment to reducing output, with Russia showing near total compliance with its targets. The group hasn’t made any decision yet on whether to extend its full cutback — which stands at 9.6 million barrels a day — into August, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. Ministers from the coalition next meet on July 15.
West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 51 cents US to US$40.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 11:18 a.m. local time, after closing up 2.1 per cent on Thursday. Brent for September settlement declined 49 cents US to US$42.65 on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, paring its weekly gain to four per cent. Trading volumes were low as the U.S. took a day off ahead of the July 4 holiday.
The global benchmark crude’s three-month timespread remained in contango — where prompt contracts are cheaper than later-dated ones — but the spread has narrowed in recent days, indicating that concerns about oversupply have eased slightly.
The decline in U.S. oil production continued as working rigs fell for a 16th week to the least since 2009, according to Baker Hughes data released Thursday. Exxon Mobil Corp., meanwhile, reported an unprecedented second straight quarterly loss as almost every facet of the energy giant’s business slumped.
Other oil-market news
-India’s oil market is showing an uneven recovery two months after easing virus-control measures. Provisional fuel sales from the three biggest retailers were at 88 per cent of 2019 levels in June.
-The oil market is “currently perhaps too optimistic” as COVID-19 cases haven’t peaked yet and there’s still a large inventory overhang, FGE said in a note. Prices could fall to US$35 a barrel in the near-term before recovering in the fourth quarter.
-Angola is under intense pressure from other OPEC+ members to speed up its oil output cuts, and the response from the African nation has so far failed to appease the group.
-Several crude cargoes floating near China have been re-offered or sold to other buyers in Asia as long lines of oil-laden tankers continue to wait for their turn to discharge in Asia’s top importing nation, said traders who asked not to be identified.
–With assistance from James Thornhill.
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