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B.C. records 294 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths over three days, as active cases top 1,100 – Global News

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Health officials on Monday reported 294 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days and four new deaths, as the number of active cases in the province continues to surge.

There were 86 cases from Friday to Saturday while 107 cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday, and 101 from Sunday to Monday. Three of the cases were epi-linked.






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B.C. reports record number of new COVID-19 cases


B.C. reports record number of new COVID-19 cases

There are now a record-high 1,107 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

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Officials also announced four new COVID-19 deaths, three of them in long-term care, bringing the provincial death toll to 208.

The number of people in hospital with the virus has increased by five to 28, the highest total since June 3. Ten of those patients are in intensive care, the most since May 20.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 2,723 people are in self-isolation.

There have been 5,790 total cases of the virus in the province. Of those, 4,466 patients have fully recovered, or about 77 per cent.

The province reported its highest-ever single-day jump in new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Officials said in a statement that the province had recorded 124 new cases of the virus. The previous single-day record was 109.

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Henry reiterated that the number of COVID-19 cases that are not linked to other known cases remains low, and health officials are working to manage known clusters and exposure events.

She called on British Columbians to “slow down” their social interactions as summer comes to an end.”We need all of us to take a step back and refocus,” she said.

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“We’ve been in that messy middle for the last few months, and we’ve been able to do a lot of things that we hadn’t been able to do for quite a few months, and that’s because we all worked together and got the rates quite low here in this province.”

As we head into respiratory illness season, Henry said, it’s time to go back to basics, such as washing hands, keeping social circles small, keeping a safe distance from others, wearing masks and staying home at the slightest sign of being sick.

“No one knows for sure what the fall is going to bring. … We all need to be prepared now for whatever challenge may emerge.”

Monday’s press briefing comes after the province faced criticism from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation for a new ad aimed at parents and students heading back to class under new COVID-19 protocols.






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B.C. government faces backlash over Dr. Bonnie Henry back-to-school ad


B.C. government faces backlash over Dr. Bonnie Henry back-to-school ad

In the ad, Henry runs through a few of the precautions that will be in place: frequent hand washing, student learning cohorts and the use of masks in some situations.

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BCTF president Teri Mooring says the advertisement doesn’t paint an accurate picture of what schools will look like.

— With files from Simon Little

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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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7 COVID-19 cases linked to Yonge Street Warehouse – CBC.ca

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Toronto Public Health (TPH) says seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19 went to a Yonge Street restaurant within the last month.

Of the seven, five are staff members and two are patrons. All of which attended Yonge Street Warehouse, at 336 Yonge St., between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17.

The health agency wants to notify staff and patrons who visited the restaurant during the 8-day period about a potential exposure to the virus. 

TPH said they have followed up with all known close contacts and those individuals have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and go for testing. 

Around 1,700 people may have been at the venue during this time, TPH said, however, people not already contacted are viewed as low risk.

“If you were at the Yonge Street Warehouse between September 10 to 17 but have not been contacted by TPH, you are not identified as a close contact,” read a statement released on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the health agency is still urging anyone who was there during the exposure time to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after their last visit. 

If symptoms develop, the agency asks you to contact TPH, seek testing and immediately self-isolate.

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