Monday COVID-19 case count
August 24, 2020 4:25pm
There are still 29 active cases of COVID-19 being reported in Huron and Perth Counties.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen said Monday the cases continue to be linked in clusters.
Klassen explained, “It is not accurate to contribute all of the recent cases to one particular group of people and we will not be specifying groups at this time as it does not change our public health recommendations.’
She added there is the possibility of additional cases related to the cluster, but new cases can pop up anywhere.
Dr. Klassen said there are still cases scattered around the province, so everyone still needs to be vigilant in taking protective measures, including handwashing, physical distancing, and masks.
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health reported one new case of the novel coronavirus in Wellington County Monday. That is the only active case in Wellington.
The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit reported one active case, and no new cases Monday.
Scientists find evidence of multiple underground lakes on Mars – Yahoo News Canada
The team used data from a radar instrument on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft to investigate the planet’s southern polar region. Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding or MARSIS, as the instrument is called, is capable of sending out radio waves that bounce off materials on the planet’s surface. Different materials reflect those signals differently, and the same technique is used to find subsurface glacial lakes here on Earth.
Upon observing an area that’s around 75,000 square kilometers in size, they found locations that reflected those signals back in a way that indicates the presence of water trapped underneath a kilometer of ice. The main lake, the one discovered back in 2018, measures 30 kilometers or 19 miles across, while each of the three smaller lakes surrounding it are a few kilometers across.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="While the scientists’ findings are promising, some experts still believe we won’t find lakes on the red planet at all. Jack Holt, a planetary scientist part of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter program, doesn’t believe there’s enough heat flow under the surface of the planet for water to remain liquid. And even if we do find liquid water under Martian ice, that won’t automatically mean we’ll also find life. See, the lakes have to be very salty to remain liquid, but their salt content must not exceed five times that of seawater to be able to support life. As John Priscu, an environmental scientist at Montana State University, told Nature:” data-reactid=”27″>While the scientists’ findings are promising, some experts still believe we won’t find lakes on the red planet at all. Jack Holt, a planetary scientist part of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter program, doesn’t believe there’s enough heat flow under the surface of the planet for water to remain liquid. And even if we do find liquid water under Martian ice, that won’t automatically mean we’ll also find life. See, the lakes have to be very salty to remain liquid, but their salt content must not exceed five times that of seawater to be able to support life. As John Priscu, an environmental scientist at Montana State University, told Nature:
“There’s not much active life in… briny pools in Antarctica. They’re just pickled. And that might be the case [on Mars].”
'Most extreme planet discovered': Scientists find blistering exoplanet with temperatures near 3,200C – National Post
As the study of planets outside our solar system continues, astronomers have discovered what they have described as the ‘most extreme planet’ ever observed, with surface temperatures more blistering than those of some stars.
Researchers at the University of Bern say that the exoplanet, dubbed WASP-189b, is a gaseous giant 1.6 times larger than Jupiter and can record temperatures of up to 3,200 degrees Celsius, hot enough enough to met all rocks and metal and turn them into gaseous form.
The planet, they said, orbits the star HD 133112, known to be one of the hottest stars with a planetary system 2,000 degrees Celsius hotter than our Sun.
Despite being an enormous gaseous giant, WASP-189b is situated much closer to its star than Jupiter is to the sun, and so only take 2.7 days to orbit its star, with one side experiencing a permanent ‘night’ and the other a permanent ‘day’.
“WASP-189b is especially interesting because it is a gas giant that orbits very close to its host star,” astrophysicist Monika Lendl said, according to the university’s press release. “It takes less than three days for it to circle its star, and it is 20 times closer to it than Earth is to the Sun.”
A coronavirus ‘game changer’: Canadian company claims it can detect virus in the air – Global News
Nova Scotia reported one new case of coronavirus on Wednesday, after it was identified the day before.
The province said the new case is in the Northern Zone and is related to travel outside of Canada. The individual has been self-isolating as required, the province said.
Two active cases of COVID-19 remain in the province as of Wednesday, with Nova Scotia Health’s labs having completed 870 Nova Scotia tests the day prior.
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To date, Nova Scotia has 94,414 negative test results, 1,088 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.
One person is currently hospitalized in ICU.
According to the province, 1,021 cases are now considered resolved.
The province’s health officials urge anyone currently experiencing a fever or cough to visit the 811 website to see if an assessment is needed.
If anyone experiences two or more of the following symptoms, they should ask if an assessment is needed:
- sore throat
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
Nova Scotia granted three-quarters of all COVID-19 exemption requests between March and July
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