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Coronavirus: 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brings Peterborough-area total to 7 – Global News



Peterborough Public Health says two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to seven.

During a press conference, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Peterborough’s chief medical officer of health, noted one case is a 65-year-old woman who is a resident of the city. The case was reported to the health unit on Tuesday evening.

Coronavirus: 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peterborough area

The medical officer of health noted the woman’s exposure to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is associated with her work as an employee at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, which has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 which were reported last Friday.

However, because she is a Peterborough resident, the case is the responsibility of Peterborough Public Health, not the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, District Health Unit.

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“She has one close contact,” Salvaterra said.

The second new case confirmed Wednesday morning is a 28-year-old man. Salvaterra said the man was a contact of another case from outside of Peterborough.

“Both are home and are self-isolating,” Salvaterra said.

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All seven cases of COVID-19 in the health unit’s jurisdiction remain in self-isolation at home, Salvaterra said. The health unit is responsible for the city of Peterborough, Peterborough County and the First Nations of Curve Lake and Hiawatha.

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“We don’t have any cases yet where we can’t figure out where they were exposed,” she said. “They’re all residents of the city and county.”

Two new cases were announced Tuesday following none on the weekend and on Monday. A woman who returned from Florida and a man who returned from a curling bonspiel in Edmonton. They had 5 and 2 close contacts, respectively who are all being followed up by the health unit.

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As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the health unit reported 455 people have been tested for COVID-19 and confirmed 186 negative results, with another 282 still awaiting test results, which can take four to five days to process.

The health unit will be receiving an additional 200 test swabs on Wednesday, to complement the 63 swaps still in inventory.

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“That will see us through a good week,” said Salvaterra.

She also noted new terminology going forward of “physical distancing” as opposed to “social distancing” as recommended by the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Salvaterra reiterated the importance of staying home as much as possible – especially people who are generally unwell.

“We are concerned with respiratory symptoms right now but in general anyone who is not well needs to stay home and self-isolate,” she said. “That’s the only way we’ll stop this (corona)virus – or any other virus – that people might be hosting from spreading to our loved ones. All our advice on the prevention of spread of COVID applies equally well to other viruses and bacteria that are spread by droplets or contact.”

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Peterborough Public Health recommends people use the online self-assessement tool if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus.

“If we can do a really good job of physically distancing and self-isolating, we might be able to slow this down even more,” said Salvaterra.

Andy Mitchell, chairman of Peterborough Public Health, praised the efforts of Salvaterra, her team, emergency responders and healthcare workers to keep people safe and informed.

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“Their services are very much appreciated,” he said.

Salvaterra, when asked by reporters how she personally handling her role amid the pandemic, said it is “an honour and privilege” to be tasked with the responsibility but said she has the “great fortunate to have a dynamic team of people to work with.”

“This is not something only one person can address,” she said. “You do need team effort and I count my lucky stars each morning we have such a great team to make it happen every day. This is very much a team effort at Peterborough Public Health – we have 125 staff and they’re all tremendous and I’m grateful to be working with them.”

More to come.

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OPH investigating 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, bringing total to 122 –



Ottawa Public Health says it is investigation 122 positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city — that’s 16 new cases in total.  

The city health authority is also investigating two institutional outbreaks of the virus, one of which at Maplewood Retirement Community, OPH confirmed in a Sunday statement.

This is following the health authority’s announcement of 31 confirmed cases on Saturday.

According to Dr. Vera Etches, the retirement home has implemented outbreak management and OPH is connecting with close contacts.

“All residents have been notified and are in self-isolation,” Etches said in a statement. “Staff at the retirement home continue to be screened and have been instructed to wear personal protective equipment in the building, specifically wearing a mask when entering the building and following droplet/contact procedures in all resident rooms.”

Further details of individuals who have tested positive were not provided. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and every citizen must continue doing their part to keep themselves, their family members, their neighbours, co-workers and community members healthy and safe, and reduce the spread of the virus,” Etches added.

Etches urges everyone to continue to practicing physical distancing and to self-isolate if symptoms develop for 14 days or travel was involved. Those with the virus are also to continue their isolation 24 hours after symptoms have fully resolved. 

People are also encouraged to avoid visiting elderly friends or relatives unless the visit is essential. 

For more tips on how to stay safe, visit the OPH website. 

The total number of positive cases in Ontario is now at 1,355. 

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‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand – Red Deer Advocate



OTTAWA — Canadians have been coming forward in large numbers to donate blood after Canadian Blood Services warned of a possible shortage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blood donor clinics have extended their hours and put in place strict safety protocols for anyone giving blood.

“The response has been tremendous,” Dr. Isra Levy, the agency’s vice-president of medical affairs and innovation, said Friday.

“From our point of view, the numbers are very, very satisfying in the sense that we’re able to match demand with supply. We really need to keep up that altruism that has motivated donors to come in.”

Canadian Blood Services operates a national blood inventory that allows products to be regularly shifted around the country to meet hospital and patient needs.

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis.

Levy warned nearly two weeks ago that Canada was facing a critical blood shortage. Donations had dropped about 20 per cent because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.

Because of a suspension of elective surgeries, the demand for blood is also down about 15 per cent, Levy said Friday.

While things are going well now, he added, the concern is whether Canadians will continue to keep donating over the long run.

“We’re going to have this challenge for many weeks to come and the implication is we’re going to need our donors to really continue to show up,” Levy said.

“They need to think about things not about as an urgent and immediate need for blood, but as an ongoing, pressing concern that we have about a potential for a sudden drop in inventory.”

Calgary’s blood donor clinic had to reduce appointments last week because of long lineups and wait times.

Donors waited behind a red line outside the clinic while checking in. Inside, chairs were placed strategically in the waiting room and every other bed was used. Health workers wiped down every donor station thoroughly between patients.

Some donors recently took to social media to discuss the importance of giving.

“First real trip out of the house in a while to Canadian Blood Services. As a former recipient, I understand first hand the importance of donors,” wrote Katie Mitchell on Instagram.

“They have put great steps in place to have donors maintain social distancing requirements. So happy I wasn’t rejected.”

“My dad needs transfusions every three weeks so in addition to worrying about COVID-19, he’s concerned about blood supply shortages,” wrote Sara Jane O’Neill on Twitter.

“Please donate if you can.”

Levy said some donors in Ottawa have told him that they feel they’re able to make a difference when everything else in the world is out of their control.

“It’s a sense of contribution in an uncertain time,” he said.

“The people who are showing up at our donor collection centres, anecdotally, express a sense of satisfaction that they’re able to do something for the community beyond staying at home and finding ways to fill their time.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2020

— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter

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8 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, bringing total to 72 –



There are eight new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, bringing the province’s total to 72.

Health officials made the announcement at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building Sunday morning.

Officials are looking into the new cases to determine where those people got the coronavirus and whether they could have passed it to anyone else.

One of the patients is in an intensive care unit, and another has been admitted to hospital, chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

He said two Manitobans have recovered from the virus so far.

The total number of deaths from the virus reported in Manitoba remains at one: a Winnipeg woman in her 60s, who died Friday after she was admitted to an intensive care unit in critical condition the previous week.

More than 7,000 tests for COVID-19 have been done in the province so far.

Roussin reiterated that the measures the province has taken under the Public Health Act will come into effect on Monday, including limiting public gatherings to 10 people and requiring retail businesses like grocery stores to make sure people are one to two metres apart.

These new measures bolster what was previously only a recommendation.

On Saturday, Manitoba saw its biggest jump in COVID-19 cases since the virus was first detected here, as health officials announced 25 new patients had been identified.

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