The CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Ile-de-Montreal announced Sunday that a new COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic will be opening in the city’s Quartier des spectacles on Jeanne-Mance street as of Monday at 8 a.m.
The new clinic will replace the current “by-appointment” clinic at Hotel-Dieu hospital which is set to close to further appointments as of Sunday night.
The new clinic will be able to accommodate between 2,000 and 2,500 people daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Officials say appointments aren’t necessary and people can come by car or by foot.
Coronavirus outbreak: Montreal’s Hôtel-Dieu called out for COVID-19 testing practices
They insist social distancing measures will be enforced.
The new addition is the third COVID-19 testing clinic on the island of Montreal.
People will go through triage in their vehicles but if it’s determined that they need to be tested, they will be directed to park their cars and proceed to testing.
All tests will be done in a heated tent but authorities are advising people, especially pedestrians, to dress for the weather. They also ask people to not take public transit to get to the test site.
As of Sunday, Jeanne Mance Street is closed between Saint-Catherine and Bleury Street and de Maisonneuve between Saint-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance.
To qualify for the coronavirus test, persons need to have symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, or have traveled or have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
— With files from Global’s Phil Carpenter
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Second case of COVID-19 announced in Thunder Bay – Tbnewswatch.com
THUINDER BAY – A day after reporting the city’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has confirmed a second, unrelated case.
The case is travel-related and involves an individual in their twenties, who returned from the United States about two weeks ago. They developed symptoms while self-isolating at home, informed the health unit, and were tested at the hospital’s COVID-19 assessment centre.
The health unit says it immediately began an investigation to determine others who may have been exposed through contact with the individual while they were infectious, saying it has now contacted an unspecified number of people.
“The public health investigation and follow-up is ongoing, however, it is clear that people have been taking precautions including self-isolating,” said Janet DeMille, medical officer of health at TBDHU. “This is important as it helps contain the virus to a group of closely linked individuals and reduces the likelihood of spread in the community.”
The new case brings the total number of confirmed cases in Northwestern Ontario to four.
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A London man has died of COVID-19 as public health officials across the region report new cases Saturday.
CBC London has learned that a man in his 70s, who had previously been admitted to hospital, has died. It’s the first death in the Middlesex-London region since the pandemic was declared.
Two new cases of the virus were reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit Saturday, bringing the total number of positive cases in the city to 25.
Public health officials say a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s have contracted the virus, but details have not yet been released regarding how the men were infected or whether they’re in hospital or self-isolation.
Meanwhile, Huron Perth Public Health officials have confirmed three new cases in the area, including a healthcare worker.
She is in her 40s, from St. Marys, and had no travel history or known contact with any confirmed case. She’s currently in self-isolation at home.
A man who presented at South Huron Hospital, and has since been transferred to London Health Sciences Centre, also tested positive. He’s in his 60s and has no travel history or known contact with positive cases.
Another man with close contact to two Londoners already diagnosed with the virus, has also tested positive. He’s in his 60s and is in self-isolation at home in Stratford.
Huron Perth currently has five cases, including a man in critical condition in hospital.
Oxford and Elgin counties, and the city of St. Thomas have not yet reported Saturday on whether there are new cases. As of Friday, there were five cases in that area.
More people in hospital
As the number of positive cases grow, so do hospital admissions. The London Health Science Centre said there are four people, two at University Hospital and two at Victoria Hospital in intensive care units.
Across Ontario, the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has doubled in less than two days.
There were 43 patients hospitalized in Ontario’s ICUs on Friday, up from 29 on Thursday and 17 on Wednesday, according to figures from the province’s associate chief medical officer of health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe.
Three more COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth – BlackburnNews.com
Three more COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth
March 28, 2020 12:52pm
Huron Perth Public Health has received laboratory confirmation of three more cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Huron and Perth. This brings the total confirmed cases to five for our area.
The three new positive cases include:
A male in his 60’s from Stratford who is in self-isolation at home. He has had close contact with two confirmed cases in London.
A female in her late 40’s from St. Marys who is a healthcare worker with the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance and is in self-isolation at home with no travel or known contact with confirmed cases. She was not identified as a contact of the first two confirmed cases in St. Marys, but this is under review.
A male in his 60’s from South Huron who presented at South Huron Hospital and was transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. There is no travel history or known contact with positive cases.
The first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron Perth were in St. Marys residents, one of whom is still in critical condition at Stratford General Hospital according to Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, and the other case continues to self isolate at home.
“We were not surprised to receive these three new cases in Huron Perth,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “The new cases confirm that we are now seeing local spread in our area, which is a similar pattern to what has been showing up across Ontario.”
Huron Perth Public Health staff will be conducting thorough contact tracing related to these confirmed cases.
“Please be assured that public health is following all necessary case management to ensure that close contacts are contacted and receiving instructions from us,” added Dr. Klassen. “If our investigation reveals that the case attended a public event while able to transmit illness, further information will be shared with our community.”
HPPH is strongly encouraging everyone in our community to continue following guidelines to reduce local spread. “It’s important for everyone to practice physical distancing,” urged Dr. Klassen. “Anyone who has symptoms of illness should be self isolating from others – even in their own household.”
Dr. Klassen says when in doubt, act as though you’re infected.
“It’s not enough anymore to say ‘this person hasn’t traveled’, and ‘this person hasn’t had contact with a case’. There’s enough transmission happening in Ontario that if you have symptoms, you should think of yourself as having COVID-19.”
Other everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:
· Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
· Avoid contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when you are sick
· Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If someone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough or fever:
1. Complete the Ontario government’s On Line Assessment tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0.
2. If the online tool tells you to seek clinical assessment, contact the office of your family doctor for a phone assessment. If you do not have a family doctor, contact Huron Perth Public Health. It is important that you do not visit your doctor’s office without calling first.
3. If further action is needed, you will be given directions by the assessor. For those without access to a computer, contact the office of your family doctor for a phone assessment. If you do not have a family doctor, contact Huron Perth Public Health.
If calling for a Virtual Assessment after hours and weekends, please call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 ext. 3267 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm). Note: If your COVID-19 screening results in the need for a hospital visit, please call ahead. Anyone with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other medical emergency should call 911.
Going forward, Huron Perth Public Health will be posting new confirmed cases on its website only.
“We remain committed to keeping our community updated and aware of the risks of COVID-19,” said Dr. Klassen. “We urge everyone to continue following public health guidance and to practice physical distancing – it may take some time, but it will work in helping to flatten the curve.”
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