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COVID-19: Central zone cases down to 32 Wednesday – Rimbey Review



Central zone and City of Red Deer’s COVID-19 active case numbers have gone down two days in a row.

Alberta confirmed 171 COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

Central zone cases went down to 32, from previous day’s 36 – that’s the lowest number of cases in all zones in Alberta. The local zone now has 610 virus recoveries.

No one with the virus is in the hospital in the local zone.

No virus-deaths were reported by the government Wednesday, just like Tuesday. The provincial death toll holds steady at 254.

To date, the central zone has had seven deaths.

There were eight active cases in the City of Red Deer Wednesday – down one from the previous day. To date, 95 people have recovered in the city.

The Town of Sylvan Lake was at one active Wednesday afternoon, Lacombe County was at three, Ponoka County at two, the City of Wetaskiwin at three and Mountain View County at one.

There are zero active cases in some central Alberta municipalities: City of Lacombe, County of Stettler, Wetaskiwin County, Red Deer County, Clearwater County and the Town of Olds.

The Town of Drumheller had one active case Wednesday.

Calgary zone had 507 active cases Wednesday afternoon with 7,615 recoveries.

Edmonton zone had the highest active cases at 710 with 3,366 recoveries.

South zone has 34 active cases with 1,728 recovered while the north zone had 207 active cases with 1,028 recoveries.

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Contracts awarded for wood heat projects –



Fossil fuel heating systems at six sites in Nova Scotia are to be converted to locally sourced wood chip boilers over the next several months.

An announcement from the province on Monday said the contracts to design, build and operate boilers include agreements to source wood chips from private woodlots and sawmills.

The contracts were awarded to Mira Forestry Development of Albert Bridge to convert Memorial High School in Sydney Mines and Riverview High School in Sydney. Wood4heating Canada of Charlottetown will convert Perennia Park Atlantic Centre for Agri-Innovation in Bible Hill and Hants East Rural High School in Milford.  Spec Resources in Church Point was awarded the contract for NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, and ACFOR Energy of Cocagne, N.B. will convert Bridgewater Provincial Court.

Additional sites for expansion of the program are being assessed. 

At Perennia Park, a district heating network will be formed and three buildings will be heated by the new boiler. Bridgewater provincial court will be converted to a two-building district heating network that will also include the NSCC Lunenburg campus.

“These projects help us progress towards a greener economy and reduce the carbon footprint of government buildings by replacing fossil fuels with a renewable resource,” Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin said in a release. “Using lower grade wood for heat will create new and stable markets for Nova Scotia’s wood chips and opportunities for private woodlot owners and sawmills to sell lower grade wood locally.”

Each wood heat system will be in an exterior structure built so that it can be expanded.  The six sites are forecast to use between 2,000-2,500 tonnes of wood chips.

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Interactive map shows neighbourhoods with higher and lower rates of COVID-19 – Ottawa Citizen



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The map provides numbers as well as rates per 100,000 people, and also shows significant outbreaks at long-term care homes and retirement homes.

Among the neighbourhoods with the highest cumulative number of cases: Ledbury-Herongate-Ridgemont (123 cases); Overbrook-McArthur (73 cases); Old Barrhaven East (54 cases); Bayshore-Belltown (48 cases); Portobello South (42 cases) and Centretown (40 cases).

The map shows the neighbourhoods where people with confirmed COVID-19 live, and does not necessarily reflect when they were infected. Exposure to COVID-19 can occur anywhere people congregate, such as workplaces or services open to the public.

There are several factors that may be driving the observed rates of COVID-19 in Ottawa neighbourhoods. For instance, the population differences between urban and rural neighbourhoods affects the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people because rural neighbourhoods have smaller populations making rates more sensitive to changes. The Marlborough neighbourhood in the rural south of the city, for example, had seven confirmed cases — but this translates to 363.98 per 100,000 people.

Testing rates have also not been uniform across the city and in some cases certain groups have been prioritized.

Meanwhile, factors such as income can have an effect on disease prevalence. A study released in May by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found that those tested, and those confirmed positive, were more likely to live in marginalized neighbourhoods.

The ICES researchers found that those confirmed positive for COVID-19 were also more likely to live in neighbourhoods with a relatively greater concentration of immigrants and visible minorities.

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study’s interactive map is updated monthly and reflects the number and rate of Ottawa residents with confirmed COVID-19. Currently illustrating cases up to Aug 31, 2020.

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More COVID cases in area – Kingston This Week



Holy Cross Catholic School in Kemptville is shown here. Photo credit: Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario/Facebook

KEMPTVILLE – Classes resumed on Monday after the Catholic elementary school here closed its doors following a COVID-19 outbreak last week.

The good news came as the regional case count rose by three over the weekend – as did the number of people who have recovered.

Holy Cross Catholic School closed for the day on Friday after officials identified two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on site – the first school-based cases in the region – but promptly reopened after a thorough investigation.

“Contact tracing has been completed by the local health unit and no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the school,” the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario wrote on social media.

“We are continuing to work closely with the local health unit and we will notify parents should the circumstances change.”

Of the two cases, one was confirmed to be a staff member and one was a student, according to provincial data.

The school closed for a day because testing and isolation requirements caused a staff shortage, the school board added. This prompted safety concerns, forcing them to close for a day.

According to the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, an outbreak is defined as “two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school” that can reasonably be linked to each other.

Susan Healey, a spokeswoman for the health unit, said they have not received any more positive test results from anyone at the school since the initial cases were announced, but they’re still awaiting results for some close contacts of the people who tested positive.

Those people will stay home while they wait for their results, she said.

“In a school, everyone who is identified as a case or a high risk contact of a case is excluded for 14 days,” Healey said on Monday.

“High risk contacts are recommended for testing. They will also remain on isolation for the full 14 days, even if a negative result is obtained, to ensure nothing further develops.”

Provincial guidelines say anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days after the onset of symptoms – or 14 days after a positive test if there are no symptoms – as long as there is “no fever and symptoms have been improving for three days,” Healey added.

The Upper Canada District School Board also confirmed late last week a person at Chimo Elementary School in Smiths Falls tested positive for the virus, the first case in the region’s largest school board.

The letter from the health unit’s Dr. Paula Stewart said they had been in contact with and isolated all students and staff that may have had “high risk exposure.”

The school did not close and an outbreak was not declared. Provincial data indicates the patient is a student.

“This is the first positive case of COVID-19 for our school board and Chimo was able to provide all the necessary information public health needed to do their contact tracing,” school board superintendent Dave Coombs said in a statement.

“Chimo staff take every precaution to ensure the safety of our students, and our students are very good at following the heightened health and hygiene practices that have been put in place. The safety of our students and staff remains a priority for us.”

The news came as the province announced 700 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – the highest one-day increase ever recorded. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 60 per cent of Monday’s cases were in people under the age of 40.

Locally, the health unit reported three new cases on Monday but the total sits at 11 active cases because three other people also recovered from the virus.

The number of total cases rose from 378 to 381, while the number of patients who have recovered rose from 315 to 318. Since the start of the pandemic, the area has seen 52 COVID-19 deaths.

All 11 active cases are people in the community, as opposed to health-care workers or residents of seniors’ facilities. None of the current patients are in hospital.

The health unit was reporting six active cases in Grenville County, three active cases in West Leeds, and two cases in Lanark.

The numbers are based on data as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

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