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COVID-19 outbreak linked to church events in Toronto and Vaughan – Toronto Star

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The public health departments in Toronto and York Region say 15 people who attended service at two churches last month have tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials said in a news release the 15 individuals attended Aug. 16 events held by Miracle Arena for All Nations at 20 Milvan Dr. in North York and 10800 Weston Rd. in Vaughan.

Toronto Public Health recommends anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has symptoms should visit the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

“Anyone who attended these, or other events related to this church, is advised to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms until Friday September 18, as there may be others in the group who were contagious,” health officials said.

Local health units have followed up with all known close contacts of the identified cases, and they have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days and to get tested.

According to the release, the church is notifying members of its community about the potential exposures and is working with the public health units to “ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place.”

The church has not responded to the Star’s request for comment.

TPH spokesperson Dr. Vinita Dubey said faith-based organizations are advised to maintain voluntary attendance records of all staff, members and visitors to support public health contact tracing efforts (i.e. name, date, time or event, email address or phone number) for 30 days.

Toronto’s guidelines for faith-based organizations include restrictions on gathering limits and activities.

No more than 50 people can gather in a space indoors, with masks made mandatory. Congregational singing is also strongly discouraged, even with masks on among several other guidelines.

Last year, the North York church made headlines after its leader, Kofi Danso, had appealed a DNA test accepted by Ontario Superior Court, claiming he had not fathered a parishioner’s baby.

According to the Miracle Arena website, registration for Sunday Sept. 6 services is open.

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Raneem Alozzi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @r_alozzi

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Will there be a twindemic? Fighting COVID-19 means fighting the flu – Ottawa Citizen

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The flu presents its own dangers. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are an average of about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu every year. Based on laboratory testing, there were 42,541 cases of seasonal influenza in 2019-2020.

“Everyone should get the flu vaccine this year,” Wilson said. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Concern about a potential twindemic is not overblown, epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong said.

“Most health care workers would say we’re barely managing in a normal flu season. We’re always on the verge of collapse. If you add COVID, we’re in big trouble,”  said Kwong, a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

“The biggest problem with how we view influenza is that there are other respiratory viruses circulating,” he said. “The flu is a whole bunch of viruses with a whole bunch of different presentations. They’re impossible to distinguish without lab tests.”

If people let down their guard on measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene, there will be a twindemic, Kwong said.

“If people keep having parties, we’ll have influenza. But, if you can control COVID, you can control influenza.”

It is also possible, but rare, to be infected with flu and COVID-19 at the same time. A study published in June in the Journal of Medical Virology found that, among 1,103 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID‐19 in three hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, six were diagnosed as also being infected with influenza. Co-infected patients have been reported in China, Germany, Iran,  Japan, Spain and the United States.

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Manitoba sees 29 new COVID-19 cases, warns of exposures on bus, at restaurants – Global News

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Manitoba public health officials have identified 29 new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday morning.

One case previously reported on Sept. 19 was removed from the case totals. This means the total net new cases today is 28, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,586.

  • 2 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
  • 3 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 1 case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud
  • 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region

Right now there are 354 known active cases and 1,216 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.






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There are currently 11 people in hospital and three people in intensive care, meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.

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Public health officials have sent a letter to parents about a possible exposure to COVID-19 at the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre Preschool at 505 Chalmers Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 14 in the morning and afternoon.

The province says based on the public health investigation, close contacts have been identified and contacted directly by public health officials with advice to self-isolate.

Health officials say the centre will remain open to all other children and staff, who can continue to attend the centre in person and the centre has closed off areas used by the infected person and will not use these areas until after the space has been cleaned.

Public Health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19:

  • Café La Scala at 725 Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Public health officials say the restaurant has been closed while case investigations are underway.
  • The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12. The province says the restaurant had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
  • XXI Lounge at 1011 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The province says the site had been closed while public health investigations were underway but has since reopened.
  • Winnipeg Transit, John Pritchard School Route S412 on Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from Headmaster/Mildred to John Pritchard School from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from John Pritchard School to Headmaster/Mildred from approximately 3 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

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Health officials say there has been a concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg, with many cases having large numbers of close contacts.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,216 on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 164,177.

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.9 per cent.

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Confirmed positive COVID-19 case at Holy Cross elementary school in Kemptville – Ottawa Valley News

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