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COVID-19: What’s open and closed in B.C. as a result of the novel coronavirus – Goldstream News Gazette

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Canada, here’s what’s open, closed and not advised, especially in B.C.

As of Sunday, there were at least 313 cases in Canada, 73 of those in B..

Lush closes all stores

Natural bath, skincare and cosmetics retailer Lush announced Sunday it’s closing all 258 of its North American stores from March 16-29.

“We believe it’s our duty as an ethical business to do what we can to slow the spread of this virus and minimize the impact on our hardworking healthcare professionals,” the company said in a statement.

Universities and colleges go online

Thompson Rivers University became the latest institution to cancel face-to-face classes from March 16-20. The Kamloops university is just the latest to announce changes as a result of COVID-19. Earlier on Sunday, BCIT said it was moving classes online or suspending the ones that could not be moved from March 16-22. The University of the Fraser Valley paused all classes Sunday afternoon and SFU, UBC and the University of Victoria have all begun the move to remote learning for the rest of the term.

READ MORE: Thompson Rivers University cancels face-to-face classes this week

Starbucks turning to ‘to-go’ stores

The coffee shop chain will nix all seating and close some high-traffic stores to adhere to health official recommendations of social distancing.

READ MORE: Starbucks Canada to nix seating, closing mall, university-based stores due to COVID-19

All travellers asked to self-isolate

In a Sunday update, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam asked all travellers coming into Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. Canadians are also being asked to avoid non-essential travel and events larger than 250 people.

READ MORE: No travel ban, but all travellers asked to self-isolate as Canada hits 313 COVID-19 cases

West Coast Amusements suspends tour

Usually spring marks the beginning of carnivals and amusement parks from West Coast Amusements, but this spring will be different. The company announced it is putting all events on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: West Coast Amusements suspends carnivals, events due to COVID-19

Surrey closes all rec facilities

The City of Surrey is closing all recreational facilities, including libraries, ice rinks and pools to slow the spread of COVID-19

READ MORE: City of Surrey to close all recreational facilities due to COVID-19 concern

Fraser Health limits visitors

The health authority is bringing in stricter rules for how many people can accompany patients to its hospitals as it seeks to prevent outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

READ MORE: Fraser Health limits hospital visitors to slow spread of COVID-19

Schools close in Alberta but not B.C.

Alberta announced Sunday that it was cancelling all K-12 and university classes, as well as licensed childcare

READ MORE: Alberta to cancel school classes, licensed childcare to stop spread of COVID-19

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Got COVID-19 symptoms? Avoid snuggling with Fluffy and Fido, experts advise – CTV News

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Canadians who are sick with COVID-19 or suspect they have the virus are being warned to be careful around their pets and other animals.

“COVID-19 virus infections have become widely distributed in the human population. In some rare circumstances, some animals have become infected through close contact with infected humans,” says a statement on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association website.

The association points out that there is no evidence to suggest that animals infected by humans are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19 and that human outbreaks are driven by person-to-person contact.

But as a precautionary measure, it refers to recent recommendations from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency which say anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or those who are self-isolating due to contact with a COVID-19 case should follow similar recommendations around pets and livestock as they would around people.

That includes avoiding close contact with animals, good handwashing and avoiding coughing and sneezing on animals. It also means limiting your animal’s contact with other people and animals outside the household, and if possible, have someone else in your home care for your animals.

“Scientists are still trying to understand if and how (COVID-19) affects animals. This is an area that continues to be studied,” the CFIA website says, citing the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The organisation says on its website that evidence suggests COVID-19 emerged from an animal source, and that genetic sequence data shows it is a close relative of other coronaviruses in horseshoe bat populations.

But it says to date, there is not enough scientific evidence to identify the source or to explain the original route of transmission from an animal source to humans.

“Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals are playing a significant epidemiological role in this human disease,” the organization’s website states.

“However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (known as zoonotic diseases), it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.”

The Saskatchewan government said Sunday that anyone with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals.

“If there is already an animal in the household, that animal should remain in isolation along with the patient,” a provincial news release said.

The Bronx Zoo announced Sunday that one of its tigers tested positive for the new coronavirus. The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia – and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill – are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who wasn’t yet showing symptoms, the zoo said.

Despite warnings to avoid animals, the CFIA notes that if you’re not showing COVID-19 symptoms or self-isolating, taking walks with pets and spending time with them is still beneficial for both of you.

“Pets contribute to our overall happiness and well-being, especially in times of stress,” the agency’s website says.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published April 5, 2020.

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Coronavirus: Woman explains day-by-day symptoms of COVID-19 – 'literal fire in my lungs' – Express

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“Now, I can really understand and support the seriousness of just staying home, and not spreading this.

“It truly affects every person differently, and I consider myself to be very lucky to have it only last a couple of weeks, and some people it’s very mild, and some people die. You just don’t know, it’s literally a roll of the dice.

“So, if anything I can just say please stay home.

“I’ve done it. It’s like 22 days now, and I’m actually cool. It’s all good.”

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LFP's providing unlimited access to our COVID-19 coverage. Here's the latest: April 6 – The London Free Press

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The social and economic response to the coronavirus threat is changing by the hour in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. Here is a rundown of our latest coverage on the London-area fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic

The social and economic response to the coronavirus threat is changing by the hour in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. Here is a rundown of our latest coverage on the London-area fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic:

ICYMI: News from the weekend:

CORONAVIRUS CASES: THE NUMBERS

(*Figures for Southwestern Ontario as of Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 5 p.m.)

  • Ontario: 4,038 cases; 119 deaths
  • London and Middlesex County: 134 cases; five deaths
  • Oxford and Elgin counties (combined): 21 cases; two deaths
  • Brant County: 46 cases; one death
  • Chatham-Kent: 12 cases; one death
  • Sarnia-Lambton: 79 cases; eight deaths
  • Huron-Perth: 17 cases; one death
  • Grey-Bruce: 21 cases; no deaths
  • Windsor-Essex: 184 cases; three deaths
  • Regional case total: 514
  • Regional deaths: 21

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