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
Interior Health officials are asking people who went to the Save-On-Foods pharmacy in Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Kamloops, B.C., on March 10, 13 and 14 along with March 16 to 21 to self-isolate following a positive case of COVID-19 at the store.
The authority is not saying when the case was discovered and tested or who the patient is, but that anyone who went to the store on those dates should self-isolate for 14 days “as an additional precaution,” according to a release.
It has also followed up with close contacts to the case to advise on self-isolation. A spokesperson for Interior Health says the confirmed case is doing well and isolated at home.
Interior Health wants people to start their 14 days of self-isolation from the day of their visit if it falls within noted dates and monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms.
If people who visited the store on one or more of the nine dates develop symptoms, they must stay at home for a minimum of 10 days until their symptoms resolve.
Meantime, the pharmacy and grocery store remain open and, according to Interior Health, are doing more to keep customers and staff safe from coronavirus. Those measures include signs about physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and Plexiglas barriers.
Interior Health says people who develop symptoms who had visited the pharmacy on the specific dates and have questions can call 811 or their health-care provider. Testing is not required for people who have mild respiratory symptoms.
The BC Centre for Disease Control says self-isolation means staying at home, not going to work, school or public areas. People in self-isolation are also asked to avoid public transit or taxis.
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Interior Health said that people should not be surprised that a case of COVID-19 was detected at a place like the Save-On-Foods pharmacy, as community transmission of coronavirus has been detected in communities across the region.
“All communities should assume COVID-19 cases are present and take appropriate precautions,” said the release.
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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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“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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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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