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Health unit warns of potential COVID-19 exposure at two Windsor-Essex establishments – CTV News Windsor

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WINDSOR, ONT. —
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is informing the public of a possible risk of COVID-19 exposure at two businesses in the region.

The health unit says individuals positive for the virus attended Xanadu Gym in Tecumseh on Aug. 19, 20, 21, 25 and 26 and the Tim Hortons at 5775 Malden Road in Windsor on Aug. 25 while infectious.

WECHU says it is identifying close contacts of the positive cases through tracing efforts and will notify any close contacts directly to provide further direction. There is no known risk to anyone who attended the locations outside the specified dates.

“We understand that symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild and may be easily dismissed. It is imperative that the residents understand the symptoms of COVID-19 and continue to stay home when they are ill, take the online COVID-19 self-assessment and get tested for COVID-19,” Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Windsor-Essex medical officer of health said in a news release.

Both locations have taken the proper precautions and both businesses have voluntarily closed for cleaning.

The health unit says it is notifying the public because “there is a potential risk of COVID-19 exposure to the individuals who visited these locations on the specified dates.”

Those who visited Xanadu or the Malden Road Tim Hortons on the specified dates are being asked to take the online COVID-19 Self-Assessment, monitor themselves for symptoms, and if any symptoms develop to contact their primary care provider or go to an assessment centre.

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Sept. 21 update: One probable COVID-19 case identified in Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Post

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A Dalhousie University student has received an indeterminate COVID-19 test result.

Since the test result does not confirm the case is positive, it will not be included in the total COVID-19 case tally in Nova Scotia, the province said in its daily update.

The student, who lives off campus, was travelling outside the Atlantic bubble. They have been self-isolating since their return.

A COVID-19 test doesn’t differentiate between active virus and non-infectious virus fragments. So, an indeterminate test result could mean someone previously had COVID-19 and recovered, but non-infectious virus particles remain in their bodies. It could also mean that someone was tested before the virus is fully detectable.

Public health is treating the probable case as positive. In these situations, public health investigates whether the person had or is currently having COVID-19 symptoms. They also look into whether the person was recently exposed to COVID-19.

On Sunday, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs conducted 587 tests. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases, 87,928 negative test results, and 65 deaths. The last confirmed positive COVID-19 case was identified on Sept. 7.

Anyone who has is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last 48 hours one of the following symptoms should visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if they should call 811 for further assessment:

  • new or worsening cough
  • fever (i.e. chills or sweats)

Anyone experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening) should also visit the website: 

  • sore throat
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • headache
  • shortness of breath

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Probable COVID-19 case involving Dalhousie student announced Monday – HalifaxToday.ca

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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS
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As of today, Sept. 21, Nova Scotia has no active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified Sunday, Sept. 20.

The province is reporting one probable case of COVID-19 involving a Dalhousie University student who has received indeterminate test results. The student recently returned from travel outside the Atlantic Bubble, lives off-campus and has been self-isolating, as required.

Based on public health assessment, this case is being treated as though it is a lab-confirmed positive to ensure all precautions are taken.

Indeterminate test results do not provide a negative or positive. They may occur because someone previously had COVID-19 and the virus is still detectable in their system, or someone has been tested before the virus is fully detectable. In these situations, public health conducts further assessment, including whether someone had or has symptoms or was recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, to inform how the case is treated. Since probable cases are not confirmed to be positive, they are not included in the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 587 Nova Scotia tests on Sept. 20.

To date, Nova Scotia has 87,928 negative test results, 1,086 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and twenty-one cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing:
— fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Or:
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
— sore throat
— runny nose/ nasal congestion
— headache
— shortness of breath

When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .

Quick Facts:
— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Oct. 4

Additional Resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

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Toronto Public Health preparing for second wave of COVID-19 – 680 News

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New daily COVID-19 cases are looking very similar to when the virus brought our daily lives to full-on standstill.

The bulk of Sunday’s new cases came in Toronto and the Peel Region, but data suggests the York region now could also be an emerging hotspot with 38 infections that day alone.

Toronto Public Health is preparing for a resurgence of COVID-19, and on Monday will present the board of health with three possible scenarios of what a second wave could look like.

Scenario one would see peaks and valleys, which public health describes as a series of small waves, and could require a reinstitution of public health measures.

The second scenario warns of a large wave in the fall or winter and one or more smaller subsequent waves in 2021, which would require the reinstitution of lockdown measures in an attempt to reduce the spread of infection and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Scenario 3 predicts a slow burn, with no clear wave pattern. Public health says this would not require further lockdowns.

Monday’s meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

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