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HPE Public Health issues order to protect farm workers – Quinte News

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has issued an order to local farmers to help maintain the safety of workers through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Requirements under the order include:
  • Ensuring that appropriate accommodations and adequate essentials such as food, water, laundry, and cleaning supplies are provided to any farm workers in isolation.
  • Ensuring workers have appropriate access to health care services and other supports.
  • Implementing consistent work teams/groups to minimize number of contacts throughout the work day.
  • Conducting active screening of workers on a daily basis.
  • Maintaining physical distancing requirements as best as possible.
  • Ensuring appropriate isolation of farm workers, when required, to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19, in alignment with current provincial guidelines.
  • Ensuring that workers from any area where there is community transmission of COVID-19 have tested negative within 48 hours prior to beginning work.
Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Alexa Caturay says maintaining appropriate public health measures in farm settings is crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 in B.C.: Update on cases, deaths, outbreaks coming from health ministry – CTV News Vancouver

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VANCOUVER —
An update on how many new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours is coming from B.C.’s health ministry Friday.

The update will be delivered through a written statement in the afternoon.

Thursday’s briefing was given alongside a modelling update, with Dr. Bonnie Henry revealing a significant rise in cases amongst people ages 20 to 39 since B.C. entered Phase 3 of its restart plan. 

She also announced 78 new cases of the virus and a new community outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. 

Henry called on B.C. residents to be positive role models in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“Our actions make a difference,” Henry said. “Our actions can inspire others to do the right thing. We all need to be role models in our community, in our family, to use the tools that we have to support all of us and to keep our community safe. And we need to do it every single day.”

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Ian Holliday

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.  

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No COVID-19 cases at Deerhurst – My Muskoka Now

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HUNTSVILLE, ON-Deerhurst Resort has confirmed that none of its staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after servicing a large group. 

Over the August long weekend, a large group of 30 visited the resort, but upon their return home, which is outside Muskoka, 11 of them tested positive for the virus. 

When the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was notified of the active cases, contact tracing led them to believe one staff member of the resort was a potential risk of contracting the virus. With this result of the employee testing negative for the virus, all outstanding concerns have been put to rest. 

“While we were hoping this would not happen, the possibility of COVID transmission is exactly why all of our stringent prevention measures have been in place since we re-opened,” said General Manager of the resort, Jesse Hamilton. “Everything from capping occupancy, fully disinfecting guest rooms after each departure, frequent sanitization, social distancing in all facilities and mandatory face coverings for staff in all areas of the hotel operation have proven effective, for which we are grateful.”

As the resort has been closely working with the SMDHU, the assessment of the contact risk and the high degree of compliance of infection control practises, has led to the green light being given to Deerhurst to stay open. 

Hamilton said they appreciate the concern of staff, guests and their community when hearing about the presence of COVID at the resort. 

She noted that until important facts were fully known, they didn’t want to add any potential misinformation or alarm to the situation. 

“We put our trust and confidence in the public health authorities from whom we took direction and in our safety protocols, which appear to have passed a test we never hoped to take.”

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More than 500 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Toronto strip club – CTV Toronto

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TORONTO —
More than 500 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 after visiting an adult entertainment club in Toronto, public health officials say.

According to Toronto Public Health, an employee at Brass Rail Tavern, located near Yonge and Bloor streets, has tested positive for the disease.

The employee worked at the facility on the following dates: Aug. 4 ( 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 5), Aug. 5 (8 p.m to 3 a.m. on Aug. 6), Aug. 7 ( 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 8) and Aug. 8 (7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. to Aug. 9).

“As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period,” officials said in a news release issued on Friday.

“There was no risk to anyone attending the Brass Rail Tavern outside of these dates and times.”

Toronto Public Health said they have followed up with all known close contacts of the employee and have asked those individuals to self-isolate for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test. Officials are also notifying customers directly through the establishment’s contact tracing log.

The Brass Rail Tavern is cooperating with public health to ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place, officials said.

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Approximately 550 people passed through the establishments on the dates the employee worked, Toronto Public Health said, and those individuals should visit the government’s website and use their COVID-19 assessment tool. They also say there is no need to self-isolate and “people can continue their routine daily activities if an individual remains healthy and does not develop symptoms.”

Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately contact Toronto Public Health, take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate.

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