For the third day in a row, health officials in London and Middlesex are reporting no new coronavirus cases in the region.
Two people have recovered, according to the health unit, bringing the number of recoveries to 517.
A total of 630 people have contracted the virus in London and Middlesex during the pandemic, a vast majority — 585 — in London, Ont. Fifty-seven people have also died, a tally that has remained unchanged since June 12.
Three recoveries were reported on Monday, while one recovery was reported on Sunday. Saturday saw one new case and one recovery, while Friday saw two cases and two recoveries.
According to health unit figures, this recent stretch of no new cases is the longest since mid-March when three days passed between the region’s second and third COVID-19 cases being reported on March 12 and March 16, respectively.
Outside of London, Strathroy-Caradoc has seen 22 cases, while Middlesex Centre has seen 10, Thames Centre six, North Middlesex five, and Lucan Biddulph and Southwest Middlesex one each.
The region’s seven-day average for new cases stands at 0.57 per day as of Tuesday. Looking back 14 days to June 23, the average is 1.4. In comparison, the region’s seven-day average was 13 per day between April 1 and 7.
On Monday, the region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Chris Mackie, remarked during the health unit’s media briefing that London and Middlesex could be in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework by the end of the month.
“I think (we) could see a move to Stage 3 over the next two-to-three weeks. I would not be surprised at all to see that,” Mackie said.
“I also think that it’s likely the province will choose to do a regional approach as they did with the Stage 2 reopening.”
According to the province, Stage 3 will allow restaurants and bars to resume dine-in services, will permit performing arts shows and cinemas to operate with limited seating capacity, and will see casinos, gyms, and amusement parks reopen, all with public health measures in place.
According to the health unit, no outbreaks are currently active at long-term care and retirement homes in the region.
The last active outbreak was deemed resolved on Thursday at Westmount Gardens. At least three staff members had tested positive.
No less than 26 outbreaks have been reported locally, including 21 that have been at long-term care and retirement homes.
The facilities account for 180 of the region’s cases and 37 of its deaths.
Hospitalizations remain low in the region, according to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
While an exact tally isn’t known, the number of hospitalized cases is between zero and five, based on LHSC’s guidelines for releasing a tally.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London had no COVID-19 patients in its care at any of its facilities as of Tuesday.
Of the region’s cases, 112 have had to be hospitalized, including 31 who have needed intensive care.
The most recent case to be reported that required intensive care at some point was on May 27, according to health unit data.
Provincially, Ontario reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two new deaths.
The total number of cases now stands at 36,060, which includes 31,603 marked as resolved and 2,691 deaths.
The province is also reporting 177 newly resolved cases.
Ontario completed more than 15,100 tests for the novel coronavirus over the previous 24 hours.
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The number of people in hospital because of the virus increased slightly, while patients in ICUs and on ventilators decreased.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 28 of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 23 reporting no new cases at all.
The Ford government is set to introduce new legislation that will extend some pandemic emergency orders over the next year.
The bill will be introduced at Queen’s Park Tuesday afternoon, said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
The proposed law would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, with the law expiring a year after it’s passed.
Elgin and Oxford
One person has recovered from the novel coronavirus, officials with Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) reported Tuesday.
The cumulative number of cases remains unchanged at 85, of which 78 have recovered and five have died.
The health unit reported no new cases, deaths, or recoveries on Monday, reported one new case over the weekend and announced one death and one new case on Friday. It was the first death in the region since April 22.
Two active cases remain in the region, both in Elgin County — one in Dutton/Dunwich, the other in Malahide.
Overall, Elgin County has seen 41 confirmed cases of the virus, including 18 in St. Thomas, while Oxford County has seen 44, including 15 in Woodstock.
A total of three outbreaks have been reported, all since-resolved with no deaths.
At least 8,839 tests have been conducted in Elgin and Oxford counties, with 132 people still awaiting test results.
The test per cent positivity rate remains at one per cent.
Huron and Perth
No new cases, deaths, or recoveries were reported Tuesday by officials with Huron Perth Public Health.
The cumulative number of cases in the region remains unchanged at 58, with 52 recoveries and five deaths.
The health unit reported no new cases, deaths, or recoveries on Monday, and reported a new case on Friday. No update was issued over the weekend.
The lone active case in the region is in Perth County.
Fourteen cases have been reported overall in Perth, according to the health unit.
Elsewhere, 26 cases and four deaths have been reported in Stratford, 14 cases have been reported in Huron County, and four cases and one death have been reported in St. Marys.
The four Stratford deaths were linked to a since-resolved outbreak at Greenwood Court.
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The outbreak, which ended May 11, is among at least nine outbreaks that have been reported in the region during the outbreak. All have since resolved, with a total of 23 cases and four deaths reported.
As of Tuesday, 9,279 people had been tested in the region.
Sarnia and Lambton
One person has recovered from the novel coronavirus, officials with Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported late Monday.
The cumulative number of cases in the region remains unchanged at 286, of which now 259 have recovered.
Twenty-five people have also died, leaving two active cases in the region, according to the health unit.
Health officials reported no new cases, deaths, or recoveries late Sunday, and reported one recovery late Saturday and one case late Friday.
No people were being treated for COVID-19 at Bluewater Health hospital in Sarnia as of Tuesday morning.
The hospital hasn’t seen a COVID-19 patient in its care since June 14. A total of 57 people have been hospitalized in the county for the virus, with the most recent admission on May 31.
According to the health unit, 40 per cent of cases in the region are linked to outbreaks, while 36 per cent are from close contact of a positive case.
The region has seen eight outbreaks declared at seniors’ homes, largely in Sarnia, while one outbreak was declared at Bluewater Health after three staff members who worked in the hospital’s since-closed COVID-19 unit tested positive.
At least 19 staff have contracted the virus during the pandemic.
According to health unit figures, 22 per cent of cases involve health-care workers in the province.
People over the age of 80 make up a quarter of all cases, followed by people in their 50s at 16 per cent, people in their 20s at 14 per cent, and people in their 70s at 11 per cent.
At least 13,086 test results have been received by local health officials.
According to the health unit, 2.2 per cent of tests have come back positive as of late Monday.
— With files from the Canadian Press
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Manitobans to get more detailed regional breakdown of COVID-19 cases this week, says minister – CBC.ca
Manitobans can expect to get more details about where new COVID-19 cases are popping up by the end of the week, but it’s not yet clear how specific that information will be.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen said Monday the province will begin releasing more “nuanced” geographical breakdowns of where new cases emerge beginning later this week — a significant shift since the virus arrived in the province five months ago
Up until now, the province has generally only identified the regional health authority of new cases, occasionally offering more pointed information depending on the public health risk in those areas.
Moving forward those regions will be split down into finer zones or districts, said Friesen.
The impetus for the shift is that the province knows more now than it did in March when the coronavirus officially arrived in Manitoba, he said.
“We don’t think there’s any benefit in someone knowing that someone has COVID-19 that lives four blocks down from you or down the street, but it’s this balancing act of providing good information in a timely way to Manitobans and then of course on the other side making sure there isn’t a negative effect from over-identification.”
Another change that’s on the way is linked to hard-hit communities, said Manitoba’s chief public health officer.
Dr. Brent Roussin suggested that if things get out of control, certain communities in particular could see a return to past restrictions.
“As we move forward our approach is to not have widespread restrictions, take a much more surgical approach as any restrictions are required,” said Dr. Brent Roussin.
He said health officials don’t yet have anything too specific in mind. He didn’t share a possible timeline for region-specific restrictions.
But Roussin made the comments Monday after announcing 16 new cases and addressing a cluster in Brandon that has soared to at least 64.
Most of the active cases are in Prairie Mountain and Southern health regions.
There are early signs of community spread in Brandon, which is when health officials are unable to confirm where someone got the virus, but most of the clusters cases have a known source, he said.
That’s why Brandon hasn’t been hit with restrictions — yet.
“We’re certainly talking about Brandon where we see this cluster,” he said. “That area should be taking extra caution.”
Roussin acknowledged increasing enforcement is an option but he would prefer to see businesses, organizations and individual take actions now to prevent that.
“By messaging, by things that Manitobans have learned, this is our opportunity to live with the virus, not shut things down,” he said.
“It shouldn’t be necessary to have to enforce these things to protect the health of Manitobans, but we will.”
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Health officials reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days and no new deaths.
There were 50 cases from Friday to Saturday, 37 cases Saturday to Sunday, and 44 from Sunday to Monday.
The number of active cases in the province jumped from 386 on Friday to 445, an increase of just over 15 per cent.
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There are 4,065 confirmed cases of the disease in B.C. Of those, 3,425 patients have fully recovered, or about 84 per cent.
B.C.’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at 195 as the province has not recorded a death related to the virus since July 31.
Nine COVID-19 patients are in hospital, a decrease of two since Friday. Three of those patients are in intensive care, a decrease of one.
The province says 1,765 people are in self-isolation.
Health officials have repeatedly warned B.C. residents as more COVID-19 cases emerge from large social gatherings.
Three Vancouver police officers and two Vancouver police patrols are in isolation after breaking up an out-of-control party with more than 100 people attending, Ralph Kaisers, president of the Vancouver Police Union, said on social media on Friday.
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Kaisers told Global News the party took place in an apartment in downtown Vancouver in late July.
Between 16 to 20 officers are in self-isolation as a result, Kaisers said.
In addition, hundreds of people are now self-isolating following a house party in North Vancouver.
“The numbers of contacts related to that are in the 400 range,” B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Thursday.
People under the age of 40 make up a disproportionately large number of coronavirus cases in the Okanagan and throughout the wider Interior Health region, according to statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Forty-seven per cent of diagnosed cases in the Interior Health region involve people aged 20 to 40, compared to a provincial average of 34 per cent for the same age demographic.
The rise in coronavirus cases among young people is related to private parties in and around Kelowna, B.C., over the Canada Day long weekend, health officials have said.
— With files from Amy Judd and Shelby Thom
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Manitoba announces 16 more cases of COVID-19 on Monday – CTV News Winnipeg
Provincial health officials announced there are 16 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief provincial health officer, made the announcement Monday afternoon.
There have been 558 cases in Manitoba since early March.
Of the new cases announced, 11 are from the Prairie Mountain Health Region and five are from the Southern Health Region.
In the Prairie Mountain Health Region, one case is a male between the ages of 10 and 19, one is a woman in her 20s, four are men in their 30s, three are men in their 40s, one is a man in his 50s and one is a woman in her 70s.
In the Southern Health Region, one case is a woman in her 30s, another is a woman in her 40s, two cases are men in their 40s and one is a man in his 50s.
Roussin said many of the new cases are connected to a cluster of cases in Brandon, which currently totals 64. He said most are connected to close contacts but a small amount is being considered community transmission.
He also mentioned there are 22 cases of COVID-19 connected to a business in Brandon.
“These cases are self-isolating and contact tracing is underway to determine close contacts,” said Roussin. “The company is going beyond public health recommendations and is having a larger number of workers self-isolating than what was recommended.”
There are currently six people in hospital, three of which are in intensive care.
There are 196 active cases, and 354 people have recovered from the virus.
The death toll remains at eight.
Roussin said the current positivity rate is 1.59 per cent.
On Sunday, 1,364 tests were performed, bringing the total number of tests to 103,782 since early February.
Roussin said it is important for people who get tested to do so 24 hours after symptoms develop and not to wait.
“What we found was a number of our cases being tested many, many days after symptom onset. So by the time we were connecting with contacts, some of those contacts are already symptomatic.”
‘LACK OF CLARITY’
Following the health announcement, Manitoba NDP MLA Uzoma Asagwara, who is the critic for Health, Seniors, and Active Living, said there continues to be a “lack of clarity” when it comes to the information being released.
“Now what we are seeing is a reactive tendency that is not benefitting Manitobans. So, we are seeing these case numbers increase, we’re seeing clusters happening, we’re seeing obvious community transmission now at this point, and we are seeing a hesitation from the government to act quickly and act clearly,” said Asagwara.
They said situations in the province, like not closing the Maple Leaf plant or not mandating masks yet, shows the government is not using a proactive approach.
Asagwara said the government needs to get back to the house and put forward legislation that will help Manitobans worry less during this pandemic, such as implementing paid sick leave, which Asagwara said would help mitigate the risk of Manitobans contracting the virus.
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