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Manitoba sets new record for highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, with 42 on Saturday – CBC.ca

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Forty-two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Saturday, marking the province’s highest single-day increase in new cases of the illness.

The previous record of 40 new cases was reached twice: first on April 2 and again on Aug. 14.

Twenty-four of Saturday’s new cases are in the southwestern Prairie Mountain Health region, the province said in a news bulletin. Starting Monday, people in that area will have to wear masks in public places and restrict gathering sizes to 10.

Those new restrictions come as the province moves the southwestern Manitoba region to the orange, or “restricted,” level in Manitoba’s new colour-coded pandemic response system. Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin made that announcement on Thursday.

That region also includes Brandon, which is the site of a COVID-19 cluster that had reached 66 known cases as of Thursday. Seventy employees at the city’s Maple Leaf Foods pork-processing plant have also tested positive for the illness as of Friday. At least 21 of the cases are linked to the Brandon cluster.

The province did not say whether the new cases in the region announced Saturday are linked to a cluster.

Another 16 of the new cases announced Saturday are in the Southern Health region while two are in the Winnipeg health region, the bulletin said.

The update brings the total number of active cases in the province to 290.

The test positivity rate is now 1.8 per cent, down slightly from two per cent on Friday. That rate represents a rolling five-day average of the percentage of COVID-19 tests done in Manitoba that come back positive for the illness.

Six people in Manitoba are in hospital with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, including one in intensive care, the bulletin said.

Twelve people with the illness have died in the province, including four in the last seven days.

To date, there have been 872 cases of COVID-19 identified in Manitoba and 570 people have recovered.

A new COVID-19 test site will open in Winnipeg on Tuesday at 2735 Pembina Hwy., the bulletin said. That site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Because the new site is opening, the one at Access Fort Garry, at 135 Plaza Dr., will be closed after 4 p.m. Monday.

On Friday, 1,849 tests for the illness were conducted in Manitoba, bringing the total number done in the province since early February to 124,140.

Public health officials are still asking people to get tested for COVID-19 only if they have symptoms of the illness and to do it as soon as possible once those symptoms appear.

Meanwhile, employers are being asked to send employees for testing only if they are symptomatic or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

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COVID-19: Quebec reports nearly 700 new cases as infections continue to surge amid beginning of second wave – Global News

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Health authorities reported 698 new confirmed COVD-19 cases on Saturday as the number of infections continues to surge in Quebec.

Seven more deaths were also reported, which occurred between Sept. 19 and 24. This brings the total COVID-19 death toll to 5,821 in the province.

Hospitalizations have gone up by 18 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 217 — 45 of which are in intensive care (up two from Friday).

According to public health’s latest data, 33,148 tests were conducted on Sept. 24. Quebec has so far administered 2,233,455 tests since the beginning of the health crisis.

Quebec has seen 71,005 positive novel coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Quebec asks citizens to stop social gatherings to ‘break’ second coronavirus wave

On Friday Quebec health officials asked all citizens to limit their social gatherings for 28 days as the number of novel coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to increase amid the second wave of the pandemic.

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“We’re asking you for a month of effort to break the second wave,” said Health Minister Christian Dubé.

The plea comes as the province surpassed the grim milestone of 70,000 cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 25.

The government also raised the alert level to orange for the entire Greater Montreal area, including the north and south shores. The designation calls for moderate alert and tighter restrictions for 82 municipalities.

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Dubé said the evolving situation in Montreal, which has been the epicentre of the virus’s outbreak in Canada, remains worrying as the second wave of the virus begins.

Quebec has not yet placed any regions in the red zone, the highest alert level which calls for stricter controls, but Dubé stressed everyone — regardless of where they live — must do their part to limit the spread of the virus and cap community transmission.

This means cancelling social outings such as dinners, parties and barbecues, he said, in order to avoid another surge in cases and a possible second lockdown. The government is not planning on closing bars or restaurants for now.

Dubé said the government is not planning on closing bars or restaurants for now, partly to avoid driving people to hold more private events.

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Toronto Public Health orders 3 King Street West businesses to close to slow COVID-19 spread – CBC.ca

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Toronto Public Health has ordered three establishments on King Street West to close to protect the public from COVID-19.

In a news release on Saturday, the public health unit said the establishments are:

  • MARBL, 455 King St. W.
  • King Taps, 100 King St. W.
  • Casa Mezcal, 291 King St. W.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health, issued the orders to the three businesses on Friday night under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) said a fourth establishment will also be forced to close once it is served with the order. It was not named in the release.

“These closure orders were undertaken based on Toronto Public Health investigations, including contact tracing data, which has shown that each establishment has not taken the necessary steps to sufficiently protect both the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19,” the news release said.

The public health unit said it found that many people were connected to more than one of the three businesses. In some cases, people infected with COVID-19 worked at more than one of the locations.

One business in particular served food buffet style, which is prohibited under provincial regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Another business has been uncooperative with investigations and impeded the investigation.

“Staff have also been found to be working while ill or pressured to work while ill,” the news release said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in the release that enforcement officials identified the specific businesses and the city is taking action to slow the virus in the city.

“I hope this enforcement will ensure we are protecting employees and customers. Thankfully the vast majority of residents and businesses in our city are doing the right thing and following public health advice. We need that cooperation to continue so we can defeat this virus,” Tory said.

Coun. Joe Cressy, who represents Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York and is chair of the Toronto Board of Health, said the city is trying to prevent new cases and enforcement is needed now.

“New data shows that unsafe social activity at a select number of bars and nightclubs is contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our city. That’s why our Medical Officer of Health is taking swift action to shut down four high-risk establishments until further notice,” Cressy said.

“Right now, we need to stop the spread of COVID and keep people safe, while also making it possible for kids to go to school, people to go to work and public services to operate safely.”

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Coronavirus in private school prompts class cancellations in Montreal – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
An elite Montreal private school is among those in Qubec forced to cancel classes after a COVID-19 outbreak.

Lower Canada College (LCC) in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) borough confirmed that six high school students and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

“Upon receiving the notifications, and in an effort to limit further transmission, the school acted immediately, in collaboration with public health and according to protocols,” the school said in a statement Friday night. “This has included asking ALL students in the affected cohorts to stay home and be tested for the virus. Teachers who were at moderate risk, as defined by public health, were also asked to be tested and quarantined as directed by La Direction regionale du sante publique de Montreal.”

According to Quebec’s list, there have been 489 schools with at least one confirmed COVID-19 case since the school year started, and there are 722 active cases.

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