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Waterloo Region closes in on 500 COVID-19 cases as testing continues to ramp up

Region of Waterloo Public Health has confirmed 487 cases of COVID-19 in the area as of Sunday, with 159 being resolved, and 25 deaths. Health officials say the increase in cases can be attributed to the increase in testing.

Over half of the cases in the region can be attributed to outbreaks at retirement homes and long term care homes. Public health reports Forest Heights Revera has 98 COVID-19 cases in residents, 39 in staff, and nine who have passed away as of Sunday. 

By the numbers (as of April 19):

  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 198 confirmed, 12 deaths, 51 resolved

  • Brant County: 74 confirmed, 3 death, 40 resolved

  • Huron Perth: 35 confirmed, 3 deaths, 9 resolved

  • Haldimand-Norfolk: 158 confirmed, 26 deaths, 30 resolved

University of Waterloo researchers developing COVID-19 vaccine delivered by nasal spray

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are working on a COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered through nasal spray, and used to both treat and immunize against the virus. While there is still plenty of testing left to be done and the work has not been peer-reviewed, the non-invasive vaccine is being designed to both treat and immunize against the virus.

A news release from the university says it will work by using what’s called bacteriophage, a process that allows a vaccine to replicate in bacteria that’s already in the body.

‘It can happen to you’: Kitchener woman, 25, describes being diagnosed with COVID-19

When a 25-year-old healthcare worker got a bad headache in mid-March, the last thing she thought of was COVID-19. Petra Kljaic-Rai says she started having symptoms in mid-March, and tried to alleviate her headache with over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol.

When the symptoms worsened she decided to get a test. Kljaic-Rai was working in an area that did not have patient contact, but was still diagnosed with the virus. She believes hers was the first cases of community transmission in the region.

Petra Kljaic-Rai posing for a photo

Police surround Brantford home with guns drawn during hours-long stand-off

Heavily-armed officers surrounded a building in a residential Brantford neighbourhood on Wednesday. Police say they were first called to the area of Darling Street around 6 a.m. for reports of a robbery.

The tactical unit took position around a home on Darling Street with guns drawn, asking anyone still inside the building to exit immediately. Around 9:30 p.m., Brantford Police tweeted the situation had been resolved.

Brantford police at a standoff

At The Crossroads Family Restaurant closing after 24 years

A longtime community-favourite restaurant in Elmira has announced it will close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At The Crossroads Family Restaurant announced the news on its website and Facebook page.

“The COVID-19 closure hit us at a particularly difficult time, and we are simply not able to weather this sudden and forced closure over the long term,” the announcement reads in part.

The restaurant had been serving Waterloo Region for 24 years.

At The Crossroads Family Restaurant

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Two deaths, eight new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa – CTV News



Two more residents of Ottawa have died due to COVID-19, while eight new cases of the virus have been detected.

Ottawa Public Health announced the new cases in its daily epidemiology update on Thursday afternoon.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ottawa on March 11, there has been 1,930 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 240 deaths.

Thirty-seven residents are currently in hospital for treatment of COVID-19.

The median age of the COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is 56-years-old. The youngest case involved a four-month-old.

Recovering from COVID-19

Ottawa Public Health says 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases are now resolved.

The report shows 1,544 people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.

There are currently 146 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

Source of COVID-19

Half of Ottawa’s 1,930 cases of COVID-19 are linked to an outbreak in a retirement home, long-term care home, group home, hospital or shelter.

Ottawa Public Health says 975 cases are linked to an institutional outbreak.

A total of 426 cases, 22 per cent, are linked to close contact with a known case or linked to a community outbreak.

The report shows 10 per cent of COVID-19 cases, 183 cases, are linked to community transmission of the virus.

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PoCo care home latest with COVID-19 outbreak, special team sent to Langley Lodge – CityNews Vancouver



PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130 — A resident at a long-term care home in Port Coquitlam has tested positive for COVID-19, while the Fraser Health Authority is taking extra measures to control further spread and deaths at Langley Lodge.

To date, 22 Langley Lodge residents have died from virus, more than at any other care home in B.C.

The first reported case of COVID-19 was at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, where 20 people died from the virus. The outbreak there involved 76 cases, but was declared over earlier this month.

RELATED: Two more Langley Lodge residents die from COVID-19

Nicola Lodge, a long-term care facility in Port Coquitlam, reported its first case Thursday.

The resident is in isolation, according to Fraser Health.

The health authority has implemented enhanced control measures at the site.

Fraser Health has also appointed a director of pandemic response at Langley Lodge.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has been challenging to control at Langley Lodge due to complex factors, such as the outbreak being on a behavioral stabilization unit,” Fraser Healths says.

“We have been working very closely with Langley Lodge and this decision was made to further support the facility leadership and staff.”

As well, Fraser Health has deployed an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation machine, along with infection control specialists, and additional nurses and care staff at Langley Lodge.

According to latest update from the lodge, 10 staff members, including two from the health region, have contracted the virus, while one resident remains sick. Of all the cases, 22 people have fully recovered.

As of Wednesday, the province reported 14 outbreaks remained active in long-term care or assisted-living facilities, as well as one in an acute-care unit.

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Playgrounds, outdoor facilities reopening across the Lower Mainland –



As the weather gets nicer, a number of municipalities in Metro Vancouver are re-opening playgrounds and parks that were closed because of COVID-19.


Starting Friday, the Vancouver Park Board will begin reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation amenities including skate parks, synthetic sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multi-sport courts, and 166 playgrounds.

The park board says playgrounds will be open across the city by Monday, June 1, in alignment with the Vancouver School Board’s resumption of in-class learning.

In recent weeks, the park board has reopened Fraserview, McCleery and Langara golf courses, VanDusen Botanical Garden, as well as tennis and pickleball courts.

Vancouver begins to reopen, tennis, pickleball courts


On Monday, 125 playgrounds throughout Surrey’s park system, and all playgrounds within the Surrey School district’s 101 elementary schools will be re-opened.

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The City of Surrey is also re-opening its skate parks.

New Westminster

In New Westminster, select playgrounds will start to reopen on Monday.

The first ones to reopen were identified based on their proximity to public washrooms where handwashing can take place both before and after using the playground.

The city says on Monday, June 1, playgrounds at Moody Park, Port Royal and Quayside Park will reopen, and playgrounds at Queen’s Park, Hume Park, Sapperton Park, Westminster Pier Park, and Grimston Park will reopen throughout the week. The remaining playgrounds will gradually reopen over the summer.

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All spray parks will remain closed until further notice.

Maple Ridge

City staff in Maple Ridge are asking everyone to stay off the playgrounds until Monday to allow staff to complete safety checks of each site before reopening.

The city has opened its skate parks, disc golf, running tracks, tennis courts, pickleball courts, sports fields, bike skills and lacrosse boxes for informal and casual use. This means they are not accepting bookings for organized practices or games at this time.

Portable washrooms will also be placed in parks and permanent public washrooms are reopening with enhanced cleaning protocols.

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The city says the following facilities remain closed:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Hammond Outdoor Pool
  • Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
  • Greg Moore Youth Centre

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Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam playgrounds, picnic shelters and outdoor fitness equipment in Gates Park and along the Traboulay PoCo Trail will reopen by the weekend.


As of June 1, Coquitlam will reopen its playgrounds, sport courts (including basketball, lacrosse and volleyball) and outdoor fitness equipment.

“A collaborative reopening of these facilities makes sense so that we’re all sending the same message to our communities,” said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart in a release. “In the same vein, we’re looking to our residents to cooperate by using these amenities safely and responsibly, and continuing to follow the direction of health officials.”

Port Moody

Port Moody will reopen its outdoor playgrounds, basketball and sport courts and the Westhill Park lacrosse box on June 1.


Anmore has recently reopened their playground and tennis courts, as well as the parking lot adjacent to Spirit Park.

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School District #43

Playgrounds at all School District #43 schools will reopen June 1.

“As children return to school, it will be important for them to be able to play outside to stay healthy and active,” said School District Supt. Patricia Gartland in a release.

Spray parks remain closed across the Tri-Cities, while sports fields are open for informal use only by small groups.

Public playgrounds closed in Lower Mainland to fight coronavirus


On Monday, playgrounds and basketball hoops in the City of Delta will reopen. This includes playgrounds on Delta School District property and basketball hoops shortly after.


All 125 playgrounds throughout the city’s park system and all playgrounds at the district’s 101 elementary schools will reopen Monday.

The City of Surrey is also reopening its skate parks. The following eight skate parks will be reopened for May 30 with physical distancing requirements and size limits for the number of users:

  • Bear Creek Park
  • Royal Kwantlen Park
  • Fraser Heights Park
  • Cloverdale Fairgrounds
  • South Surrey Athletic Park
  • Tom Binnie Park
  • Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex
  • Guildford Recreation Centre

Using playgrounds and outdoor facilities

Municipalities are asking everyone who wants to use the playgrounds and outdoor facilities to maintain two metres distance from others not in your household, to wash and sanitize your hands frequently, disinfect personal equipment before and after use, do not share equipment and to stay home if you are sick.

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