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Muskoka health unit aims to flatten 2nd COVID-19 wave with new rules – Muskoka Region News

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“In the first wave there was essentially the shutdown of the economy, and that greatly reduced the amount of movement of people participated in,” he said. “This time, we had the opening of the economy, we have people going back to work, certainly people going back to school.”

He noted a school case, for example, could have 30 or more contacts per case.

In addition to changes in communication with lower-risk contacts, the health unit has also, as of Oct. 6, ordered mandatory self-isolation for Simcoe and Muskoka residents, who are diagnosed with COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results, reasonably believe they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.


Failure to comply could lead to a $5,000 fine per day not isolated.

Gardner noted that, while most people comply with health unit direction on self-isolation, there have been enough who failed to comply to justify the order.

The order will stay in place until the health unit lifts it — and it could last until the pandemic is declared over.

Each case of noncompliance will be considered on an individual basis.

But the health unit seems to want to take every measure to reduce transmission of the virus, as the health system continues to experience pressure.

The provincial public health laboratory system, for example, continues to face backlogs in processing swabs and returning COVID-19 test results.

And demand for tests has led to new provincial restrictions on access to COVID-19 tests to prioritize those with symptoms, those notified by the health unit or COVID Alert app that they have been exposed to a confirmed case, and those who live or work in a setting with a COVID-19 outbreak, and pushed all assessment centres in Muskoka and beyond to by-appointment-only formats.

“The really critical thing is that people with symptoms self-isolate,” said Gardner.

He said he takes the second wave very seriously, as the latest provincial projections show the potential for infection and spread to become particularly severe, affect vulnerable populations such as long-term care homes, overwhelm the health system and increase mortality rates.

The most severe projection, he said, shows the potential for more than 1,000 cases per day by early to mid-October.

He noted such a scenario was critical to avoid and, while the health care system needed to be prepared, a collective effort is needed to reduce transmission and flatten the curve.

“People need to do what they can to reduce transmission, protect themselves and protect others,” he said.

That includes physical distancing, hand hygiene, mask use in public, at work or when you can’t physically distance for people outside your household, self-monitoring, and, when necessary, self-isolating and seeking testing.

“All of that is really important,” he said. “It is going to flatten the curve again, bring it under control again, to safeguard those who are most vulnerable.”

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Actual number of COVID-19 infections in Spain may have exceeded 3 million: prime minister

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The actual number of people infected with COVID-19 in Spain may have exceeded three million, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said at a press conference in Madrid on Friday.

Sanchez warned at the press conference that the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain is very serious, and that the most difficult months are coming.

Although the official data of the Health Ministry this week showed that the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded one million, the actual number of infections in Spain may have exceeded three million, Sanchez said, citing serological test data.

Spanish Health Ministry on Friday reported 8,293 new cases of the deadly virus in the previous 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1,046,132.

The death toll reached 34,752 as 655 new deaths had been reported in the past seven days as of Friday, according to the Health Ministry.

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B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active – Revelstoke Review

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B.C.’s run of days with more than 200 new COVID-19 cases continued Friday, with 223 new cases that brought the number of active infections to 2,009.

Hospitalizations in B.C. remained low, with 75 people in hospital, 24 in intensive care. There were no additional deaths associated with the novel coronavirus for Oct. 23.

Friday’s total is down from Thursday, Oct. 22, with the new positive test record of 274. That came from 10,398 total tests, twice the number of daily test results as a few weeks ago, a growth that has contributed to the higher total of positive tests reported each day.

The number of daily cases jumped to more than 200 this week as the final days of the B.C. election campaign wound down. Henry said the increase in infections is largely generated by wedding and funeral gatherings in the Fraser Health region, as well as some workplace exposures. The first official school outbreak involved three positive tests at a Kelowna school, but most of the latest cases are traced to community exposures such as parties and gatherings.

There have been two outbreaks in senior care facilities, Laurel Place in Surrey and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge. Four others have been declared over, leaving 16 long-term care or assisted living facilities and two acute-care wards with active outbreak protocols in place.

“In recent days, we have seen a number of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community and in long-term care facilities,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement. “Contact-tracing teams throughout our province are working around the clock to stop further spread, but it requires all of us to do our part to be successful in these efforts.”

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4 new coronavirus outbreaks in B.C., including 2 at private businesses – CTV News Vancouver

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VANCOUVER —
Public health teams are working to contain four more COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, including two at private businesses.

The other two were discovered at long-term care facilities in Metro Vancouver. Fraser Health said individual staff members tested positive at Laurel Place in Surrey and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Burnaby.

“Enhanced control measures have been put in place at each site. Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families,” the health authority said in a news release.

Visitors have also been temporarily banned at both facilities, and residents and staff are being screened twice per day.

The two community outbreaks were identified at the Coast Spas Manufacturing facility on 202 Street in Langley and the Pace Processing plant on 55 Avenue in Surrey.

Fraser Health said there has been evidence of “transmission among staff” at both businesses. So far, 10 employees at Pace Processing and 12 employees at Coast Spas Manufacturing have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials have ordered both locations to close as public health teams work with the operators to “strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies,” Fraser Health said.

Meanwhile, another four outbreaks at health care facilities – PICS Assisted Living in Surrey, Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre in Delta, Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence in Mission and Thornebridge Gardens Retirement Residence in New Westminster – have been declared over.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are 16 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, plus two in acute care units.

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