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N.S. tightens isolation rules in wake of COVID-19 cluster in Halifax's Clayton Park area – CBC.ca

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Nova Scotia tightened its isolation requirements Monday as a cluster of new COVID-19 cases was identified in a Halifax neighbourhood, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 16.

Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said nine cases were identified in the Clayton Park area.

In light of the recent cases, Premier Stephen McNeil said travellers coming into Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces would have to isolate away from family and friends, as new COVID-19 cases continue to be identified among close family contacts.

Previously, travellers could isolate with family or friends as long as physical distancing was ensured and a separate bathroom was used. Other individuals in the home did not need to self-isolate but had to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Premier Stephen McNeil said he’s concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. (Communications Nova Scotia)

Strang said if travellers don’t have the accommodations to isolate alone, everyone in the household must also isolate.

“People need to understand that if they’re taking people into their home … they are imposing a full 14-day isolation on themselves and the rest of their household members,” he said, adding that also includes children in the home.

The change does not affect rotational workers, specialized workers, people who have exceptions to attend a funeral or be with an immediate family member, and people who are exempt from self-isolation under the public health order, such as military, police, first responders, truckers and flight crews.

Cluster in Clayton Park

McNeil said he’s concerned about the rising number of cases in the Central Zone, especially in the Clayton Park area, which also includes Rockingham, Kearney Lake, Bayer’s Lake and Lakeside.

One new case in the zone was reported Monday and was identified as a close contact of a previously reported case, according to a provincial government release. 

Strang said Public Health was working to identify possible contacts in the area, as several exposures were announced over the weekend, including:

  • The Bitter End Martini Bar and Restaurant on Argyle Street in Halifax on Nov. 2 from 9 p.m. to close.
  • All Nations Full Gospel Church worshipping at Saint Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road., Halifax on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. 
  • Montana’s BBQ and Bar on Chain Lake Drive in Halifax on Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. to close.

Anyone who was at these locations has been asked to call 811 to set up a test, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Strang said Public Health was also working to make testing faster for those that may have been exposed at these locations by setting up a mobile testing unit in the Clayton Park area and giving testing priority to those who were at these three locations.

Two new possible exposures

On Monday, Public Health also warned people of two new possible COVID-19 exposures in Bedford, including:

  • Sobeys Mill Cove, 961 Bedford Hwy. on Nov. 6 between 8-10 p.m. 
  • NSLC Mill Cove, 955 Bedford Hwy. on Nov. 6 between 8-9 p.m. 

Anyone at these locations during these times have been asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Those exposed at these locations may develop symptoms up to, and including, Nov. 20.

Other alerts issued

Public Health alerted Nova Scotians about multiple potential exposures of COVID-19 in the Halifax area:

  • Gahan House at 5239 Sackville St. on Nov. 4 from 7:45-11:45 p.m.
  • Halifax Transit Route 59 from Portland Terminal to Alderney Terminal on Nov. 4 from 1-2 p.m. 
  • Braemar Superstore at 9 Braemar Dr. on Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Fit4Less Bedford at 1658 Bedford Highway on Nov. 3 from 7:30-11 p.m.
  • Canada Games Centre on Thomas Raddall Dr. on Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • BMO Soccer Centre at 210 Thomas Raddall Dr. on Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dollarama in Scotia Square Mall between Oct. 27-30 between 12-3 p.m.
  • WestJet Flight 254 on Oct. 30 that departed 9:45 p.m., and arrived in Halifax at 1 a.m. AT on Oct. 31. Passengers in rows 39 to 45 in seats A, B, and C should call 811 for advice.
  • Sobeys Clayton Park at 287 Lacewood Dr., on Nov. 3 between noon-1 p.m.
  • Air Canada Flight 622 on Oct. 30 that departed Toronto at 6:40 p.m. and landed in Halifax at 9:41 p.m. AT. Passengers in rows 16 to 23 in seats D, E, and F should call 811 for advice.
  • Chrismaria Family Restaurant on Commercial St. in New Minas between 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 24.

‘We’re not here to judge’

Strang said anyone who receives a call from Public Health is reminded to be honest about where they’ve been to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

“We’re not here to judge, we’re just here to help people,” he said. “Our only priority is to contain the spread of the virus and we can only do that if people are honest with us about the details of where they might have been and who they’ve been in contact with.”

Five cases that were listed as active on Sunday are no longer considered active.

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A government news release said Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 658 tests Sunday, although due to a technical issue, the number does not include some tests from labs outside of the Central Zone. The numbers will be updated when that information is available.

So far, Nova Scotia has had 1,129 positive cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital.

The latest numbers from around the Atlantic bubble are:

  • New Brunswick reported one new case Sunday. It had 24 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case Sunday. It had seven active cases. 
  • P.E.I. reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, both related to travel outside the Atlantic bubble. It had two active cases.

Symptoms

Anyone with one of the following symptoms should visit the COVID-19 self-assessment website or call 811:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.

Anyone with two or more of the following symptoms is also asked to visit the website or call 811:

  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.
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80 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Death, 2 New Outbreaks In Windsor Essex As Of Saturday – windsoriteDOTca News

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced 80 new cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, bringing the local total to 3,941.

Cases increased from 3,864 on Friday December 4th to 3,941 on Saturday December 5th and 427 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex.

Saturday’s 80 new cases is the highest daily increase in cases since June 28th.

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The Health Unit says 9 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 2 cases are community acquired, 2 cases are agri-farm workers, 1 case is a healthcare worker, and the origins of 66 cases are still being investigated.

They say 3,431 people locally have recovered (an increase of 73 recoveries today).

There has been one new death from COVID-19 in Windsor Essex as of Saturday bringing the local death toll to 83. The Health Unit says a man in his 80s from the community passed away.

As of Saturday, the Health Unit lists 28 hospitalizations: 21 people in acute care (1 new today), and 7 people in the ICU with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Thirteen hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one new outbreak and five long-term care/retirement homes remain under outbreak:

  • Devonshire Retirement Residence (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case (new outbreak today)
  • Chartwell St. Clair Beach (Tecumseh) has 1 resident case and 0 staff cases
  • Village of Aspen Lake (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case
  • Chartwell Royal Oak Residence (Kingsville) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Leamington Mennonite (Leamington) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Riverside Place (Windsor) has 17 resident cases and 3 staff cases
  • Iller Lodge (Essex) has 18 resident cases and 3 staff cases

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one new outbreak and eight other workplaces remain under outbreak:

  • 3 outbreaks at agri-farms in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Lakeshore
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Windsor (new today)
  • 1 outbreak at a finance and insurance workplace in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Windsor
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Kingsville
  • 1 outbreak at a place of worship in Leamington

School Outbreaks

As of Saturday, three schools remain under outbreak:

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School – Central Park Athletics Campus
  • W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School
  • Frank W. Begley Public School

Community Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there is one community outbreak:

  • Victoria Manor

Hospital Outbreaks

As of Saturday, there are two hospital outbreaks:

  • Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
  • Windsor Regional Hospital

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Alberta enters Friday with COVID-19 highs in daily and active cases, hospitalizations – CTV Edmonton

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EDMONTON —
After setting new records for daily and active cases and hospitalizations multiple times this week, Alberta broke yet another COVID-19 milestone on Friday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,828 cases of the disease from more than 17,200, equalling Alberta’s highest positivity rate of the pandemic so far: 10.5 per cent.

“This positivity rate is a grim milestone and one that should concern us all,” the chief medical officer said.

“I want to stress the seriousness of the rise in cases numbers we are seeing, and how crucial it is that we reduce the spread and bend the curve back down.”

There are now 18,243 coronavirus cases in Alberta, with 99 of 533 hospital patients in ICU.

The province also reported 15 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the fatal count to 590.

Hinshaw encouraged Albertans to behave this weekend, avoid crowds and opt for curbside pickup, if possible.

 “By resisting the urge to socialize this weekend and limiting your close contact with others, you are not only protecting yourself and those closest to you from the virus, but you are playing a critical role in helping to break chains of transmission, which can save lives.”

FIELD HOSPITALS AND CONTACT TRACERS

Alberta Health Services is hiring more contact tracers and planning for the scenario of having to open field hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary in case they need more bed space as cases and hospitalizations see a sharp rise.

AHS president and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, who joined Dr. Hinshaw in Friday’s briefing, said there isn’t a current need for these pop-up hospitals and called it a contingency plan.

“It is clear that Alberta’s healthcare system is under significant stress, given the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province and AHS must prepare for all scenarios. This plan is part of our ongoing proactive pandemic response planning and is one of several initiatives that will ensure our healthcare system can meet increased demand caused by COVID-19.”

AHS is also still looking to hire more contact tracers to keep up with new cases. It currently employs 900 and wants to double up that number by the end of the year.

When new infections saw a large increase in recent weeks, Hinshaw did away with contact tracers calling every new case and asked them to prioritize vulnerable Albertans.

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65 New Cases Of COVID-19, 2 New Outbreaks In Windsor Essex As Of Friday – windsoriteDOTca News

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced 65 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 3,801.

Cases increased from 3,801 on Thursday December 3rd to 3,864 on Friday December 4th and 424 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex. They say four recent cases have been transferred to other health units.

The Health Unit says 5 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 2 cases are community acquired, and the origins of 58 cases are still being investigated by the Health Unit’s staff.

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They say 3,358 people locally have recovered (an increase of 54 recoveries today).

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 82.

As of Friday, the Health Unit lists 27 hospitalizations: 20 people in acute care (3 new today), and 7 people in the ICU (2 new today) with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Fourteen hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

As of Friday, there is one new outbreak and five long-term care/retirement homes remain under outbreak:

  • Chartwell St. Clair Beach (Tecumseh) has 1 resident case and 0 staff cases (new outbreak today)
  • Village of Aspen Lake (Windsor) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case
  • Chartwell Royal Oak Residence (Kingsville) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Leamington Mennonite (Leamington) has 0 resident cases and 2 staff cases
  • Riverside Place (Windsor) has 17 resident cases and 3 staff cases
  • Iller Lodge (Essex) has 18 resident cases and 3 staff cases

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Friday, there is one new outbreak and seven other workplaces remain under outbreak:

  • 3 outbreaks at agri-farms in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Lakeshore
  • 1 outbreak at a finance and insurance workplace in Leamington
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Windsor
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Kingsville (new today)
  • 1 outbreak at a place of worship in Leamington

School Outbreaks

As of Friday, three schools remain under outbreak:

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School – Central Park Athletics Campus
  • W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School
  • Frank W. Begley Public School

Community Outbreaks

As of Friday, there are two community outbreaks:

  • Riverplace Residence
  • Victoria Manor

Hospital Outbreaks

As of Friday, there are two hospital outbreaks:

  • Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
  • Windsor Regional Hospital

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