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New COVID-19 cases climb as Ontario reports 525 new positive test results – TimminsToday

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Ontario’s COVID-19 new case count grew faster than its recovery count today.

Ontario Public Health reported 525 new lab-confirmed cases today and 439 recoveries.

The province is also reporting another 59 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The new cases are up by 100 over yesterday’s report of 424 new cases, but testing is lower with 10,852 tests completed for this report and 12,550 completed for yesterday’s report.

There are 6,282 tests awaiting results.

There are now 957 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 239 in intensive care and 187 patients on ventilators.

The province has reported a total of 15,381 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and has completed 253,040 tests. There have been 8,964 recoveries and 951 deaths. Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 5,610 cases of community transmission, 3,028 close contact cases, and 1,353 cases attributed to travel. The remaining 5,390 case transmissions are listed as pending.

There have been a total of 1,736 hospitalized through the course of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has reported 154 active outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes and 2,491 cases in residents, of those 705 residents have died. There are 1,205 cases confirmed in long-term care staff.

The ministry also reports there are 34 outbreaks now resolved at long-term care facilities in the province.

Ontario Public Health reports there are now 55 outbreaks at hospitals, 180 cases reported among hospital patients, and 181 cases reported in hospital staff.

Locally, today the Porcupine Health Unit reported one new case, which is linked to the outbreak at Timmins and District Hospital.

There have now been 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Timmins area.

In Northern Ontario, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has the highest number of confirmed cases, with 70. The Porcupine Health Unit, which covers Timmins and the surrounding area, still has the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in Northern Ontario. The rate there is 68.3 per 100,000 people.

According to today’s report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to April 27, the number of cases at other Northern Ontario health units, as well as the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population are:

• Algoma Public Health – 13 cases, rate of 11.4 per 100,000 population

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 14 cases, rate of 10.8 per 100,000 population

• Porcupine Health Unit – 57, rate of 68.3 per 100,000 population (59 cases actually been confirmed)

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts – 52 cases, rate of 26.1 per 100,000 population

• Timiskaming Health Unit – 12 cases, rate of 36.7 per 100,000

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 70 cases, rate of 46.7 per 100,000 population

• Northwestern Health Unit – 15 cases, rate of 17.1 per 100,000 population

According to the report, in Northeastern Ontario, there have been 148 confirmed cases, and the rate is 26.5 per 100,000 population. In Northwestern Ontario, there have been 85 cases and a rate of 35.8. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 103.5.

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Two more deaths, eight cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa while local resolved rate hits new high – OttawaMatters.com

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting two more local deaths related to COVID-19, but it’s also seeing a higher resolved rate of cases than ever before.

The local death toll is now at 240.

Eight new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the community on Thursday brings Ottawa’s total to 1,930 to date. Of those, 1,544 have been resolved, putting the city’s resolved rate at 80 per cent for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Due to a lack of community testing, OPH says the overall case count could be anywhere from five to 30 times higher than what has been recorded. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches is urging anyone with even the slightest of symptoms to get tested. Residents who are asymptomatic, but would like to be tested are also welcome at the assessment centre at Brewer Arena or at one of the COVID-19 care clinics.

There are 37 Ottawa residents with COVID-19 currently in hospital and 18 outbreaks in local institutions. 

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3 new coronavirus cases confirmed in New Brunswick connected to health-care professional – Globalnews.ca

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New Brunswick confirmed on Thursday three new active cases of the coronavirus that appear to have a connection to a health-care professional who worked in the Restigouche area.

The person travelled to Quebec earlier this month and did not self-isolate upon their return.

The new cases are of an individual under 19, another between 40 and 49 and the third over 90, who all reside in the Campbellton region.


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At Thursday’s press briefing, Premier Blaine Higgs said information on this health-care professional has been passed along to the RCMP to determine exactly what took place and whether charges are warranted.

“I understand the person’s employer is also looking into the matter and I am confident the appropriate steps to address this incident will be taken.”

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CEO of Vitalité Health Network Gilles Lanteigne said it has been contact-tracing since Wednesday afternoon and has so far tested 50 to 60 employees who had been in direct or indirect contact with the physician.

“We do the staff and the physicians that are under Vitalité and then probably help test the community contacts by doing over 100 tests,” said Lanteigne.

Campbellton Regional Hospital

As a result of the recent case of the health-care professional, the province announced that the emergency department at the Campbellton Regional Hospital is closed until further notice due to the increased risk of COVID-19.

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“Non-urgent or elective health-care services at the hospital have also been put on hold. For now, patients seeking emergency care are asked to visit the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst,” the province said in a statement.


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Higgs said many Zone 5 health-care workers and their families “are concerned about their potential exposure to the virus.”

“They are doing the right thing by getting tested and self-isolating until they have the results. Health-care workers in Bathurst are being asked to take on additional patients while their colleagues in Campbellton are unable to work,” he said.

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Back to Orange level

On Wednesday, Zone 5 transitioned back to Orange level under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

“The only reason we went back to Orange in that case (was) because we have a lot of contact tracing to do… so being very aware and needing to close the hospital in the region right now,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

So far, she said 811 has received many calls, and about 290 people will be tested.

“We have great capacity to do that.”


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In the meantime, Russell said the province could see transmission of the virus in other parts of New Brunswick if people have travelled to Zone 5 (Campbellton region) and did not maintain physical distancing.

Russell also noted that testing in the coming days will reveal a lot of information about the extent of transmission that may have taken place.

According to the province, the following rules apply to Zone 5 only:

  • A two-household bubble is permitted. Your household can join up with one other household if both households mutually agree. You must not have close contact with anyone else. You cannot join up with more than one household or bubble.
  • Non-regulated health professionals and businesses such as acupuncturists and naturopaths cannot operate at this time.
  • Personal services businesses such as barbers, hairstylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists and tattoo artists cannot operate at this time.

The province said officials from WorkSafeNB and the Department of Public Safety are in the area to ensure compliance.

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“They will closely monitor and assess the situation in the days ahead,” the province said in a statement.

All other zones in New Brunswick will remain at Yellow level.


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The state of emergency has also been extended for another 14 days.

Both cabinet and the all-party cabinet committee have approved the extension. New Brunswick has been under a state of emergency since March 19.

To date, 23,693 tests have been conducted in New Brunswick. There have been 126 confirmed cases. The number of active cases is six and 120 people have recovered from their illness. None of the active cases are in hospital.

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Three New COVID-19 Cases In Campbellton Region

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New Brunswick Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today and all are in the Campbellton region (Zone 5).

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says these new cases are connected to the three cases previously announced in Zone 5.

The three new cases are an individual under age 19, an individual in their 40’s and an individual over age 90.

Dr. Russell believes there will likely be more cases in that region in the days ahead.

Public Health has placed Zone 5 back into the Orange Phase of recovery.

The current active cases appear to have a connection to a health care professional who worked at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and travelled to Quebec earlier this month and did not self isolate upon return.

“Information on this health care professional has been passed along to the RCMP to determine exactly what took place, and whether charges are warranted,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “I understand the person’s employer is also looking into the matter and I am confident the appropriate steps to address this incident will be taken.”

As a result, the emergency department at the Campbellton Regional Hospital is closed until further notice due to the increased risk of COVID-19.

While the rest of the province is now in the Yellow Phase of recovery, Higgs announced today that further reopenings in this phase which were scheduled for tomorrow – May 29 – will be delayed until next Friday, June 5.

Those reopenings are the following:

  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 50 or fewer (June 5)
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals of 50 or fewer (June 5)
  • Increase in elective surgeries and other non-emergency health care services (June 5)
  • Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks (June 5)
  • Gyms, yoga and dance studios (June 5)
  • Rinks and indoor recreational facilities (June 5)
  • Pool halls and bowling alleys (June 5)
  • Low-contact team sports (June 5)

Higgs has extended the provincial state of emergency for another 14 days.

Border restrictions will also remain in place until further notice.

Source: – country94.ca

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