For the third day in a row, the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) reported no new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The latest results come as 633 tests were processed at London assessment centres Monday.
No new deaths were reported in Middlesex-London, with the total standing at 57. The last person to die of the virus in the region was a woman in her 90s from a retirement home on June 10.
The numbers out of local seniors’ facilities are also looking up with the MLHU reporting no outbreaks at any of the region’s long term or retirement homes.
While the latest results show promise, London Mayor Ed Holder tweeted Tuesday, “Friendly reminder: this is no time to get complacent.”
Based on numbers released today by <a href=”https://twitter.com/MLHealthUnit?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@MLHealthUnit</a>, London has now had three straight days with ZERO new cases of <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#COVID19</a>. This is the longest stretch of zeroes we’ve had in <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LdnOnt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LdnOnt</a> since the onset of the pandemic. Friendly reminder: this is no time to get complacent.
The low case counts come as 1,231 people have been swabbed at the Oakridge and Carling Heights assessment centres since Saturday.
Health unit issues mask orders
London’s medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie officially issued two orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act Tuesday that will require face coverings to be worn at personal care establishment, and on public transit, taxis and ride shares. The orders will come into effect on July 20.
The province previously mandated employees and patrons to wear masks at establishments such as hair and nail salons on June 11. The order around riding the bus or taking a taxi will require everyone over 12 years of age to wear a face covering, such as a medical or non-medical mask, bandana, scarf or cloth that covers the nose, mouth and chin.
“The reopening of our region has made it more challenging to maintain physical distance in some settings and businesses, increasing the potential for people to come into close contact for periods of time that can lead to a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission,” sais Dr. Mackie in a statement.
“These Orders are being put in place to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks of COVID-19, as we have seen in other Ontario communities, even where the rate of illness was otherwise low.”
Failure to comply with the orders can result in fines up to $5,000. Businesses can be fined up to $25,000 for each day on which an offence occurs.
COVID-19 across the region and beyond
Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported no new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The regional total remained unchanged at 85 cases, with 77 resolved and five deaths.
Across Ontario, 112 new cases were reported Tuesday.
Twenty-eight of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer new cases, while 23 of those 28 confirmed no additional cases at all, according to tweets from Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
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As B.C. deals with a surge in coronavirus cases, a new poll finds residents are more likely than their provincial counterparts to say they want to see tighter restrictions.
The Angus Reid Institute poll, published Thursday, found Canadians in the four Atlantic provinces were the most satisfied with their region’s pandemic restrictions, while those in B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba were more likely to say they want tighter restrictions in order to keep COVID-19 spread down.
While nearly half of British Columbians (48 per cent) say the restrictions in B.C. are “about right,” 14 per cent say “they go too far” and 38 per cent say they “don’t go far enough.”
That compares to just 28 per cent overall of Canadians who think there should be tighter restrictions. In Manitoba, that number climbs to 40 per cent, while in Atlantic Canada it’s just 19 per cent.
Provincial health officials announced 85 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the third-highest one-day total since the coronavirus came to British Columbia.
Wednesday’s updated numbers from Dix and Henry include one new death — the province’s first in 12 days. 196 people have died from the coronavirus in British Columbia.
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press
Albertans growing less satisfied with provincial COVID-19 response, new survey says; 76 new cases – Calgary Herald
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There are some signs the worrying trend could be abating, including Alberta’s announcement Thursday that there were 76 new cases of the coronavirus in the province, down from 121 Wednesday.
The new cases were the result of about 7,750 tests, equivalent to a one per cent positive rate. They bring Alberta’s running total since the start of the pandemic to 11,969, including 10,713 people who have now officially recovered from the virus.
Active cases in Alberta dipped slightly Thursday to 1,036, with more cases in the Alberta Health Services Edmonton zone (475) than any other provincial health region. The Calgary zone has 314 active cases.
A total of 220 Albertans have now died of COVID-19 after the province reported three new deaths Thursday. One death was of a woman in her 80s at Edmonton’s Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre, bringing that facility’s toll from the virus to 29, the most of anywhere in Alberta.
The other two deaths were of a man in his 90s at the Heimstaed Seniors Lodge in La Crete, about 670 kilometres north of Edmonton, and another man in his 90s who lived in the Central zone and was not connected to any continuing-care site.
Alberta’s hospitalizations stayed steady Thursday, with 50 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, 12 of whom are receiving treatment in intensive-care units.
Aside from the unsteady case numbers, Angus Reid also indicated that the province’s plan for a return to school for K-12 students in September may be partly responsible for the dipping approval rate. Parents and teachers have heavily criticized the plan from Alberta Education, saying measures are insufficient to protect students and teachers given large class sizes and stagnant funding.
76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, 3 additional deaths – Global News
Alberta Health said Thursday that an additional 76 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the province, as well as three additional deaths.
A woman in her 80s from the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre has died, marking the 29th death at that location.
A man in his 90s from Heimstaed Seniors Lodge in the North zone and a man in his 90s from Central zone also died. The man from the Central zone was not linked to a continuing care centre, Alberta Health said.
Alberta has now had 220 deaths related to COVID-19.
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The Edmonton zone continues to have more cases than any other zone in the province as the number of active cases in that city climbed slightly to 475 on Thursday.
There were 314 active cases reported in the Calgary zone, 88 cases in the Central zone, the South zone had 52 cases and there were 104 cases reported in the North zone.
Three active cases weren’t assigned to a particular zone.
There were 50 Albertans in hospital, with many of those (21) in the Edmonton zone. Of those in hospital, 12 were in intensive care.
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To date, the province has performed 793,114 coronavirus tests and 10,713 Albertans have recovered from the virus.
The numbers reflect results reported by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
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