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Nova Scotia Health Authority launches new mental health and addictions website – SaltWire Network

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SYDNEY, N.S. —

The Nova Scotia Health Authority mental health and addictions program has launched a new website where visitors can access information on common mental illness and harmful substance use conditions, and explore evidence-based tools and resources.

The website, MHAhelpNS.ca, features a wizard tool that guides visitors on a personalized journey. By answering a few short questions about their interest in visiting the site, they will be able to access free resources and tools that can help them manage their well-being or navigate them to the next step in their recovery.

“We are pleased to offer MHAhelpNS.ca as an online destination that has much to offer to support people and their mental wellness and recovery,” said Sam Hodder, senior director of the program. “To get us this far, we listened to Nova Scotians. Individuals, community support groups, health-care partners, staff and clinicians gave us insight. We wanted to ensure visitors to the site had every opportunity to learn more about mental illness, wellness and harmful substance use. We will continue to add new content over time.”

Should the visitor or someone they know need to access care, the website offers accurate, up-to-date information about services, contact information, locations and other resources in their community. Some portions of the website are available in French and the program will continue to add more French content.

“Having an online tool to access on your own time, and in your own way, will provide an important resource for Nova Scotians, especially for individuals living in rural areas,” said Susan Henderson, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Colchester East Hants branch.

“This new website can provide the basics of recovery and allow individuals to take charge of their mental well-being in a non-intrusive, self-directed manner. I am excited to see the impact of this excellent resource in our community. Learning about changes you can make to your lifestyle and environment can be enough for some individuals to improve their mental health.”

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Four new outbreaks, 41 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Alberta – CityNews Edmonton

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 41 new cases of COVID-19 within the province.

In the last 24 hours, around 7,200 tests have been conducted, with 41 of the tests coming back positive.

More than 7,400 Albertans have recovered from the virus, while 41 remain in hospital, and nine in ICU.

Hinshaw identified outbreaks linked to four restaurants in the Edmonton area.

There were 15 cases found associated with the Greta Bar, six at Earl’s Tin Palace, 10 at The Pint, and nine found at the Local on Jasper Avenue.

“Alberta Health Services is working closely with operates to facilitate testing and ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect public health,” Hinshaw said.

Anyone who may have recently visited the restaurants should seek testing, Hinshaw added.

With more locations opening, Hinshaw reiterated how easily the virus can spread.

She said that both Calgary and Edmonton have an area with more than 50 cases per 100,000 Albertans and that AHS is currently keeping a close eye on those locations.

Health officials continue to monitor the outbreak at a Calgary condominium building in the city’s East Village which is currently linked to 49 cases.

Hinshaw says an investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

“While we don’t know with absolute certainty at this point the cause of this, we are looking at various possibilities,” she said.

“One of the possible sources is high touch surfaces,” Hinshaw added.

Out of those 49 cases, 33 are currently active while 16 have recovered.

There are 549 active COVID-19 cases province-wide with the Edmonton zone holding 246 of those cases, while the Calgary zone has 233.

No new deaths were reported.

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Health unit temporarily shuts down Leamington farm operation over COVID-19 cases – Windsor Star

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Some workers also want to apply for an open work permit, he said, “because they don’t want to work under these conditions.” He said they cited living in bunkhouses with at least 20 other workers.

“A couple of workers told me they’ve been taking care of themselves, using masks, washing their hands, but if you share housing with 20 others it’s very tough to keep yourself safe.”

It’s too early to determine the impact of the shutdown on the farm, said Taylor.

“It will depend on what the plan is … how the workforce is isolated, what potential there is for any of the workforce to return to work,” she said. “But obviously when you’re dealing with a living crop, there’s always the possibility that the crop might perish if they’re not able to source replacement labour.”

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Nine Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex – AM800 (iHeartRadio)

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Another drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

The local health unit is reporting an additional nine cases as of Wednesday morning at 10:30am.

In a release, the health unit says, seven of those nine cases are from the agri-farm sector while one case is a health care worker.

There are now a total of 1,611 confirmed cases, 68 deaths and 893 cases resolved in Windsor-Essex. 

There are two outbreaks at long-term care homes and four workplaces have two or more cases.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed will hold his daily briefing at 9:30 Thursday morning.
 

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