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Nova Scotia won't be restricting travel to New Brunswick, releases Halloween guidelines – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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HALIFAX, N.S. —

Nova Scotia is reporting no new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 

Four known active COVID-19 cases remain in the province with one person hospitalized in intensive care, the Department of Health and Wellness said in its daily update. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 401 tests on Tuesday. To date, Nova Scotia has 102,273 negative test results, 1,092 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. 

Numbers in the Atlantic bubble

Eight new cases were announced in New Brunswick on Wednesday, bringing the province’s active case tally to 90.

Most of the cases are related to two outbreaks in the Moncton and Campbellton areas.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said in a briefing Wednesday that he’s discussed the situation in New Brunswick with the province’s public health officials.

“Our colleagues tell us the cases are in known facility, family, or social group clusters. They have not identified community spread at this time,” said Strang.


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Since New Brunswick has not seen cases where the source of infection is not known, Strang said the risk of getting COVID-19 from travelling to or through the affected areas remains low.

“As a result, we’re not planning any changes to our border protocols or restrict travel between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia,” he said.

Nova Scotia Public Health will continue watching the situation in New Brunswick closely. Anyone who travelled to these regions should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and complete an online self-assessment or call 811 if necessary.

Strang added that people should continue following public health protocols, such as wearing masks, adhering to gathering limits, and hand hygiene.

No new cases were reported in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador on Wednesday. The number of active cases in the two provinces are three and eight, respectively. 

Halloween guidelines

With Halloween approaching, Dr. Strang said he’s concerned about adults getting together for Halloween parties more than trick or treating.

“Parties can happen, but they have to happen under strict requirements of limiting numbers, … adherence to physical distancing, non-medical masks and all other public health protocols.”

Before attending or hosting any event, people should assess their health status and that of their family. Anyone feeling unwell shouldn’t participate in parties or trick or treating.

“I’m strongly encouraging that anyone who’s going to celebrate Halloween that they do it with their family and close friends within a group of no more than 10,” said Strang.

House parties have a gathering limit of ten people. If it’s a community event, the maximum number of people who can gather is 50, both indoors and outdoors. Physical distancing should be maintained between people from different groups of ten.

Strang also emphasized that Halloween masks do not replace the need for non-medical masks.

Trick or treating will also look different this year. The group limit of ten also applies to children going door-to-door. It’s also encouraged that people go trick or treating outdoors, although it might not be possible if they lived in apartments.

“If people are doing trick or treating indoors, I would encourage them, especially kids to wear non-medical masks,” said Strang.

Kids are recommended to tap on the door with the back of their hand, rather than ring the doorbell or use the doorknob. Strang said the virus is more likely to be on the palm of the hand, so using the knuckles reduces the risk of COVID-19 spread.

“When you get home, it’s important that the first thing you do is have your kids wash your hands,” said Strang.

Using a hand-sanitizer through out trick or treating is also important, but there’s no need to disinfect the candy.

Strang said it’s more important than ever for people to make it clear that they’re not participating in trick or treating.

“Turn off the lights. Don’t have anything on your front porch,” he said. “Even if you put up a sign.”

People giving out treats should be healthy. Strang said a designated person should give out the treats. They could sit outside on their porch if the weather is nice.

“Either you have individual packages that are laid out on a table somewhere or have a bowl with tongs,” said Strang. “Do it in ways that minimize multiple hands touching things.”

The person giving out treats should wear a non-medical mask.

COVID-19 symptoms

Anyone who is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last 48 hours one of the following symptoms should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca  for a self-assessment:

  • new or worsening cough
  • fever (i.e. chills or sweats)

People should also visit the website if they are experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):

  • sore throat
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • headache
  • shortness of breath

People can also call 811 if they can’t access the website or if they wish to speak to a nurse. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate until they receive advice from Public Health on what to do next. 

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Peterborough Public Health holding virtual town hall meeting for parents – ThePeterboroughExaminer.com

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Peterborough Public Health is inviting parents and caregivers to join a live online conversation with medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra on Monday night when she will address frequently asked questions about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The free online event will take place on Monday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. using Microsoft Teams.

Questions for Salvaterra can be submitted in advance by email at info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca by Friday at 4 p.m.

Salvaterra will give a 15-minute slide presentation at the online event addressing many of the questions she’s heard frequently from parents about how to curb the spread of COVID-19 at school.

Participants will also be able to ask questions on the spot, using the online chat function.

The event will be recorded and later posted to the health unit website’s school reopening page.

“It should be an informative event, and I shall introduce you to our amazing school health team,” Salvaterra said Wednesday during her virtual weekly briefing about the pandemic.

She also said during that press conference that there were no institutional outbreaks as of Wednesday in Peterborough (including in schools).

“This is very impressive, considering how far into the school year we now are,” Salvaterra said.

Registration information is available on Eventbrite at eventbrite.ca/e/schools-covid-19-virtual-live-presentation-for-parents-tickets-126130747461

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NB Reports Fourth Death Related To Covid-19 – Huddle – Huddle Today

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FREDERICTON – New Brunswick health officials reported the province’s fourth death related to the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday.

The province said a person in their 70s died Wednesday in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) from “underlying complications, including Covid-19.”

“The loss of another person in our province related to Covid-19 is not news we ever want to have to share,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.

“I, along with all New Brunswickers, send sincere condolences to the family and friends of this individual, as well as to everyone who continues to be impacted by the recent outbreaks.”

The announcement comes just three days after the province recorded its third death related to Covid-19 on Sunday. The person in their 60s lived at the Notre Dame Manor special care home in Moncton.

Health officials also reported six new cases of Covid-19 and eight more recoveries on Wednesday for a total of 92 active cases.

All of the new cases are in Zone 5 and remain under investigation, said the province. They include one person under 19, one person in their 30s, two people in their 40s, one person in their 50s, and one person in their 60s.

Five people are currently in the hospital, including one person in intensive care.

“It has been difficult to witness the unfolding outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, in a statement.

Zone 1 (Moncton region) and Zone 5 remain at the Orange level under the province’s Covid-19 recovery plan.

It is anticipated that Zone 1 will return to the Yellow level on Friday while Zone 5 will remain at the Orange level.

Brad Perry is the news director with Country 94/97.3 The Wave, a Huddle content partner.

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St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto declares COVID-19 outbreak among ER staff – Sudbury.com

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TORONTO — Another hospital in downtown Toronto has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among its staff.

Unity Health says there are five active coronavirus cases among emergency room staff at St. Michael’s Hospital.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the health network says “no patient cases have been identified to date” and the risk of patient exposure is low.

However, it recommends anyone who visited the ER at St. Michael’s within the last two weeks to self-monitor.

The hospital is one of four in Toronto that have declared COVID-19 outbreaks in recent days.

The others are St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2020.

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