An Ontario man is urging Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously after he was hospitalized and suffered waves of debilitating symptoms since he first contracted the disease in June.
Stephe Lawson said he initially tested negative for coronavirus after he had come into contact with a co-worker who had gotten the virus in June. Even though his results were negative, Lawson said he didn’t want to take any chances so he stayed at his family’s trailer to protect his wife and children.
“[It] turned out to be a good call,” he told CTV News Channel from his home in Innisfil, Ont. on Saturday. “Because even though I was confirmed negative at that time, my health took a rapid downhill spiraling effect and by that Monday, I was in the hospital.”
As he recovered in hospital in Orillia, Ont., Lawson said he received another test a few days after he was admitted and this time it was positive.
Lawson’s wife, Christie, said that was a very difficult time for their family because her husband’s health had deteriorated so quickly.
“In the beginning, actually, we didn’t know from one day to the next, if he was even going to make it,” she said. “To stand there and watch your husband and trying to explain it to our young daughters, who are only six and four, that we couldn’t be with daddy, we couldn’t see daddy…”
Christie Lawson said her husband’s illness turned her family’s life “upside down.”
“[To] watch my husband go through what he was going through, trying to keep the house, the kids, everything going, and try to be strong,” she recounted. “But mentally and physically, even still today, it takes a big toll on me.”
Since Lawson’s hospitalization, he said he’s suffered a relapse a few weeks ago, which he said was caused by overexertion.
“In all honesty, every day’s been a struggle since I was positive,” he said. “It’s been a battle.”
In light of his experience with the disease, Lawson warned Canadians to be cautious and considerate during the pandemic.
“Just please take it seriously,” he said. “Just do the simple thing of wearing a mask. If everyone could just take that measure, it’s a small measure, but it’s such a respectful measure to help one another out. That helps our front-line workers as well because they’re amazing.”
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Alberta confirmed 1,440 COVID-19 cases from over the weekend and seven additional deaths.
The cases are: 364 on Friday, 572 on Saturday and 504 on Sunday. The Saturday case number is another record for the province.
That’s identifying, on average, 480 COVID-19 cases over the weekend, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health.
She said one of the challenges is to find a balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions.
“This requires us to keep the spread of COVID-19 manageable. We’ve now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we’ve been seeking,” said Hinshaw.
The government imposed new temporary mandatory limits Monday – of 15 people – at most social gatherings for the City of Calgary and Edmonton.
In total, 118 people in Alberta are in hospitals with 16 in intensive care.
The total number of active cases in the province sat at 4,477 Monday afternoon up 826 from Friday’s 3,651.
The number of active cases in the central zone jumped to 162 from Friday’s 126. There are three people in hospital in the local zone with none in intensive care.
To date, there have been 953 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the local zone with 783 recoveries.
The deaths were in Edmonton and Calgary zones. The virus-death toll is at 307.
The City of Red Deer’s active cases sits at 39 up from Friday’s 31.
A letter was sent Monday to families alerting them of a positive case of the virus at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer.
On Monday, Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School was on province’s watch list.
Red Deer County had 10 active cases Monday afternoon, two in Town of Sylvan Lake, six in Lacombe County, one in the City of Lacombe, 45 in Ponoka County, two in County of Wetaskiwin, and 11 in City of Wetaskiwin.
There were two active cases in the Town of Olds, three in Clearwater County, five in Kneehill County, four in Camrose County, six in City of Camrose and one in Town of Drumheller.
There are no active cases in Mountain View County, Starland County and County of Stettler.
One of the challenges of the increasing active case numbers is it creates pressure on COVID-19 response including contact-tracing, said Hinshaw.
She said Alberta is also challenged between polarizing views on the virus: on one hand “we have to drive to zero cases” and on another “COVID is a mild illness for most so we should let it spread freely and pursue herd immunity.”
“COVID is a novel disease that is not just the flu,” Hinshaw said. “It has the ability to overwhelm our health system and weaken essential services if we let it do so.”
She encouraged Albertans to maintain respectful dialogue and to not let COVID-19 divide the province.
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There were 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Alberta over the weekend. That prompted Dr. Deena Hinshaw to re-introduce limits of 15 people or less at social gatherings, saying we have now “crossed a tipping point.” Julia Wong has the details from Monday’s health update.
St. Albert's COVID-19 active case count hits 124 – St. Albert TODAY
The number of St. Albertans currently diagnosed with COVID-19 grew to 124 cases over the weekend, marking the first time the city’s active case count has risen above 100.
This represents an increase of 33 people from Friday, Oct. 23. A total of 269 St. Albertans have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 to date. Of those, 143 people have recovered. Two people have died.
The province reported 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, including a record 572 cases reported on Saturday. With this increase, Alberta announced on Monday new mandatory limits on gatherings of up to 15 people in Edmonton and Calgary.
“I don’t ask that you fear COVID-19, but that you respect it. COVID is a novel disease that is not just the flu – it has the ability to overwhelm our health system and weaken essential services if we let it do so,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, during Monday’s update.
“Respecting COVID-19 means taking public health advice seriously, and not only taking care of ourselves, but also our communities by preventing transmission,”
There are currently 4,477 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of those, 2,179 active cases are recorded in the Edmonton zone. To date, 20,949 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
There are 118 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 16 in intensive care. There were seven additional deaths reported since Oct. 23.
There are 276 active cases and 1,306 recovered cases at continuing care facilities. Of those, 186 residents have died.
Over the last two weeks in Edmonton and Calgary, social gatherings made up just 15 per cent of all outbreaks, but almost a third of all outbreak-related cases, Hinshaw said. Meanwhile, workplace outbreaks made up about 15 per cent of outbreaks and outbreak-related cases.
Just six per cent of all COVID-19 cases in those aged 5 to 19 since Sept. 1 have been acquired at school, Hinshaw said. This indicates schools are not a main driver of community transmission, but rising community transmission is resulting in more school exposures, she said.
Hinshaw said the province is in a “crucial” stage right now to reduce the rate of growth of COVID-19 cases.
“You have heard me say many times that we need to achieve a balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions,” she said.
“This requires us to keep the spread of COVID-19 manageable. We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking. This weekend’s COVID-19 numbers tell the story clearly. We identified on average 480 cases of COVID-19 per day over the weekend.”
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