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Ontario reports 129 new COVID-19 cases but continues downward trend – CTV News

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TORONTO —
Ontario is reporting 129 new COVID-19 cases as the downward trend continues in the province.

The new cases bring the provincial total to 36,723.

“Locally, 27 of Ontario’s 34 public health units reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said Sunday. “Hospitalizations, ICU admissions have both decreased with the number of vented patients being relatively stable.”

Ontario also added three new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 2,719. The number of resolved patients also increased on Sunday by 112.

The 129 new cases comes after officials confirmed 130 infections on Saturday. On Thursday, 170 new cases were reported, the highest number noted in more than a week.

Where are the COVID-19 cases?

Twenty-seven of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all.

According to Sunday’s epidemiology report, 30 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, nine were found in York Region, 36 were found in Toronto and seven were found in Windsor-Essex, a region that has been grappling with outbreaks among migrant workers.

Nearly 90 per cent of new cases in people under 60

Of the new cases in Ontario, 97 are between the ages of 20 and 59. There are 18 patients who are 19 years old or younger and 14 patients who are over the age of 59.

The majority of total deaths to date have been reported in people over the age of 79. One person under the age of 19 who had COVID-19 has died in Ontario, but it is not clear if the death was caused by the disease or other health issues.

Eleven patients who died were between the ages of 20 and 39, while 111 were between the ages of 40 and 59, and 722 were between the ages of 60 and 79.

More than 1,800 people over the age of 80 have died of the disease.

COVID-19 testing in Ontario

In the last 24 hours, just over 25,726 COVID-19 tests were conducted by officials.

Ontario health officials have conducted nearly 1.7 million tests for the disease since the pandemic was declared.

More than 16,000 tests are still under investigation.

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No COVID-19 cases at Deerhurst – My Muskoka Now

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HUNTSVILLE, ON-Deerhurst Resort has confirmed that none of its staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after servicing a large group. 

Over the August long weekend, a large group of 30 visited the resort, but upon their return home, which is outside Muskoka, 11 of them tested positive for the virus. 

When the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was notified of the active cases, contact tracing led them to believe one staff member of the resort was a potential risk of contracting the virus. With this result of the employee testing negative for the virus, all outstanding concerns have been put to rest. 

“While we were hoping this would not happen, the possibility of COVID transmission is exactly why all of our stringent prevention measures have been in place since we re-opened,” said General Manager of the resort, Jesse Hamilton. “Everything from capping occupancy, fully disinfecting guest rooms after each departure, frequent sanitization, social distancing in all facilities and mandatory face coverings for staff in all areas of the hotel operation have proven effective, for which we are grateful.”

As the resort has been closely working with the SMDHU, the assessment of the contact risk and the high degree of compliance of infection control practises, has led to the green light being given to Deerhurst to stay open. 

Hamilton said they appreciate the concern of staff, guests and their community when hearing about the presence of COVID at the resort. 

She noted that until important facts were fully known, they didn’t want to add any potential misinformation or alarm to the situation. 

“We put our trust and confidence in the public health authorities from whom we took direction and in our safety protocols, which appear to have passed a test we never hoped to take.”

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More than 500 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Toronto strip club – CTV Toronto

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TORONTO —
More than 500 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 after visiting an adult entertainment club in Toronto, public health officials say.

According to Toronto Public Health, an employee at Brass Rail Tavern, located near Yonge and Bloor streets, has tested positive for the disease.

The employee worked at the facility on the following dates: Aug. 4 ( 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 5), Aug. 5 (8 p.m to 3 a.m. on Aug. 6), Aug. 7 ( 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 8) and Aug. 8 (7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. to Aug. 9).

“As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period,” officials said in a news release issued on Friday.

“There was no risk to anyone attending the Brass Rail Tavern outside of these dates and times.”

Toronto Public Health said they have followed up with all known close contacts of the employee and have asked those individuals to self-isolate for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test. Officials are also notifying customers directly through the establishment’s contact tracing log.

The Brass Rail Tavern is cooperating with public health to ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place, officials said.

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Approximately 550 people passed through the establishments on the dates the employee worked, Toronto Public Health said, and those individuals should visit the government’s website and use their COVID-19 assessment tool. They also say there is no need to self-isolate and “people can continue their routine daily activities if an individual remains healthy and does not develop symptoms.”

Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately contact Toronto Public Health, take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate.

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City warns hundreds may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Brass Rail strip club – CBC.ca

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The City of Toronto says about 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a downtown strip club earlier this month.

Toronto Public Health says it is notifying people who visited the Brass Rail Tavern at 701 Yonge St. about a potential exposure.

Officials say an employee who tested positive for the virus was at the club on these dates and times:

  • Aug. 4 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 5
  • Aug. 5 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 6
  • Aug. 7 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 8
  • Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 9

Public health says there was no risk to anyone who went to the club outside of those dates and times.

“As a precaution, [Toronto Public Health] is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period,” the city said in a news release.

Public health officials say they have followed up with “all known close contacts” of the person who tested positive, and asked those people to self-isolate for two weeks and go get tested.

They are also directly notifying people who gave their name and contact information to the club for its contact tracing log, according to a news release.

“The establishment is collaborating with [public health] to ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place in this setting, including staff and patrons wearing masks, infection prevention and control measures are in place, and appropriate physical distancing measures are followed,” the news release reads.

According to the city’s website, as of the afternoon of Aug. 12, 15,548 cases of COVID-19 to Toronto Public Health, while 14,132 people have recovered.

Health officials recommend that anyone who has symptoms or feels as though they may have been exposed to COVID-19 use the province’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

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