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Province records 14 new cases of COVID-19, releases numbers on active youth cases – battlefordsNOW



“The first thing we need to recognize is that schools in general reflect the community, so if community transmission rates remain extremely low (then) we expect to see very few cases in school.”

Seven people are in hospital receiving inpatient care. Four patients are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina, and two are in the South West.

Of the total cases, 291 are travellers, 944 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 564 have no known exposures and 128 are under investigation by local public health.

Across the province, 73 cases are healthcare workers (although not all sourced their infections from work). There are 331 cases involving people aged 19 years old and younger.

There are 634 cases in the 20 to 39 age range, 589 in the 40 to 59 age range, 309 in the 60 to 79 age range and 64 in the 80-plus age range.

Fifty-one per cent of cases are females and 49 per cent are males.

There are 24 deaths related to COVID-19 reported to date.

There are:

  • 444 cases are from the south area (224 south west, 201 south central, 19 south east)
  • 393 cases are from the Saskatoon area
  • 359 cases are from the far north area (350 far north west, 0 far north central, 9 far north east)
  • 279 cases are from the north area (132 north west, 79 north central, 68 north east)
  • 264 cases are from the central area (176 central west, 88 central east)
  • 188 cases are from the Regina area

To date, 193,006 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province, with 2,211 performed yesterday.

Testing is available to anyone who requests it, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

During the week of Sept. 14, asymptomatic testing opportunities were available at three Saskatchewan high schools. Of the 987 tests completed, the positivity rate was zero per cent.

Youth numbers

There is one active case for a youth in the Far North region’s sub-zone Far North West 1. That region includes the following locations:

  • Beauval
  • Buffalo Narrows
  • Canoe Narrows
  • Cole Bay
  • Ile-a-la-Crosse
  • Jans Bay
  • La Loche
  • Michel Village
  • Patuanak
  • St. George’s Hill
  • Turnor Lake

There is another active case in the Central Region’s Central East 1 sub-zone. That zone includes the following communities:

  • Alice Beach
  • Annaheim
  • Bruno
  • Bulyea
  • Chamberlain
  • Dilke
  • Drake
  • Duval
  • Englefeld
  • Etters Beach
  • Glen Harbour
  • Grandview Beach
  • Govan
  • Holdfast
  • Humboldt
  • Imperial
  • Island View
  • Jansen
  • Lanigan
  • Lake Lenore
  • LeRoy
  • Manitou Beach
  • Middle Lake
  • Muenster
  • Nokomis
  • Pilger
  • Quill Lake
  • St. Benedict
  • St. Gregor
  • Simpson
  • Spalding
  • Strasbourg
  • Sunset Cove
  • Watrous
  • Watson
  • Wee Too Beach
  • Young
  • Zelma

There are 34 active cases in children and youth in the province. To review the weekly youth monitoring report, click here.

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Manitoba to give COVID-19 update as new Winnipeg restrictions begin – CTV News Winnipeg



The Manitoba government is set to give an update on COVID-19 cases in the province on Monday, Oct. 19.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

This news conference comes as new restrictions take effect in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region amid growing case numbers. These restrictions include reducing gathering sizes to five people for both indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings, and closing beverage rooms, bars, live entertainment facilities, casinos and bingo halls.

Over the weekend, Manitoba announced 129 new COVID-19 cases – 85 on Saturday and 44 on Sunday, as well as two more deaths. This brings the province’s death toll to 40 people.

Currently, there are 1,675 active cases of the disease in Manitoba, 1,436 of which are in Winnipeg, which is under code orange restrictions.

Since March, there have been 3,302 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

This is a developing story, more details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Danton Unger and Mason DePatie.

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New Winnipeg restrictions take effect today



Amid rising COVID-19 case numbers, the Manitoba government has issued more targeted restrictions for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, which come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19.

These new rules include:

  • Reducing gathering sizes to five people for both indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings. This excludes household members for private gatherings inside a home;
  • Closing beverage rooms, bars, live entertainment facilities, casinos and bingo halls;
  • Limiting capacity at restaurants and lounges to 50 per cent. Tables can be no more than five people with two-metre distancing;
  • Limiting retail businesses to 50 per cent capacity. Food courts and common areas must adhere to the five-person group size limit;
  • Reducing the number of spectators at sporting activities and after-school events to 25 per cent of a site’s capacity;
  • Reducing capacity at museums, galleries and libraries to 50 per cent. These facilities must also collect all attendees’ contact information; and
  • Gyms and fitness centres must collect all attendees contact information. Everyone at a gym or fitness centre must wear a mask, unless they are doing physical activity.

These restrictions will remain in place for two weeks, at which time the province will reassess the rules.

“At two weeks we are going to need to either extend them or draw back – so we want to make it really clear that the intent of this is strictly time-limited,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, at a news conference on Friday, Oct. 16.

These new restrictions are in addition to the current rules in place for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, which includes mandatory masks in all indoor public spaces.

The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region has been under orange or restricted levels on the pandemic response system since Sept. 28.

“These restrictions will all be enforceable under the law,” Roussin said.

“We’ve issued fines in the past when required and we will be looking at ways of stepping up enforcing efforts in the coming weeks.”

As of Sunday, Oct. 18, there are 1,436 active COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg, the highest of any region in the province.

– With files from CTV’s Danton Unger.


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Nova Scotia businesses won’t survive another year of COVID-19 restrictions



The Canadian Federation of Independent Business say many Atlantic Canada businesses are on the brink of bankruptcy.

According to their most recent study, 59 percent of Nova Scotia businesses would struggle to survive another year of COVID-19 business restrictions.

Jordi Morgan, Vice President of the Atlantic region for the CFIB, told NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show that without continued government support, many  businesses in the province will slip below the surface, according to research CFIB has been conducting on business revenues ever since the pandemic began.

“In Nova Scotia, we’re looking at about only 33 percent normal or better,” said Morgan of businesses’ revenues compared to before the pandemic began. “So that means the remainder are below that.”

According to Morgan, the sectors most impacted are arts, hospitality and natural resources industries.

He added the most recent figures show 8 percent of businesses in the province are actively considering bankruptcy or winding down.

With the current revenue projections, only about 35 percent of Nova Scotia businesses would survive the year with their current earnings.

Morgan says the provincial government needs to get creative and ease business restrictions to make life easier for buisnesses as they brace for a potential second wave of COVID-19.

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