As the number of reported cases of novel coronavirus continue to climb across the globe, even the slightest incident can spark rumours that run rampant on social media.
On Monday, a man was seen falling to the ground while waiting in line outside Richmond’s HK BBQ Master around noon.
The scene was caught on video and then shared on WeChat and Vanpeople, one of Vancouver’s largest Chinese language online forums.
Someone online suggested that the man might have novel coronavirus, and the rumour quickly spread.
HK BBQ Master was quick to state on its Facebook page that the man experienced a seizure due to a condition unrelated to any virus.
“What really happened was a man had withdrawals from substance abuse. He came with a group of friends to enjoy lunch and patiently lined up outside the store. Within three minutes of appearing at our store, that was when the withdrawal happened and caused him to experience seizures,” reads the posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
According to HK BBQ Master, one of the man’s friends was able to provide immediate medical care, and an ambulance arrived shortly to assist. The man is, reportedly, in stable condition now.
HK BBQ Master warned the public of the risk of spreading rumours and false information.
“Always be vigilant and aware when reading news on social media, and in general. Most try to raise readership with scandals, most report hastily without understanding details, (and) some post for likes and attention. The dangers of unknowingly reporting false information can cause harm to small family businesses like ours.”
The incident was also caught on the restaurant’s CCTV camera, and that footage has been shared on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Reverend Berechiah Lee, a friend of the man who collapsed, said his friend had a sudden epileptic seizure while waiting outside the restaurant, but his condition improved after being taken to the hospital.
“This accident is unrelated to HK BBQ Master,” Lee added.
Source: Vancouver Is Awesome
Edited By Harry Miller
COVID-19: Vancouver bar patrons may have been exposed to virus – Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Coastal Health is alerting bar patrons who were at Vancouver’s Hotel Belmont a week ago that they may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.
The VCH says individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 were at the hotel’s bar and nightclub on both June 27 and 29.
Bar-goers who patronized the Hotel Belmont, located at the corner of Nelson and Granville streets, on either of those nights are advised to monitor themselves for 14 days.
“As long as they remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and they should continue with their usual daily activities. If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended because it is not accurate or useful,” the VCH said in a statement.
“If you develop any of these symptoms of COVID-19, please seek COVID-19 testing and immediately self-isolate. Please call ahead and wear a mask when seeking testing.”
The VCH said there is no known risk to anyone who were at the Hotel Belmont outside these two dates.
30 Vaughan mushroom farm workers test positive for coronavirus: York health – 680 News
York Region Public Health says 30 workers at a Vaughan-area mushroom farm have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The health unit said the “workplace cluster” is at the Ravine Mushroom Farm, located on King Vaughan Road, which is in between Weston Road and Pine Valley Drive. They said they were first made aware of the situation on June 27.
Twenty-four of the individuals who tested positive for the virus are residents of the region, the health unit said in a notice on their website.
The outbreak is considered large, said Dr. Karim Kurjii, the medical officer of health for the region in a YouTube update Monday.
“We have one large outbreak at a farm and a few cases each at several farms in York Region,” he said. “These have been proactively identified with our hospital partners, in particular, South Lake Hospital.”
He added that public health inspectors have visited the sites.
“Our public health inspectors have been into these farms in order to give infection prevention and control advice to the farmers, as well as ensure the living conditions are adequate,” he said.
Kurjii did not list what other farms were experiencing these outbreaks.
York health said they conducted risk assessments on the infected individuals at the Vaughan site and determined that the risk to the general public is low.
London-Middlesex may enter Stage 3 of reopening near the end of July: MLHU – Globalnews.ca
London-Middlesex is on its way to enter Stage 3 of Ontario’s novel coronavirus reopening plan, according to London’s chief medical officer of health.
Dr. Chris Mackie said Monday that he’s hopeful the region will be given the green light to move ahead with the province’s reopening plan within the next few weeks.
“I think (we) could see a move to Stage 3 over the next two to three weeks. I would not be surprised at all to see that,” said Mackie.
“I also think that it’s likely the province will choose to do a regional approach as they did with the Stage 2 reopening.”
Mackie also commented on Leamington and Kingsville in Essex county entering Stage 2 as of Tuesday, saying it is a sign that “this region is really getting COVID-19 under control.”
According to the Province of Ontario, in Stage 3 the province will consider opening more workplaces, dine-in restaurants, and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, including playgrounds.
Casinos, fitness facilities and amusement parks are also on the list, all with added public health measures in place.
London-Middlesex has not seen any new cases of COVID-19 for two days in a row. The last reported death in the region related to the virus was June 12.
As of Monday, there are 630 confirmed cases in the region, which includes 57 deaths and 515 recoveries.
Coronavirus: Ontario health minister says there’s ‘hope’ for move to stage 3 soon
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