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Saskatchewan says new COVID-19 outbreak in two Hutterite colonies – The Chronicle Journal

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MAPLE CREEK, Sask. – Saskatchewan is dealing with a new COVID-19 outbreak.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it has declared an outbreak in two Hutterite communities in the Rural Municipality of Maple Creek.

The authority says two people in the area of southwest Saskatchewan initially tested positive for the infection last week.

Now it says an additional 14 confirmed positive cases were verified on Wednesday.

Health officials say contact tracing is underway in targeted areas of the rural municipality and cases are being investigated for connection to interprovincial travel to Alberta as well travel in the area.

Dr. David Torr, interim senior medical health officer, says people in the area should self monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and work with public health officials to prevent further spread.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2020

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Health unit temporarily shuts down Leamington farm operation over COVID-19 cases – Windsor Star

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Some workers also want to apply for an open work permit, he said, “because they don’t want to work under these conditions.” He said they cited living in bunkhouses with at least 20 other workers.

“A couple of workers told me they’ve been taking care of themselves, using masks, washing their hands, but if you share housing with 20 others it’s very tough to keep yourself safe.”

It’s too early to determine the impact of the shutdown on the farm, said Taylor.

“It will depend on what the plan is … how the workforce is isolated, what potential there is for any of the workforce to return to work,” she said. “But obviously when you’re dealing with a living crop, there’s always the possibility that the crop might perish if they’re not able to source replacement labour.”

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Nine Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex – AM800 (iHeartRadio)

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Another drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

The local health unit is reporting an additional nine cases as of Wednesday morning at 10:30am.

In a release, the health unit says, seven of those nine cases are from the agri-farm sector while one case is a health care worker.

There are now a total of 1,611 confirmed cases, 68 deaths and 893 cases resolved in Windsor-Essex. 

There are two outbreaks at long-term care homes and four workplaces have two or more cases.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed will hold his daily briefing at 9:30 Thursday morning.
 

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Nova Scotia’s presumed consent law for organ donation to go into effect on Jan. 18 – Globalnews.ca

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Nova Scotia announced Tuesday that its new Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act will come into effect on Jan. 18, 2021.

The goal is to allow more residents to donate their organs at their time of death through presumed or “deemed consent.”

Starting in January, unless a person explicitly denies donating, and the decision is recorded on their health card, they will be seen as agreeing to be a donor after death.

The province first passed the law in April 2019.

The announcement that the law will come into effect in January, means Nova Scotia will be the first jurisdiction in North America to have a presumed consent law.

READ MORE: Should Canada have presumed consent for organ donations? Here are the pros and cons

“Providing the opportunity for donation at end-of-life is an important part of optimal end-of-life care,” says Dr. Stephen Beed, the Medical Director of the Nova Scotia Organ and Tissue Donation Program.

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Beed told Global News that he believes this will make Nova Scotia a leader.

“I hope we have a system that provides some good in the middle of what’s otherwise nothing but bad news,” he said.

Beed said the new law will allow “better care for potential donor families and better care for people who are presently awaiting a transplant.”






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Nova Scotia legislature passes presumed consent law for organ donation

A news release says as of Monday, there are 108 Nova Scotians waiting for an organ transplant.

Last year, only 53 residents received an organ donation.

The province said in a news release, “a single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and a single tissue donor can help up to 75 people.”

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Organs that can be donated include kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and small bowel, according to the release. Donor tissues include corneas, sclera, skin, heart valves, bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.

There are several exclusions to the new law.

People who are under 19 years old, those without decision-making capacity and those who have lived in the province for less than a year, are exempt from deemed consent.






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N.S. to become 1st in North America to adopt presumed consent for organ donations

Beed says Nova Scotians are largely supportive of organ donation according to NSHA’s surveys.

The new system, he says, is designed to encourage donation but also support those who choose to not be a donor.

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Those who know they want to donate will still be able to indicate so through their health cards.

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The province will launch an awareness campaign in early July to inform residents of the upcoming changes to the Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act.

“This change will help more people get the good news they have been waiting for and ensure more potential donors have the chance to save and improve lives,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in the release.

Beed says he is proud of the new system and that Nova Scotia has a unique opportunity to be the first to do this as the rest of the country takes note.

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