Stay home. It’s a simple message Manitoba’s premier and chief provincial public health officer have reiterated for weeks but not everyone is listening.
“This is disrespectful to each other,” Premier Brian Pallister said. “This is not what good citizenship looks like.”
The premier made the comments after social distancing questions were asked by Global News during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
On multiple occasions, and at different locations, Global News cameras observed groups of young people still playing basketball, football and gathering in large groups around the city.
On Tuesday evening, groups of young men were running drills on a football field in St. Vital and holding an impromptu football practice.
“Listen carefully, understand, this is real. This is not pretend. This is not a video game,” Pallister passionately pleaded. “You have the chance to save lives. Do it, listen and act accordingly and respectfully.”
The premier said young people in the province need to understand what previous generations have sacrificed in the past and given up for their safety.
“Understand that previous generations fought and gave up their lives to protect their fellow citizens,” he said. “In both the First (World) War and the Second (World) War young people did their part. They stood up and they did their part… and you have the chance to do your part now and protect yourselves, but protect other people, too.”
On Wednesday, Manitoba recorded another 24 cases of COVID-19, putting the provincial total at 127 cases.
Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin also said the province is seeing community transmission.
“I can confirm that public health officials are seeing early signs of community transmission in Winnipeg,” Dr. Roussin said. “Public health investigations have not been able to confirm if several cases have had any connection to travel or to other confirmed cases.”
Four people were in hospital as of Wednesday morning with three of those patients in the intensive care unit. One person has died from COVID-19 in the province.
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.
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Quebec reports one new COVID-19 death, 156 new cases – CTV News
There are now 5,696 people who have died of COVID-19 in Quebec, health authorities announced Monday, as confirmed cases in the province reached 60,627.
That’s up one from the total of 5,695 deaths reported Sunday; COVID-19 cases in Quebec rose 156 from the total of 60,471 announced a day earlier. Of the 156 new cases, 98 were recorded over the past 24 hours and 58 have been added due to a data adjustment, health authorities said.
This is the first time in the past month that the province has reported under 100 cases in a 24-hour period.
“I will tell you today, this is very good news for us,” said Health Minister Christian Dube during a press conference on Monday.
There are 157 people being treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals as of Monday, up one from the 156 reported Sunday. Of those in a hospital, 21 are in intensive care, down one from the 22 reported 24 hours earlier.
Recoveries have not been updated for days in the province due to a technical glitch, public health authorities say.
Quebec reported that it completed analyses of 13,600 COVID-19 tests on Saturday, down 2,493 from the 16,093 it completed a day earlier. (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior).
This is a breaking news story that will be updated.
Manitoba public health chief, health minister to give update on COVID-19 – CBC.ca
Manitoba’s chief public health officer and health minister will give the latest update on pandemic numbers in the province at 1 p.m.
News conference from Dr. Brent Roussin and Health Minister Cameron Friesen will be live streamed here
Manitoba’s chief public health officer and health minister will give the latest update on pandemic numbers in the province at 1 p.m. CT.
The news conference will be live streamed here and on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.
As of Sunday, Manitoba had 182 active cases of COVID-19, including 51 cases announced over the weekend.
There have now been 542 cases of the illness detected in Manitoba since the pandemic began. Eight people have died and 352 have recovered in the province.
Survey says Sarnia-Lambton residents following pandemic rules – BlackburnNews.com
Survey says Sarnia-Lambton residents following pandemic rules
August 10, 2020 7:03am
A survey of Sarnia-Lambton residents has found the vast majority are adhering to safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ipsos conducted the telephone survey between May and June on behalf of Lambton Public Health.
Of the 800 respondents, 90 per cent reported practicing COVID-19 preventative measures like maintaining physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. One in four people said their mental health has changed for the worse since the pandemic began, one in four also reported wearing masks in public, and eight in 10 said they were avoiding public areas and non-essential trips.
Four in 10 Sarnia-Lambton residents surveyed believe the media has exaggerated the extent of the pandemic, with men and those aged 18 to 34 more likely to agree.
Half of those surveyed said they get their COVID information from local radio and the hospital. Only 30 per cent are turning to their doctor’s office for credible information.
The study also found that 40 per cent of people had to either cancel or postpone appointments due to COVID-19, and certain groups including those who are unemployed, earn less than $30,000, or have poor mental health, are more vulnerable to the negative impacts of the pandemic.
About 68 per cent report being either very or somewhat worried about getting the virus, including 72 per cent of women surveyed.
Lambton Public Health said the results will be shared with stakeholders in many sectors including mental health, social services, workplaces, and schools.
For full survey details click here: https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Lambton-Public-Health_COVID-June-30-2020_Final.pdf
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