New Brunswick Public Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today and all are in the Campbellton region (Zone 5).
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says these new cases are connected to the three cases previously announced in Zone 5.
The three new cases are an individual under age 19, an individual in their 40’s and an individual over age 90.
Dr. Russell believes there will likely be more cases in that region in the days ahead.
Public Health has placed Zone 5 back into the Orange Phase of recovery.
The current active cases appear to have a connection to a health care professional who worked at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and travelled to Quebec earlier this month and did not self isolate upon return.
“Information on this health care professional has been passed along to the RCMP to determine exactly what took place, and whether charges are warranted,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “I understand the person’s employer is also looking into the matter and I am confident the appropriate steps to address this incident will be taken.”
As a result, the emergency department at the Campbellton Regional Hospital is closed until further notice due to the increased risk of COVID-19.
While the rest of the province is now in the Yellow Phase of recovery, Higgs announced today that further reopenings in this phase which were scheduled for tomorrow – May 29 – will be delayed until next Friday, June 5.
Those reopenings are the following:
- Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 50 or fewer (June 5)
- Religious services, weddings and funerals of 50 or fewer (June 5)
- Increase in elective surgeries and other non-emergency health care services (June 5)
- Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks (June 5)
- Gyms, yoga and dance studios (June 5)
- Rinks and indoor recreational facilities (June 5)
- Pool halls and bowling alleys (June 5)
- Low-contact team sports (June 5)
Higgs has extended the provincial state of emergency for another 14 days.
Border restrictions will also remain in place until further notice.
Source: – country94.ca
Edited By Harry Miller
Health Unit declares second outbreak, this time in North Bay long-term care facility – BayToday
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says it has declared the second respiratory outbreak of the day in the district, this one at Waters Edge long-term care facility in North Bay. The Health Unit adds, “The causative agent is COVID-19.”
Earlier today, the Health Unit declared an outbreak at a Parry Sound facility.
In a release concerning this latest case, the Health Unit states, “The individual who tested positive is a staff member at the long-term care home. The individual is currently in isolation. No residents at Waters Edge have tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Our staff are working with Waters Edge to provide important public health direction,” says Dr. Jim Chirico, the district’s Medical Officer of Health. “It is important that we do our best to keep our older and more vulnerable individuals safe. We remind everyone in our district to continue to practice physical distancing, use a face covering when distancing is a challenge, use proper coughing, sneezing and hand washing etiquette, and isolate when having symptoms or if they have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19.”
The North Bay Parry Sound catchment area has experienced some of the lowest COVID-19 positive test rates in the province. In the district, the Belvedere Heights and Waters Edge outbreaks are the third and fourth documented in a retirement or long-term care facility since the pandemic was declared in March. The other two outbreaks in the district are considered “resolved.”
According to the Ministry of Health, “An outbreak in a Long-Term Care Home is declared with a single, laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member. When only asymptomatic residents and/or staff with positive results are found as part of enhanced surveillance testing of residents and/or staff, it may not be necessary to declare an outbreak. An outbreak may be declared over when there are no new cases in residents or staff after 14 days.”
The Health Unit reminds the public there is no specific treatment for COVID-19.
“It is important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms. The public needs to remain cautious. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself and call a testing centre to book an appointment.
The Health Unit says if you have additional questions about COVID-19, call the call centre at 1-800-563-2808 option 5 or for more information, click here.
Heath unit in Sudbury ordering use of masks in businesses, public transit effective July 8 – CTV News
Public Health Sudbury and Districts has issued an order mandating businesses in Sudbury to require customers to wear masks when they enter the property.
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, the medical officer of health, is also requiring passengers aboard city transit vehicles to wear masks. Both directive take effect July 8.
“The face covering requirement for commercial premises that are open to the public is in addition to the diligent work many are already doing to ensure physical distancing and hand sanitizers,” Sutcliffe said in a news release Friday. “Face coverings are extra protection to prevent COVID-19 spread, they also send a message that the wearer wants to protect others.”
She said the measures are in tandem with the gradual reopening of the province, which brings new risks of spreading the virus.
“Establishing common expectations about routine face covering helps reduce this risk now and will pave the way to successful Stage 3 re-opening,” Sutcliffe said. “It will also help protect us against a potential second wave in the fall and keep businesses and services up and running.”
As of July 8, city transit and businesses will have to have policies in place to stop people from entering if they are not wearing a face covering. The instructions are being issued under the authority of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Public Health Sudbury said.
Businesses don’t have to turn away customers
While commercial establishments are expected to use their best efforts to implement their face covering policies, there is no requirement that a business must turn away the customer not wearing a mask.
“This is in line with the ‘good faith’ enforcement framework of the Public Health Sudbury & Districts instructions, which builds on education and reminders,” the release said.
In the instruction letter sent out Friday, all employers are reminded of their ongoing responsibilities to maintain two metres distance between employees and clients, to screen employees and members of the public for COVID-19 symptoms, and to promote excellent hygiene practices including handwashing.
For the purposes of the directive, a face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face coverings such as a bandana, a scarf or cloth that covers the mouth and nose. Certain exemptions apply, for example, based on age or medical circumstances.
“I encourage everyone to be kind, patient, and respectful to one another,” Sutcliffe said. “How we navigate this pandemic is our individual and our shared responsibility. These latest instructions continue to count on everyone’s best intentions and my confidence is well placed. I fully expect we will show the province and the world how to do this right.”
Growing evidence shows the widespread use of face coverings decreases the spread of respiratory droplets, and expert opinion supports the widespread use of face coverings to decrease transmission of COVID-19.
Public Health is also reminding residents to follow public health guidance—wash your hands; cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; stay two metres apart from others; wear your face covering, and stay home when ill.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. People who are asymptomatic, who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19 are also encouraged to contact an assessment centre and get tested.
For more information please visit health unit’s website or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
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- Ensuring that appropriate accommodations and adequate essentials such as food, water, laundry, and cleaning supplies are provided to any farm workers in isolation.
- Ensuring workers have appropriate access to health care services and other supports.
- Implementing consistent work teams/groups to minimize number of contacts throughout the work day.
- Conducting active screening of workers on a daily basis.
- Maintaining physical distancing requirements as best as possible.
- Ensuring appropriate isolation of farm workers, when required, to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19, in alignment with current provincial guidelines.
- Ensuring that workers from any area where there is community transmission of COVID-19 have tested negative within 48 hours prior to beginning work.
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