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Toronto Public Health orders 3 King Street West businesses to close to slow COVID-19 spread – CBC.ca

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Toronto Public Health has ordered three establishments on King Street West to close to protect the public from COVID-19.

In a news release on Saturday, the public health unit said the establishments are:

  • MARBL, 455 King St. W.
  • King Taps, 100 King St. W.
  • Casa Mezcal, 291 King St. W.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health, issued the orders to the three businesses on Friday night under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) said a fourth establishment will also be forced to close once it is served with the order. It was not named in the release.

“These closure orders were undertaken based on Toronto Public Health investigations, including contact tracing data, which has shown that each establishment has not taken the necessary steps to sufficiently protect both the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19,” the news release said.

The public health unit said it found that many people were connected to more than one of the three businesses. In some cases, people infected with COVID-19 worked at more than one of the locations.

One business in particular served food buffet style, which is prohibited under provincial regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Another business has been uncooperative with investigations and impeded the investigation.

“Staff have also been found to be working while ill or pressured to work while ill,” the news release said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in the release that enforcement officials identified the specific businesses and the city is taking action to slow the virus in the city.

“I hope this enforcement will ensure we are protecting employees and customers. Thankfully the vast majority of residents and businesses in our city are doing the right thing and following public health advice. We need that cooperation to continue so we can defeat this virus,” Tory said.

Coun. Joe Cressy, who represents Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York and is chair of the Toronto Board of Health, said the city is trying to prevent new cases and enforcement is needed now.

“New data shows that unsafe social activity at a select number of bars and nightclubs is contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our city. That’s why our Medical Officer of Health is taking swift action to shut down four high-risk establishments until further notice,” Cressy said.

“Right now, we need to stop the spread of COVID and keep people safe, while also making it possible for kids to go to school, people to go to work and public services to operate safely.”

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Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases, another hospital outbreak – The Sudbury Star

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Ontario is reporting 841 new cases of COVID-19 today as another Toronto hospital declared an outbreak.

Canada’s most populous province also recorded nine more deaths from the virus.

Two hundred and seventy people are in hospital, including 74 in intensive care and 48 on ventilators.

The Scarborough Health Network says six patients are infected in one unit at its general hospital in the city’s east end.

St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have also declared outbreaks among staff or patients.

Meanwhile in Quebec, a union is calling for the Olymel pork processing plant southeast of Quebec City to close after 40 workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus

One worker died Wednesday after testing positive the day before, but Olymel says it’s unclear whether the worker’s death was caused by the novel coronavirus.

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Quebec reports another quadruple-digit COVID-19 case count, 20 new deaths – Squamish Chief

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A COVID-19 outbreak at a Quebec pork-processing plant grew Thursday as Manitoba expanded its restrictions and Alberta announced a testing pilot at two international border crossings that it hopes will eventually boost its ailing travel industry.

Olymel said 62 workers at its plant southeast of Quebec City had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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The union representing plant workers is calling for a temporary closure, but the company says it is following guidance from public health officials who have not recommended a shutdown.

One worker died following a positive test result, but it wasn’t yet determined whether the death was due to the novel coronavirus.

Quebec, the province hardest-hit by COVID-19, reported 1,033 new cases Thursday and 20 additional deaths. Five hundred and fifty-three people were in hospital, including 101 in intensive care.

Premier Francois Legault said chances are slim restaurants in Quebec’s largest cities will be allowed to reopen this month as the province continue to report daily case increases in the quadruple digits.

Montreal and Quebec City have been under a 28-day partial lockdown since Oct. 1.

“At this time, we need to reduce even the risk of contact because we cannot afford to continue having about 1,000 new cases every day,” Legault said.

Manitoba reported four COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday in its deadliest day yet.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, announced 147 new cases — 87 in Winnipeg, where more restrictions on restaurants, pubs and gathering sizes came into effect this week.

He said the measures will also apply to the northern health region and Churchill starting next week. Extra measures are being put in place for schools in the Winnipeg area and the north starting Monday, including cancelling field trips, banning choirs and wind instruments and requiring substitute teachers to wear medical masks.

Manitoba’s daily test positivity rate is up to 5.6 per cent.

“We have to change things. We fell back on the fundamentals,” Roussin said. “We got back to all that normalcy that we want, but we just know this is what happens when we attempt that.”

Also Thursday, the European Union’s council reimposed a travel ban on Canada, reversing a decision in June that lifted entry restrictions on a number of non-EU countries. Europe is battling a second wave of the pandemic.

In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney announced a joint federal-provincial pilot project that will enable international travellers re-entering Canada via the Calgary International Airport or the Coutts land border crossing from Montana to avoid a full 14-day quarantine. Instead, they would only have to isolate for a matter of days.

The pilot is to begin on Nov. 2 and is open to asymptomatic travellers returning to Canada who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals permitted to enter Canada.

“Though a lot of work lies ahead, we can see a return to normal travel,” said Kenney. “The results will help shape provincial and federal policy and ultimately they’ll help to find a new approach for international travel.”

Those who voluntarily participate will receive a COVID-19 test upon entry into Canada before going into quarantine. If the result is negative, they can leave, as long as they promise to get tested six or seven days later at a pharmacy.

Participants will be subject to daily symptom checks and will have to wear masks in public places and avoid visiting high-risk groups.

Anyone who chooses not to get a test will still have to quarantine for two weeks.

Kenney said the provincial tourism industry has suffered a 63 per cent drop in spending this year. He also noted that three per cent of the province’s active cases were acquired through travel.

“We must find ways to bring back safe travel if we’re ever going to get the economy firing again on all cylinders.”

Kenney made his remarks by phone as he was self-isolating at home. The premier tested negative for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, but said he will remain in isolation for another week.

Kenney attended events with Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, who contracted COVID-19 last week.

Alberta reported 427 new infections in Thursday’s update, a new record and the second day in a row its daily case count breached the 400 mark. Its test positivity rate was at three per cent on Wednesday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his government is keeping a “sharp eye” on the Alberta border pilot project.

“I’d be open to it, but I just first want to see what’s happening in Calgary,” said Ford, who noted that Pearson International Airport in Toronto gets far more volume and international traffic.

Ontario reported 841 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as two more Toronto hospitals declared outbreaks.

Canada’s most populous province also recorded nine more deaths and had a daily test positivity rate of 2.5 per cent.

Two hundred and seventy people were in hospital, including 74 in intensive care and 48 on ventilators.

The Scarborough Health Network said six patients were infected in one unit at its general hospital, and the University Health Network said it was dealing with an outbreak involving four patients at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have also declared outbreaks among staff or patients.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2020.

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COVID-19 Today: A look at the numbers for Newmarket, York Region, Ontario – NewmarketToday.ca

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Newmarket (reported Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.)

  • 348 cases of COVID-19
  • 4 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 303 (+5) cases resolved (87%)
  • 23 (-1) active cases
  • 22 deaths
  • 1 (-2) hospitalized, 1 in ICU
  • 2 institutional outbreaks: outbreak #2 at Mackenzie Place LTC (2 health-care workers);outbreak #2 at Vita Community Living (3 residents, 7 staff)
  • 4 schools under surveillance: Newmarket High; Huron Heights Secondary, Terry Fox P.S., Sir William Mulock Secondary
  • 18 (+1) new cases in last 7 days
  • 390 (+5) cases per 100,000 population
  • 1,084 tests Oct. 11 to 17: 14 positive (1%), 1,067 negative, 3 indeterminate

The Nitty Gritty

  • 136 cases outbreak, or 39%
  • 93 (+2) cases close contact, or 27%
  • 65 (+1) cases community transmission, or 19%
  • 13 cases under investigation, or 5%
  • 24 cases travel, or 7%
  • 11 cases workplace outbreak, or 3%
  • 68 cases age 19 to 34, 20%
  • 62 cases age 80+, or 18%
  • 54 cases age 55 to 64, or 16%
  • 54 (+1) cases age 35 to 44, or 16%
  • 49 cases age 65 to 79, or 14%
  • 43 (+3) cases age 45 to 54, or 12%
  • 9 cases age 4 to 13, or 3%
  • 8 cases age 14 to 18, or 2%
  • 1 case age 0 to 3, or 0%

York Region (reported Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.)

  • 5,816 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 103 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 4,846 (+76) cases resolved (83%)
  • 703 (+23) active cases
  • 2 more deaths, totalling 267
    • An 86-year-old Markham woman passed away Oct. 20 at Mackenzie Health, Richmond Hill (institutional outbreak at Mackenzie Health)
    • An 80-year-old Vaughan man passed away Oct. 17 at Etobicoke General Hospital (close contact) 
  • 41 (-3) cases are hospitalized; 6 (-1) patients in ICU
  • 166 (+4) workplace outbreaks, 21 (+3) active, 871 (+9) cases  

Recovery Measures

  • 607 (-23) new cases reported in last 7 days
  • 543 (+11) cases per 100,000 population
  • 78 (+2) new community cases daily average in last 7 days
  • 0.95 (-0.02)  7-day median reproductive number*
  • 40% of new cases unknown source of infection 
  • 13,019 total tests Oct. 11 to 17: 550 (4%) positive, 12,448 negative, 21 indeterminate

*Rt is the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus stops spreading.

Cases in schools, child care centres

  • Full daily reporthere
  • 4 (+1) school outbreaks
    • Outbreak declared Oct. 21 at Sir Walter Scott Public School, Richmond Hill (2 staff)
  • 2 schools closed
  • 99 (+5) school cases to date
  • 69 (+4) schools under surveillance, 41 (+4) active
  • 5 (+3) active child care centre outbreaks
  • 12 (+4) child care cases to date

Institutional Outbreaks

  • 108 (+1) institutional outbreaks; 23 (-1) active
    • Outbreak #3 declared Oct. 20 at Participation House – Farintosh, Markham (1 health-care worker)
    • 12-day outbreak #3 resolved Oct. 20 at Villa Leonardo Gambin LTC, Vaughan (2 health-care workers)
    • 25-day outbreak resolved Oct. 20 at Mackenzie Health LTC, Richmond Hill (2 health-care workers)

The Nitty Gritty

  • 2,528 (+46) cases, or 43%, close contact
  • 1,415 (+29) cases, or 24%, community transmission
  • 1,076 (+2) cases, or 19%, institutional outbreak
  • 229 cases under investigation, or 4%
  • 250 cases, or 5%, travel
  • 238 (+4) cases, or 4%, workplace outbreak
  • 1,547 (+25) cases age 19 to 34, or 27%
  • 972 (+20) cases age 45 to 54, or 17%
  • 908 (+11) cases age 55 to 64, or 16%
  • 710 (+18) cases ages 35 to 44, or 12%
  • 622 (+10) cases age 65 to 79, or 11%
  • 599 (+2) cases age 80+, or 11%
  • 211 (+8) cases age 14 to 18, or 4%
  • 188 (+6) cases age 4 to 13, or 3%
  • 59 (+1) cases age 0 to 3, or 1%

Around the region:

  • Vaughan 2,512 (+39) cases, 341 (+11) active
  • Markham 1,356 (+41) cases, 167 (+16) active
  • Richmond Hill 731 (+13) cases, 60 (+1) active
  • King 143 (+1) cases, 37 (-1) active
  • Aurora 232 cases, 24 (-2) active
  • Newmarket 348 (+4) cases, 23 (-1) active
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville 166 (+2) cases, 23 active
  • East Gwillimbury 130 (+2) cases, 22 active
  • Georgina 182 (+1) cases, 2 active

Ontario (reported today at 10:30 a.m.):

  • 67,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19 
  • 841 new cases since Oct. 20
  • 9 more deaths, totalling 3,071
  • 58,066 resolved 86% of cases
  • 270 (+10) cases are hospitalized; 74 (+3) in ICU; 48 (-1) on ventilators
  • 38,860 more tests completed, with 34,784 awaiting results
  • 2.5% (-1.1%) positivity Oct. 20

Cases in schools, child care centres and homes 

  • Full daily reporthere

Institutional Outbreaks 

  • 531 (+2) outbreaks at long-term care homes, 79 (-1) active
  • 249 outbreaks at retirement homes, 45 (-2) active
  • 118 outbreaks at hospitals, 15 (-1) active
  • 1,984 (+3) long-term care resident deaths
  • 6,487 (+25) cases are long-term care residents
  • 7,532 (+29) cases are health-care workers (11.3%)

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