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Two new coronavirus cases in Ontario, pushing provincewide total to 22 – National Post

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TORONTO — Ontario health authorities say two new cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the province.

The latest cases are a woman who returned to Kitchener, Ont., from Italy and a man who returned to Toronto from Iran.

The province’s chief medical officer of health says the total number of cases in the province has now reached 22.

Dr. David Williams says everyone who has tested positive for the virus so far has been isolated.

The first four cases have all been resolved, with those patients twice testing negative for the virus at least 24 hours apart.

Williams will provide an update later today.

The latest cases involve a woman in her 50s who went to Grand River Hospital’s emergency department in Kitchener, Ont., on Tuesday after returning from Italy. She was sent home and remains in self-isolation with mild symptoms.

“It has been determined that she had mild symptoms on flights from Milan to Lisbon, and then Lisbon to Toronto,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the acting medical officer of health for the Region of Waterloo.

In the second case, authorities said the man in his 60s went to the emergency department at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Saturday. He was also sent home and remains in self-isolation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2020.

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Daughter of man in Burnaby care home with active COVID-19 cases says health protocols not met – News 1130

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BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — A woman whose elderly father is living in a B.C. care home with active cases of COVID-19 says the facility isn’t following proper health protocols.

Heather was visiting her father at Burnaby’s George Derby Centre last week and says she’s worried for her father’s health.

“It was like a zoo in there,” she says. “There were so many people, the care patients downstairs just sitting around in wheelchairs all right next to each other.”

Staff also didn’t use a temperature gauge on visitors and didn’t provide anyone with hand sanitizer before they walked into the building, according to Heather.

“My dad just went in there, he was perfectly fine in this other place, it was much better, and when i saw it was not the same at all, not the same quality of care.”

Heather says she didn’t say anything at the moment but when she went home and talked to a friend, it made her realize the number of protocols not followed.

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Two cases of COVID-19 reported Friday at the Burnaby healthcare facility include one worker, and one in a resident which are unrelated, according to Fraser Health.

The George Derby Centre is a “campus of care” which includes an independent living facility and a long-term care home.

The staff member works in the independent living facility, Derby Manor.

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Ottawa Public Health asks businesses to encourage mask use by staff in break rooms, kitchens – CTV Edmonton

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OTTAWA —
Ottawa Public Health is urging all businesses to promote wearing face masks by employees in areas not covered by Ottawa’s mandatory face mask bylaw, including break rooms and changing areas.

And businesses are being encouraged to do “active screening” of all employees during the pandemic to help limit the spread of novel coronavirus.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Brent Moloughney says the health unit is still seeing cases of COVID-19 where employees are going to work while symptomatic.

“For this reason, OPH strongly encourages all businesses to do active screening of employees to make sure no one is going to work when they are sick or feeling unwell,” said Dr. Moloughney in a statement released on Friday afternoon.

Ottawa Public Health has a health-screening questionnaire available on its website.

“Reminder, Ottawa Public Health does not recommend asymptomatic employees be tested before starting work since the results reflect just a snapshot in time and can be falsely reassuring,” said Dr. Moloughney.

Council passed a bylaw in July making face masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Ottawa’s mandatory face mask bylaw includes an exemption that allows employees working in non-public areas or behind a physical barrier to go maskless while working in public buildings.

Dr. Moloughney says public health encourages businesses to “promote mask use in areas not covered by the bylaw including non-public common areas such as break rooms, kitchens, changing areas, etc. to help further prevent COVID-19 transmission among staff.”

Since the first case of COVID-19 on March 11, there have been 2,623 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 264 deaths.

A total of 2,204 people have recovered after testing positive for novel coronavirus.

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Villa Marconi Long-Term Care reports staff case of COVID-19; OPH sees 13 city-wide – OttawaMatters.com

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says 13 more people have tested postive for COVID-19 while Villa Marconi Long-Term Care reports one staff case.

The number of active cases that the health agency is aware of is down to 155. It’s the third straight day that number has fallen — down from 207 on Wednesday.

OPH says 12 people are in local hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, two patients are in intensive care.

The local death toll since the beginning of the pandemic is still at 264, as there has been just one death linked to the virus in Ottawa since June 25.

Overall, there have been 2,623 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the capital, 2,204 (84 per cent) of which have been resolved.

Villa Marconi Long-Term Care is among 12 Ottawa institutions dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19. There are just four long-term care homes with at least one staff or resident case of the virus.

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