Two Barrie residents died from COVID-19 on the weekend, according to the latest report by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
They are a woman in her 90s and a man in his 60s, both of whom were residents at Owen Hill Care Community.
The two deaths reported today are the 11th and 12th victims of the coronavirus from Barrie.
Another Barrie resident has also been hospitalized since Friday, according to the health unit.
There is has also been a new case of the virus reported in a Collingwood resident, a woman in her 60s, who is believed to have acquired the virus through community transmission.
The health unit confirmed 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the area to 432.
In addition to the new Collingwood case, there were eight new cases reported in Barrie: a man in his 30s whose case is related to travel, a girl between the ages of 10 and 19 (close contact), a man in his 50s (close contact), a man in his 40s (close contact), a man in his 60s and a woman in her 40s (both community-acquired), a man in his 40s (under investigation), and a woman in her 20s who is an employee at Owen Hill Care Community, where an outbreak has been declared.
Orillia has one new case, a woman in her 50s, who acquired the virus through community transmission.
Innisfil has two new cases, a man in his 50s (community-acquired) and a girl between the ages of 10 and 19 (close contact).
Bradford West Gwillimbury has one new case, a man in his 30s, whose transmission source was listed as close contact.
Essa Township has one new case, a man in his 60s who acquired the virus through community transmission.
And Tay Township has two new cases, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s. Her case is listed as community-acquired and his is listed as close contact.
There were 11 cases reported in residents of New Tecumseth (five were close contact and six were community-acquired) and one man in his 30s whose location information was listed as pending.
There have also been 303 recoveries reported, and of those, 40 have been recorded since the health unit’s last report on Friday. Of the total cases reported recovered, there have been 29 residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, and one group home who have recovered.
There are eight people hospitalized.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed a total of 432 cases in residents of the region since the pandemic began. Of those, 303 have recovered and 34 people have died.
The breakdown of cases in each municipality, according to the health unit is as follows:
Barrie (145 cases, 90 recoveries, 12 deaths, 2 in hospital), Bradford West Gwillimbury (89 cases, 65 recoveries, 12 deaths, 1 in hospital), New Tecumseth (44 cases, 26 recoveries, 2 in hospital, one death), Orillia (16 cases, 13 recoveries, 2 deaths), Collingwood (16 cases, 11 recoveries), Wasaga Beach (11 cases, 10 recoveries, 1 death), Clearview (7 cases, 6 recoveries, one death), Innisfil (30 cases, 26 recoveries), Springwater (8 cases, 5 recoveries, 1 death), Midland (6 cases, all recovered), Oro-Medonte (5 cases, 2 recoveries, 2 deaths, 1 in hospital), Adjala-Tosorontio (7 cases, all recovered), Essa (9 cases, 7 recoveries, 1 death), Ramara (5 cases, 3 recoveries), Tiny (3 cases, 2 recoveries), Tay (5 cases, 3 recoveries, 1 in hospital), Penetanguishene (3 cases, 2 recoveries), and Severn (3 cases, all recovered) for a total of 412 cases in Simcoe County, including 286 recoveries and eight hospitalizations.
There are also 19 confirmed positive cases in Muskoka, and 17 have recovered, one person from Muskoka Lakes has died.
The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 71.9 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 157.3 cases per 100,000 population.
Three New COVID-19 Cases In Campbellton Region – country94.ca
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.
New cat virus found at B.C. SPCA prompts science journal publication – Times Colonist
VANCOUVER — The outbreak of a fast-spreading disease at the SPCA’s animal centre in Vancouver has led to the discovery of a new feline virus that affected 43 cats in B.C.
It started when eight cats fell ill on a single day in 2018 with symptoms like a human stomach flu, but Dr. Emilia Gordon, the senior manager of animal health, says they became concerned when tests came back negative for parasites.
Gordon says in a news release they knew within days that they were dealing with a virus or bacteria they hadn’t faced before.
Outbreak tracing found two cats in the Quesnel shelter introduced the illness to Vancouver’s facility, where it spread rapidly before being detected.
A research team at the University of California, San Francisco found the new species of parvovirus, which isn’t related to COVID-19, and those findings were recently published in the science journal Viruses.
Gordon says the high rate of recovery was due to a quick response and stringent control measures, although two of the 43 cats that were ill were euthanized because of other medical problems.
“As soon as we understood we were dealing with something unusual, our first goal was to stop the outbreak so more cats wouldn’t get sick,” Gordon says. “Our second goal was to try to get answers for our teams, for the cats, and for other shelters and veterinarians facing unexplained gastrointestinal outbreaks in cats under their care.”
She says being part of the discovery of the new virus was very exciting, however data from a single outbreak isn’t enough to be certain the virus can cause disease and more research will need to be done.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 28, 2019.
2 B.C. long-term care homes get extra help to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks – CBC.ca
Specialized health teams have been sent to fight COVID-19 outbreaks at two Metro Vancouver long-term care homes.
The Fraser Health Authority appointed a pandemic response director on Thursday at Langley Lodge, where more than 20 people have died from the virus in recent weeks.
It also sent extra staff to Nicola Lodge in Port Coquitlam after one resident tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19, said Dr. Martin Lavoie, Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer. The resident was placed in isolation at the lodge, he said.
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve been supporting and offering guidance to Langley Lodge in different ways,” Lavoie said at a news conference.
“Today, we’re taking further action and we have appointed our own director of pandemic response to provide oversight of the COVID-19 response at Langley Lodge and also to further support the facility leadership and staff.”
The lodge website says it is a not-for-profit registered charity run by the Langley Care Society.
It says the lodge in Langley provides long-term care for adults who can no longer live safely or independently at home because of their health-care needs. The lodge includes 121 funded spaces and 14 private pay spaces.
An official at the lodge referred questions about the COVID-19 outbreak to Fraser Health on Thursday.
Lavoie said the COVID-19 outbreak at the lodge has been difficult to control.
“It is our hope that these additional measures will support the site in controlling this complex outbreak,” he said. “We’re taking all the necessary steps to minimize the exposure to and transmission of COVID-19.”
Lavoie said extra nurses and staff are being called in, along with infection control specialists who will use a specialized ultraviolet germ sterilization machine.
As of Wednesday, the Health Ministry said 111 people who have died from COVID-19 in the province were connected to long-term care facilities, assisted-living homes or acute-care hospitals. A total of 162 people have died from the virus.
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