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Two residents at Owen Hill in Barrie died from COVID-19 on the weekend – BarrieToday

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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.

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1,933 COVID-19 cases over weekend, ‘very real’ strain on B.C. health care: top doctor – News 1130

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 shows no indication of slowing down, and the stress rising cases and outbreaks are putting on the health-care system is “very real,” according to the provincial health officer.

On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry reported a combined total of 1,933 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend.

Seventeen more people died from the virus over the weekend. The majority of them were from the Fraser Health region and the rest were from Vancouver Coastal. Since the start of the pandemic, 348 people have died from the virus, most of them were residents in long-term care, said Henry.

RELATED: 10 COVID-19 deaths in B.C. amid record hospitalizations, dropping daily case count

A record 277 people are currently hospitalized because of the coronavirus, with 59 in critical care. And with nearly 1,000 active cases in long-term care, Henry said it is a very “sobering thought” knowing how challenging outbreaks can be in those facilities.

“We need to urgently reduce the level of transmission in our province to keep our schools, and workplaces open, and relieve that very real stress we are seeing right now on our health-care system,” she said.

Henry asked British Columbians to take seriously the COVID-19 restrictions implemented last week, which are aimed at reducing social interactions to curb transmission.

RELATED: Mandatory masks in indoor public spaces among new B.C. COVID-19 restrictions

“Simply put, we all need to focus on making a difference,” she said. “Now, for these next few weeks in this province, all of us need to stop these events and pause, so that we can get control of this virus.”

Influenza not as prevalent

However, there is some positive news regarding the province’s healthcare system.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there is no indication the influenza is circulating in the community.

Henry clarified that there are usually 700 to 800 positive flu tests this time of year. As of last week, there were around seven.

“We think, and we hope that this will continue and is partly because of the measures we have in place to prevent COVID-19 because it is transmitted in very similar ways,” she said.

Health officials had worried the healthcare system would be battling COVID-19 and the flu at the same time this winter.

Dix also said there haven’t been any flu outbreaks in long-term care.

But there are six more healthcare facilities dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks: North Peace Seniors Housing Society in Fort St. John, Queen’s Park Care Center in New West Minster, Care Life Fleetwood in Surrey, Sunset Manor in Chilliwack, Renfrew Care Center in Vancouver, and Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. The outbreaks at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Evergreen Baptist Care Society are over.

Meanwhile, Alberta reported 1,549 new COVID-19 infections Monday, while parts of Ontario move into tighter restrictions.

B.C.’s restrictions are in place until Dec. 7.

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COVID-19: Close to 2,000 cases and 17 deaths reported in B.C. over past three days – Vancouver Sun

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She said Fraser Health accounted for 67 per cent of all the cases reported over the past three days. Fraser Health is responsible for 36 per cent of B.C.’s population.

Henry said there were 10,200 people in isolation after being exposed to the disease. There were six outbreaks reported at health-care facilities over the past three days.

She said the pandemic would likely have three parts, and B.C. was in the midst of the second part.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the rate of influenza in B.C. was “exceptionally low.” More than one million flu vaccines have been administered in the province over the past six weeks.

Henry said that rapid testing was not available for long-term care facilities in B.C., and if it was these tests had faults and limitations. Rapid testing is however used in the film and television industry in B.C.

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The reason why liquor and cannabis stores are considered essential services in Manitoba – CTV News Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG —
With high COVID-19 case counts, many in Manitoba are asking why certain businesses are still open – including liquor and cannabis stores.

On Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health official, said taking liquor stores and cannabis stores off the list of the essential services and shutting them down could cause more harm than good.

“Unintended consequences of not allowing access to theses types of products,” Roussin said.

For more than 40 years, Mitch Bourbonniere, a community outreach worker, has been working with those who are impacted by mental health and addiction. He says those untended consequences can be physical, emotional, and psychological withdrawals, and it could be life-threatening.

“Addiction has no demographic. Anyone and everyone can be afflicted by addiction in the wrong circumstance,” he said.

Addiction is an illness, he said, that causes intense suffering usually brought on by trauma. If the stores are closed, people are most likely to turn to more dangerous substances.

“Whether it is home brew, whether it is crack, whether it is meth, prescription drugs, anything they can get their hands on, if they can’t get a safe, viable, government-run product,” Bourbonniere said.

Bourbonniere also says closing stores opens the door for organized crime to take over the sales.

“People are absolutely going to get desperate and go to organized crime, they are going to go to the street, they are going to go to gangs,” said Bourbonniere.

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