Two Winnipeg men who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 say they’ve lost faith in the province’s ability to do contact tracing properly.
The first, who found out he tested positive last Wednesday, says he still hasn’t been asked to provide his close contacts and hasn’t had any follow up from public health.
“They’re not handling it. There has been no contact tracing,” Aaron Lund, 46, said in an interview over Zoom Monday.
“With this being at the forefront of everything you see in the news these days, I guess maybe I had an expectation that there was more of a priority to it.”
Lund said he’s called Health Links twice, including on Monday, to inform them he hasn’t been asked to provide his contacts.
He said when a public health nurse called him last Wednesday — a day after he got tested — she told him to write down everyone he had been in contact with a week prior and be prepared to share that information in a follow-up call.
Lund said he is still struggling with a cough and has no smell. But his initial symptoms of fatigue, cold sweats and fever are gone. “It’s the weirdest thing,” he said.
Six-day lag for second man
The second man, who got a call on Oct. 13 informing him he had tested positive, said he wasn’t asked to provide contact tracing information until Monday — six days after a doctor told him he had the coronavirus.
“That’s a long time later to be doing contact tracing. I got a phone call last Tuesday and they could have given me my reference number [for the COVID Alert app] and they just didn’t,” said Jordan, a pseudonym for the man who CBC News has agreed not to identify to protect his private health information.
Jordan said he was surprised when a doctor called him on Oct. 13 but didn’t ask him to provide names of people he’d recently been around for contact tracing.
Then his phone rang again on Oct. 18. It was someone calling from a blocked number to tell him he had tested positive — something he already knew.
“It kind of put some fear in me because you kind of lose hope that they know what’s going on, because they had no idea that they had contacted me prior, and that makes me think — what else are they letting slip through the cracks?”
Jordan said the fact the health staffer on the other end of the phone once again didn’t ask for his recent contacts — or provide him with a code to enter in the federal government’s COVID Alert app — added to his fear.
He informed everyone he had been around, but wonders about others he had encounters with getting coffee, for example.
“At first I was relieved I got the phone call because I thought it was going to be a public health nurse that was going to give me more info, and then when I realized it was just kind of a repeat of the first call I felt kind of let down.”
Tracing needs to be quicker: Dr. Roussin
On Monday, while Jordan was speaking with CBC News over Zoom, his phone rang again.
The public health nurse appeared to have little to no information about Jordan’s case and asked if someone had completed a contact tracing investigation. He told her he had already received two calls from public health but no contact tracing was done.
She replied “I apologize for that. We’re trying a new system because we’re backlogged.” The nurse then completed the contact tracing.
Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin told reporters Monday the province isn’t using a new system for contact tracing.
He said there is a strain on contact tracing because of rising numbers in Winnipeg. Roussin said the median time from when someone tests positive for COVID-19 and is phoned for contact tracing is 60 hours.
And while he said he wasn’t aware of Jordan’s case, he said he shouldn’t have had to wait as long as he did.
“Definitely that’s not our goal. We need to be contacting people, having them advise us of their contacts, getting contact notification much quicker than that,” Roussin said.
Red Cross to help with contact tracing
Roussin couldn’t say on Monday if the COVID Alert app, which went live in Manitoba on Oct. 1, has been successfully used or not in the province by someone who’s tested positive.
The public health nurse on the phone told Jordan because he’s been in isolation for 10 days, he no longer needs to quarantine despite the fact he still doesn’t have his sense of smell or taste back.
Even though Jordan’s been cleared to end his self-isolation, he doesn’t plan to leave his house anytime soon and isn’t sure when he’ll return to work.
“There’s a big stigma with this. Everybody knows through my work that I’ve got COVID because a lot of things got shut down, and people had to stay home while they got tested and everything like that, and they know where it came from and it’s going to be hard for them to accept me back into those places.”
Manitoba’s Opposition NDP is calling for the hiring of more contact tracers.
The party said in a statement Monday it has freedom of information documents that show during August, four health authorities outside Winnipeg employed 140 public health workers to do COVID-19 contact tracing.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen said in a statement the province has been increasing COVID testing capacity and has selected the Red Cross to provide additional contact tracing services.
“While the opposition continues to stoke fear, our government will continue to focus on protecting Manitobans.”
This story was possible in part thanks to Manitobans who filled out CBC’s survey about people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. In it, we asked Manitobans to share how their diagnosis impacted their life.
63 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Death In Windsor Essex As Of Saturday – windsoriteDOTca News
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced 63 new cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, bringing the local total to 3,570.
Cases increased from 3,507 on Friday November 27th to 3,570 on Saturday November 28th and 367 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex.
Saturday’s increase in cases by 63 is the highest daily increase since June 28th.
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The Health Unit says 26 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 7 cases are community acquired, 2 cases are agri-farm workers, 3 cases are local health care workers, 1 case is travel related to the US, and the sources of 24 cases are still being investigated by the Health Unit’s case and contact management staff.
They say 3,124 people locally have recovered (an increase of 49 recoveries today).
There has been one additional death from COVID-19 in Windsor Essex as of Saturday bringing the local death toll to 79. The Health Unit says a man in his 60s from the community passed away.
As of Saturday, the Health Unit lists 11 people as hospitalized, and 2 people in the ICU with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Eight hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.
Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks
As of Saturday, four long-term care/retirement homes remain under outbreak:
- Leamington Mennonite (Leamington) has 0 resident cases and 1 staff case
- Riverside Place (Windsor) has 17 resident cases and 3 staff cases (1 new staff case today)
- Lifetimes on Riverside (Windsor) has 5 resident cases and 4 staff cases
- Iller Lodge (Essex) has 18 resident cases and 3 staff cases
As of Saturday, there are seven workplaces under outbreak:
- 3 outbreaks at agri-farms in Leamington
- 1 outbreak at a health care and social assistance workplace in Lakeshore
- 1 outbreak at a finance and insurance workplace in Leamington
- 1 outbreak at a manufacturing facility in Windsor
- 1 outbreak at a place of worship in Leamington
As of Saturday, two schools remain under outbreak:
- W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School
- Frank W. Begley Public School
As of Saturday, there are two community outbreaks:
- Riverplace Residence
- Victoria Manor
COVID-19 cases confirmed in several Regina, Saskatoon hockey teams – CTV News
The Saskatchewan government has declared new outbreaks in several hockey teams, including three in Regina.
Outbreaks in other Saskatchewan hockey teams including the Assiniboia Rebels, the Fort Qu’Appelle Fort Knox and the Regina Cherries Sr. Men’s teams.
Saskatoon Minor Hockey reported outbreaks in “multiple teams” this week.
According to the province, an outbreak is declared when two people or more test positive for COVID-19 in a non-household setting.
Below is a list of locations where outbreaks have been declared, along with the date of the declaration:
- Turvey Centre (Louis Riel play cast members), Nov. 26
- Doogz Diggers Hockey Team, Nov. 26
- Bro-Ci-Tops Hockey Team, Nov. 26
- Gailenes Child Care, Nov. 26
- Cherries Sr. Men Hockey Team, Nov. 25
- Paul Dojak Centre, Nov. 25
- Regina Provincial Correctional Centre (Isolation Unit), Nov. 25
- Pioneer Village, Nov. 25,
- First Years Learning Centre, Nov. 24
- Tim Hortons, South Albert, Nov. 22
- Parkside Extendicare, Nov. 20
- Santa Maria Long-term Care Home, Nov. 20
- Highland Curling Club, Nov. 20
- Avena Foods, Nov. 20
- Jesus the Anointed One Church, Nov. 18
- Ecole Wascana Plains School, Nov. 18
- Clare Parker Homes, Nov. 17
- Evraz Steel Mill, Nov. 17
- Culture Grooming Lounge, Nov. 17
- Revera Green Falls Landing, Nov. 15
- Saskatoon Minor Hockey (multiple teams), Nov. 25
- Saskatoon Food Bank, Nov. 24
- Oliver Lodge, Nov. 24
- Lutheran Sunset Home, Nov. 20
- Royal University Hospital, Unit 5300 (Ortho/Trauma), Nov. 20
- Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Nov.17
- Luther Special Care Home, Nov. 17
- Martensville High School, Martensville, Nov. 11
- The Mosaic Company – Esterhazy K3, Esterhazy, Nov. 25
- Northside Sales and Service, Ituna, Nov. 13
- Rebels Hockey Team, Assiniboia, Nov. 23
- Senior Balcarres Broncos Hockey, Balcarres, Nov. 22
- Fort Knox Hockey Team, Fort Qu’Appelle, Nov. 22
- Little Castle Child Care Centre, Indian Head, Nov. 17
- Hayes Haven Person Care Home, Indian Head, Nov. 17
- Gunnar Mine, Uranium City, Nov. 13
- St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Nov. 25
- Condo building, Battleford, Nov. 21
- U19 Bruins hockey, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- Global Sports Academy, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- Safeway, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
- River Heights Lodge, North Battleford, Nov. 12
- Purolator, Prince Albert, Nov. 12
- Caleb Village, North Battleford, Nov. 11
COVID-19 clusters identified at Windsor Regional, Hotel-Dieu Grace hospitals – Windsor Star
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Visits to the floor are not allowed until further notice.
“Both hospitals continue to work with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to investigate the circumstances of the cluster and we will provide an update when more details become available,” the Windsor Regional release says.
HDGH says the patients in its affected unit are all being tested and staff who worked in the unit are being offered testing. In addition, the hospital is closing the unit to new admissions, enhancing cleaning, reinforcing the importance of PPE use and consistent hand-washing, and suspending a visitation program in the unit that allows designated family members to help with care.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said the health unit is working closely with hospital officials to investigate the clusters. Due to privacy concerns, he said, the health unit is “unable to disclose publicly any further details about the cases or the number of close contacts at the hospitals.”
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