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Worsening COVID picture demands ‘smart choices’: Mayor – Community Press

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Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger participates in the Sgt. Frederick Davidson memorial bridge dedication ceremony on Wanup Pit Road near Highway 69 South on Sept. 24.

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Sudburians must “act now” to slow an alarming spike of COVID in the community, says the city’s mayor.

“Let’s pull back on going out,” urged Brian Bigger in a statement issued Sunday. “When we do go out — make it for a good reason and mask up.”

While the province has previously said that indoor get-togethers of up to 10 people are acceptable, a recent explosion of cases in Sudbury means residents have to make more sacrifices in terms of socializing.

“Minimize interactions with people who don’t live in your house to one or two persons who are essential to maintaining physical and mental health (e.g. caregivers, social supports to someone who lives alone),” said the mayor, repeating advice from public health.

“This means you should avoid in-person social interactions with friends, with co-workers when not at work, and with extended family. When dining at restaurants, going to the movies, or partaking in other social activities, you should limit it to your household members.”

After experiencing relatively few cases over the summer and early fall, the Sudbury area has seen a dramatic increase in infections, with 80 new cases announced over the past two weeks.

Of those, 73 occurred among residents of the city itself, with the remainder in communities outside Sudbury that are covered by Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

As a result, Greater Sudbury was pushed up into a new category of concern, as colour-coded by the province. 

“As we have learned from the medical officer of health, Greater Sudbury has been moved into ‘Yellow – Protect’ as our case load has increased dramatically over the last week,” said Bigger.

“It is imperative that we all follow this direction from the experts in public health. As we have all seen on the news, the projections for the spread of a second wave are very real and very much cause for worry.”

When COVID-19 first appeared in the community in March, “we all collectively sacrificed to ensure we kept our seniors, children and the medically vulnerable as safe as possible,” said the mayor.

With a second wave now upon us, the community needs take immediate steps to “get ahead of any possible increased transmission,” said Bigger.

The mayor echoed an appeal from the health unit to heed the following advice: 

■ Limit travel outside the home to the following:

• Attending school or work. Work from home if possible.

• Essential trips for groceries, medication, and medical appointments.

■ Limit in-person social interactions to people within your household. 

■ Minimize interactions with people who don’t live in your house and one or two persons who are essential to maintaining physical and mental health (e.g. caregivers, social supports to someone who lives alone). This means you should avoid in-person social interactions with friends, with co-workers when not at work, and with extended family. When dining at restaurants, going to the movies, or partaking in other social activities, you should limit it to your household members.

■ Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness, however mild. While it is cold season now and many of us are used to mild infections at this time of year, a mild illness could be COVID-19 and may be much more severe for someone else who might catch it from us. Complete the Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment tool or contact a local testing and assessment centre to determine if you should be tested for COIVD-19. By staying home if sick, we protect everyone else in our community.

■ Wear a face covering if you need to be closer than two (2) metres from someone outside your home during essential trips. Being in close contact with people presents the greatest risk of transmitting COVID-19, along with being in closed or crowded spaces. In Ontario, you must use a face covering (Government of Ontario) in public indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge unless there is an exemption.

■ Wash or sanitize your hands often, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

■ Limit exercise and recreation to outdoor spaces where physical distancing is possible.

■ Avoid travel outside of our area, especially to areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, unless for emergencies or urgent medical appointments.

“It will be ultimately up to each of us how this virus spreads,” said Bigger. “I have aging parents and young grandchildren — both who I am hoping to somehow see this Christmas. I am sure this is a situation most of us find ourselves in.”

The current COVID picture necessitates rethinking, the mayor said. “Reschedule that dinner with friends,” he suggested. “Take a jog by yourself instead of heading to the gym. If you feel sick — don’t go to school or work. Little things can add up — and I know we can do this.”

The community has proven in the past to be “strong, resilient and adaptable,” he said. “We showed our resolve in the spring and our summer was nearly COVID-free. We set the example for other communities in Canada to follow.”

Sudbury now has to “get back” to that place.

“We have a lot to look forward to, but we all need to be positive, make smart choices and choose the right path to get there,” he said. “Be safe and be smart, Greater Sudbury.”

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Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue – Victoria News

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The country’s top doctor is asking Canadians to limit their contacts and gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in several provinces.

In a statement released Sunday (Nov. 29), chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam said there has been an average of 5,335 new cases daily over the past week, compared to 4,739 daily new cases from Nov. 13-19.

Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior, while the positivity rate has increased from 6.6 per cent to 7.6 per cent. The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 has increased to 2,111 from Nov. 20 to 26, up from 1,840 the week prior. The number of ICU patients treated daily jumped from 376 to 432 over the same time period, while average daily deaths increased by five to 76.

“More and larger outbreaks are occurring in long term care homes, congregate living settings and hospitals, and spreading in Indigenous communities and more remote areas of the country,” Tam said. “These developments are deeply concerning as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening illness, cause serious disruptions to health services and present significant challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies.”

Tam said that this time period was crucial, as the weather continues to get colder across the country and gathering indoors becomes more tempting.

“Avoid or limit time spent in the 3Cs – closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings and situations,” she said, as well as urging people to wear masks, stay home if they are sick and wash their hands frequently.

In total, Canada has reported 370,278 confirmed cases and 12,032 deaths due to COVID-19.

B.C. recorded a record-breaking 911 cases on Friday, the last day of a week that has proven to be its deadliest of the pandemic.

READ MORE: Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave


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Alberta's central zone now has 1101 active COVID-19 cases – Stettler Independent

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The Government of Alberta reported 1,609 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The province now has 15,692 active cases, to go along with 40,219 recovered cases, according to the latest statistics on the government’s website.

Alberta Health Services’ central zone has risen to 1,101 active cases, while the Edmonton zone has 7,230, Calgary has 5,756, the north zone has 857, the south zone has 642 and 223 cases are in an unknown area.

The provincial death toll has risen to 533, which is an increase of nine.

The City of Red Deer currently has 191 active cases, Red Deer County has 61, Sylvan Lake has 48, Lacombe County has 42, Clearwater County has 31, the City of Lacombe has 28, Olds has 21, Mountain View County has 15 and Stettler County has six.

Collectively, Ponoka County and Wetaskiwin County have 349.

“The next few weeks will be hard for all of us in light of the restrictions on social gatherings. I want to thank all of you for doing the right thing and making these sacrifices to help bend the curve,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of healthDr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter Sunday.

“While we may be physically separated from each other, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and stay connected virtually. We are all in this together – so please reach out to a loved one if you need to.”

Provincially, 435 are in the hospital due to COVID-19 – 95 of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit. In the central zone, 27 people have been hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, 23,282 tests were completed in the province, which brings the total number of tests to 2,234,470.

Hinshaw’s next live update is Monday.



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Red Deer up to 191 active COVID-19 cases – rdnewsnow.com

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Another nine deaths from COVID-19 were reported to bring Alberta’s total to 533.

Red Deer has 191 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, an increase of 20. There have now been 334 recovered cases, an increase of three, as the total number of cases attributed to the city rose by 24 to 525.

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Red Deer County has 64 active cases as of Saturday, an increase of seven, while Sylvan Lake added four to sit with 48.

Lacombe County has 42 active cases, an increase of seven, while Lacombe has 28, also an increase of six.

Clearwater County (Rocky Mtn. House) added 10 more active cases for a total of 31.

Ponoka County added 12 active cases to sit with 250.

Mountain View County holds steady with 15 active cases, Olds added three for a total of 21, and Kneehill County added one for a total of 16. Starland County remains with four and the County of Stettler is up two for a total of six active cases.

There are now 1,101 active cases in the Central zone, an increase of 110, with 27 hospitalizations, including five in intensive care.

“The next few weeks will be hard for all of us in light of the restrictions on social gatherings. I want to thank all of you for doing the right thing and making these sacrifices to help bend the curve,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Tweeted on Sunday.

“While we may be physically separated from each other, I strongly encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and stay connected virtually. We are all in this together – so please reach out to a loved one if you need to.”

Hinshaw is scheduled to share her next live update on Monday.

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