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Zero new COVID cases in region today, confirms health unit – BradfordToday



With zero new cases today, and one previously-reported case removed from the list, this week Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed just four new COVID cases. 

This is the fewest number of cases reported in a week by the region’s health unit since March. 

One case previously reported from Orillia has been removed from the list after further investigation revealed it “no longer met case definition.” When the Orillia case was reported, it did not specify a transmission source and instead was listed as under investigation. 

The only new cases reported this week included a single resident each in New Tecumseth, Barrie, Gravenhurst, and Innisfil. The Gravenhurst case is linked to travel and the remaining three are listed as community-acquired. 

For the week of August 2, the health unit reported seven new cases, and the week before that reported 19 cases. 

The testing rate is about 78 tests per 100,000 people in Simcoe County and 74 tests per 100,000 for Muskoka. The provincial average is about 112 tests per 100,000 people. 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 669 cases of COVID-19 to date, with 637 of those cases located in Simcoe County.

There are 623 cases now recovered and 37 people have died in the region. 

There are still nine active cases in the county including residents from Barrie (4), New Tecumseth (2), Innisfil (2), and Ramara (1). There is one active case in Muskoka. One person from New Tecumseth and one person from Ramara is hospitalized with COVID-19.

In Simcoe-Muskoka, the incidence rate for the coronavirus is 112.5 cases per 100,000 people in the population. 

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of Aug. 14.

MunicipalityTotal cases**RecoveriesDeathsIn HospitalLast case reportedIncidence rate*
Barrie20118314 Aug. 10134.6
Bradford W-G13412212 Aug. 4311.9
New Tecumseth848111Aug. 10202.7
Innisfil5452  Aug. 13132.5
Orillia19172 July 3056.8
Collingwood1616  July 2066.7
Wasaga Beach15141 June 1965.2
Clearview981 July 2760.9
Springwater15141 July 2071.4
Midland1212  July 2466.9
Oro-Medonte972 Aug. 438.6
Adjala-Tosorontio99  June 1677.2
Essa18171 Aug. 675.3
Ramara1211 1Aug. 5115.6
Tiny66  July 16not released
Tay99  July 23not released
Penetanguishene871 July 23not released
Severn77  July 27not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

** Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital. 

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Quebec reports 750 new cases of COVID-19, one more death – CTV News Montreal



Quebec health authorities reported 750 more cases of COVID-19 in the province on Monday, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 72,651. 

One more death from an unknown date was also recorded in Quebec on Monday, for a total of 5,826.

Monday’s announcement saw an increase of 245 cases on the Island of Montreal (total 33,184) and 125 more in Quebec City (total 3,834). Laval reported an increase of 73 cases (total 7,018) and Monteregie reported 81 (total 10,544). The Eastern Townships reported 28 new cases (total 1,739), the Laurentians, 37 (total 4,703) and Outaouais, 27 (total 1,292). Chaudiere-Appalaches recorded an increase of 41 (total 1,241). 

Hospitalizations in the province decreased by four from Sunday to Monday. The number of people receiving treatment for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals is now 212. Of them, 37 are in intensive care, which is a decrease of four from the number reported on Sunday. 

Health Minister Christian Dube called the situation “very worrying” in certain Quebec regions on Monday morning, ahead of a 5:30 p.m. press conference during which he, Premier Francois Legault and public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda are expected to announce that Montreal and Quebec City are entering the ‘red’ zone on the province’s regional alert map. The trio will detail what the red alert level means for Quebecers in those regions. 

There are now 61,629 people confirmed recovered from COVID-19 in Quebec, which is an increase of 500 from the number reported on Sunday — or about 84.8 per cent of the total number of cases in the province. 

Quebec reported that it completed analyses of 17,310 COVID-19 tests on Sept. 26 (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior to its daily updates). 

The Quebec government has tightened criteria for who can get a COVID-19 test, announcing it will prioritize people who are showing symptoms or who have been in close contact with a positive case.

The provincial health department said in a news release that as cases rise, it’s important to focus on testing those who are most likely to have COVID-19 in order to speed up contact tracing and prevent outbreaks.

Those who don’t fall into either category can be refused testing, the government said.

— with files from The Canadian Press.

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Ontario is in a COVID-19 second wave: Ford – Cambridge Times



Of Monday’s cases, 344 were reported in Toronto, 104 cases in Peel Region, 89 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region.

The latest figures prompted Ontario’s hospitals to call on the government to reinstate restrictions in those regions.

The Ontario Hospital Association said the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa should move back to Stage Two of the province’s pandemic response, which saw restrictions on non-essential businesses like restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres.

Association President Anthony Dale said hospitals could become overwhelmed with patients if such action isn’t taken.

“We can no longer retain a false sense of security and belief that this will not happen to us,” he said in a statement. “At this rate, Ontario hospitals are facing a direct threat to their ability to continue to delivering the highest quality of care to Ontarians.”

The average acute care occupancy rate of Ontario’s hospitals is 89 per cent currently, Dale said, but some of the facilities are already at 100 per cent capacity.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province would prefer to not reinstate any Stage Two restrictions but is watching the situation in the GTA and Ottawa closely.

“If we have to tighten up even more we will … because it’s absolutely necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone in Ontario,” she said.

The government said Monday that 128 people are currently hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 29 in intensive care.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath urged the government to make investments needed to get ahead of the second wave.

“We shouldn’t need to slide back into Stage Two,” she said. “But this government is currently doing nothing to prevent that.”

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner asked Ford to outline the metrics that will trigger school closures and a return to Stage Two.

“People need reassurance that the premier is not asleep at the wheel right now, when his actions will determine the severity of the second wave,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s medical officer of health said Monday that she is recommending residents limit contact with those they don’t live with.

She said the concept of having 10 people within your social circle, introduced by the province this spring, was sensible at the time but that has now changed since schools and businesses have reopened and case counts are up.

“In Toronto, we have to acknowledge that the extent of infection spread, and the nature of city life, means that the concept of … the social circle no longer reflects the circumstances in which we live,” she said.

De Villa is also recommending changes that would reduce the number of people permitted in bars and restaurants to a maximum of 75 patrons, down from 100. The number of people permitted at a table would also be lowered from 10 to six people.

She is also recommending bars and restaurants collect contact information from every patron and that music be no louder than normal conversation in the establishment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2020.

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Lester B. Pearson high school – Newstalk 1010 (iHeartRadio)



A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a ninth school in Ottawa.

Officials have declared an outbreak at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School in Gloucester, with two cases at the school.

There is conflicting information about the nature of the cases. Ottawa Public Health says one student and one staff member tested positive. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is reporting two student cases and zero staff cases.

The board says four classes have been closed as a result of the outbreak.

Ottawa Public Health defines an outbreak in a school as two COVID-19 cases with a proven link between them.

The school is the ninth in Ottawa to have an outbreak since classes resumed. Only one—Monsignor Paul Baxter school in Barrhaven—has been forced to close entirely for at least two weeks.

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