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Canada COVID-19 Update: 160 new cases, one new death | Five more Foothills patients, two visitors test positive | Calgary company fined for selling PPE at inflated prices

00:06  01 october  2020
00:06  01 october  2020 Source:   calgaryherald.com

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

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a man riding on the back of a truck: COVID-19 testing continued at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre on Monday, September 28, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald COVID-19 testing continued at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre on Monday, September 28, 2020.

With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.

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What’s happening now

  • The province reported Tuesday 160 new cases on 16,187 tests and one additional death. There are 1,571 active cases in Alberta and 574 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone.
  • A Calgary company was fined $1,500 for selling PPE at marked-up prices during the pandemic.
  • More surgeries were postponed Tuesday at Foothills Hospital amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has spread to several units. There are now 31 cases among patients, 27 among staff and two among visitors. The total number of deaths is still four.
  • The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 passed one million on Monday night.
  • Herd immunity is not the right approach in Alberta, the province’s top doctor argued on Monday, while explaining there are too many risks, unknowns and potential burdens on the healthcare system to consider it as a solution.
  • Quebec Premier Francois Legault has called a news conference for this afternoon after his health minister said Sunday that some Quebec regions will soon enter the highest COVID-19 alert level.

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Liberals plan to buy 7.9 million rapid COVID-19 tests, but approvals delay wider roll out

a person in a blue shirt:  Experts caution rapid tests for COVID-19 can’t be seen as a silver bullet, because many sacrifice accuracy for speedier results. © Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP Experts caution rapid tests for COVID-19 can’t be seen as a silver bullet, because many sacrifice accuracy for speedier results.

The Liberal government announced plans Tuesday to buy 7.9 million rapid COVID tests, even though they have not yet been approved by Health Canada.

With cases rising, testing lines growing and delays piling up for results, the opposition wants to know why more of the rapid tests aren’t already available to Canadians.

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‘They make more on CERB, eating Cheezies’: UCP MLA who said federal program encourages people to stay home, fuels drug use says comments taken out of context

a man and a woman standing in a room:  This is a screenshot from the live video MLA Shane Getson has posted on his Facebook page from a town hall meeting in Parkland village. This is a screenshot from the live video MLA Shane Getson has posted on his Facebook page from a town hall meeting in Parkland village.

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In a video taken at a recent town hall in Parkland County and released by the NDP on Tuesday, Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland MLA Shane Getson said he has heard from employers that they are having difficulty hiring.

“They can’t hire people. And I’m going, ‘well, why not? Because they make more on CERB, eating Cheezies and watching cartoons, I guess,’” Getson said.

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More Albertans golfed and bought boats this summer, Moneris spend data shows

a group of people riding on top of a grass covered field:  Golfers take advantage of the last days of summer at the Derrick Golf Club in Edmonton on September 29, 2020. More people have been golfing and boating during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Larry Wong Golfers take advantage of the last days of summer at the Derrick Golf Club in Edmonton on September 29, 2020. More people have been golfing and boating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor travel along with the sports and recreation sector saw a boost this summer as Albertans flocked to golf courses and waterways amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new data shows.

Payment processing technology company Moneris says spend data from domestic card use showed a 27 per cent increase in volume at Alberta’s golf courses compared to last August. Boat dealerships in the province also saw about a 15 per cent increase over the same time.

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Nine more surgeries postponed, 290 healthcare workers isolating due to Foothills Medical Centre outbreak

a car parked in front of a building:  Dozens of staff and patients have been infected with COVID-19 at Foothills Hospital in Calgary. © Provided by Calgary Herald Dozens of staff and patients have been infected with COVID-19 at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Another nine surgeries were postponed at Foothills Medical Centre on Tuesday as hospital staff balances limited staffing and inpatient capacity due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

There are 290 healthcare workers now in isolation because of their possible exposure to the novel coronavirus in five units of the Calgary hospital. Since an outbreak has been declared in a short-stay surgical unit, surgical staff have been impacted and a total of 48 surgeries have now been postponed.

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As CBE rolls out $44 million in federal funding, none will be used to address crowding

a kitchen filled with lots of furniture:  Pictured is a classroom in Henry Wise Wood High School that could accommodate a cohort of up to 38 students on Friday, August 28, 2020. © Azin Ghaffari Pictured is a classroom in Henry Wise Wood High School that could accommodate a cohort of up to 38 students on Friday, August 28, 2020.

As more schools declare watches and outbreaks of COVID-19, public school officials say the rollout of $44 million in federal funding this school year will not be used to improve physical distancing or alleviate overcrowding in classrooms.

While half of that funding is being distributed to schools this fall, the Calgary Board of Education has confirmed its portion of Ottawa’s $2-billion Safe Return to School Fund is not enough to hire new teachers or reduce class sizes.

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160 new cases, one additional death

The latest COVID-19 numbers from Alberta:

  • 160 new cases on 16,187 tests
  • One new death; 266 total
  • 1,571 active cases
  • 63 in hospital; 13 in ICUs

Company ordered to stop selling marked up PPE during pandemic fined $1,500

a building with a store on the sidewalk:  Exterior pics of the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary on Monday, August 10, 2020. © Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Exterior pics of the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Failing to comply with an order not to sell PPE at “grossly excessive” prices has cost a Calgary company a $1,500 fine.

Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston on Tuesday told provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux that CCA Logistics Ltd. was ordered to adjust its pricing under the Consumer Protection Act after a complaint was made during the early pandemic shutdown.

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CFIB calling for new commercial rent relief program as CECRA expires

a sign on a pole:  A closed storefront in Kensington in Calgary on May 8, 2020. A closed storefront in Kensington in Calgary on May 8, 2020.

With the federal government’s commercial rent relief program set to expire Wednesday, a lobby group says as many as four in five Alberta small businesses doubt their ability to continue to operate without additional financial support.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said rent relief for COVID-affected businesses needs to be an urgent priority, now that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program is coming to an end. That program, called CECRA, was announced in April to help small businesses struggling to pay rent due to the economic effect of the pandemic. The federal government has funded 75 per cent of the $2.5-billion program, with 25 per cent coming from the provinces.

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Liberals throw down challenge, make COVID-19 aid bill a confidence matter

Pablo Rodríguez wearing a suit and tie:  Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez says proposed legislation for new COVID-19 aid programs will be a matter of confidence in the minority Liberal government.

The move appears to dare the opposition parties to bring the government down as the pandemic surges across the country.

The risk of that happening is low, given NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has already said his party will vote for the bill because the Liberals agreed to increase benefit payments and expand eligibility for paid sick leave.

The Liberals and NDP together have a majority of seats in the House of Commons.

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Maryland man gets one year in jail for hosting big parties during COVID-19 lockdown

a man looking at the camera:  Shawn Marshall Myers. © Charles County Sheriff's Office Shawn Marshall Myers.

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Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, of Hughesville, held two big parties in late March after Governor Larry Hogan banned gatherings consisting of more than 10 people.

According to a press release from the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, Myers was convicted of two counts of Failure to Comply with an Emergency Order on Sept. 25 and sentenced to one year in prison, followed by a three-year period of unsupervised probation.

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Africa has unusually low fatality rates from COVID-19, and scientists are baffled

a group of people that are standing in the dirt:  The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Dolapo Fasawe (C) addresses staff upon arrival to a formative session for agents training leaders of various unions who are scheduled to train members on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus ahead of the expected gradual easing of the lockdown from next week at Odoguyan in Ikorodu district of Lagos, on April 30, 2020. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Dolapo Fasawe (C) addresses staff upon arrival to a formative session for agents training leaders of various unions who are scheduled to train members on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus ahead of the expected gradual easing of the lockdown from next week at Odoguyan in Ikorodu district of Lagos, on April 30, 2020.

Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February.

The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year.

In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.

The continent’s case fatality count stands at 2.4 per cent, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday. In North America, it is 2.9 per cent and in Europe 4.5 per cent.

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Touchless coffee machines and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go COVID-19 proof

a room filled with furniture and a table:  Ericsson’s cafeteria, with social distancing signage to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen at its office in West Gate Business Park in Bucharest, Romania, in this July 30, 2020 handout image. © Genesis Property/Handout Ericsson’s cafeteria, with social distancing signage to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen at its office in West Gate Business Park in Bucharest, Romania, in this July 30, 2020 handout image.

Out with grimy microwaves and sticky coffee machines with worn-out buttons, in with stylus pens, QR codes, no-touch water coolers and mobile apps that pick what brew the machine will make for you.

From the headquarters of Ford in Dearborn, Michigan and Goldman Sachs in New York to Fedex facilities across the United States, workers are returning after months of lockdowns to the new reality of social distancing, hybrid remote and office work schedules, and strict hygiene protocols.

The break room, where employees used to get their daily fix of caffeine and office gossip, is a big part of that reboot as coffee companies, such as Keurig Dr. Pepper, Lavazza and Nestle roll out new technology for the COVID-19 era.

Nestle says it has worked with manufacturers to add a function to its coffeemakers that lets users to make a selection by just hovering a finger over the menu and has been delivering those to clients since June.

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Nine in 10 recovered COVID-19 patients experience side-effects: Study

a person standing in front of a plane:  A mobile hospital set up in April in Montreal. Months later, doctors say they are more nimble and prepared in their responses to COVID outbreaks. © Christinne Muschi/Reuters/File A mobile hospital set up in April in Montreal. Months later, doctors say they are more nimble and prepared in their responses to COVID outbreaks.

Nine in 10 coronavirus patients reported experiencing side-effects such as fatigue, psychological after-effects and loss of smell and taste after they recovered from the disease, according to a preliminary study by South Korea.

The research comes as the global death toll from COVID-19 passed 1 million on Tuesday, a grim milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.

In an online survey of 965 recovered COVID-19 patients, 879 people or 91.1% responded they were suffering at least one side-effect from the disease, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) official Kwon Jun-wook told a briefing.

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Recovery plan inspires confidence but Canadians like working from home: Poll

a dining room table in front of a window:  Working from home has become the norm for many Canadians who once worked in an office space. © Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg files Working from home has become the norm for many Canadians who once worked in an office space.

A new poll suggests a slim majority of Canadians have some confidence that the federal government’s economic recovery plan will strengthen the economy and create jobs after the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in the meantime, the poll also suggests the vast majority who can are happy working from home.

Fifty-two per cent of respondents to the survey, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said they are very or somewhat confident that the economic recovery plan, unveiled in the Trudeau government’s throne speech last week, will lead to more jobs and a stronger economy in future.

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Trudeau pledges additional $400 million in humanitarian aid to fight COVID-19

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Sept. 24, 2020. © Blair Gable/Reuters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Sept. 24, 2020.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will commit an additional $400 million in development and humanitarian spending to combat COVID-19.

Trudeau says the new money will go to trusted partners that are fighting COVID-19 around the world.

Trudeau made the pledge during a videoconference at the United Nations that he co-hosted with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

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Three more Calgary schools report a case of COVID-19; Second Calgary school in ‘watch’ status

a kitchen with a dining table:  A bottle of sanitizer sits on a desk in a classroom in Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary, prior to the school reopening. © Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia A bottle of sanitizer sits on a desk in a classroom in Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary, prior to the school reopening.

Three new Calgary schools have been added to the list of schools with at least one case of COVID-19.

Our Lady of Assumption School, Nellie McClung School and Grant MacEwan School have all reported one case to parents.

Canyon Meadows School was moved to “watch” by the provincial government on Monday. It’s the second Calgary school to be in “watch” status with five or more COVID-19 cases; St. Wilfrid Elementary School is still under the status, as well.

There are now 14 Calgary schools with outbreaks of two to four cases, according to the Alberta Health Services: Chris Akkerman School, Notre Dame High School, Lester B. Pearson High School, Henry Wise Wood High School, Auburn Bay School, Crescent Heights High School, Clarence Sansom School, Saddle Ridge School, Nelson Mandela High School, Apostles of Jesus, Glenmeadows School, St. Benedict School, Vista Heights School and Monterey Park School.

According to advocacy group Support Our Students, at least 45 Calgary schools within the CBE or CCSD system have reported at least one COVID-19 case.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday that there 113 schools province-wide with active cases and 210 active cases in schools in total.

Monday

‘Our path forward must rely on science’: Herd immunity not the right approach for Alberta, Hinshaw explains

a woman using a laptop:  Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, speaks during a news conference in the Federal Building on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, speaks during a news conference in the Federal Building on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Herd immunity is not the right approach in Alberta, the province’s top doctor argued on Monday, while explaining there are too many risks, unknowns and potential burdens on the healthcare system to consider it as a solution.

Herd immunity is when there are enough individuals with immunity within a population that infections are prevented from spreading widely. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said during a press conference that serology studies in Canada have shown the country is at one per cent or less immunity and herd immunity wouldn’t be reached until that number was between 50 to 60 per cent.

Read more .

Monday

Worldwide death toll passes one million

a group of people on a dirt road:  Workers prepare new graves at the Christian burial area provided by the government for victims of COVID-19 at Pondok Ranggon cemetery complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 16, 2020. © Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana Workers prepare new graves at the Christian burial area provided by the government for victims of COVID-19 at Pondok Ranggon cemetery complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 16, 2020.

More than 1 million people have died of COVID-19 around the world as of Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pace of fatalities picking up as infections again surge in several countries.

Deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses have doubled from half a million in just three months, led by fatalities in the United States, Brazil and India.

Read more .

Monday

One million Albertans tested; 406 new cases and four deaths over the weekend

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and minister of health Tyler Shandro provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Hinshaw appeared via video conferencing as she has a sore throat; she tested negative for COVID-19
  • Alberta has tested one million people at least once
  • 63 in hospital; 15 in ICUs
  • 60 cases on ~16,000 tests on Friday (this number is low because of a large adjustment of previous cases); 184 new cases on Saturday on ~16,000 tests; 162 new cases on ~18,000 tests on Sunday
  • 1,549 active cases
  • 20 schools with alerts have had no transmission and are no longer under alerts
  • 113 schools with active cases (5% of Alberta’s schools, Hinshaw notes); 210 active cases in total
  • 47 schools in outbreaks; 6 on ‘watch’
  • 4 additional deaths since weekend; 265 total
Monday

Surgeries postponed and visitation limited further as result of COVID-19 at Foothills Medical Centre

a tall building in a city:  Foothills Medical Centre has postponed 39 surgeries scheduled for Monday. © Provided by Calgary Herald Foothills Medical Centre has postponed 39 surgeries scheduled for Monday.

Thirty-nine scheduled surgeries were postponed on Monday as a result of the growing outbreak at Foothills Medical Centre that has spread to five units in the northwest hospital.

The 39 surgeries were scheduled to take place on Monday but have been postponed due to staff restrictions at the hospital and a reduced number of available inpatient beds due to the ongoing outbreak, according to a release from Alberta Health Services on Monday.

AHS said most of these surgeries are being rescheduled within the next week.

Visitation is being temporarily restricted to end of life situations or pre-approved essential visitors only, as the hospital tries to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As of Monday, there are 26 patients and 27 healthcare workers who had tested positive for COVID-19 in connection to the outbreaks in five units of Foothills Medical Centre.

This means another two healthcare workers and one patient tested positive since Sunday’s update.

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COVID-19 Update: Feds launch $10B infrastructure plan | 153 new cases, one new death | Another unit under outbreak at Foothills .
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported Wednesday 153 new cases on 14,071 tests and one additional death. There are 1,582 active cases in Alberta. As of Wednesday, six units at the Foothills hospital have COVID-19 outbreaks totaling 60 cases. Organizers of the Calgary International Automotive and Truck Show have cancelled the event scheduled for March 2021. Health Canada gave the green light Wednesday to a rapid test for COVID-19.

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