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Canada COVID-19: Symptomatic wedding guest leads to 22 cases, group home outbreak; Ottawa registers record 183 new cases

23:50  08 october  2020
23:50  08 october  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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timeline: Ottawa Public Health graphic indicates spread pattern from a single guest with a mild case of COVID-19 at a wedding in September. © Provided by Ottawa Citizen Ottawa Public Health graphic indicates spread pattern from a single guest with a mild case of COVID-19 at a wedding in September.

What you need to know, at a glance

  • Ottawa Public Health reports 183 new cases, highest single-day total since pandemic began
  • Total number of confirmed cases in Ottawa now 5,153, with 3,978 resolved cases.
  • One new death was recorded, bringing the total to 296
  • OPH reported 32 people have been hospitalized, seven of them in ICU
  • Six new outbreaks at health care facilities, for a total of 37 outbreaks. Two new outbreaks at child care or educational facilities, for a total of 23
  • Ontario is reporting 797 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday. Provincial total stands at 56,742
  • The province reported four new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing that toll to 2,992
  • A record 48,500 tests were conducted in the latest 24-hour reporting period
  • 206 Ontario residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, up 11 from a day earlier, with 47 in ICU and 29 on ventilators
  • Ontario hires Toronto health executive Dr. Joshua Tepper as advisor to help navigate province’s school reopening plan
  • OPH issued a graphic illustrating the case of a person with mild COVID-19 symptoms who attended an indoor wedding event
  • Within 15 days, that exposure led to 22 people being infected, an outbreak in a group home, and at least one person infected at a school
  • Altogether, 207 people ended up self-isolating and needed testing
  • Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson urges residents to call 311 to have city bylaw officers investigate if they see others disregarding health regulations regarding the size of gatherings
  • “This is not simply a minor infraction that your garage door needs painting … this is a life-and-death issue,” he told CTV News
  • Franco-Cité secondary school has closed its doors due to COVID-19 and will conduct classes online for the next 14 days
  • The school’s website indicated that as of Wednesday, there were nine active cases among students and staff, with 13 classes in isolation. Three cases had been resolved.
  • Quebec reported 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths on Thursday, bringing the provincial totals since Jan. 15 to 82,992 cases and 5,915 deaths
  • The province reported 425 COVID-19-related hospitalizations, up 16 from the previous day., with 68 in ICU
  • In the Outaouais, 32 new cases were reported Thursday, bringing the region’s total 1,661

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that Canadians have been finding reassurance in these difficult times as he and Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other drop partisan differences to work together to develop solutions in the COVID-19 crisis.

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“One of the things that Canadians recognize and are extremely happy about is that different orders of government have come together to work on the one big issue that we’re all facing, which is this COVID pandemic,” Trudeau said. “Governments across the country, of whatever political stripe, all want the same thing: to keep people safe, to bring our economy back as quickly as possible, and support these communities into the future.

“On that, Premier Ford and I, and all others, find great common ground.”

The cooperation, he added, is “deeply reassuring” for Canadians at a time when there is so much uncertainty.

“People,” Ford added, “expect us to work together,” noting that at issue was not about “the greens, the blues, or the reds or the orange. This is about working together.”

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The two leaders made the comments at a joint press conference held simultaneously in Ford Motor Company of Canada facilities in Ottawa and Oakville Thursday, during which the two governments announced they would each spend $295 million to help upgrade a Ford assembly plant in Oakville where electric automobiles will be built starting in 2024.

The governments’ involvement is part of a $1.8 billion deal between Ford Canada and its largest union, Unifor, to start making electric cars at the plant. The deal, which averted a strike by auto workers, was announced on Sept. 22.

Asked about recent reports of Canadians and Canadian businesses bypassing long lineups to instead seek testing for COVID-19 at private clinics, the prime minister refused to characterize the practice as a breach of the country’s health care principles.

“There’s no question that one of the foundational elements of our country is our universal health care system,” he said, “and that nobody should have to pay for essential medical services, particularly for things like COVID tests.”

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Trudeau added that he has already asked federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu to “lean into” the matter.

Meanwhile, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced announced Thursday that it will invest $9 million to help support municipalities and event organizers. This funding is intended to help maintain public safety requirements while allowing people to enjoy online, drive-thru and other innovative experiences.

According to a news release, “organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with driveby static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.”

It was also announced Thursday that Ontario has hired Dr. Joshua Tepper as education health advisor to help steer the province as it navigates a second COVID-19 wave in its schools.

Tepper previously served as president of North York General Hospital, vice-president at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and senior civil servant in the Ministry of Health.

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According to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, Tepper will work with chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams and provincial outbreak response coordinator Dr. Dirk Huyer, as well as with school boards and other partners “to help ensure ongoing adherence to Ontario’s school reopening plan.”

Tepper’s appointment began on Tuesday, and will continue until the end of the current school year.

“His experience in the early stages of the pandemic on the front lines as a health care leader will be invaluable to ensuring our schools are implementing effective preventative measures and are operating as safely as possible,” Lecce added.

Ontario is reporting 797 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, 183 of them in Ottawa, the city’s highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic.

That brings the total number of cases in the province to 56,742 since Jan. 15.

The province also reported four new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing that toll to 2,992.

According to the latest provincial figures, including reported cases up to Wednesday afternoon, Toronto had 265 new cases, while Peel and York regions reported 134 and 78, respectively.

Almost 48,500 tests were conducted in the latest 24-hour reporting period, while 58,118 cases are still pending results.

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There are 206 Ontario residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 11 from a day earlier, with 47 in intensive care and 29 on ventilators.

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Ottawa Public Health said the 183 new cases Wednesday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Ottawa to 5,153, with 3,978 resolved cases.

There was one new death as of Wednesday afternoon, for a total of 296.

OPH reported 32 people have been hospitalized, seven of them in intensive care.

There were six new outbreaks at health care facilities, for a total of 37 outbreaks. Two new outbreaks were declared at child care or educational facilities, for a total of 23.

The latest death was a patient at St. Vincent Hospital, which declared an outbreak Sept. 23. It’s the fourth death at the facility, which lists 26 resident cases and 45 staff cases in the most recent OPH report.

In addition to the 182 Ottawa cases, eight other new cases were reported in the region, including six by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health reported one, as did Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Meanwhile, Ottawa Public Health continues to warn residents about the dangers of community spread of COVID-19 when recommended precautions aren’t heeded.

The health agency tweeted on Thursday morning about an indoor wedding that took place in Ottawa last month, at which one person with mild symptoms attended.

That led, within 15 days, to 22 people being infected, an outbreak in a group home, and at least one person infected at a school.

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Altogether, 207 people ended up self-isolating and needed testing.

“Kids missed school,” the tweet noted, “their parents couldn’t work & testing lines were longer. Our. Actions. Matter.”

“In this particular case the situation could likely have been prevented by following 3 of the letters in COVID ‘wise’ (motto),” OPH tweeted.

“‘W’ – wear a mask (no masks worn), ‘I’- isolate yourself if you are sick (the individual with symptoms should have stayed home), ‘S’ – stay 2m apart (no distancing)”

Ottawa Public Health said in a email there were 50 people at the original event, which occurred before the size of indoor events was reduced to 25 people.

“As Dr. Etches has mentioned in the past, given the tricky incubation period of the COVID-19 virus, we often don’t see the full consequences of large gatherings until 14 to 21 days later, and following contact tracing investigation to identify the common transmission event,” OPH wrote.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Thursday urged residents who see others disregarding provincial health regulations regarding the size of gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend to call 311 to have city bylaw inspectors investigate.

“People think well, that’s rather harsh, going on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving Sunday, but, again, this is not simply a minor infraction that your garage door needs painting. This is not a property standards issue, this is a life-and-death issue.”

In an interview with CTV News, the mayor hammered home the importance of adhering to the province’s recommendations that households keep to themselves for holiday celebrations and not merge with other households.

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“We need to get those people who continue to break the law to understand that this is not just a game you’re playing. This is serious, involving people’s lives… You can’t play games with people’s lives, and this kind of foolishness and stupidity and selfishness has to stop,” he said.

Franco-Cité secondary school has closed its doors due to COVID-19 and will conduct classes online for the next 14 days.

The Smyth Road Catholic school made the announcement late Wednesday night on Facebook, indicating that the action followed a decision by Ottawa Public Health, and that virtual classes would be held on their regularly scheduled days and times.

The school’s website indicated that as of Wednesday, there were nine active cases among students and staff, with 13 classes in isolation. Three cases had been resolved. Ottawa Public Health’s website, meanwhile, indicates that four students and one staff member at the school have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quebec

Quebec, meanwhile, reported 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths on Thursday, bringing the provincial totals since Jan. 15 to 82,992 cases and 5,915 deaths.

The province reported 425 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, an increase of 16 over the previous day, with 68 of those patients in intensive care, an increase of six.

In the Outaouais, 32 new cases were reported Thursday, bringing the region’s total since January to 1,661. The number of deaths remains unchanged at 34.

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