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Canada COVID-19: Province boosts virus management, tracing staff; MacLeod says restrictions on restaurants, gyms will stay; 45 new cases in Ottawa

00:39  15 october  2020
00:39  15 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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What you need to know, at a glance

  • Ontario reported 721 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday: 270 in Toronto, 170 in Peel, 79 in York Region
  • 231 people are hospitalized with the disease in Ontario, including 64 in ICU and 35 on ventilators
  • The province reported no new deaths Wednesday
  • Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday the province working to boost virus case managers, trackers
  • Centralized IT system largely in place for more efficient case, contact management
  • Ottawa to receive 150 additional staff
  • Health minister says flu vaccines arriving on schedule
  • Starting Friday and until further notice, long-term care residents in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto will no longer be permitted to leave the property for outings, unless it’s for medical or compassionate reasons.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday
  • There are 769 active cases across the city and 48 people hospitalized, including 10 in ICU
  • New outbreak reported at Royal Garden retirement home, with one staff member case. Number of ongoing outbreaks in health care/congregate living sector now 45.
  • Two new outbreaks in school or child care facilities were also reported
  • The province will not lift restrictions on restaurants and gyms in Ottawa, despite pushback from business groups and other, says Nepean MPP and cabinet minister Lisa MacLeod
  • The minister pointed out that prominent voices in health care, including the Ontario Hospital Association, have supported these measures.
  • A new poll suggests Canadians are turning against the idea of compulsory vaccinations for Canadians once the vaccine becomes available.
  • Only 39 per cent of respondents in the Oct. 9-11 poll said a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory
  • Quebec reported 844 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as six deaths and 20 new hospitalizations
  • There were 11 new cases reported in the Outaouais
  • Canada has reported 188,447 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 9,660 deaths
  • Trudeau says U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel as long as U.S. case numbers remain elevated

The province is working to build a nearly 4,000-strong workforce of COVID-19 case managers and contact tracers to try to ensure that “there is nowhere this virus can hide,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday.

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To the more than 2,750 staff doing this work already, the province is looking to add 600 new recruits and 600 Statistics Canada employees.

Ontario is providing 150 additional staff to Ottawa, Ford said Wednesday. Twenty-five of the province’s 34 public health units are reaching all new cases within 24 hours, while 30 PHUs are reaching at least 90 per cent in that time frame.

Ottawa, meanwhile, was reaching 27 per cent of cases within 24 hours, according to the most recent local statistics, in the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.

A centralized IT system for case and contact management has been implemented in nearly all of the province’s public health units, a tool that “significantly reduces duplication, streamlines processes, and allows for more efficient case and contact management work to be completed,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

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She noted that the province has partnered with Ian Martin, an Ontario-based recruitment firm to expedite the hiring and training of new COVID-19 case managers and contact tracers, and encouraged all Ontarians to download the COVID Alert exposure notification app.

So far, she said, nearly 1,000 Ontarians have voluntarily submitted their positive test result into the app, anonymously notifying other app users they were in close contact with of their exposure to a COVID-19 case.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, said she has made recommendations that Ontario’s public heath measures team reconsider the pandemic guidelines for cycling studios “and other kinds of gyms,” following an outbreak at a Hamilton spin studio that’s been linked to at least 69 cases of COVID-19.

Yaffe noted that even though the studio followed provincial guidelines, “there was obviously significant transmission, so I do think we need to review the guidelines, and that’s in process.”

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While indoor gyms and fitness centres in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel were ordered to close by the province last Friday, they continue to operate in other parts of the province.

Starting Friday and until further notice, long-term care residents in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto will no longer be permitted to leave the property for outings, unless it’s for medical or compassionate reasons.

The province announced the change Wednesday, and has posted online a list of homes the new policy applies to , which they say they will update to reflect changes in the areas with higher community spread of COVID-19.

Anyone planning an LTC visit is being advised to call ahead to get information about the home’s visiting policy and any restrictions that might be in place.

Meanwhile, the health minister also tried to dispel any fears Wednesday about shortages of the flu vaccine in Ontario, saying that the province is receiving its scheduled shipments.

While the first delivery went to hospitals, LTC and retirement homes, shipments are also going out primary care providers and pharmacies, said Elliott,.

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She advised Ontarians to call ahead to book a flu shot appointment with their doctor or pharmacy, where possible, and make sure a dose is available — if it’s not, it should be in the next few days, said Elliott.

“People should not be concerned about it, we do not have any shortages. Our regularly scheduled shipments are coming in well.”

Ford also announced that this week, 50 more pharmacies will join the 100-plus others offering COVID-19 testing.

Restrictions on restaurants and gyms in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel announced by the province last Friday won’t be lifted until at least the end of the 28-day period they were initially announced for, despite local pushback and demands to see the data underlying the decision, Sport, Heritage, Tourism and Culture Industries Minister and Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod said Wednesday.

The Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas published a letter to the province on Monday, asking to see the data that prompted the provincial closures, and requesting “a more appropriate strategy be employed to stop the spread of this disease,” arguing that the closures ordered do not appear to coincide with how COVID-19 transmission is known to have been happening, and will just do further economic harm to the hardest-hit businesses.

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“I am completely sympathetic, my heart is sick over it,” said MacLeod, at a news conference.

However, she released the evidence the province used to decide on enhanced restrictions , and pointed out that Ottawa has more cases per 100,000 people than any other city in the province, a “high” positivity rate (the percentage of tests coming back positive), and a high rate of hospitalizations.

The evidence provided by MacLeod from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table did not include any specific data about business-related outbreaks or transmission.

Asked specifically about evidence showing the need to close bars, restaurants, and gyms in Ottawa, MacLeod said: “We know, for example, that indoors, there is a high likelihood of spread, and we do recognize that it’s become more difficult to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

The minister also pointed out that prominent voices in health care, including the Ontario Hospital Association, have supported these measures.

“This wasn’t a decision that we, obviously, have taken lightly, it’s not a decision I really wanted to make, but it was a decision that our government had to take based on the evidence.”

“These restrictions, as difficult as they are, are the best way to protect our population,” said MacLeod.

At the premier’s press conference, Yaffe tried to offer some further clarity about the rationale behind the return to modified Stage 2 restrictions in Ontario’s COVID-19 hotspots.

“People ask — show me which gyms have had an outbreak, show me which restaurants in my area have had an outbreak? And the point is, there have been outbreaks in (these types) of facility, not necessarily in the specific one that they’re asking about,” she said.

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‘Whenever we make these decisions, we have to consider, obviously, the risks and the benefits. And always, there are people who say we should have closed them sooner, and there are people who say we shouldn’t have closed them. So we’re trying to get the best balance we can, with respect to preventing the transmission of COVID-19 but yet minimize the economic impact.

“It is a difficult situation for everyone, we recognize that, but it’s not like I can say ‘Well, just because your gym didn’t have an outbreak, there’s no problem.’ It’s the type of setting, and the way people interact that’s the issue.”

The public health measures team will be meeting later this week, said Yaffe, and they will consider the data for all of the public health units in Ontario and whether any further changes are needed.

Ontario reported 721 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Toronto, with 270 cases, and Peel region, with 170, continue to be hardest hit, along with York Region, which reported 79.

There are now 231 people hospitalized with the disease in Ontario, including 64 in ICU and 35 on ventilators. The province reported no new deaths on Wednesday.

Local

Ottawa Public Health reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and no new deaths.

There are now 769 active cases across the city and 48 Ottawans hospitalized with the disease, including 10 in ICU.

One new outbreak in a health/congregate living institution was reported Wednesday, currently involving one staff case at the Royal Garden retirement home, and bringing the number of ongoing outbreaks in the sector to 45. Two new outbreaks in school or child care facilities were also reported.

In the health unit regions surrounding Ottawa, 20 new cases were reported in Eastern Ontario, and both Leeds, Grenville & Lanark and Renfrew County and District reported one new cases.

Meanwhile, the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa has put a scheduled Skate Canada International event on ice .

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The Grand Prix event, scheduled to be held without fans at the TD Place Arena on Oct. 30-31, has been cancelled due to pandemic concerns.

It would have been the first competition for Canadian skaters since COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the world championships in Montreal, just days before they were scheduled to open on March 16.

Quebec

Quebec reported 844 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic is 88,994.

There has been one new death in the last 24 hours, four more occurred between Oct. 7-12 and one on an unknown date, for a total of 5,976, the province said.

Twenty more people were hospitalized, for a total of 488, including five new ICU cases, bringing that total to 80.

There were 11 new cases reported in the Outaouais Wednesday. The death toll in the region remains unchanged at 34.

National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated Wednesday that he plans to keep Canada’s borders closed as long as coronavirus cases remain elevated in the U.S.

“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” the prime minister said in an interview with a radio station in Winnipeg.

“We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place,” he added.

The Canadian government closed international borders to non-essential travel in March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Similar restrictions went into effect along the U.S.-Canada border with exemptions for trade.

The U.S. and Canadian governments have renewed the closure on a monthly basis, with non-essential travel currently restricted until Oct. 21.

A new poll suggests Canadians are turning against the idea of compulsory vaccinations for Canadians once the vaccine becomes available.

Only 39 per cent of respondents in the poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory while 54 per cent said it should be voluntary.

That’s a marked shift from July, when 57 per cent supported mandatory inoculations.

The new poll also suggested more overall reluctance about getting inoculated when a vaccine becomes available, with 63 per cent of respondents saying they would, seven percentage points lower than in July.

The online poll was conducted Oct. 9 to 11 and surveyed 1,539 adult Canadians. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

Canada has reported 188,447 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 9,660 deaths.

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-With files from Postmedia, The Canadian Press and Bloomberg

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