170 new cases of coronavirus in Ontario, total reaches 837 active cases

Ontario has confirmed 170 new coronavirus cases on Thursday as the provincial total rises to 837 active cases.

Eight cases are resolved, 13 people have died from the virus.

No new deaths have been reported as of Thursday morning.

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Thursday’s list includes 12 hospitalizations – five of which are men and women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s from Lambton public health unit in Sarnia.

Fourty-six cases had no information on age, gender, location, form of transmission or status — all categories are listed as “pending.”

The number of new single-day cases for Ontario has increased daily since Monday. Thursday’s 170 new confirmed infections mark the province’s largest single-day spike.

The province has tested more than 38,000 people so far and just under 11,000 are under investigation for the virus.

More to come.

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Connor McDavid says ‘a full season’s a fair season’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

Connor McDavid is at odds with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

McDavid’s Oilers sat comfortably in a playoff spot when the NHL suspended its season earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unlike his contemporaries, Edmonton’s captain thinks going right into the playoffs if the league gets the all-clear to resume would be a mistake.

Speaking on a video conference call Friday, McDavid said “a full season’s a fair season” when asked how he’d like to see things play out.

And if the NHL has to shorten proceedings, the 23-year-old superstar says teams would need at least a few games to find a rhythm.

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Crosby and Ovechkin said in separate video conferences Thursday they wouldn’t mind if the league went right into the playoffs.

At the time of the NHL’s pause, the Oilers sat second in the Pacific Division with 83 points through 71 games. The 34-year-old Ovechkin’s Capitals occupied first in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points from 69 games, while the 32-year-old Crosby’s Penguins were four points back in third.

McDavid, who suffered a serious knee injury last April, sits second in NHL scoring with 34 goals and 97 points — matching his jersey number. He is behind teammate Leon Draisaitl’s 110 points (43 goals, 67 assists).

The Calgary Flames were third in the Pacific with 79 points from their 70 games, four points back of Edmonton.

If the 2019-20 campaign resumes and the provincial rivals wind up meeting in the playoffs, it would mark the first post-season Battle of Alberta since 1991.

The rivalry boiled over in January when Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk delivered a couple of crunching checks on Edmonton’s Zack Kassian, who responded by jumping the Flames winger and earning himself a two-game suspension.

The teams then engaged in a line brawl that included goalies Mike Smith and Cam Talbot dropping the gloves in the next meeting in early February.

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Coronavirus: Peterborough paramedics testing dozens for COVID-19; police equipped for pandemic

Emergency responders in Peterborough are tackling the coronavirus pandemic with additional precautions.

Peterborough paramedics have been assisting Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Regional Health Centre and other health-care providers by conducting in-home tests for COVID-19. The service was launched last week.

According to paramedics chief Randy Mellow, as of Thursday, paramedics have tested 84 individuals in the city and county. The health unit reported Thursday its first hospitalized case of COVID-19 is a patient who was initially tested at home by paramedics.

“The idea there is to obviously keep people safe and to keep people in that environment so we can decrease the spread (of the virus),” said Mellow.

Mellow notes extra precautions are being taken for paramedics in the field with equipment that was saved for situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have gloves. We have hand sanitizer. We have gowns. We have face shields. And we have a supply of masks,” he said. “So that remains our primary focus: protecting our staff, protecting the public.”

The Peterborough Police Service also said frontline officers are also utilizing personal protective equipment that has always been available to officers, according to police Chief Scott Gilbert.

“They’ve been trained on that in the past,” he said. “Obviously we deal with people that are ill, bleeding all the time, unfortunately. Our members are trained in that, but we’ve made it much more readily accessible.”

Both Mellow and Gilbert say that while frontline staff currently have enough equipment, they admit they’re concerned about a future potential shortage.

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“Our masks though will dwindle as the number of usages go up,” said Mellow. “We have to protect our paramedics on each and every call so we know they will be dwindling. We are looking for help on that.”

Peterborough Regional Health Centre has launched an appeal for donations of personal protective equipment.

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Mayor confirms clinic closure in Rosthern, Sask. due to doctor testing positive for COVID-19

The town of Rosthern, Sask., is left without access to a medical clinic after one of the doctors tested positive for COVID-19, leading to staff he came into contact with to enter self-quarantine.

The town’s mayor, Dennis Helmuth, confirmed that the closure is due to one of the doctors contracting COVID-19.

On March 20, the SHA announced “a temporary disruption to emergency and lab services at the hospital due to staff shortage”.

The announcement further stated in the event of an emergency, residents should call 911 or go to Prince Albert or Saskatoon where emergency services are available at hospitals.

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Doctors at the Rosthern Medical Clinic are still consulting with patients on the phone, according to a Facebook post on the clinics page.

“It’s important to note that doctors that are unable to practice within their clinic are nonetheless working vigorously in terms of distance or telephone conference calls to their patients to provide a level of care that is appropriate under the circumstances,” Helmuth said.

Rosthern is approximately 60 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers across Canada are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. In Saskatchewan, international travellers are already required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the province.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases including 1 more death, total jumps to 671 active cases

Ontario has reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday which includes one additional death, bringing the provincial total to 671 active cases.

The province is now at nine deaths with eight resolved cases.

Wednesday’s list did not indicate who died but did list that at least five people are hospitalized.

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Hospitalizations include men and women in their 50s, 70s, 80s, — and the youngest, a woman in her 20s from Peel Region.

The list includes a wide range of ages, but most notably many are males and females in their 20s or younger. Some had travel history or close contact listed as form of transmission or were listed as “pending.”

Thirty-one cases listed did not have any information for ages, location, form of transmission or status.

The 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases makes this the largest single-day jump Ontario has seen.

More than 35,000 people have been tested for the virus so far. Around 10,500 are under investigation awaiting results.

More to come.

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Minden Hills declares state of emergency amid coronavirus pandemic

The Township of Minden Hills has followed Ontario’s lead and declared a state of emergency amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration was made by the township on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:42 p.m. and will be in effect until further notice.

The township’s emergency operations centre has also been convened and is meeting daily to monitor the situation.

It will communicate updates daily as information becomes available.

All community programming, events and advisory committee meetings scheduled at municipal buildings and facilities are postponed until after April 5.

All council, committee of the whole and committee of adjustment meetings will continue as scheduled.

As of the end of the March 18 business day, all township facilities are closed to the public until further notice.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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