On Monday afternoon, the Gray Bruce Health Unit confirmed three new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. It is the first time that more than one case of virus has been confirmed in a single day since two cases were confirmed on May 17.
There have still been no cases hospitalized at Gray-Bruce on Monday, while there have been no deaths. A total of 87 cases have recovered, while 24 cases have been reported in health workers working in Gray-Bruce, the two figures unchanged from the previous day. No Gray-Bruce facility has been the subject of a COVID-19 outbreak.
The new cases came after a quiet weekend during which no new cases were confirmed on Saturday and Sunday. One case was reported Thursday and Friday of last week. Previously, only one total case had been reported over a 10-day period between May 18 and May 27.
The cases reported on Monday included two residents of Huron-Kinloss and one resident of Saugeen Shores.
Gray-Bruce’s medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Arra, said Monday that the number of cases was not alarming and should be expected.
He said the goal in the future is not to have no cases, but to balance the number of COVID-19 cases with other diseases related to the measures put in place to fight the virus. such as mental illness, domestic violence or even heat stroke.
“There are illnesses and deaths linked to both and to the future, it would be the balance between them,” said Arra.
The number of cases in Gray County includes Owen Sound with 46, Southgate with 11, Gray Highlands with six, Blue Mountains and West Gray with five each and Meaford, Georgian Bluffs and Chatsworth with one. Hanover has not reported any cases.
In Bruce County, Saugeen Shores has five cases, Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss have four each, South Bruce Peninsula has three, Arran-Elderslie has two, Brockton and South Bruce each has one and Northern Bruce Peninsula does reported no cases.
Arra said there is evidence that the latest cases involve people who have been in contact with people outside the area and that this is likely how they got the virus.
But he added that it is important to realize that the spread of the community could still occur in Gray-Bruce and that the region is not “out of the woods”.
“Overall, we anticipate that we will see these sporadic cases,” said Arra. “As long as we don’t see outbreaks, that’s the goal. “
Arra said Gray-Bruce had done a very good job of leveling the curve, but now was not the time to let her guard down.
“We must have a successful reopening as soon as possible as long as it is safe and reasonable,” said Arra, adding that people should continue to practice safety measures such as physical distance, regular hand washing and keeping at home in case of illness.
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Bruce County enhanced its Spruce the Bruce program to make $ 250,000 in grants available to local businesses this year.
The program enhancement is part of the $ 1.75 million County Business Stability Fund, introduced last month to help local businesses deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the Spruce the Bruce program, matching requirements have been removed for 2020, with grants now covering 100% of the cost of a project up to a maximum of $ 4,000 per business.
“As we prepare to reopen, many local businesses are considering adaptations that promote social distancing,” said director Mitch Twolan in a press release. “Installing take-out windows or expanding the patio are just a few of the ways that improved Spruce the Bruce grants could help businesses in downtown Bruce County.”
Companies located in a designated area of the Community Improvement Plan (PIC) are invited to submit a grant application to brucecounty.on.ca/business/grants/
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund is used up.
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A few upcoming webinars are being organized to help businesses try to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
At 2 p.m. Thursday, Adam Vander Duim and Greg Blokland, both chartered professional accountants at BDO, will speak with business owners on resilience and recovery during COVID-19.
They will talk about government plans for businesses, tax deferrals and other tax planning opportunities, and prepare a business for success in the recovery process.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
On Friday, there will be a virtual information session for local businesses to learn more about the reopening during the pandemic.
The session is co-hosted by Gray County, Bruce County and the Gray Bruce Health Unit, and will feature the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra.
Business owners can know their needs when reopening and running their business during the pandemic.
The event is free for businesses in Gray and Bruce counties, with registration required.
Details are available by writing to [email protected]
And Gray County is now highlighting PPE providers on its community business resilience map, so local businesses can find the personal protective equipment they need to keep employees and customers safe.
A link to the map and other resources is available at grey.ca/covid-19-resources
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The Municipality of Brockton will host a virtual Canada Day celebration due to the pandemic.
The municipality has joined the Walkerton Rotary Club and Wightman to host the virtual celebration, which will include a video of community celebration, a community moment bringing neighborhoods together while singing the national anthem, and a display of virtual fireworks.
The Canada Day committee and municipal staff are looking for community contributions through the video project. Residents and families are encouraged to submit photos or video clips to create the video.
Submission options include: wishing Canada a personalized birthday greeting with the last name, with red and white items from home; a one- to two-minute video of a family member sharing a Canadian-themed reading, poem, fun activity, or talent; or past photos of Canada Day.
Those taking videos are encouraged to use landscape orientation. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] before June 17. Details are available at Brockton.ca/CanadaDay.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Gray Bruce raises funds for its services that help children and families at risk by participating in the Big Canadian Donations Challenge for the month of June.
The organization is asking the public to donate to www.givingchallenge.ca, with every dollar donated to win a ballot and increase the chances that Big Brothers Big Sisters Gray Bruce will win $ 20,000.
The organization saw its sources of income dwindle during the pandemic while all of its traditional fundraising and awareness events are canceled, she said in a statement.
He changed his service delivery model to create virtual online filtering and matching for his young and old to protect the health and safety of heirs, as well as that of his staff and volunteers, according to the communicated.