Coronavirus: Niagara Speedway closed until further notice due to COVID-19 case – Hamilton


A Niagara Falls attraction, included in a viral video that stunned YouTube viewers with large crowd scenes and little social distancing, has been closed until further notice after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus .Marketing director Joel Noden told Global News the go-kart track was closed on Monday after Niagara Public Health carried out an inspection. They were informed of the COVID-19 case on Sunday.

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“We went through all of our video footage,” Noden said. “Obviously we have security cameras everywhere and we checked to make sure he was properly fitted with a face mask and PPE and taking the necessary precautions.”

Noden said the employee worked on July 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14. The closure will see around 50 employees staying at home in isolation.

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The video appears to show a crowded scene in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The video appears to show a crowded scene in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

“We had the doctor and health care staff here on Monday to review everything we were doing,” Noden said. “We received a clear report saying… that we were following all the appropriate steps and precautions.”

The speedway was opened on Tuesday but closed again on Wednesday after the video emerged and created a “fluid situation,” Noden said.

Video taken at Clifton Hill on Saturday night near attractions such as the Speedway, Niagara Sky Wheel, and Dinosaur Adventure Golf shocked many YouTube viewers as large crowds and long lines revealed little to physical distance in the midst of the lingering coronavirus crisis.

“It’s sad” and “this town is going to cause another peak and roll Ontario back” were some of the comments made on the Amusement Insiders YouTube channel, which featured a video shot by Niagara Falls resident Cole Morningstar.

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On Thursday morning, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said the city would be “proactive” in light of the backlash to the video and implement a campaign on the streets with employees offering free hand sanitizer as well. as face masks at cost.

Noden says Skyway, Dinosaur Gold, Movieland and Zombie Attack will remain open with additional COVID-19 security measures.

“All of our employees have face masks and PPE,” Noden said. “In fact, all of our attractions have been handled with the GS microbus which is the same as that used on the transportation systems.”

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Niagara Region Reports 3 New Cases of COVID-19

Niagara public health officials reported three more cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. The region now has 816 cases in total, of which 47 are active.

The region has no new deaths. To date, 64 people have died as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are six institutional outbreaks in the region, including the Garden City Manor, Linhaven and Tabor Manor long-term care homes in St. Catharines. There is also an outbreak at the Eventide Home on Jepson Street in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara region will move to Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening plan on Friday.

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The directive means that most businesses and public spaces will now be able to open with “appropriate health and safety measures in place,” the province said in a statement Monday.

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Several activities and shops are not included in the extended opening: large amusement parks, night camps for children, buffets, restaurants and bars with dancing, karaoke rooms, long-contact sporting events, saunas, hammams, public baths , oxygen bars, as well as casinos and gambling establishments will not be allowed to operate in step 3.

The move increases the social gathering limits to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

In a statement, public health said the playgrounds would be allowed to open on Friday.

Hamilton reports no new cases of COVID-19

Hamilton’s public health department reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The city’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 881, including 872 confirmed and nine probable.

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The city says there have been 14 positive cases in the past 10 days and 10 new cases under the age of 30.

There were no new deaths reported Thursday. The city has a total of 44 deaths linked to the coronavirus, including 34 linked to an institutional epidemic.

The city currently has an institutional outbreak at Community Living Hamilton-Mountain which is expected to be completed by Friday.

A spokesperson for the house said all test results for staff and residents, administered during the outbreak, came back negative.

The test included five staff members and four residents who were in contact with the staff member who tested positive, according to the home.

Halton region with 33 active cases

Halton Region says it has 33 active cases as of Thursday. The region has recorded a total of 887 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 818 confirmed positive cases and 84 probable cases.

The region still had 25 COVID-19-related deaths as of July 17, including 12 resulting from an outbreak at an institution.

The region does not have an institutional epidemic on Thursday.

Haldimand-Norfolk reports two new cases of COVID-19

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) added two new cases of COVID-19 to its overall total of 448 laboratory-confirmed positive cases on Thursday.

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Authorities say 395 of those patients have since recovered.

The region has 32 COVID-19-related deaths, 27 of which are linked to residents of Anson Place Nursing Home, a nursing home, in Hagersville.

Brant County Reports No New Cases of COVID-19

The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The region had a total of 136 confirmed cases as of July 23.

The county still has four deaths, with 128 total resolved cases. No COVID-19 patient is currently hospitalized among the eight remaining active cases.

The area has an institutional outbreak at the Briarwood Gardens long-term care and retirement home.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are a few things you should know:

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Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic diseases such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop any symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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