Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott suggested this week that the recent Thanksgiving festivities had affected the province’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in a handful of hot spots.
Canada took a dark step in the COVID-19 pandemic this week. Canada surpassed 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
In other COVID-19 “firsts” on Tuesday, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that a dog in the Niagara region had tested positive for COVID -19. It is believed to be the first confirmed case in a dog in Canada.
Here is the latest local, state and federal news regarding COVID-19 cases and the funding you need to know:
Two new cases reported by Algoma Public Health this week
This week, SooToday confirmed that Fit4Less informed some of its members that a club employee tested positive for COVID-19 on October 22. Initial notifications were sent to an undisclosed number of members via email on Thursday, advising them of the hours the affected employee was in the facility from October 10-18.
On Monday, the APH confirmed the 42nd case of COVID-19 in the region. The health unit said the person with COVID-19 was close contact with another person who tested positive. The health unit reported a 43rd case on Tuesday.
Late Thursday afternoon, the APH reported potential exposure to COVID-19 on an Ontario Northland bus bound for Elliot Lake. APH stressed that the risk of infection is considered low.
Currently, there are two active cases in the Algoma area.
Here are the latest COVID-19 issues from Algoma Public Health, updated Friday at 11 a.m.:
- 54420 tested
- 43 positive
- 2 assets
- 0 deceased
- 41 resolved
Total confirmed cases by area of residence:
- 38 in Sault Ste. Marie and the area, with evidence of community spread
- 2 in central and eastern Algoma
- 3 in Elliot Lake and surrounding area
- 0 in northern Algoma
The situation south of the border
The Chippewa County Health Department reports an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
In a statement, the Department of Health said the increase is “likely due to community transmission, gatherings of groups of adults and easing social distancing and masking.”
Learn more about the Chippewa County Department of Health here.
OHL pushes back target start date
In August, the league announced its intention to start the regular season on December 1 and announced in mid-September the hope that training camps would open on November 15.
With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the province this fall and the border between Canada and the United States extended to at least November 21, the league has pushed back its potential start date well into the new Year.
In a statement on Thursday, the league announced the start date of February 4, players showing up to training camp on January 22, and the camps will open the next day.
Curtains remain closed at the Sault Community Theater Center
The show will continue, but no one knows when the Sault Community Theater Center will open for live performances and events.
Live performances have been canceled or postponed until 2021, with a full refund offered for dates that were permanently canceled. Learn more about the theater center here.
Federal and Provincial Governments Continue to Respond to COVID-19
Due to ongoing cases of COVID-19, the federal government has extended its ban on large cruise ships until at least February.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that the federal government has begun consultations to improve the living conditions of foreign workers across the country, following the challenges highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal government is urged by veterans associations to act as data suggests COVID-19 is making it harder for veterans to get help. According to Veterans Affairs Canada, fewer veterans have sought help due to the challenges of the pandemic.
When it comes to finances, Trudeau says the government’s promised update on the health of its finances will not have a specific anchor to prevent spending from spiraling out of control. He suggests that a robust update comes after the COVID-19 crisis.
The provincial government said on Tuesday it would spend $ 11.6 million on hospital beds in Ontario. According to the CPs, this will create up to 766 additional beds in 32 hospitals and other health facilities across Ontario.
In other funding news, Ford said the provincial government plans to spend up to $ 1.05 billion on a new stream of COVID-19 resilience infrastructure. The funding, of which the federal government is also a part, will provide funds to build or renovate health and safety projects in long-term care, education and municipalities.
Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford backed Niagara MP Sam Oosterhoff after being criticized for posing in a tight crowd without a mask. Oosterhoff removed the photos from his Facebook page and said the photos were taken in a banquet hall at an event that followed physical distancing guidelines.
It comes just after Federal Health Minister Patty Hadju was pictured at Toronto Pearson Airport without covering her face.
Long-Term Care Inquiry Continues in Ontario
Ontario’s independent long-term care home commission said critical staff shortages should be addressed urgently as the second wave of the pandemic escalates in interim recommendations released on Friday.
In a letter to the government, the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Commission said the province needs to spend more money, on a permanent basis, so that homes can hire more personal support workers and nurses.
Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton announced on Wednesday that nursing home staff across Ontario can now benefit from anonymity when testifying before a panel examining the spread of COVID-19 in the healthcare system. long-term care in the province. It comes after employees expressed fear of losing their jobs and having their hours cut for speaking.
Union rallies in favor of workers in retirement homes
About a dozen members of Unifor Local 1359 gathered outside the Pathways retirement residence on Trunk Road on Friday, showing their support for about 30 employees represented by Unifor who work at the seniors complex.
Unifor Local 1359 president Kelly Janes said she wanted a mix of full-time and part-time personal support workers (PSWS) and licensed practical nurses, as well as staff housekeeping and laundry included in the three-dollar-an-hour incentive Doug Ford has awarded PSWs in long-term care homes and hospitals.
Ford announced the temporary additional pay for nearly 147,000 PSW starting October 1 (scheduled to last until March) to recognize the work they are doing as frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Searchmont won’t snow this season, cites concerns over COVID-19
The announcement that Searchmont Resort will not be snowing this season was made via social media on Monday.
Searchmont Resort says the decision not to start its usual snowmaking process was due to “the significant cost and the many variables surrounding the coronavirus”.
Good news for curling fanatics
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the start of the season to be delayed, registrations began this week for curling at the Community First Curling Center.
Facilities Manager Ian Fisher said in a phone interview Friday night that the last date the board planned to have ice in the center was November 16, which coincides with the first day of the league.
Saint-Basile students donate more than 350 masks to local nonprofits
Over 350 masks will be donated to community members in need, thanks to the work of students in the ACE class at St. Basil Catholic Elementary School.
The masks, handcrafted by students, are donated in Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Center, St. Vicent Place and Pauline’s Place as part of the class’s ongoing commitment of life skills to giving back to the community in one way or another every year.
Learn more about the donation here.
Poppy campaign changes form during pandemic
Due to COVID-19, the Royal Canadian Legion and communities across Canada will not be able to observe Remembrance Day and honor veterans and comrades who passed away in the traditional way on November 11.
With that in mind, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 in Sault will be holding a “We Remember” poster challenge from October 30 to November 11.
Learn more about the campaign here.
Algoma’s annual ride or treat event takes shape behind the wheel this year
The Algoma University Students Union’s Drive Through Collection Drive is scheduled for Saturday and will accept donations of non-perishable items as part of the event. Learn more about the friendly COVID-19 Halloween celebration here.
Local group collects Koats for a Kause despite COVID-19
Addiction and Mental Health Advocates hope to help this winter by hosting Koats for a Kause, a winter clothing drive to help vulnerable populations in Sault. The event comes as COVID-19 cancels the traditional Coats for Kids event. Learn more about fundraising here.