norfolk.netia.ca http://norfolk.netia.ca en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com As COVID surges in the U.S., some experts worry about plan to further open up Ontario Dine-in restaurants, playgrounds, gyms and even movie theatres will be allowed to re-open in much of Ontario Friday — although not in the Greater Toronto Area — as the province moves into the recovery period of a staggered re-opening plan. The new guidelines will apply in 24 of Ontario’s 34 public health regions, including all of Northern Ontario, Ottawa, Kingston and most of cottage country. Excluded from the list, for now, are Toronto and most of its suburbs, as well as several areas home to large farms and greenhouses, including Windsor-Essex County and Niagara. The gradual reopening comes after weeks of low — and in some areas, no — growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province. Twenty public health units had five or fewer new cases on Monday, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott. Twenty-one had no new cases at all. Overall the province saw 116 new cases Monday, an increase of 0.3% from the day before. Still, the move to re-open so many businesses, so quickly, has some experts concerned. Just two hours after Ontario announced its plan to re-open bars and restaurants for dine-in service, California’s governor ordered all dine-in restaurants, and all bars in his state to close immediately. That move came after California, often praised for its pandemic response, was hit with a surge of new COVID cases, many tied, as they have been in places as disparate as Pittsburgh, Seoul and Montreal, to the re-opening of establishments where people, especially young people, can get drunk together inside. “That is probably the one piece — especially the bars — that is questionable (about the re-opening,)” said Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist in Hamilton. The province has taken some steps to mitigate the possible danger. Indoor gatherings, including in restaurants and bars, will be limited to 50 people. Social distancing rules will still apply, and everyone being served must have a seat. Chris Selley: Premier Ford, open Canada's most populous province Most of Ontario to move to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Friday, but Toronto among regions remaining behind Nightclubs, meanwhile, are still banned, as are private karaoke rooms, dancing and buffets. But enforcing those rules, across all of Ontario, won’t be easy. “The problem is, this is probably going to be personally policed, on the honour rule,” Chagla said. Servers and bartenders will be asked to monitor drunk young people who may not always accept the wisdom of staying six feet apart. “That’s probably the only one where it’s a little bit dicey and that needs to be watched closely,” Chagla said. Asked about the logic of opening up bars for indoor service now, given what’s happened in the United States, Premier Doug Ford admitted it could be an issue. “You aren’t wrong,” he told media. “I see these numbers from Florida and they’re staggering: 15,000 people contacted COVID in a day, that is scary. But we’re being pretty vigilant. We aren’t rushing into anything. We’re opening up slowly, in stage three, and being very, very cautious about it. But you make a good point.” Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, said it’s only partially fair to compare the American example to Ontario. It is the same disease and American bars and restaurants aren’t that different from Canadian ones. “But it’s not fair to the extent that Americans rushed back to the bars and behaved a certain way, flagrantly denying the threat, and Canadians in large part are not denying the threat,” he said. “So epidemiologically, it’s fair to compare them because an exposure happened and we saw an outcome. Sociologically, it may not be fair because the exposure may not be exactly the same given the differences in human behavior.” Ford said Monday that about 90 per cent of Ontario businesses should be able to reopen in stage three. Among the activities and business that are still considered unsafe are amusement parks and water parks, overnight camps for children, saunas, steam rooms, bathhouses and oxygen bars, and sports that involve “prolonged or deliberate” contact. The health regions that won’t be moving to stage three Friday are: • Durham Region Health Department. • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. • Halton Region Public Health. • Hamilton Public Health Services. • Lambton Public Health. • Niagara Region Public Health. • Peel Public Health. • Toronto Public Health. • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. • York Region Public Health. As for the plan as whole, Chagra understands why some people are nervous. But “there’s going to be some point where we’re going to have to say, okay, it’s time to see what happens if we open up again and try to resume normal life,” he said. The plan seems reasonable, he said, and generally controlled. “And we have the testing capacity to see, if anything does happen, that people are able to get tested right away and kind of get a sense of what’s going on.” http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932870-covid-surges-us-some-experts-worry-about-plan-further-open-o Tue, 14 2020 01:11:09 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932870-covid-surges-us-some-experts-worry-about-plan-further-open-o Charges pending after dog left in car on hot day dies: Norfolk County OPP Provincial police in Norfolk County say charges are pending after an area resident’s dog was killed after they left the pet in a car on a hot day last week. http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932657-charges-pending-after-dog-left-car-hot-day-dies-norfolk-coun Mon, 13 2020 15:28:03 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932657-charges-pending-after-dog-left-car-hot-day-dies-norfolk-coun Chelsea perd la main; Man City en LdC LONDRES – Les Blues de Chelsea ont concédé une défaite inquiétante à Sheffield United (3-0), samedi lors de la 35e journée de Premier League. Victorieux à Brighton (5-0), Manchester City a assuré sportivement sa qualification pour la prochaine Ligue des Champions. Chelsea s'effondre Sommaire Dix jours après un premier avertissement sur le terrain de West Ham (défaite 3-2), l'actuel troisième du classement, Chelsea, s'est de nouveau incliné à Sheffield United (3-0), l'équipe surprise de cette saison. Un échec désastreux à plusieurs titres : il permet à Leicester (59 points, un de moins que Chelsea) et Manchester United (58 points) d'avoir l'occasion de passer devant au classement dimanche et lundi. À trois journées de la fin, Chelsea ne pourra se qualifier pour la prochaine édition de la Ligue des Champions qu'en remportant ses trois dernières rencontres et en comptant sur la confrontation directe entre ses deux rivaux lors de la dernière journée. Avec encore un match simple (réception de la lanterne rouge Norwich) et deux matchs compliqués (à Liverpool et devant Wolverhampton), Frank Lampard a du se souci à se faire. Car au-delà du résultat, c'est bien la façon dont Chelsea s'est incliné qui interpelle. Menés 2-0 dès la demi-heure de jeu (David McGoldrick 18e et Oliver McBurnie 33e), en raison d'un secteur défensif encroûté (Zouma, Christensen et Jorginho, en l'absence de Kanté), les Blues ne se sont créé leurs premières occasions qu'à 25 minutes de la fin, après l'entrée en jeu d'Olivier Giroud. Sheffield a même creusé le score en fin de match, doublé de McGoldrick (77e, 3-0). Manchester City en roue libre Sommaire Encore en lice en FA Cup et en Ligue des Champions, le dauphin de Liverpool a assuré sa qualification sportive pour la prochaine Ligue des Champions grâce à une victoire gourmande à Brighton (5-0). Raheem Sterling a inscrit un triplé, accompagné par Bernardo Silva et Gabriel Jesus. Mais tous les regards sont désormais orientés vers le Tribunal du Sport, qui rendra lundi sa décision sur la suspension pour deux ans de compétitions européennes, infligée en février par l'UEFA pour infraction aux règles du fair play financier. Fin de série pour Liverpool Sommaire Déjà champions, et déjà éliminés de la Cup et de la Ligue des Champions, les Reds ont enregistré leur premier insuccès en championnat à Anfield depuis janvier 2019. « Nous avons laissé la porte ouverte, nous aurions dû la fermer », a déclaré Jurgen Klopp a l'issue de la rencontre. « On aurait pu marquer 2, 3, ou 4 buts supplémentaires au moins » a également insisté l'entraîneur allemand, par ailleurs mécontent de l'arbitrage, trop indulgent selon lui. D'abord très dominateur, Liverpool a ouvert le score en première période (Andrew Robertson, 34e), avant d'être rejoint au milieu de la seconde (Jay Rodriguez, 69e). Watford et West Ham reprennent de la marge En début d'après-midi, des matchs cruciaux pour le maintien ont permis à Watford et à West Ham de reprendre un peu d'air. Vainqueurs respectivement de Newcastle (2-1) et de Norwich (4-0). Le doublé sur penalty de Troy Deeney, permet aux Hornets de Watford de reprendre six points d'avance sur le premier relégable, Bournemouth, qui compte un match de moins. Marge identique pour West Ham, grâce au quadruplé de son attaquant trentenaire Michail Antonio. Norwich redescend en Championship (D2) après une saison parmi l'élite. C'est la cinquième fois que le club du Norfolk descend de Premier League, un record. La formation de Daniel Farke a perdu ses sept matches disputés depuis la reprise, mi-juin. Le début de saison avait pourtant été plutôt encourageant, au mois de septembre, Norwich avait même battu le champion en titre Manchester City (3-2), qui ne s’est jamais remis de cette première défaite dans la course au titre. Cette 35e journée – où est respectée une minute de silence avant chaque match en mémoire de l'ancien champion du monde 1966 Jack Charlton – se poursuit dimanche et lundi, avec notamment le déplacement de Leicester à Bournemouth et la réception de Southampton par Manchester United. http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932161-chelsea-perd-la-main-man-city-en-ldc Sat, 11 2020 14:08:00 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/932161-chelsea-perd-la-main-man-city-en-ldc Migrant Farm Workers "Hid" From COVID-19 Testers Out Of Fear: Ford TORONTO — Migrant workers at an Ontario farm struggling with a major COVID-19 outbreak “hid” to avoid getting tested when health officials visited recently, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday, refusing to name the business.Ford said fears among temporary foreign workers that they would not be paid or sent back to their home countries if they tested positive for the virus are hindering efforts to address the outbreak at the farm in the Windsor-Essex region that has seen 191 workers infected with COVID-19.The premier said only three or four workers at the farm co-operated with health officials who showed up to do more testing. “All the workers went and hid,” he said. “That’s why my emphasis to the workers is nothing’s going to happen. We’re here, Ontario is here, to help you.”Farms in Windsor-Essex have been hard-hit by COVID-19 with four farms currently in outbreak. Hundreds of migrant workers have tested positive for the virus, and three have died.Ford stressed Thursday that workers will have access to health care, safe places to isolate, and be eligible for some of the province’s sick pay benefits.On Wednesday, the medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex ordered a work stoppage at the unidentified local farm after the rash of positive tests.Dr. Wajid Ahmed issued a mandatory order for the farm to ensure employees were isolated and stopped working as a result of the outbreak. No contract workers are permitted to work on the site either under the order.The health unit’s CEO, Theresa Marentette, said the farm outbreak represents a quarter of the region’s total COVID-19 cases among agri-food workers.“It’s a substantial amount of people,” she said of the number workers with the virus. “So this order was put in place to protect the workers and prevent further spread on the farm.”While Ford has repeatedly praised Ahmed in recent weeks, he appeared to contradict him Thursday, saying the work stoppage will not inspire local farmers to participate in efforts to combat the virus.“Do you think that encourages other farmers to co-operate when all of a sudden, they see one of their friends get their farm shut down like that?” Ford said. The health unit and Ford have declined to name the farm where the outbreak has occurred, with the premier saying he doesn’t want to blame the grower for the situation.“When I call people out, it’s because they’re trying to gouge someone,” he said. “They’re trying to take advantage of the public. These poor farmers, they’re not trying to take advantage of anyone. They’re beside themselves. And I’m not about to throw a hard-working farmer underneath the bus for nothing that he’s done wrong.”Public health units in Haldimand-Norfolk and Chatham-Kent have named farms were outbreaks have occurred.NDP legislator Taras Natyshak, who represents a riding in Essex County, said migrant workers were participating in on-farm testing for COVID-19, disputing Ford’s statements.″...those workers have been supportive because they understand how serious it is to their own health and to their colleagues,” he said.Natyshak said Ford was also wrong when it comes to promises of provincial sick pay eligibility for the workers, noting that current pandemic measures only protect migrant worker jobs. He said workers need assurances they won’t lose money if they test positive for the virus.On Thursday, the Canadian Red Cross confirmed it was working with the province and municipal officials in Windsor-Essex to help the community deal with the outbreaks.Meanwhile, a new mobile app meant to help with contact tracing of COVID-19 cases was not rolled out across Ontario on Thursday as planned.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said the province was still working with the federal government and the app was expected to launch soon.The province will be the first to use the COVID Alert app, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said it should be ready for downloading in the rest of the country later this summer.RELATED Canada#039;s COVID-19 Models Show Virus Under Control In Most Of The Country #039;I Don#039;t Think We#039;re Ready#039;: Ford Says It#039;s Too Early To Open Border Canada’s Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Will Be Piloted In Ontario Ford has previously said the app could play a key role in helping contain the spread of COVID-19 as more businesses reopen their doors.Using the app would be voluntary, and the app would notify users based on a number of criteria, including if they were within two metres of a person who tests positive for the virus and if that contact took place over an extended period of time.“Well, it’s not delayed on our side,” Ford said Thursday. “We’re ready to go. I know the feds want to bring it right across the country. They’re working on that.”Ontario reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and four new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.The total number of cases now stands at 35,370, which includes 30,730 marked as resolved and 2,680 deaths.The province reported 204 resolved cases over the previous day, and the numbers of people in intensive care and using ventilators both dropped. More than 24,300 tests were completed over the previous 24 hours.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020. http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/928878-migrant-farm-workers-hid-covid-19-testers-out-fear-ford Fri, 03 2020 00:40:07 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/928878-migrant-farm-workers-hid-covid-19-testers-out-fear-ford HSLM issues safety reminder, Norfolk County OPP lay charge after dog left in hot vehicle Norfolk County OPP are also raising alarms about the issue after laying a charge against a 33-year-old in Simcoe this week. http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/928804-hslm-issues-safety-reminder-norfolk-county-opp-lay-charge-af Thu, 02 2020 20:54:05 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/928804-hslm-issues-safety-reminder-norfolk-county-opp-lay-charge-af Toronto, Peel Can Enter Stage 2 Of Reopening: Premier TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says Toronto and the Peel Region are set to enter Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan on Wednesday.That will leave Windsor-Essex as the only region of the province still in Stage 1.Ford says the trends are improving in Toronto and Peel, but the threat of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is still too great.He says the province is trying to help the region open as quickly as possible, including expanded and proactive testing on farms, where there have been large outbreaks among migrant workers. We have consulted with our medical experts and are pleased to announce that as of Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01AM City of Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2.https://t.co/PCPDSjjOUqpic.twitter.com/3TqII5Z9xH— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 22, 2020The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says that 31 of their 32 new cases today come from the agri-farm sector.Two migrant workers have died in the region due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is now reporting that a migrant worker in their area has died amid a farm outbreak there.The farm currently has 199 infected migrant workers and 18 other people associated with the farm who tested positive for COVID-19, the health unit said.Approximately 20,000 migrant workers come to Ontario each year to work on farms and in greenhouses — many of them from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean — and this year were required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.Trudeau ‘extremely concerned’Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the quarantine measures and protections for temporary foreign workers in the workplace were strong and “obviously” those rules were not followed in some cases.“We’re extremely concerned by that and there will be consequences for companies that did not follow the rules,” he said.“In Canada anyone doing work, let alone essential work as part of our food chain, needs to feel protected. Obviously, in the case of these three tragic deaths, that wasn’t the case. We are ensuring that changes are made and that there will be consequences.”Hundreds of migrant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in outbreaks at farms in Windsor-Essex, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Chatham-Kent.RELATED Back To School In September? Ontario Reveals Reopening Plan This Is What Air Travel Is Like In Canada Now How To Safely And Smartly Expand Your Social Circle Today, provincewide there are 161 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths.That’s the lowest total of new daily cases since late March and brings the province to a total of 33,637 cases, including 2,609 deaths and 28,933 resolved cases.The number of resolved cases continues to grow more quickly than active ones.The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and those in intensive care and on ventilators all dropped, to the lowest levels since the province started publicly reporting them at the beginning of April.This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2020Also on HuffPost: http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/924911-toronto-peel-can-enter-stage-2-reopening-premier Mon, 22 2020 18:27:39 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/924911-toronto-peel-can-enter-stage-2-reopening-premier Migrant worker at Norfolk County, Ont., farm dies due to coronavirus No information regarding the deceased is released, except that he was a male. http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/924633-migrant-worker-norfolk-county-ont-farm-dies-due-coronavirus Sun, 21 2020 21:15:38 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/924633-migrant-worker-norfolk-county-ont-farm-dies-due-coronavirus Rest Of Ontario Enters Stage 2 On Friday Except Toronto, Peel And Windsor-Essex TORONTO — All regions of Ontario except for Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will be in Stage 2 of the province’s phased reopening plan as of Friday.Most areas of the province were allowed to enter the second stage last Friday, except for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, some regions that border the United States and those with COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers.Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the regions that can join them this Friday are: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara and York.“For the regions still remaining in Stage 1 — Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex — we ask you, please be patient because we can’t let our guard down,” Ford said.“But the good news is the public health trends across the province are going in the right direction.”RELATED How To Safely And Smartly Expand Your Social Circle What Ontario Parents Need To Know About Daycares Re-Opening Ontario Nurses Given ‘Insulting’ 1% Wage Increase In Pandemic The government is expected to provide another assessment of those regions’ progress next Monday.Ontario reported 181 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, with the majority in Toronto and Peel Region.Toronto added 85 new cases Monday, with Peel adding 41, and all other regions reporting fewer than 10, including many with no new cases.Windsor-Essex reported seven new cases Monday and 26 the day before. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the region is “very close” to being able to open up, but noted that a number of people in the community, including health professionals, cross the United States border for work.The total of 181 is the lowest number of new daily cases since late March. They bring the province to a total of 32,370, including 2,527 deaths — eight more than the previous day — and 27,213 resolved cases.The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped from 438 to 419, and the number of people on ventilators decreased as well, while intensive care rates remained stable.Increased rates of testingOntario completed 21,751 tests in the previous day, with Health Minister Christine Elliott noting that the falling number of new cases coincides with increased rates of testing, keeping the positivity rate at “all-time lows.”The number of long-term care homes with active COVID-19 outbreaks rose by two since Sunday, to 69.According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 32 homes that had previous outbreaks declared resolved have re-entered outbreak situations.That includes Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., where nearly half of the residents died due to COVID-19. It had been outbreak-free since mid-May.Nearly 1,800 long-term care residents have died amid outbreaks, according to data from the Ministry of Long-Term Care.This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2020Also on HuffPost http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/922244-rest-ontario-enters-stage-2-friday-except-toronto-peel-and-w Mon, 15 2020 20:16:14 GMT http://norfolk.netia.ca/news/922244-rest-ontario-enters-stage-2-friday-except-toronto-peel-and-w