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Brantford-Brant still in COVID-19 orange zone

fr24news– Brantford and Brant County remain in the province’s “orange-restrict” zone for COVID-19. There was speculation that an increase in local cases could move the community to the more stringent “red control” category, but, in a regular update Friday, the province did not include Brantford-Brant in its frame changes. Haldimand-Norfolk, however, turns orange from yellow-protect.

Brant’s acting medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke had discussions Thursday evening with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams, agreeing that Brantford-Brant fell just between the two orange and red categories, said Brant County Health Unit. spokesperson Ryan Spiteri.

“It has been decided that Brant may remain in the orange level of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework for the week to come,” Spiteri said.

“Brant, along with all other jurisdictions, will be reassessed next week.”

For the seven-day period ended November 22, Brantford-Brant set a weekly record with 66 new cases of COVID-19. The previous weekly record was set in the first week of November with 58 cases.

For the first four days of this week, 36 cases have been registered by the health unit. On Friday, the health unit said nine new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours.

Five people with the virus are being treated in hospital, one more than Thursday.

Brantford-Brant MP Will Bouma said, given the numbers, he was a little surprised the community remains orange.

“I think it’s good for the community (to stay in orange) and a testament to the community working together to stop the spread,” he said. “However, I think we also need to remain vigilant and continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing.”

According to the health unit, the total number of local cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic is 484, of which 406 are considered resolved.

There are currently 73 active cases of the virus, which means these people are considered infectious.

A COVID-19 outbreak on the surgical unit at Brantford General Hospital was declared on Wednesday. Two patients, one more than reported Thursday, and a staff member have tested positive.

The positive tests are presumed to be transmissions from a community-acquired case, according to a statement from the Brant Community Healthcare System, which operates BGH and the Willett emergency care center in Paris.

The health unit declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at The Olde School restaurant in Brantford on Thursday after two cases of the virus were confirmed in staff members who “did not have clear and identifiable sources of transmission outside of this establishment ”.

The infected staff were at the restaurant between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 when business voluntarily closed, the health unit said.

Spiteri said the second positive case associated with the restaurant, which triggered an outbreak declaration, was not received until Thursday. The period from November 13 to 20 corresponds to when the two people were in a contagious period at the restaurant.

Spiteri said they were in the process of contacting those identified as close contacts of staff members. Residents who visited the resident between November 13 and 20 but were not contacted by the health unit were not identified as close contact but may come into contact with the community health system de Brant to arrange testing if they are concerned about their exposure, Spiteri said.

On Friday afternoon, the Grand Erie District School Board announced a case of COVID-19 in the “school community” of Cayuga High School.

Outbreaks continue at Brucefield Manor nursing home in Mount Pleasant, where 20 residents and five employees have tested positive; at Brierwood Gardens, a long-term care home in Brantford, where two staff members tested positive; and Community Living Brant, where two staff and one customer tested positive.

More than half – 51% – of local COVID-19 cases have been contracted through close contact with someone infected with the virus. Twenty-one percent of cases are due to community spread, 20% are associated with an outbreak, and 5% are travel-related. An investigation into the means of transmission in 3% of cases is underway.

Five local people have died from COVID-19.

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