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Onion Lake Cree Nation reports first COVID-19 case

Onion Lake Cree Nation reports first COVID-19 caseThe Onion Lake Cree Nation is reporting its first case of COVID-19, the third case of the novel coronavirus on a Saskatchewan reserve.A Facebook post, shared Thursday afternoon, said the case at the First Nation located north of Lloydminster near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border was confirmed by a medical health officer."Pandemic Committee has been dispatched and will start the tracing process to ensure the containment is done effectively and efficiently," the post said. The band office and the community's health director were emailed, asking for confirmation of the case. Health director Albert Jimmy referred CBC News to Indigenous Services Canada. Indigenous Services Canada regional medical health officer Dr. Ibrahim Khan said Sunday he wouldn't identify which community, citing privacy, but said there is a new case in Saskatchewan's northwest region that was confirmed last week. "Initially there were two cases in the north, they were actively managed and followed up; they're all back.... They didn't require any hospitalizations," Khan said. Khan said this new, third case is currently in stable condition and at home. They had eight reported close contacts with people who have been followed up with and are now being monitored.So far, the investigation has identified it as a case of community transmission that happened outside Onion Lake Cree Nation. The investigation is still underway.Community measures in placeThe band's website has a number of updates and news releases that show a variety of efforts undertaken by the community to try to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.The community locked itself down, starting Friday, until chief and council determine it is safe to lift the order. A curfew has been in place since March 25, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.An update shared on Friday said multiple checkpoints have been established at entrances to Onion Lake, where people will be asked about their business in the community and screened for COVID-19 symptoms.Vehicles leaving will be restricted to a maximum of two people.Non-essential travel has been prohibited and non-band members are prohibited from entering the community. People who travel to "hot spots" like Edmonton or Saskatoon will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days after they return, and a monitoring system is in place to ensure compliance.On a voluntary basis, members of the Onion Lake Cree Nation can use colour-coded cards to make other community members aware of the health situation in their homes and whether they need any other help.Khan said he supports First Nation communities as they attempt to stop the virus and said the federal government had announced financial support to bands for health measures. A community lockdown is no guarantee a positive COVID-19 case won't be found there, he said. He said tracking people will help, while noting the other steps that need to be taken. "In the community and in every family, there has to be steps taken that you don't congregate; no sick people, with respiratory symptoms, roaming around inside the community;… frequently wash your hands; do not touch your face; and if you're sick, stay home, stay away from vulnerable people."


The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in CanadaThe latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 2:31 p.m. on April 5, 2020:There are 15,425 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada._ Quebec: 7,944 confirmed (including 94 deaths, 464 resolved)_ Ontario: 4,038 confirmed (including 119 deaths, 1,449 resolved)_ British Columbia: 1,203 confirmed (including 38 deaths, 673 resolved)_ Alberta: 1,126 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 196 resolved), 55 presumptive_ Nova Scotia: 262 confirmed (including 53 resolved)_ Saskatchewan: 231 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 55 resolved)_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 217 confirmed (including 1 death, 28 resolved)_ Manitoba: 187 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 17 resolved), 16 presumptive_ New Brunswick: 101 confirmed (including 28 resolved)_ Prince Edward Island: 22 confirmed (including 6 resolved)_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed_ Yukon: 6 confirmed_ Northwest Territories: 4 confirmed (including 1 resolved)_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases_ Total: 15,425 (71 presumptive, 15,354 confirmed including 277 deaths, 2,970 resolved)This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 5, 2020.The Canadian Press


The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest developments on COVID-19 in CanadaThe latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern):2:10 p.m.Canada is increasing its international aid to help stop COVID-19 by more than $100 million. International Development Minister Karina Gould said Sunday another $109.5 million will be allocated, on top of $50 million the government announced earlier in March.She said $30 million will respond to requests for help from specific countries, $40 million will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations co-oridinating the world's efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19, and $84.5 million will be split between a number of international groups including the World Health Organization, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme.2:05 p.m.New Brunswick is reporting three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 101 confirmed cases.Of the 101 cases, 58 are travel-related, and 32 are close contacts of confirmed cases.However, five cases are the result of community transmission and six cases remain under investigation.To date, 28 people have recovered from the viral illness.\---2 p.m.The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador says he's furious with U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting the country could ban exports of medical supplies to Canada.Dwight Ball told a news conference today that the province gained international acclaim for the way its residents helped thousands of stranded airline passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.Ball says that when the United States was in crisis, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians "acted fast and did what was necessary."The premier said even though he was "infuriated" with Trump's actions, he insisted that the people of the province wouldn't hesitate to repeat what they did during 9/11.\---1:55 p.m.Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is asking Parliament to figure out how the House of Commons can move to virtual sittings for conducting regular business.The House was suspended until April 20 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and was recalled with a smaller number of MPs to pass an emergency aid bill to respond to COVID-19. It will be recalled again in the next week to pass additional measures.Most provinces are extending physical distancing measures well into May at this point, suggesting a return for the House in two weeks is unlikely.House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is asking Speaker Anthony Rota for advice on how the House might be able to use virtual sittings.\---1:20 p.m.Quebec Premier Francois Legault is extending the closure of non-essential businesses in the province to May 4.Legault says COVID-19 is still on an upward slope in Quebec and it would be unrealistic to keep to the original April 13 end date.The premier announced there were 19 new deaths in Quebec, for a total of 94, and 947 new cases for a total of 7,944.He says he hopes the number of new cases in the province will peak in the coming weeks.\---12:45 p.m.Canada's public health chief says hospitals should not throw away used masks and other protective equipment because experts are looking to see if they can be disinfected and reused.Dr. Theresa Tam says protecting health care workers is one of her top priorities in the COVID-19 pandemic.She says there is work underway looking for the best science that can be used to decontaminate used masks and other equipment.\---12:25 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19. The province's total now stands at 262 confirmed cases.With the virus now spreading in communities, the province has ramped up testing at the province's main laboratory, where processing of results will be a 24-7 operation as of Monday.Health officials say six individuals are being treated in hospital, though 53 have already recovered from the viral infection.\---12 p.m.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced details for a cash payment for Canadians out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accepted starting Monday, offering Canadians who have lost their jobs because of the crisis $2,000 a month.Trudeau says it will take three to five days for the money to arrive by direct deposit or 10 days by mail.\---11:45 a.m.Police in Sherbrooke, Que., say a Walmart security guard is fighting for his life after being struck and dragged by a driver who was allegedly enraged by the store's social distancing policies.They say the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. Saturday when the suspect tried to enter the Walmart with his partner but was told only one person per vehicle was allowed inside.Police spokesman Martin Carrier says the client allegedly became frustrated and struck the 35-year-old guard with his vehicle, dragging him several metres.\---11:35 a.m.Another resident of Pinecrest Nursing Home has died, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the central Ontario seniors' residence to 23.A wife of a resident at the nursing home in Bobcaygeon, Ont, has also died.It is one of the worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in the country.At least 24 staff members at the facility have also tested positive for COVID-19.\---11:05 a.m.Another 25 people in Ontario have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the provincial death toll for the virus to 119.The fatalities come as the overall known caseload jumped past the 4,000 mark with more than 400 new ones reported. More than 150 people were on ventilators.More than three dozen outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes across the province. The frail elderly are at particular risk for coronavirus, which can produce no or mild symptoms, but can also cause lethal pneumonia.The Canadian Press


Ex-Gander mayor disappointed in lack of U.S.-Canada co-operation during pandemic

Ex-Gander mayor disappointed in lack of U.S.-Canada co-operation during pandemicGANDER, N.L. — Former Gander, N.L., Mayor Claude Elliott knows a thing or two about co-operation between Canada and the United States in a crisis — and he's not liking what he's seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.Elliott rose to international prominence when the small Newfoundland town housed 6,600 stranded travellers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, a story that has been popularized in the award-winning musical "Come From Away." He's disappointed in reports that Minnesota-based manufacturer 3M has been told to stop exporting face masks."I understand the United States is going through a very dramatic time, especially in New York and they need a lot of supplies, but we're fighting an enemy that is just not one state, it's the whole world," said Elliott on Sunday. "And when we come to those times of tragedy in our life, we need everybody helping each other."Elliott has been self-isolating at home and says that when he does go out for groceries or other necessities the streets of Gander are quieter than usual, with people carefully adhering to physical distancing guidelines.It's almost the opposite of what Gander was like following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The town of over 11,500 added about 66 per cent of its usual population for a week as 38 civilian and four military planes were forced to land at Gander's airport when all flights across North America were grounded.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball criticized Trump's measures on Sunday, saying that he was "infuriated" and highlighted how his province had stepped up for Americans during 9/11.Elliott agreed with his premier."We saw that during 9/11, when U.S. citizens were stranded all over Canada, we took them in and we helped them and gave them the best we could under a difficult situation that they were going through," said Elliott. "The whole world today is going through a difficult situation and it's unfortunate that we're not helping each other."Earlier this week, Gander and "Come From Away" were trending on Twitter in Canada when Florida expressed concerns about letting two COVID-19-stricken cruise ships dock. The ships had passengers from around the world, including close to 250 Canadians.3M, one of the United States' largest producers of the medical-grade face masks known as N95 respirators, said in a statement Friday it had been told by the White House to stop exporting the equipment to markets in Canada and Latin America — a charge the White House has denied.However, President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law that provides the power to redirect U.S. manufacturing capacity in times of national crisis, to compel American producers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators to ramp up their production and prioritize orders for the Federal Emergency Management Agency."If we don't help each other, it will probably be a long, long time before we get over this pandemic," said Elliott, who worked as a paramedic for 30 years. "There's no question about it."By John Chidley-Hill in Toronto.— With files from The Associated PressThis report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 5, 2020.The Canadian Press


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