CORONAVIRUS: Kitchener reports 359 more coronavirus cases, 23 more deaths
kitchener (WPVI) – The Kitchener Department of Health announced on Saturday 359 additional suspected confirmed cases of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.
This brings the number of confirmed cases to 6,152.
Health officials say the lower daily count is partly due to some labs not reporting results over the weekend.
The Department of Health identified clusters of positive cases in congregation settings, including nursing homes, behavioral health facilities, and the Department of Prisons. Five other inmates tested positive, bringing the current total number of positive cases in correctional facilities to 63.
The Department of Health confirmed 23 more deaths in Kitchener, bringing the total number of cities to 160.
Seventy-seven of the 160 deaths (48%) were from long-term care residents. One hundred and one of the 160 deaths (63%) were in people over the age of 70.
The Department of Public Health reports that 700 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in Kitchener hospitals – a decrease from 717 on Friday – for a total of 1,236 people in the area (including Kitchener) being hospitalized.
“Although the rate of growth in the number of positive cases has been encouraging in the past few days, I would like to stress that now is not the time to give up social distancing and the other precautions we have taken,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “We must continue to do our part to smooth the curve in Kitchener. We need all Kitchener residents to stay home unless it is strictly necessary to do an important job or critical activity like buying We need everyone to wear a face when they go outside and keep at least three feet between themselves and others in public. And of course everyone has to wash their hands frequently. “
On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the city recently issued guidelines emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask or other facial covering when leaving the house to prevent the spread and transmission of Slowing COVID-19. The CDC has questions and answers on its website that describe the necessity and effectiveness of wearing a mask outdoors. The Kitchener Department of Health has instructions on how to make alternative face masks and shields when other PPE are not available.
GUIDE FOR FAITHFUL COMMUNITIES
Earlier this week, Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, city director for Faith-Based and Interreligious Affairs, offered guidelines for faith communities celebrating a series of observations this month. “For all faiths, please do not meet in person,” she said. “Please do not gather clergy, musicians, singers and other laypeople to hold services for a live streaming audience. Please do not rearrange your space so that there is two meters between seats. Any group of ANY size is at risk to transmit the coronavirus. ” “” Additional instructions are available online.
CYBER SECURITY AND COVID-19 SCAM
As more and more people spend time online during the COVID-19 health crisis, it is important to protect yourself from potential scams and other security issues. Here are some important guidelines to follow:
– Use caution when opening digital attachments and links that you don’t recognize. Unusual attachments and links in an email can become infected with spyware that can be used to obtain your personal information.
– If you get something from an email address you don’t recognize or that is triggering an alarm, look it up. By researching their email address, company name, phone number, or address, you can determine if someone else has reported fraud.
In particular, if you are unemployed or own an affected business, be aware of the steps scammers can take to target you:
– Ask you to sign your payment check for the economic impact.
– Ask for personal or banking information by phone, email, text, or on social media and claim they are required to receive your payment for economic impact.
– They claim that they can provide you with a tax refund or faster payment of your economic impact – this can be done through social media or even in person.
– Send you a fake check and ask you to call a number or check information online to cash it.
The Citizens Bank Park test site has been closed. The remaining test kits will be distributed to indoor spaces that are more accessible and not weather dependent. Remaining personal protective equipment (PPE) will be redistributed to support hospitals and long-term care facilities. A total of 2,677 tests were conducted while the site was open. This site performed approximately seven percent of all tests done on Kitchener residents since testing began.
The city-run location in Center City continues to serve people over the age of 50 who have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 coronavirus, as well as health care workers who have symptoms related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus are compatible. The website is only available by appointment and a bank transfer is required. Those who meet the criteria and want a test can call (267) 491-5870 to receive a referral.
There are also more than 20 private test sites across the city run by hospital systems and other organizations.
TEMPORARY CHANGE IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF STUDENT Meals
The 49 school district meal distribution points will be closed on Monday, April 13th. Meals that would have been distributed on Monday April 13th will instead be available on Tuesday April 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This is a temporary change to the schedule due to Good Friday observance which changed the schedule for packing meals.
The usual distribution schedule for Monday and Thursday will resume on Thursday April 16. Please Note: The 40 city sponsored food locations will remain open on Monday April 13th.
kitchener COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND
The city and PIDC announced that the deadline for micro-business applications for funding from the Kitchener COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund ends before midnight on Wednesday, April 15. The Relief Fund, which launched on March 23 for approximately $ 9.25 million, has received over 6,000 requests for assistance totaling more than $ 82 million. An additional US $ 2.9 million has been allocated to the relief fund, bringing the total to more than US $ 12.1 million to be paid out to local businesses affected by COVID-19. Information on other local and national resources for business can be found here.
On Wednesday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced changes to city services due to Good Friday observance.
“There will be no garbage collection on Friday,” he said.
Instead, residents whose rubbish is usually picked up on Friday should dispose of their rubbish after 5 p.m. for collection on Saturday.
Kenney also said the 49 school locations that serve children’s meals will be closed on Monday. This is a one-time change, he said.
The 49 locations are open on Tuesday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In addition, all health centers will be closed on Friday, not including the COVID-19 testing site in south Kitchener, Kenney said.
Due to personnel problems, the street department revised their pick-up schedule.
Recycling materials will be picked up every two weeks starting next week.
Residents should save their recycled materials for the week of Monday April 6 through Saturday April 11.
The recycling collections will resume every two weeks on Monday, April 13th through May 15th.
Regular garbage collection will continue as before or as close as possible to their normal schedule.
Residents should expect some delays as the health crisis continues to affect staff attendance.
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