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Over 200 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada

There are currently 8,577 cases in Canada with 2,054 cases from B.C. to Manitoba.

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Alberta reported a total of 77 positive cases for healthcare workers on Tuesday, Ontario has around 59 and B.C. has identified 55, and Montreal has seen 31 individuals who work in healthcare who have tested positive for the virus.

Alberta officials said the majority of those infected contracted the virus outside of a hospital/work setting, and were either related to travel or community gatherings.

A healthcare worker from Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department in Manitoba has also tested positive for the virus. Potential exposure risks exist for anyone who visited the emergency department on March 19, 20, and 21 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and March 22 between the hours of 11:45 p.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Dr. Mark Joffe, Vice President and Medical Director of Alberta health Services, said AHS would be closely monitoring the health and well-being of health providers who are working, as well as those who were out recovering.

“We need to look after (our healthcare providers),” Dr. Joffe said.

“Because after all… they’re the ones who are going to be looking after you and looking after me and we want to ensure we look after our healthcare workers and they can come back to work.”

Alberta

The province announced 64 new cases bringing its total to 754. Alberta also lost another resident to the virus from Mckenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre.

“Alberta Health is tracking outbreaks in three facilities at the moment” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said during Tuesday’s health update.

“Mckenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre and Care West Glenmore Park Centre – both in Calgary – and Shepherd’s Care Kensington in Edmonton.”

Nine people have died from COVID-related illness in Alberta to date.

Of the total number of cases, 75 have been identified as community spread which means they could not be traced either to international travel or known cases.

Additional information for Alberta residents can be found here.

British Columbia

The province announced 43 new cases bringing its total to 1,013 and 507 people have recovered.

B.C. announced an additional five COVID-related deaths, bringing the province’s total to 24.

Additional information for B.C. residents can be found here.

Manitoba

The province announced seven new cases Tuesday bringing its total to 103.

Additional information for Manitoba residents can be found here.

Saskatchewan

The province has identified eight new cases bringing its total to 184.

Nine cases in the province are a result of local transmission.

Additional information for Saskatchewan residents can be found here.

Provincial tallies:

  • Quebec: 4,162 confirmed and presumptive cases, including 1 recovered and 31 deaths
  • Ontario: 1,966 cases including 501 recovered and 33 deaths
  • British Columbia: 1,013 confirmed cases including 507 recovered and 24 deaths
  • Alberta: 754 confirmed cases including 126 recovered and 9 deaths
  • Saskatchewan: 184 confirmed cases including 21 recovered and 2 deaths
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 152 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Manitoba: 103 confirmed cases including 4 recovered and 1 death
  • Nova Scotia: 147 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • New Brunswick: 70 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Prince Edward Island: 21 confirmed cases, and 1 recovered
  • Yukon: 4 confirmed cases
  • Northwest Territories: 1 confirmed case

There are currently 8,577 cases in Canada with 2,054 cases from B.C. to Manitoba.

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
dmaclean@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter @Mitchell_AB

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Yahoo! Albertans still choosing Western names for their young ‘uns

A quick review of baby names from 2019 in the province shows a lot of folks are still naming their children from cowboy culture.

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There may be no Stampede this year – but there will certainly be lots of Alberta children toddlin’ around with good ol’ fashion cowboy names.

A quick review of baby names from 2019 in the province shows a lot of folks are still naming their children from cowboy culture.

In fact, one Alberta family actually named their little boy “Cowboy”.

There was also “Clint”, presumably named after everyone’s favourite Western actor Eastwood.

There was “Wyatt”, maybe named after the infamous sheriff Earp.

There was “Colt” maybe named after a favourite horse or gun.

Albertans also named their little fellas Beau, Dirk, Hayes, Maverick and Stryder – all strong Western names.

Cowboy brands aside, as reported last month, the most popular boys name’s in Alberta last year was “Noah.”

With the globe battling pandemics and weather phenomena, it leaves you wondering if the new parents had some inside information.

Olivia continued to claim the top spot for baby girls.

Stampede 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Calgary police, fire statues desecrated

“I thought it was disgusting,” said Calgary police Supt. Ryan Jepson

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Vandals have desecrated statues to brave Calgary police officers and firefighters.

City crews were forced Friday to clear away red paint thrown on the statues sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.

The statues are in front of city hall.

“I thought it was disgusting,” Calgary police Supt. Ryan Jepson told Global on Friday.

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“It’s as disgusting as it would be if a memorial site was desecrated anywhere. So, it’s unfortunate that it happened and I understand that it’s likely out of some frustration from some community members.

“That is not OK. It doesn’t solve anything.”

The Calgary Fire Department also condemned the targeting of the statues.

“The statue and the monument, they are there to represent what we do as emergency responders. Firefighters, we’re in service to Calgarians, to help them in their time of need,” spokeswoman Carol Henke told Global.

Police are investigating the incident.

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UCP launches independent probe into 2016 Grande Prairie hospital noose incident

“Racism and bigotry have no place in our health-care system,” said Health Care Minister Tyler Shandro

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The Alberta government has ordered an independent investigation after reports a noose was found hanging in a Grande Prairie hospital four years ago.

“In 2016, a piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital. In August of 2019, I was first made aware of this incident and was reassured by senior officials that the matter was being dealt with appropriately, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a statement Friday morning.

“Recently, individuals with first-hand knowledge of the incident have raised this matter again, questioning how AHS handled this matter in 2016. I share their concerns and I am not satisfied that this matter was handled appropriately.

“Racism and bigotry have no place in our health-care system. That’s why I am announcing an independent third-party investigation of how this matter was handled by Alberta Health Services.

“It also appears that the investigation was limited by medical staff bylaws that govern how AHS responds to complaints and disciplines staff. These bylaws have not been updated in more than a decade. Consequently, I have issued a directive requiring AHS to revise their bylaws within 60 days.

“Finally, I will be introducing legislation next week that will increase the number of public representatives on college councils, hearing tribunals and complaint review committees from 25 per cent to 50 per cent – which will increase the public’s oversight of health professions.

“These initial steps are only the beginning. The review, which will be made public, will undoubtedly bring further required changes to our attention. While it may be uncomfortable for some, Albertans demand and expect our health-care system to reject racism and intolerance. If our system failed, we will fix it.”

Former NDP health minister Sarah Hoffman said she was unaware of the incident.

“I am shocked and disgusted to learn of the violent, racist incident that occurred at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016. I want to be clear that I was not aware of this incident at the time. If I had been informed, I would have taken swift action and that doctor would have been fired immediately,” Hoffman said in a statement.

“My record on confronting racism is clear. In 2017, when two AHS employees used a racial slur against an Indigenous woman, we moved swiftly to dismiss them. 

“I am deeply concerned that Tyler Shandro, the current Health Minister, has known about this incident for nearly a year and he has not raised this publicly or acted. That’s not leadership. We must confront racism head on. We must be anti-racist.”


CBC reported, a white South African-born surgeon tied a noose and then taped it to the door of an operating room in the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

He told another doctor the noose was for a Black Nigerian-born surgical assistant, CBC said.

In a statement to CBC, the surgeon said: “Some years ago, as a foolish joke, I made what I considered to be a lasso and hung it in an operating room door. In no way was it intended to be a racist gesture.

“It was very quickly drawn to my attention by staff members that this was unacceptable I subsequently brought the matter to the attention of AHS and apologized both verbally and in writing to my colleagues.

“At the time, I did not appreciate the heinous symbolism behind the knot I created. I did undertake some self-study and I now have great insight into the symbolism here and I am terribly sorry and embarrassed about this incident.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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