BRAUN: Firefighters, cop amongst important employees with coronavirus


Alarming coronavirus incidents amongst important employees are on the rise.

On Sunday, six Toronto firefighters have been reported to have examined constructive for coronavirus.

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In keeping with a memo from Frank Ramagnano,  president of the Toronto Hearth Fighters’ Affiliation, COVID-19 has hit the firefighters arduous.

“Some have commented it’s the worst factor they’ve skilled, and are involved they could be hospitalized.”

As first reported by Global News, Ramagnano’s memo cautions the frontline employees about social distancing, notably throughout shift change-overs. Crews and household of the members who examined constructive will now should be remoted.

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As well as, two different firefighters — employed by hearth departments in Mississauga and Oakville — additionally examined constructive.

And Halton Regional Police Service introduced that one in every of its members has the coronavirus.

Chief Steve Tanner posted a memo on Twitter noting that the officer in query didn’t have a “public-facing” job and was recovering at residence. He had been off work 10 days.

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In Bobcaygeon, health-care employees and workers proceed to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak at Pinecrest, a 65-bed, long-term care facility.  Two residents have died, and at the least 35 others and 14 workers even have signs.

There are 27 identified circumstances of coronavirus in Kawartha Lakes — however all residents of Pinecrest are actually assumed to be constructive for COVID-19.

Artist Jean Pollock, spouse of a Pinecrest resident and common customer and volunteer on the facility,  died of coronavirus in Ross Memorial hospital Saturday.

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The continued state of affairs at Pinecrest is seen as the biggest outbreak in Ontario. A name to Pinecrest Sunday was answered, however no officers have been out there to replace numbers of infections or deaths.

Pinecrest just isn’t alone.

Outbreaks have been reported at greater than a dozen amenities for the aged in Ontario, and at a day by day briefing final week, Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Eileen de Villa stated there have been three outbreaks at nursing properties in Toronto — together with one in Scarborough that had recorded two deaths.

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Different important employees are additionally feeling the influence of coronavirus.

A second grocery worker at an Oshawa Actual Canadian Superstore has examined constructive.

The Gibb Road retailer in Oshawa was rocked final week by the demise of its supervisor, Keith Saunders, 48 — who had neither been travelling nor had underlying well being issues — and now one other staffer is constructive for COVID-19.

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A Fb put up in regards to the Oshawa superstore says the shop was closed for in depth cleansing and disinfecting however was anticipated to have reopened Sunday morning.

Loblaw Corporations CEO Galen Weston acknowledged final week that the corporate was working with pubic well being officers to hint Saunders’ contacts and restrict the unfold of the sickness.

Loblaws, like different grocers, has taken proactive steps to guard workers and prospects. They not too long ago raised employees’ wages and undertook security precautions resembling enforced social distancing and the set up of plastic shields on the checkout to separate cashiers and buyers.

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However Weston and everybody else in his trade faces an uphill battle.

As one of many final locations nonetheless open the place folks can go, grocery shops are potential coronavirus hotspots.

Seniors, pregnant ladies and people with compromised immune techniques have been warned repeatedly to let another person store for them; failing that, they need to store at shops with designated hours for these in danger.

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All buyers ought to be wiping down arduous floor packaging with disinfectant earlier than placing groceries into cabinets or the fridge, and washing vegatables and fruits with cleaning soap and water.



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