Church community COVID-19 outbreak confirmed in Coalhurst, Alta.

AHS officials confirmed to Global News on Wednesday afternoon that 23 cases of novel coronavirus are now linked to the outbreak and case identification is ongoing.

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AHS officials confirmed to Global News on Wednesday afternoon that 23 cases of novel coronavirus are now linked to the outbreak and case identification is ongoing.

CDC: COVID-19 spread slowed in Arizona after public health orders | CIDRAP

Average daily COVID-19 case counts peaked at 4,148 to 4,377 cases from Jun 29 to Jul 2, leveled off to 3,609 to 4,160 cases from Jul 3 to 12, and further dropped roughly 75% from 3,506 cases on Jul 13 to 867 cases on Aug 7. Public health measures were then extended to the end of August to further stem virus transmission.

While the authors, from the CDC and ADSHS, said the public health efforts seemed to have successfully stemmed COVID-19 transmission, they cautioned against inferring that they caused the case count fluctuations, that there was universal compliance with the mitigation measures, or that more populous states would necessarily see the same results.

“Enhanced mitigation measures should be implemented by communities and persons to slow COVID-19 spread, particularly before a vaccine or therapeutic treatment becomes widely available,” the authors wrote. “State, local, and tribal officials are best positioned to continually monitor data and collaborate to determine the level and types of enhanced mitigation required.”

Source: CDC: COVID-19 spread slowed in Arizona after public health orders | CIDRAP

L.A. County has highest daily COVID-19 case count in 6 weeks – Los Angeles Times

The doors swung open to disturbing news: Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced 1,645 new cases and 30 additional deaths. It’s unclear whether Wednesday’s number signifies a trend or is a one-off linked to a backlog of cases.

“We’re going to be led by a health-first framework, and we’re going to be stubborn about it,” the governor told reporters. “We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger theme parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data.”

Source: L.A. County has highest daily COVID-19 case count in 6 weeks – Los Angeles Times

Trump set a bad example for Americans in coronavirus leadership – The Jerusalem Post

While we all wish US President Donald Trump a full recovery from COVID-19, he has set a poor example for others by his recent conduct. And that is putting it mildly.  All leaders – and especially the leader of the free world – should know that people look up to them and follow their lead. When they fail to set a good example, they don’t just fail themselves; they fail their nations.

Source: Trump set a bad example for Americans in coronavirus leadership – The Jerusalem Post

Texas doctor, 28, dies of Covid: ‘She wore the same mask for weeks, if not months’ | US news | The Guardian

The physician tested positive for the virus in early July and died on 19 September after spending over two months in hospital. She had worked in a Houston emergency department, and a family member says she reused personal protective equipment (PPE) day after day due to shortages.

Fagan is one of over 250 medical staff who died in southern and western hotspot states as the virus surged there over the summer, according to reporting by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News as part of Lost on the Frontline, a project to track every US healthcare worker death. In Texas, nine medical deaths in April soared to 33 in July, after Governor Greg Abbott hastily pushed to reopen the state for business and then reversed course.

Source: Texas doctor, 28, dies of Covid: ‘She wore the same mask for weeks, if not months’ | US news | The Guardian

Boris Johnson asks the questions as he runs out of answers | John Crace

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When Starmer has him on the ropes, the only way Boris knows how to respond is to go on the offensive

It wasn’t the most orthodox of openings to prime minister’s questions, with Tory MP Sir David Amess plugging his new book – out next week – and asking whether Boris Johnson agreed with his central proposition that the country had not voted for the Conservatives at the last election because it believed the party would be good at dealing with the coronavirus, but because it wanted “to get Brexit done”. Boris was caught cold and was surprisingly quick to agree. Thereby implicitly admitting that the government’s response to the pandemic had become increasingly clueless.

None of which was lost on Keir Starmer, who challenged Johnson on the out-of-date spreadsheets that led to 16,000 cases being left out of official Covid figures and another 48,000 people not being warned they had been in contact with the virus. Lives had been put at risk, said the Labour leader. It does no harm to sometimes point out the obvious.

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