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Blue moon to light up Halloween sky - KitchenerToday.com
It will be a micromoon as well
Not only is it Halloween, but Saturday night also marks two rare lunar events. We are in for a blue moon and a micromoon. According to NASA, a blue moon occurs about seven times every 19 years. The moon will not actually be blue Saturday night, the term refers to the time when a second full moon occurs in one month. The last full moon was on October 1. A micromoon, opposite to a supermoon, is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth. Victor Arora, Observatory Coordinator at the University of Waterloo said not only will the special moon be visible all night, but Mars will also be easy to spot. "On this evening you'll be looking at the confluence of these two or three different cosmic events...it makes it a little bit more meaningful...If you want to see the full moon rise just basically look towards the sun, and turn around so your back is against the sun, and that's the direction the moon will be rising from." Arora added being outdoors and enjoying a unique event such as a blue moon, is a great pandemic-friendly activity. "There has been an uptick in interest among people wanting to observe in the evenings. Things like telescope sales have gone through the roof - I've heard, and spending time with your close circle and getting out into nature."
Waterloo Region sees increase in 13 new COVID-19 cases - KitchenerToday.com
The current active case load for the region has decreased to 101
Region of Waterloo Public Health posted an increase of 13 COVID-19 cases on its dashboard Sunday afternoon. This brings the new total up to 2,076 for the region since March. The number of active cases has decreased to 101 from 103 since yesterday. Here are some other updates from the Region's COVID summary dashboard on Sunday:
- 1,855 resolved cases (89.3 per cent).
- 120 related deaths in the region, unchanged since August 21.
- Eight cases are currently hospitalized.
- 70,373 total cases
- 60,160 cases are resolved (85.4 per cent)
- 3,093 deaths
- 278 hospitalized
EXCLUSIVE: Ford government to overhaul Blue Bin program - KitchenerToday.com
The program was first introduced in Kitchener in 1981
The Ford government is changing who will be responsible for the Blue Box recycling program as well as expanding the items that can be put into the blue box itself. CityNews has learned Ontario’s Environment Minister will announce today that producers of products and packaging will be fully responsible for the Blue Box program. The Blue Box program is currently run by the Ontario Stewardship Council with the cost split among the municipalities. But the Ford government will shift to a new model where producers of the waste – businesses – will provide blue box collection and pay for the entire cost. The government claims the move will result in an estimated savings of $135 million annually for municipalities. Government officials say there should not be any interruption to the program during the transition, saying that those who have curbside blue box collection now will continue to have it under the new system. The government also says the Beer Store’s deposit return program can continue under the new producer responsibility model. The transition is set to take effect at different times across the province. The government is also set to announce that the list of materials accepted in the blue box will increase to include paper and plastic cups, wraps, foils, trays, bags and other single use items such as stir sticks, straws, cutlery and plates. The Ford government will also expand blue box services to include apartment buildings, long-term care homes, schools and municipal parks in 2026. The official announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, and will be the first of a series of announcements as part of Waste Reduction Week. Ontario is the birthplace of the blue-box. The curbside recycling program was first introduced in Kitchener in 1981.
Region sees increase of 21 new COVID-19 cases - KitchenerToday.com
The active case load is 106
Region of Waterloo Public Health posted an increase of 21 COVID-19 cases on its dashboard Saturday morning. This brings the new total up to 1,975 for the region since March. The number of active cases has increased to 106 from 101 since yesterday. Fourteen of the cases were reported on Saturday, six were added to Friday’s tally, and alterations to other figures resulted in an overall increase of 21. Here are some other updates from the Region's COVID summary dashboard on Saturday:
- 1,749 resolved cases (88.5 per cent).
- 120 related deaths in the region, unchanged since August 21.
- Six cases are currently hospitalized.
- 62,908 total cases
- 54,004 cases are resolved (85.8 per cent)
- 3,031 deaths
- 261 hospitalized
Workplaces are taking COVID-19 measures seriously, but employee-only areas may not be consistent - KitchenerToday.com
While an outbreak remains in effect at three wings of a WLU residence
During Friday's Region of Waterloo Public Health media briefing, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said workplaces are taking pandemic measures seriously, particularly in areas where patrons and customers visit, however, this may not be consistent in employee-only areas. Public Health has discovered many high-risk employee-only areas can increase COVID-19 spread where a physical distance cannot be maintained. Common areas such as lunchrooms and breakrooms were identified as high-risk, as well as carpooling with co-workers, and Dr. Wang mentioned this should be avoided with those outside of your immediate household. "If you need to carpool limit the number of occupants in the vehicle, open the windows to create airflow, and ensure everyone is wearing a face covering if they are not from your immediate household." While workplaces are not doing this intentionally, if there is spread among co-workers, the risk of spread between family members and other social connections has the potential to increase. "It's like when we have a cluster of cases anywhere, it just increases the risk at the community level," said Dr. Wang. All businesses are now required to screen workers and essential visitors, and depending on the workplace they will have their specific guidelines and requirements from the Ministry of Labour. "So each sector should know the guidance that they are supposed to be under, and we do promote the information the Ministry of Labour and the province releases to our business associations," mentioned Dr. Wang. Public Health did provide tips for all workplaces to try and avoid COVID-19 spread; stay home if you are feeling sick, employers should stagger start times, properly space tables, and disinfect common spaces after use. If you are an employer, Public Health asks managers to support employees who need to stay home due to symptoms, or isolation requirements. The briefing continued to discuss the outbreak at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). Dr. Wang added there are now 16 cases linked to the outbreak at the Waterloo campus, and three wings in Clara Conrad Hall are in quarantine. Cases have also been detected in at least two other student residences (Waterloo College Hall and 260 Regina) as well as off-campus housing. Officials believe student transmission was through various study groups or close contact.
Female hurt in fight in Kitchener - KitchenerToday.com
Police were called to a residence on Geneva Cres. early Sunday morning
NEWS RELEASEWATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE*************************On Sunday, October 11, 2020, in the early morning hours, Waterloo Regional Police, responded to an address on Geneva Crescent in Kitchener for the report of disturbance involving an edged weapon. A group of individuals were involved in an altercation where a female suffered minor injuries. Police are asking anyone with information to call 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. *************************
Regional Chair draws criticism for Oktoberfest Twitter post; alleged ignorance to health guidelines - KitchenerToday.com
Chair Karen Redman said pictures fail to capture Schwaben Club & attendees strict adherence to public health guidelines
Regional Chair Karen Redman is addressing a weekend tweet today as community members are lashing out over an alleged lack of adherence to public health guidelines. The post in question, made on Friday from Chair Redman’s Twitter account, showed Oktoberfest revellers enjoying a keg-tapping event at the Schwaben Club in Kitchener. The post contained pictures of partygoers seemingly not adhering to physical distancing guidelines, with some not wearing masks. public health measures that are in place right now for COVID-19. I want to reinforce that the public health measures are very important for all of us to follow. pic.twitter.com/yt9wujS2Oo — Karen Redman (@Redman4Region) September 26, 2020 The deleted Twitter post has been re-posted by Chair Redman - with a message acknowledging that the original post was “in hindsight (…) not the best approach”. In the follow-up tweet, Redman thanked the community for their feedback on the post and acknowledged that she had “regrettably upset people” for not appearing to be adhering to public health measures. In an interview with 570 NEWS, Redman insists that attendees were keeping to their respective bubbles. “What the tweet didn’t capture was the fact that the Schwaben Club and Concordia Club (…) are doing everything they can to adhere to public health guidelines…” said Chair Redman. “Everybody waited in the parking lot, went in in their bubble, sat in their bubble, wore their mask except when they were sitting at their table to eat and drink… none of that obviously came through in the tweet”. When asked why the initial post had been deleted on Saturday, Redman said she wanted to put up her follow-up message to show that she understood the community’s concerns about the perceived lack of adherence to COVID-19 safety measures. In the follow-up tweet, several online users have praised her transparency in responding to the issue, while some attendees of the event have added that physical distancing guidelines were observed. Other users have criticized a lack of apology, and what they see as a double standard in following COVID safety. “All of those people were in the same bubble…” said Redman. “Any picture that I posted… in anything I noticed… people stuck to their bubbles. Those are the people that came in together, ate together and left together”. Redman said that, based on her experience over the weekend, KW Oktoberfest has done a great job of being responsible and providing people a safe way to celebrate. She adds that local restaurants and German clubs are being conscientious of reminding people of public health guidelines and the rules to follow. “The Schwaben Club had two sittings last night – we went from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., we were all cleared out so that they could sanitize the restaurant for the next sitting” said Redman. “I think it’s up to the operator and the business to make sure that guidelines are adhered to, and I think the Schwaben Club was doing that last night”. When asked about the challenges of celebrating Oktoberfest in a COVID-19 environment, Redman says she acknowledges the “pandemic fatigue” that many in the community have been experiencing. She added that she’s proud of how the community has been adhering to public health guidelines and hopes that continues in the future. “Everybody says we’re all in the same boat in this storm – and I don’t think we are. I think we’re all in the same storm... but we’re all in different boats” said Redman. “I have a lot of empathy for people who are single parents, or who have compromised health. It’s easy to be critical – I keep trying to find where the solutions are”.
Active COVID-19 cases in region back above 40 - KitchenerToday.com
Ongoing data revisions have also resulted in an additional 10 cases not accounted for in previous updates
There's been a drop in new COVID-19 cases in Waterloo Region, but ongoing data revisions continue to plague public health's dashboard. Four new cases of the virus were reported by Region of Waterloo Public Health Friday. However, they've also added another 10 cases to Thursday's reported totals, putting the region's case load to 1,503. Of that, 89 per cent are considered resolved and active cases are up to 44. The COVID-19 related death toll is still holding at 120. Regarding transmission type, 13 of the 14 newly added cases are attributed to community spread. The other is a result of close contact. There are no COVID-19 patients in hospital. Just over 2,500 tests were added to the dashboard since Tuesday, a massive jump from the 203 tests Tuesday, which accounted for the Labour Day weekend. Just over 74,000 tests have now been completed in our region since the start of the pandemic. Here is the provincial breakdown for Friday:
- 44,068 cases (213 new)
- 49 people being treated in hospital
- 39,598 resolved cases (124 new)
- 2,813 deaths (one case taken off)
Two new cases of COVID-19 in the region - KitchenerToday.com
There's also a new outbreak
Region of Waterloo Public Health is reporting two new cases of the coronavirus from Monday. Three others were also added to the weekend tally. It means there have been 1,457 cases here since March. Here are some other updates from the region's dashboard on Tuesday:
- 42 cases are active, with three currently receiving treatment in hospital
- 1,295 resolved cases (89 per cent)
- 120 deaths in the region have been linked to the virus, 96 have been connected to an outbreak at a long-term care or retirement home
- Almost 2,000 more tests were done for a total of 70,280 (positive results in just over two per cent of all tests)
- 42,421 total cases (112 new)
- 65 people are being treated in hospital
- 38,369 resolved cases (90.4 per cent)
- 2,812 deaths (one new)
Two new local COVID-19 cases Wednesday - KitchenerToday.com
Active cases remain at 35
Region of Waterloo Public Health reported two new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday morning. Both are due to community transmission, and it raises the local total to 1,441. Active cases remain at 35, with two of those currently receiving treatment in hospital. The number of resolved cases has improved to 1,286. There are two outbreaks, one is at an unnamed summer camp, where a child tested positive - the other is at Golden Years long-term care, where a resident passed away last week. So far, 120 deaths in Waterloo Region have been linked to the virus. The region continues to make minor adjustments to its dashboard due to the transition to the new provincial data system, which has resulted in removing duplicate cases, or transferring cases that should have been attributed to other health units. Here's the provincial COVID-19 breakdown for Wednesday:
- 41,695 total cases (88 new)
- 43 people are being treated in hospital
- 37,863 resolved cases
- 2,802 deaths (two new)