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COVID-19 roundup: one new case reported in Grey-Bruce Thursday

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One new COVID-19 case was reported in Grey Bruce Thursday, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s daily situation report.

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It marks the fourth straight day with at least one reported case in the region and brings the local case count to 112.

None of the 11 active cases are currently in the hospital, and no local deaths have been attributed to the disease.

Ninety-six local cases have recovered and five were referred to other health units.

Twenty-eight cases have now been reported in local healthcare workers.

One long-term care facility, Elgin Abbey in Chesley, is currently under a declared COVID-19 outbreak.

Nearly half (52) of the region’s COVID-19 cases have been located in Owen Sound.

There were 189 new cases of COVID-19 reported by public health units throughout Ontario Thursday, a slight increase from Wednesday’s 163 reported cases.

Ten more deaths were attributed to the disease in the province, and 270 patients remain in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19.

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The Owen Sound Oktoberfest Committee has decided to cancel this year’s event scheduled to take place in October at the Owen Sound Legion.

The local Oktoberfest is an annual Radio for Oncology fundraiser which supports cancer care at the Owen Sound hospital.

“We felt it was the prudent decision to make at this time as no one is quite sure what the rules will be in the fall regarding larger gatherings,” said the committee’s press release.

Preparations are underway for the 6th annual Oktoberfest in 2021.

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The City of Owen Sound announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that the ball diamonds at Duncan McLellan Park will be available for use starting Saturday.

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Groups using the diamonds will be limited to 10 people or less as per provincial regulations. Interested parties are asked to e-mail aoleary@owensound.ca to book a time slot.

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Saugeen Shores reminded beachgoers Wednesday that planned visits should be temporary, and allow only enough time for a swim or to other exercises.

Beachgoers are also required to maintain physical distancing. Gatherings of more than 10 people are still banned by provincial order, and public washrooms are limited at the beaches.

“Town staff and police are monitoring the waterfront and will further restrict—or even close—our beaches if people aren’t acting safely,” a post to the town’s Facebook page stated.

Tents and barbecues are still prohibited as well, according to a town news release.

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