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Montgomery County’s new COVID-19 cases jump by 238

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

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Montgomery County public health officials confirmed 238 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and a drop of 54 in active cases.

The county’s total number of cases is now 11,682. Of those total cases, 1,576 are active, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by seven to 50 with seven of those patients in ICU.

The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is the Montgomery County Public Health District is continuing to process cases that were reported to The Department of State Health Services directly by health care providers and entered into the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.


Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County.

To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

The MCHD/MCPHD COVID-19 Call Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 936-523-3916.

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The Latest: South Korea Has Biggest Case Jump in a Week | World News

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus, its first daily jump of over 100 in a week.

Health officials had raised concerns that infections will rise because of increased travel during the five-day Chuseok harvest holiday that ended Sunday.

The figures released by health officials Wednesday brought South Korea’s case total to 24,353 for the pandemic, including 425 deaths.

Ninety-two of the newly confirmed cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a viral resurgence since mid-August. Health officials have been struggling to track transmissions linked to various places, including hospitals, churches, restaurants and an army unit in Pocheon, north of Seoul, where 37 soldiers so far have tested positive.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor says the state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and around areas where coronavirus cases are spiking.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to hot spots.

The rules will take effect no later than Friday in parts of New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs, sections of Orange and Rockland counties north of the city, and an area within the upstate city of Binghamton near the Pennsylvania border.

The planned restrictions include shutdowns of schools and nonessential businesses in some areas. Others would set limits on gatherings and in restaurants.

RENO, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will be tested for the coronavirus and work out of his Las Vegas office indefinitely after a positive test was confirmed for a staff member working at the governor’s office in the state Capitol in Carson City.

Communications director Meghin Delaney said Tuesday that the staffer has not had in-person contact with the governor since mid-September. She says Sisolak departed northern Nevada on Sept. 17 and has been working from Las Vegas since then.

The governor had been scheduled to return to Carson City next week but his travel is on hold until officials get test results for all staffers there.

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Covid-19 Cases Jump in Canada, Prompting New Restrictions

OTTAWA—Canada is seeing a sharp rise in cases of Covid-19, alarming health officials and triggering a second round of lockdowns and strict distancing recommendations.

Average daily case counts have nearly reached the peak levels set in April, according to the country’s chief public-health officer. Confirmed cases for the past seven days—9,636 ended Sept. 28—rose 29% from the previous seven-day period, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and are roughly triple the tally from the last seven days in August.

“This is worrisome,” Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public-health officer, said Tuesday. “Things have escalated quickly and can escalate further.”

Nearly all of the growth in confirmed infections is in the two biggest provinces, Ontario and Quebec, which account for nearly two-thirds of the population but 80% of cases. Overall, though, Canada’s case count has been much lower than those of the U.S. and Europe.

The pickup can be partly attributed to transmission at private social gatherings, such as parties hosted by young adults, dinner parties and weddings, health officials say. Infectious-disease experts said other factors include children returning to school, workplaces reopening and cooler weather that is driving people indoors.

Some officials—including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—warn a second wave of infections could produce more cases than witnessed in the spring.

Canada, with a population of 38 million, has recorded around 155,000 Covid-19 cases to date. So far, the country has avoided the wave in infections seen in the U.S. U.K., and Europe, and its health care system hasn’t been overburdened. Nearly all regions in Canada began lifting restrictions starting in May after some initial success containing the spread.

Canada is starting to see “exponential growth that is starting to mimic what we have seen in the U.K. and what was seen a month and a half earlier in France and Spain,” said Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor at the University of Toronto’s medicine department and an infectious-disease specialist.

Last week, the U.K. introduced fresh restrictions to quell its second wave, whereas France and Spain have adopted more targeted measures such as earlier closing times for restaurants and taverns, and limits on when residents can leave their neighborhoods.

Quebec moved on Monday to re-impose restrictions. It decided to ban bars and restaurants from offering outdoor and indoor service for a 28-day period in Montreal—Canada’s second-largest city—and the provincial capital, Quebec City, starting Oct. 1. It has also ordered libraries, museums and movie theaters to shut down for that period, and prohibited gatherings at homes with few exceptions.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, has resisted imposing widespread restrictions, instead relying on people’s voluntary cooperation with distancing and staying home when ill. Now, the City of Toronto is considering further reducing seating capacity in restaurants and other measures targeting social interaction.

“Our collective actions will decide whether we have a wave or a tsunami,” warned Ontario’s head of government, Doug Ford.

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