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Quebec dentist fined for breaking quarantine in Cayman Islands



a man standing next to a body of water: Dr. Pascal Terjanian was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists.


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Dr. Pascal Terjanian was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists.

A Quebec dentist and his partner were fined $1,500 each on Monday after Cayman Island authorities charged them with breaking the territory’s quarantine rules.

Dr. Pascal Terjanian, a controversial dentist who practises in Montreal and Terrebonne, and Christina Gurunian pleaded guilty to the charges during a court appearance via a video link on Monday.

Upon arrival at the airport on Nov. 13, they were fitted with electronic tracker wristbands and escorted to an apartment complex where they were supposed to isolate for 14 days because of the pandemic.

Police were called to the complex after staff notified them that the couple had left the apartment.

Gurunian, 34, failed to wear her mask upon arrival at the complex and on several other occasions when she walked from her apartment to put garbage in the dumpster, a Cayman news outlet reported.

According to the court file, the managers became suspicious of Terjanian and Gurunian after they both requested numerous favours, which prompted them to review the complex’s CCTV footage, said Andrel Harris, a reporter with the Caymen Compass.

According to the court file, which Harris said he consulted, both Terjenian and Gurunian were observed outside of their apartment without their geo-fencing wristbands and were seen swimming in the ocean at the back of the property.

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Gurunian disputed many of the allegations. She said the only time she violated quarantine was when she took trash to the dumpster.

The couple decided to plead guilty to all the charges because her aunt died last weekend and she wanted to return home to Quebec to be with her family.

“Our lawyer said to plead guilty to the charges because, otherwise, we would not have been able to leave the country,” she said.

She claims that two officers came to their door on Monday and notified them of the court appearance. She said she never saw any of the CCTV footage that the police claim shows them violating quarantine rules.

“I never did those things,” she said.

Gurunian also denied that she tampered with her monitoring bracelet. She said Terjanian wore his bracelet farther up his arm because he wears a watch on his wrist.

The couple left the Cayman Islands on Tuesday after they had two negative COVID-19 tests. They are not allowed to return to the islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Following the incident, the government will now require travellers to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to ensure the tracking bracelet has been fitted correctly, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, the director of Travel Cayman, said in a news release.

Terjanian, 52, who was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists , has been the subject of many complaints about pricey, shoddy and painful dental work dating back to 1997.

In 2014, he was suspended from practising dentistry for 30

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Quebec dentist kicked out of Cayman Islands for breaking quarantine rules



a man standing next to a body of water: Pascal Terjanian and his partner Christina Gurunian are not allowed to return to the Cayman Islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.


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Pascal Terjanian and his partner Christina Gurunian are not allowed to return to the Cayman Islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

A Quebec dentist and his partner have been booted out of the Cayman Islands after breaking the territory’s quarantine rules.

Dr. Pascal Terjanian, a controversial dentist who practises in Terrebonne, and Christina Gurunian pleaded guilty to the charge and were each fined $1,000, according to local media reports.

The couple arrived in the Cayman Islands on Nov. 13 and breached quarantine rules several times.

Terjanian, 52, and Gurunian, 34, both pleaded guilty during a court appearance via a video link on Monday.

Upon arrival at the airport, they were fitted with electronic tracker wristbands and escorted to an apartment complex where they were supposed to isolate for 14 days because of the pandemic.

Police were called to the complex after staff notified them that the couple had left the apartment.

Gurunian failed to wear her mask upon arrival at the complex and on several other occasions when she walked from her apartment to put garbage in the dumpster, a Cayman news outlet reported.

The couple were also observed outside their apartment without their wristbands and were filmed swimming in the ocean. On another occasion, Gurunian jumped the complex’s wall to go grocery shopping.

The couple are not allowed to return to the islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Following the incident, the government will now require travellers to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to ensure the tracking bracelet has been fitted correctly, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, the director of Travel Cayman, said in a news release.

Terjanian, who was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists , has been the subject of many complaints about pricey, shoddy and painful dental work dating back to 1997.

In 2014, he was suspended from practising dentistry for 30 months after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of 38 infractions.

The board said the suspension was warranted “considering the gravity of the infractions and the apparent absence of remorse … and the possibility of recidivism,” the Montreal Gazette reported at the time.

During the investigation, Terjanian blocked attempts to investigate him by refusing to answer questions or hand over proper documentation.

In July 2010, he was suspended for sexual relations with a patient. The suspension was lifted the following month.

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette in 2015, Terjanian conceded overcharging and possibly doing an unnecessary root canal. He also admitted to having sex with the mother of a patient.

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Dentist Natalia Nairn is jailed for skipping coronavirus quarantine to work

Dentist JAILED for treating 41 patients when she was meant to be in coronavirus quarantine isolation in Perth

  • Ukrainian dentist Nataliia Nairn flew from Canberra to Perth via Sydney
  • Instead of 14 days of isolation, she treated 41 patients over eight days 
  • Jailed for two months with a further five months’ suspended sentence  

A Ukrainian dentist who treated patients while she was supposed to be in mandatory coronavirus quarantine has been jailed for two months.

Natalia Nairn, 31, flew into Western Australia from Canberra via Sydney and was meant to go straight into 14 days of self-isolation due to border restrictions.

Instead the dentist and keen powerlifter treated 41 patients over eight days at a Joondalup dental practice in  where she worked part-time. 

Natalia Nairn (right) outside Joondalup Magistrates Court on Monday

Natalia Nairn (right) outside Joondalup Magistrates Court on Monday

The weightlifting dentist from Tapping, Perth, previously pleaded guilty to eight charges of failing to comply with a direction under the Emergency Management Act in Joondalup Magistrates Court.

Defence lawyer Katherine Dowling told the court that Nairn was remorseful for her actions, and was under financial stress at the time, trying to pay off her debts. 

Nairn, who has no previous convictions, had told the court she was a health professional who had taken the necessary safety precautions such as wearing protective equipment when she travelled. 

Nataliia Nairn (pictured) was sentenced to seven months' jail with only two months to serve

Nataliia Nairn (pictured) was sentenced to seven months’ jail with only two months to serve

Nairn, who is a powerlifter, was supposed to be in self-isolation when she treated patients

Nairn, who is a powerlifter, was supposed to be in self-isolation when she treated patients 

Magistrate Matthew Walton described her excuse as ‘untenable’ and ‘staggeringly naive’ on Monday before sentencing her to a seven months’ jail.

She will only have to serve two months behind bars with the remainder of the sentence suspended for eight months.

Nairn walked into the courthouse on Monday but didn’t come out again as she was taken directly to prison. 

Her career as a dentist has now been threatened by her criminal conviction, with the  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to decide if she can work again after she serves out her sentence, 7News reported.

When police officers visited Nairn’s home in the Perth suburb of Tapping to check on her quarantine between June 17 and 18, they found she was not there. 

The dentist broke quarantine on several occasions between June 17 and 18, and again between June 21 and June 29. 

Although she tested negative for coronavirus, the close personal nature of her work would have put her patients at serious risk if she had been carrying the virus.  

The offences carry a maximum penalty of $50,000 or 12 months in prison. 

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Bay Area considering 2-week quarantine for out-of-state visitors

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, Bay Area health directors are concerned about the impact of the upcoming holiday travel season on virus spread in a region that has generally kept the pandemic under control.

Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis said the health directors meet twice a week and on Thursday they will discuss whether to implement a 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high rates of infections and residents who travel to these states and then return. If implemented, Willis said it would most likely be a “strong recommendation” and not an order.

“I want to be clear, it’s a conversation. We haven’t made a decision,” Willis said. “This is a well-established tool for containing COVID-19 spread, when the gradient gets low enough inside compared to those on the outside. That’s a conversation you might expect us to have.”

The city and county of San Francisco also confirmed that a decision hasn’t been made on whether to introduce a quarantine restriction.


“The Bay Area health directors have been communicating and working together since the onset of the pandemic, including coordination of the shelter in place announcement,” read a statement from the city’s COVID command center. “During the course of these discussions, many policies and protocols are discussed, including upcoming travel during the holiday season.”

Daily infections are rising in all but three states, but the surge is most pronounced in the Midwest and Southwest.

Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico all reported record high hospitalizations this week. Nebraska’s largest hospitals started limiting elective surgeries and looked to bring in nurses from other states to cope with the surge. Hospital officials in Iowa and Missouri warned bed capacity could soon be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the Bay Area generally has the virus under control with only Sonoma County still in the most-restrictive purple tier in the state’s system for reopening. Solano County is in the second-worst red category. All other counties are orange, the tier when the virus spread is considered moderate, except for San Francisco, which is in the least-restrictive yellow tier, marked by minimal transmission.

San Francisco has a positivity rate of 0.8% while Marin County is at 1%.

“We are now lower incident than many other areas,” Willis said. “We’re seeing dramatic increases outside the state. We have made a lot of progress regionally. As hard as it is to reduce incidents, it’s hard to maintain those gains, especially as you’re seeing surges in other states.”

Many other states have introduced similar requirements. New York, for example, requires a 14-day quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test for out-of-state travelers.

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Bay Area weighs 2-week quarantine for residents who travel over the holidays

People eat while sitting at a vista point by the Golden Gate Bridge Friday, March 27, 2020, in Sausalito, Calif. The surge of coronavirus cases in California that health officials have warned was coming has arrived and will worsen, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, while the mayor of Los Angeles warned that by early next week his city could see the kind of crush that has crippled New York.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
People eat while sitting at a vista point by the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

San Francisco Bay Area residents who travel out of state this holiday season to visit family and friends may be met with a 14-day quarantine advisory when they return.

A group of public health officers from across the Bay Area — including the large cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland — are considering implementing the coronavirus quarantine as pandemic fatigue continues to drive travel outside the area, Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis said Tuesday.

The proposal will likely be a “strong recommendation,” not an order, Willis said. If adopted widely, the decision could affect the region’s more than 7 million residents, as well as potentially millions more who might travel to the area.

Once a hot spot for coronavirus infections, the Bay Area is now in much better shape than most of the U.S. and has largely avoided the “third wave” plaguing other states. San Francisco’s positive coronavirus test rate was 0.8% at the end of October, making it the lowest rate of the 20 most populous cities across the U.S., according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker. It also has the lowest death rate per capita from COVID-19 of those same 20 cities.

Marin County’s rate of positive coronavirus test results is about 1%, according to the most recent county data. The county is currently in Tier 3, or the orange tier, of the state’s color-coded reopening blueprint, which means prevalence of the virus is moderate. A number of the region’s counties are in either the orange tier or the yellow, which is the least restrictive.

That means there’s a lot to lose, Willis said.

“Everyone has worked really hard to reduce the transmission and lower case rates,” he said, “and the question is, how do we hold on to those gains.”

With colder weather moving activities indoors and more businesses reopening, and with the upcoming holiday season and the election, “there’s a lot coming together that makes us vulnerable in the remainder of the year,” Willis said, “and the last thing we need is for people to be importing the virus from outside.”

Once a traveler quarantines for the specified time and shows no symptoms, they can resume regular activities, Willis said. There’s a possibility that a traveler could take a coronavirus test within a shorter time frame, perhaps five to seven days after a trip, but he said the science was still out on whether the person would need to quarantine for an additional week.

A decision on a quarantine advisory for travelers could come as early as Thursday, Willis said. That day, the Assn. of Bay Area Health Officers — made up of health officials from San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Marin counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, which has its own health department —

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UK Considers Reducing Quarantine Period for COVID-19 Contacts | World News

(Reuters) – Britain’s government is looking at how long those exposed to COVID-19 need to quarantine, Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis told Sky News on Sunday, commenting on reports that the self-isolation period could be reduced from 14 days.

Like many other European countries, the UK is facing a surge in infections. It has so far reported 884,457 coronavirus cases with 44,795 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

The government has ordered those in England identified as being exposed to the virus to stay at home for 14 days, or face fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($13,043).

“Teams are looking at what we can do around those isolation periods, this will be scientifically led,” Lewis said when asked about reports the period could be reduced to 10 or seven days.

“We’re not ready to make a final decision or announcement on that yet, but we want to make sure we’re moving with the science, and indeed again, allowing people to live and work within this virus as best as we can.”

Lewis denied a report in the Sunday Times that some city workers and company bosses could be exempt from the quarantine period. He said any changes to the rules would apply to everybody.

(Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru and William James in London; Editing by Frances Kerry and Catherine Evans)

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Quarantine List, Dorchester To Close Schools

MARYLAND — This week Maryland saw an increase in coronavirus cases as testing ramped up. Results from more than 30,000 tests were reported by state health officials Sunday, capping off a week in which one school system closed its buildings, citing increasing coronavirus positivity rates, and three states added Maryland to their quarantine lists because of the number of new cases.

Nearly 800 cases of coronavirus were added to Maryland’s tally Sunday morning, marking the fourth consecutive day of at least 700 cases reported in the state.

The state’s coronavirus positivity rate is 3.17 percent on a seven-day rolling average, according to the Maryland Department of Health, which is comparable to last week’s 3.14 percent positivity rate. It remains under 5 percent, which is the recommended benchmark positivity rate for reopening established by the World Health Organization.

Cases Reported This Week

  • Sunday, Oct. 25 — 792 cases

  • Saturday, Oct. 24 — 796 cases

  • Friday, Oct. 23 — 712 cases

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 — 743 cases

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 — 492 cases

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 — 590 cases

  • Monday, Oct. 19 — 497 cases

More than 140,200 people in Maryland have tested positive for the virus, state health officials reported Sunday.

Prince George’s County has the most cases in Maryland, with 32,225 overall as of Sunday, according to the Maryland Department of Health. Next is Montgomery County with 25,147 total cases of the virus, followed by Baltimore County with 20,208 and Baltimore City with 17,440.

Montgomery County added over 100 new cases daily 10 times in two weeks, according to state health officials.

On the Eastern Shore, Dorchester County Public Schools closed its school buildings after an increase in coronavirus positivity in the district. The positivity rate was 6.1 percent in Dorchester County, according to the school system’s superintendent, who reported Wednesday, Oct. 21, the district had reassessed its plans.

“Over the last six days the Dorchester County community has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate,” Superintendent Dave Bromwell said in a statement Oct. 21. “The positivity rate has increased exponentially to make Dorchester County the 3rd highest in the state of Maryland over this short period of time.”

As a result of the metrics, Dorchester County was returning to phase one of its reopening effective Tuesday, Oct. 27.

A recent spike in coronavirus infections prompted three states to put Maryland on its list of state with quarantine orders.

When travelers from Maryland head to Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

As long as Maryland averages more than 604 coronavirus cases a day in a seven-day period, it will remain on the list of troubled states. Those on the list have a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.

Here is data on coronavirus in Maryland for Sunday, Oct. 25, from the state health department:

Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.
Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.

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Brazilians Turn to Botox to Wipe Away That Quarantine Frown

SÃO PAULO—With face masks obligatory across many Brazilian cities, the wealthy are relying ever more on Botox to get the perfect, wrinkle-free forehead. Beauty clinics say demand for the cosmetic treatment has as much as doubled here since the pandemic began.

“People now look each other in the eye more, in the eyes and the forehead—just where their wrinkles are,” said Aline Medici, who owns a franchise of 21 beauty clinics across Brazil, Ad Clinic, with her husband. Over the past few months, they struck deals to open another nine clinics, even as the country plunged into recession.

While face masks have brought scrutiny to the forehead and region around the eyes, the traditional areas for Botox injections, dermatologists also attribute the boom to videoconferencing. After months of staring at themselves during Zoom calls, Brazilians—many only in their early 30s—have emerged from lockdown convinced they need cosmetic help.

“I couldn’t bear looking at my face any longer,” said Deliza Costa, a 32-year-old sales executive, who had Botox injected in June. “It seemed like I was frowning the whole time. I ended up paying more attention to my face than the call.”

Ms. Costa says seeing herself on videoconferences led her to Botox: ‘It seemed like I was frowning the whole time.’



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Brazil was a world leader in cosmetic treatments even before the pandemic. With a fraction of the per capita income of rich nations, Brazil performed more plastic surgeries than any other country in the world in 2019, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. For nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, it ranked third, behind the U.S. and Japan.

While data on Botox injections this year in Brazil isn’t yet available, dermatologists and beauty clinics in major cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro say they are carrying out around 20% to 100% more treatments a month than they did before the pandemic. It is partly due to pent up demand, they say, after many establishments closed down in March and April. However, they are also seeing an influx of Botox first timers. Many of them are men.

“I’ve never done so much Botox as I have during the pandemic, and I’ve never seen so many men coming in,” said Eliandre Palermo, head of the São Paulo branch of Brazil’s Society of Dermatology, who has her own clinic in the city. The number of new clients increased by 60% during the pandemic, she said.

Many men were cajoled into getting Botox by their wives after spending months cooped up together during lockdowns, dermatologists said.

Márcia Rosita Garcia says many patients at her beauty clinic sought Botox treatment after suffering painful break-ups during lockdown.



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“I was worried my friends would make fun of me,” said Luis Ferreira, a 32-year-old pharmaceutical representative, who got a Botox treatment in July. He said he had never spent so much time with his girlfriend before the pandemic and had learned a lot about cosmetic

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Fitness gear tested Covid-19 positive in Thailand hotel for quarantine

BANGKOK, Oct 25 (Xinhua): Thai health authorities on Sunday said Covid-19 virus was found on the surface of fitness equipment in a hotel gym where an infected patient was quarantined.

“However, rest assured, health officials had conducted swab tests on 67 people in the hotel and all were cleared of infection,” said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health.

Seven specimens from the environment in the hotel in Bangkok’s adjacent province of Samut Prakan were examined and the virus was found in one of them, he added.

There was a risk of quarantined people spreading the virus in a gym or in other areas of the hotel, he said.

Due to this incident, the ministry’s Disease Control Department and the Department of Health Service Support have decided to tighten up preventive measures at hotels used as quarantine facilities.

Regarding the infected case, a French woman, Opas said that the latest blood test showed no sign of antibodies, while her husband, son and a friend who picked her up at Samui airport have been cleared of the virus.

All 10 passengers on the same flight with the woman from Bangkok to Koh Samui, and two cabin crew, have been tested with negative results and all have been isolated for observation.

The 57-year-old woman entered quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok on Sept 30 after her arrival from France.

She underwent two tests during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, which both returned negative results.

Two days later she fell ill, with a fever, cough and muscle pain, and was admitted to a private hospital on the island. Two subsequent tests confirmed she was infected.

Thailand on Sunday reported four new coronavirus cases, including the women and three others identified whilst in state quarantine, taking the total number of infections to 3,736.- Xinhua

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East Brunswick School Admins To Quarantine After COVID Case

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — An entire department in the East Brunswick school district administration building will quarantine after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Victor Valeski informed the school community on Thursday.

No information was provided on the department asked to quarantine.

This is the first positive case within the administration building. The case was reported to the district on Wednesday evening. The individual, along with the department will quarantine for 14 days.

“Because of our preplanning, the entire department can work remotely, and district operations will not be impacted,” said Valeski.

Meanwhile, a high school student is quarantining as a “close contact” to a positive COVID case outside of school.

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday revised their definition of a “close contact”.

Now, a “close contact” occurs if a person spends a total of 15 minutes within six feet of an infected person over the course of a 24-hour period, starting two days before the onset of illness.

This change was made after a study in Vermont outlined how a correctional officer contracted COVID after multiple brief exposures to COVID-positive individuals over the course of an eight-hour shift.

Valeski said the school district is applying the new CDC guidance standards across all schools.

“Beyond testing and wearing masks, rapid communication reinforces our defense against the spread of COVID within our school community,” Valeski said.

Meanwhile, the district is planning to combine hybrid learning groups in secondary schools, come Nov. 17.

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However, these plans will be put on hold if the school district reports an increase in positive COVID cases among the school population, and in case of any person-to -person transmission within the school communities, two weeks before Nov. 17.

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