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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Black Dentist Says NYPD Accused Him of Breaking Into His Own Office

A video posted by the New York Post shows a Black dentist allegedly being profiled by New York City police, accusing him of breaking into his own Manhattan practice.

According to documents filed with the city comptroller, a Black Manhattan dentist states that cops racially profiled him as they accused him of breaking into his own office in March, per the $5 million notice of claim against the city and supplied surveillance video.

According to the Post report, Dr. Benjamin Shirley, 41, had come back into his Upper West Side office after throwing out the trash around midnight on March 9. The video shows multiple cops shining lights inside, demanding Shirley identify himself. 

Shirley spoke through the intercom, but the cops threatened to break into the office despite telling them he was the owner. Per documents, two cops “attempted to unlawfully gain entry to the building by force and repeatedly called [Shirley] threatening to destroy his property and enter with force if he did not come outside despite the fact that at all times, they lacked any probable cause or reasonable belief that [Shirley] had committed any crime.”

The dentist’s lawyer, Reza Rezvani, told the Post: “They were threatening to break in, they were threatening to break down the security equipment, they were threatening to break down the door and go inside.”

Shirley can be seen calling what the documents say was 911, out of fear for his life.

The video show Shirley actively avoiding the police at his door. “Despite the fact that [Shirley’s] state-issued identification lists the address of the location of incident, [Shirley] was forced to provide his identification to [the police officers] multiple times before they would agree to leave,” the claim papers state.

“It’s midnight, he’s Black, they are shining flashlights inside—that’s how you set up all kinds of bad things happening,” Rezvani said. “To casually walk out, it’s not possible in that scenario. What happened to him is common and it shouldn’t be. The idea that this could happen to a man going to his office because of his skin color is outrageous.”


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Oklahoma records 1,800 COVID-19 cases, breaking one-day record

Oklahoma topped new COVID-19 records Saturday, marking a one-day increase of over 1,800 new virus cases, the state health department reported.

Gov. Keven Stitt (R) moved on Friday to extend the state of emergency — an order that was first issued in March — for 30 days, according to an official press release.

“This health crisis still exists, and still needs to be addressed in various ways by executive order,” Stitt said.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health counted 1,829 newly-reported cases Saturday, adding to the state’s total of 115,685 since the outset of the pandemic.

Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Surge Plan Advisor Matt Stacy announced Thursday that Oklahoma City would move to Tier 2 of its hospital surge plan – a plan to transfer less severe patients to rehab and prioritize focus on potentially fatal infections, a CBS affiliate KWTV reported.

The health department also reported a record number of active hospitalizations for the virus Friday – 956 hospitalizations – down to 924 patients on Saturday.

Thirteen additional fatalities were marked on Friday, and 11 died from the virus on Saturday, the health department reported.

Oklahoma has recorded a total of 1,245 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic’s outset.

There are currently 15,740 active cases in the state, and records show 98,700 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Still, the AP noted the actual number of cases in Oklahoma is likely higher because many residents have yet to be tested.

Earlier this month, State Senator Kay Floyd, the Democratic Leader of the State Senate, wrote a letter to Stitt on behalf of Oklahoma Senate Democrats calling for more decisive action against COVID-19.

Floyd’s letter referenced the White House coronavirus task force’s early October report, which detailed Oklahoma as having the tenth highest COVID-19 positivity rate of any state in the country, a local NBC affiliate KFOR reported.

“Oklahoma faces a serious public health emergency in the fight to contain COVID-19. The Oklahoma Senate Democrats urge you to implement the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s recommendations,” Floyd said in the letter.

Studies show some carriers of COVID-19 may show moderate to light symptoms of the virus. In some cases, patients could be asymptomatic and unaware they are sick.

Virus cases in older adults or those with preexisting conditions should be treated seriously, as both factors could lead to more dangerous or even fatal respiratory symptoms.

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The US just topped 1,100 coronavirus deaths a day. One state is getting National Guard help, and others keep breaking records

You know Covid-19 is out of control when health officials are so overwhelmed, they can’t notify close contacts who may be infected.



a person holding a sign: Oct. 13, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona; Delta Air Lines has no-touch boarding at Sky Harbor International Airport. Delta Air Lines is promoting their health and safety practices in the COVID-19 air travel era.


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Oct. 13, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona; Delta Air Lines has no-touch boarding at Sky Harbor International Airport. Delta Air Lines is promoting their health and safety practices in the COVID-19 air travel era.

That’s what’s happening in North Dakota, one of 31 states suffering more new Covid-19 cases this past week compared to the previous week.

Contact tracing is crucial to finding possible carriers of coronavirus, so they can quarantine and break the chain of infection.

But a “sharp increase” in new cases has engulfed contact tracers, leading to delays and “a backlog of positive cases that have yet to be assigned to a case investigator,” the North Dakota Department of Health said this week.

“Close contacts will no longer be contacted by public health officials; instead, positive individuals will be instructed to self-notify their close contacts and direct them to the NDDoH website, where landing pages will be created … explaining the recommended and required actions for both positive patients and close contacts.”

The North Dakota National Guard has shifted 50 soldiers from contacting close contacts to notifying people who have tested positive, the state health department said.

‘No safe period of time’ to be maskless with someone outside your bubble

Nationwide, all Americans need to double down on safety measures now that the definition of “close contacts” has expanded.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just broadened “close contacts” to include anyone you may have had brief contact with, within 6 feet, during a combined 15 minutes over the course of a day. (Previously, the CDC defined close contacts as anyone you had close encounters with for at least 15 minutes straight.)

“It reiterates the importance of everybody wearing a mask,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

Jha and other health experts say there’s nothing magical about 15 minutes, and that the public shouldn’t assume spending less time with people without masks is safe.

“There is no safe period of time to be with somebody who’s not part of your bubble if both of you are not wearing masks,” he said.

“It’s really critical that people wear masks if you’re going to be with somebody for any period of time, even if it’s less than 15 minutes.”

The new CDC guidance came after researchers discovered even brief exposures (less than 15 minutes each) with an infected person nearby can silently spread coronavirus.

“A mask can protect other people from the virus-containing particles exhaled by someone who has COVID-19. As many as half of all people who have COVID-19 don’t show symptoms, so it’s critical to wear a mask because you could be carrying the virus and not know it,” the CDC said.

“While a mask provides some limited protection to the wearer, each additional person who wears a mask increases the individual

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