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As of April 5, Global News is only reporting lab-confirmed cases for British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, where provincial health authorities are including probable and “epidemiologically-linked” cases in their official count.
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to over 121,000 cases and more than 9,000 deaths. More than 107,000 people have since recovered — about 87 per cent of the remaining confirmed cases. More than 5.4 million people have been tested.
The chart below only includes confirmed cases, not presumptive cases. To view all presumptive cases in the country, see Health Canada’s chart here.
While coronavirus cases continue to decline in Canada, Quebec is still reporting over 100 daily cases and new deaths per day.
Data provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that most cases are the result of community spread, while a little less than a quarter are the result of travelling or close contact with a traveller.
Community transmission means the disease is being passed on and creating cases that aren’t linked to travel or a known confirmed case. This spread can be difficult to track, especially when not everyone with COVID-19 may get tested and many do not show symptoms.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada is expected to rise as more people are tested, Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist based out of Toronto General Hospital, told Global News in a previous report.
Examining the number of deaths, more than half of the fatalities are in Quebec and the vast majority of all deaths stem from outbreaks in long-term care homes.
As the U.S-Canada border closed on March 20, new cases likely won’t be imported and will be the result of community spread, said Bogoch.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, called the increase of prominent community transmission of COVID-19 in Canada a “fundamental shift in our epidemiology.”
Those with milder symptoms are more likely to spread the virus in a community setting, as they may not know they have the disease, explained Bogoch. This is why social distancing is important, as you could be unintentionally passing COVID-19 on to others, he said.
“We’ve been hearing about what we need to do for weeks now. It’s been over a week. We know exactly what it is to do to avoid getting this infection. We know how to prevent ourselves from getting this infection. We know how to prevent transmission in community settings,” he said.
Looking at the share of the population, Canadians between 50 and 70 appear to be more likely to have been diagnosed with the disease and those under 19 much less likely.
But it’s important to note that we do not have age data for every case including those who are carrying the virus but are asymptomatic.
Provinces and territories test for coronavirus at very different rates. That’s something to bear in mind as we look at positive test rates: the more you look, the more you find.
- British Columbia reported 78 new cases on Aug. 13. B.C.’s total lab-confirmed cases stands at 4,229 lab-confirmed cases.
- The province also reported one new death for a total of 196, while 3,500 patients have recovered.
- A total of 45 additional cases are considered “epidemiologically linked,” meaning those patients developed symptoms and are close contacts of confirmed cases, but were never tested. Two of those cases were reported Aug. 12.
New data presented by the provincial government shows if British Columbia continues its current trend there will be more new cases of COVID-19 than during the virus’s current peak.
The province’s modelling shows cases will continue to rise through August and into September if British Columbians don’t change their behaviour.
The data shows a current trend of an average of around 75 new cases a day into September. If contact rates move from 70 per cent of normal, which is close to current levels, to 80 per cent, cases will surge to more than 100 a day.
What is different now compared to the spring is who is getting the virus, the modelling shows. Those aged 20 to 40 make up the majority of COVID-19 cases but are hospitalized at a much lower rate than those over the age of 60.
Fewer than five per cent of hospitalizations are made up of those aged 20 to 29 compared to those aged 70 to 79, who make up more than 30 per cent of COVID-19 patients in hospital.
- Alberta reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 during the most recent update on Aug. 13. The province’s total now stands at 11,969 confirmed cases.
- The province also reported three new deaths, bringing its total to 220 fatalities. A total of 10,713 people have recovered from the virus.
With less than four weeks until schools are set to reopen their classrooms for students, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is recommending all teaching and education staff get tested for COVID-19 before the fall semester begins.
“In addition to the most critical testing of anyone with symptoms, I am recommending all teachers and school-based staff get tested once before school starts in September,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at a news conference Wednesday.
Hinshaw said with about 90,000 school staff and teachers across the province, she’s hoping Albertans will step up to make testing possible for these workers over the next three weeks.
Hinshaw, however, stressed the importance of continued access to testing for anyone who is experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or has been in contact with a confirmed case.
- Saskatchewan reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 13. The province’s total stands at 1,511 confirmed cases.
- The province has seen 20 deaths from the virus, yet a total of 1,325 cases have recovered.
The Saskatchewan government has stopped short of making masks mandatory for students when schools resume this fall during the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, masks are being recommended in high-traffic areas — including hallways and buses — for all Saskatchewan students in grades 4 to 12.
Education Minister Gordon Wyant said Tuesday it will be up to school divisions to determine how they want to implement the guidance from the province’s chief medical health officer.
The Saskatchewan government also said on Tuesday that school start and end times along with breaks should be staggered, if possible, when classes resume in September.
The school year is set to start as early as Sept. 1.
- Manitoba reported 25 new cases on Aug. 13, bringing the province’s total to 568 cases. An additional 15 cases are considered probable.
- Eight in the province have died of the virus to date, while a total of 377 people have recovered.
The Manitoba government says face masks will be “strongly recommended” but not mandatory for students and staff returning to school amid the novel coronavirus pandemic this fall.
The province’s education minister and chief medical officer of health released further details on plans for students to return to the classroom Thursday, as 25 new lab-confirmed and probable cases of the virus were reported across the province.
The province has previously said schools will reopen on Sept. 8 — with teachers and staff returning Sept. 2 to get ready.
“The safety and health of students and staff, and their families, are the priority as Manitoba returns to in-class learning,” Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said Thursday.
- Ontario reported 92 new cases on Aug. 14, with one new death.
- The province has seen 40,459 confirmed cases and 2,788 deaths from the virus, although 36,772 individuals have recovered.
Tensions escalated between the Ontario government and teachers’ unions Thursday, as the province rushed to free up money to allow boards to address pandemic safety concerns just weeks before schools are set to reopen.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce said school boards will be allowed to access $500 million of their own reserve funds to achieve physical distancing in classrooms. The government will also spend $50 million to update school ventilation systems, and another $18 million to hire principals and support staff to administer online learning.
Lecce stressed that the province is making moves to provide more support and flexibility to school boards and keep kids safe.
“We’re taking action,” he said. “One-time, temporary, targeted, timely action to ensure students are safe, and to respond to this generational challenge together.”
Lecce said the funds the government will now allow the boards to access are “rainy day” savings that can help immediately.
“They’re literally sitting there, they’re cash on hand, they can be utilized,” Lecce said, adding four boards that don’t have reserves will receive funding from the government.
“We face a very difficult time, adversity in our economy and our society, and in the health of our children,” he said. “Now is the time to put those tax dollars, respectfully, to work.”
The new spending commitments come just weeks after the province unveiled its back-to-school plan, which has angered unions and worried some parents who have been asking the government to lower class sizes at the elementary level.
- Quebec announced 104 new cases of the virus on Aug. 13, along with six new deaths. Most of those deaths occurred prior to Aug. 11, while one occurred at an unknown date.
- There have been 60,917 total cases in the province, though 53,441 people have now recovered. The death toll stands at 5,715.
Quebec’s long-term care homes, known as CHSLDs, were hard-hit in the early months of the pandemic, with many elderly residents contracting the virus amid a lack of trained staff and personal protective equipment.
Speaking to reporters in the Abitibi region Thursday, Premier Francois Legault said 20 residents and three employees in a single unit at CHSLD Parphilia-Ferland tested positive for the virus.
“It’s still very serious, very worrying,” Legault said, adding that testing is being conducted and staff are working to limit the outbreak. He said health officials are investigating how the virus was able to spread inside the facility.
“There will be outbreaks,” the premier said. “There are people — whether they are employees, whether they are visitors, or even whether they are residents who go outside of the residence — who will unfortunately come and contaminate other people.”
“What’s important is to intervene very quickly to eventually prevent any serious consequences.”
- New Brunswick announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 14. There have been 180 cases in total, 169 of whom have since recovered.
- The province has seen two deaths from the virus.
The government of New Brunswick has released a document on Thursday providing more details of what parents and students need to know before returning to school in September.
On June 12, the province released a plan to provide school districts with the help they need to begin planning a safe and healthy return to school, but this new document further defines this plan, which seeks to ensure protective measures are in place for all students, families and schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The decisions and processes defined in this plan were not made lightly or without due consideration. We have undertaken significant consultation with education system partners, stakeholders and Public Health,” Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardy said in the report.
The full report can be read here.
- Nova Scotia announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 14.
- The total number of cases in the province is 1,071, with 64 deaths and 1,007 recoveries.
Education Minister Zach Churchill says the province’s objective is for schools to return to 100 per cent capacity in the fall, but its plan includes measures to address the possible onset of a second wave of COVID-19.
The province aims to have all elementary and high school students in classrooms by Sept. 8.
Students and staff will be encouraged to maintain a two-metre distance whenever possible. Lecture rooms will be reorganized to increase space between desks.
Masks are not required in classrooms, but students and staff may choose to wear them. While it’s recommended that they bring their own, masks will be provided to those who don’t have one. Staff and students in Grades 10 to 12 must wear masks when physical distancing is difficult.
Only students and staff will be permitted to enter school buildings. When possible, teachers will be asked to move their classes outdoors. Students will be asked to bring their own computers to school, and the province says it has acquired an additional 14,000 devices for those with limited access to technology.
If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs during the academic year, schools will move to a blended learning model with smaller class sizes and home learning for older students.
- P.E.I. reported no new cases on Aug. 13. The provincial total stands at 41, yet 36 of those patients have long since recovered.
- No deaths have been reported.
Schools on the Island are preparing to welcome all students back to class, while drafting backup plans for remote studies if required.
Schools are to reopen for teachers and staff on Sept. 1 and for students on Sept. 8. Students will be organized into cohorts when possible and limit their exposure to others.
Students will be taught about the importance of physical distancing, and extra teaching and cleaning staff may be hired. Schools are also asked to reduce class sizes as much as possible, reconfigure classrooms and make use of spaces such as libraries and multipurpose rooms.
The province says all staff and students in Grades 7-12 are “strongly recommended” to wear masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students from kindergarten through Grade 6 may wear masks when physical distancing is impossible. Staff interacting with children who have complex medical needs are strongly recommended to wear face shields and gloves.
Parents are asked to take their kids to school whenever possible. To reduce the number of riders on buses, schools may add vehicles and routes or implement walk-to-school programs. It is strongly recommended that all students and drivers wear masks on the bus.
P.E.I. education authorities are revising curricula for this school year to make up for learning gaps caused by lockdown constraints. Schools will stagger schedules to minimize congestion. The provincial school food program will be expanded next year in keeping with public health precautions. Elementary school students will stay in their classrooms for lunch.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 13.
- The province has seen 268 confirmed cases and three deaths, while 263 cases have recovered.
Both of the province’s active cases are people who work on the St. John’s-shot TV series “Hudson & Rex,” but the show’s producer says the two cases linked to the canine-cop program do not pose a risk to the community.
“The system worked in terms of identifying somebody with a case,” producer Paul Pope said in an interview Monday. “What I would say to Newfoundland, my province where I live: we have not introduced anything into the community. It’s been contained within our production.”
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Health and Community Services Department confirmed Monday the second case involves a cast member of the television series. Authorities said the man’s contacts are being advised to quarantine.
Pope said the cast member was exposed to a woman involved with the show’s production who tested positive for the virus last week after arriving in St. John’s from Toronto. Both people are between the ages of 20 and 39 and are self-isolating. Pope could not say more about the cast member’s role, citing privacy reasons.
Shooting for the series was shut down Sunday but resumed Monday. Pope said he didn’t think the cast member’s illness will disrupt the show’s production schedule. But, he added, the length of that person’s absence will be determined by the regional health authority.
Last month, “Hudson & Rex” became one of the first narrative TV series to resume production in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Pope said there are approximately 200 people working on the show. Out of that group, there are between 10 and 15 people who live outside Newfoundland and stay in St. John’s for the shooting period.
- No new cases were reported for the Yukon during the province’s most recent update on Aug. 13.
- The territory’s total number of cases stands at 15, all of whom have recovered. No deaths have been reported.
- More than 2,100 people in the territory have been tested.
The territorial government says it’s making plans for the next school year that include flexibility around the number of students in classes if there’s a second wave of COVID-19 or increased risk of transmission. It says each school will determine how it will adjust its operations to meet those guidelines, and school principals and staff are expected to share that information prior to September.
Preliminary plans indicate that in rural communities, all students will return to school full time. In Whitehorse, however, kids in kindergarten through Grade 9 will return to full-day in-school instruction, while Grades 10 to 12 will spend half their day in the classroom, and the rest learning remotely.
Class sizes may be smaller to meet safety restrictions, but wearing masks is a personal choice. Bus school and schedules will be posted to the territory’s website.
Schedule shakeups may mean that some students won’t have their regular teacher or the same classmates. School meal programs may be adapted with new safety measures and pickup options.
The territory has outlined a spectrum of school options if the risk to the community increases, ranging from rotating schedules to suspension of face-to-face learning.
- No new cases have been reported in the Northwest Territories for over four months. As of Aug. 13, only five cases have been confirmed.
- All five cases have long since recovered, and over 3,500 people have been tested.
All N.W.T. schools have submitted plans to reopen their doors this fall. The territory says education authorities are taking a flexible approach in their planning to account for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.
While plans will vary from school to school, the territory will offer in-person instruction whenever possible, while ensuring alternative options are available.
Students in kindergarten through Grade 6 will be in classroom “bubbles,” and won’t have to practise physical distancing within these groups.
For Grades 7 to 9, students are asked to maintain a one-metre distance from each other, and two-metre distance from staff. Grade 10 to 12 students are asked to allow for two metres of distance from their peers and instructors.
Students of all ages may be required to wear masks in situations where physical distance cannot be practised, such as moving through the hallways.
There may be changes to bus schedules, and all riders will be required to wear masks.
More time will be spent learning outside. School hours and schedules may also look different. Students are asked to label personal items and not share.
The territory says schools are preparing to shift between in-person, distance and blended learning at short notice should there become active COVID-19 cases.
- Nunavut remains the only Canadian jurisdiction free of COVID-19 as of the province’s most recent update on Aug. 12.
- Over 1,900 people have been tested to date.
- Three presumptive cases have come back as negative since early July, while a reported case in April turned out to be a false positive.
The territory has released a four-stage plan for reopening schools based on the risk of the novel coronavirus in a community.
There are no reported COVID-19 cases in Nunavut, so all schools are set to reopen this fall with enhanced cleaning and safety precautions.
It is recommended that schools cohort students by class and limit mixing as much as possible. Distance requirements will depend on what stage a community is in, and will primarily be achieved by limiting school attendance.
In most cases, the use of masks is not recommended for children. If there are exceptions, parents will be notified, and masks will be provided.
As it stands, bus schedules are set to resume. Students older than 13 may be required to wear masks.
Group activities will be limited. Students won’t be allowed to share food in lunchrooms.
The territory says schools could go part-time if contact tracing were to identify a possible source of COVID-19. All schools would be closed if community transmission were to take place.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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—With files from Sean Boynton, Kerri Breen, Graeme Benjamin, Brittany Henriques, Kalina Laframboise, Alessia Simona Maratta, Shane Gibson, Aya Al-Hakim, and Hannah Jackson, Shane Gibson, Gabby Rodrigues, Global News and the Canadian Press
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