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As of April 5, Global News is only reporting lab-confirmed cases for Alberta and Manitoba, where provincial health authorities are including probable cases in their official count.
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces on May 31 have brought the national total to over 90,000 cases and more than 7,200 deaths. Over 48,000 people have since recovered, more than 50 per cent of the remaining confirmed cases. More than 1.7 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.
A steady increase in numbers shows the novel coronavirus is spreading quickly across Canada.
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.
Below is a visualization of the number of people hospitalized across the country along with the number of people in ICU.
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 11 new cases as of the latest update on May 30, bringing its total to 2,573. Over 2,100 patients have recovered.
- The death toll stands at 164.
B.C. entered the next phase of its economic restart plan on May 19, which saw restaurants, personal services and other businesses reopen under strict health protocols. Hotels, resorts and parks will follow in June.
Parents in B.C. will be given the choice of allowing their children to return to class on a part-time basis in June. The government says its goal is for the return of full-time classes in September, if it’s safe.
- Alberta added 18 lab-confirmed cases on May 31, for a total of 7,010 cases and 143 fatalities.
- The provincial health officer announced Friday that as of next week, testing would be available to anyone requesting it.
Restaurants, barber shops and hair salons in Calgary and Brooks reopened on May 25, after a delay due to high numbers of cases that have since trended downward. The rest of the province reopened May 14.
Restaurants can only open at half capacity, while Alberta has increased the limit for outdoor gatherings to 50 people, up from 15.
Premier Jason Kenney says if the first stage of reopening goes well, the next phase — which includes movie theatres and spas — could go ahead on June 19.
- Saskatchewan saw one more case and an additional death on May 31. Eleven people have died in total.
- There are currently 645 confirmed cases in the province and 578 are considered recoveries.
More restrictions were eased in Saskatchewan on May 19 as Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan was implemented.
Under phases 2 and 3 the province says restaurants, gyms and nail salons can start reopening on June 8. Restaurants will be allowed to operate at half capacity and restrictions will also lift on some personal care services, childcare centres and places of worship.
The government also plans to increase its 10-person gathering limit to 15 people indoors and to 30 for those outdoors. The increase wasn’t supposed to happen until a later date.
- Manitoba announced one new case of COVID-19 on May 31. The province’s total of confirmed cases stands at 284. An additional 11 cases in the province have been counted as presumptive.
- Seven people have died, though 278 more have recovered.
The second phase of Manitoba’s reopening plan will begin June 1. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen indoor dining, and some children’s sports programs will be able to resume.
On May 22 the province began allowing groups of up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
The province has said mass gatherings such as concerts and major sporting events will not be considered before September.
- Ontario announced 326 new cases on May 31 along with 19 new deaths.
- The province has now seen 27,859 confirmed cases and 2,266 deaths from the virus, although 21,810 cases have since recovered.
Premier Doug Ford addressed a military report that alleged horrific abuse towards elderly residents of some long-term care homes in the province during the pandemic.
Ford announced on May 24 that anyone in the province can get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Testing rates in the province have dropped in May and Ontario is currently not reaching its testing targets.
Ontario entered Phase 1 of its reopening plan on May 19, including lifting restrictions on retail stores and surgeries. The province says workplaces can begin to reopen, but working from home should continue as much as possible.
Ford earlier announced that Ontario schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
- Quebec reached 51,059 cases of COVID-19 after announcing 408 new infections on May 31.
- Thirty-seven new deaths were also announced, though the province also added another 165 deaths that were not counted previously due to a data transmission issue. The death toll stands at 4,641.
A military report found that Quebec long-term care homes are facing major challenges during the pandemic including staffing shortages and the mismanagement of personal protective equipment supplies.
Some retail businesses were allowed to reopen in the greater Montreal area on May 25. Quebec reopened retail stores outside Montreal on May 11.
Elementary schools and daycares outside Montreal also reopened on May 11, but high schools, junior colleges and universities will stay closed until September. Elementary schools in the greater Montreal area will remain closed until late August.
Quebec also announced on May 21 that children’s day camps will be able to operate starting on June 22 with safety precautions in place.
- New Brunswick announced three more cases of the virus on May 31.
- There are 132 cases in the province. No deaths have been reported.
The new cases prompted health officials to roll back the province’s recovery plan in the northern Campbellton region, which shares a border with Quebec. The New Brunswick legislature decided to adjourn just days after it began sitting due to the new cases.
Starting May 29, additional public gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be allowed as long as there is physical distancing.
The third phase of New Brunswick’s COVID-19 recovery plan began on May 22 and will be rolled out over the course of several weeks. The “yellow phase” means barbers and hair stylists can reopen as well as churches and fitness facilities. Dental care, massage, chiropractors and other “close contact” businesses and services will also be allowed to open their doors.
Licensed daycares were permitted to start reopening May 19. Children don’t have to wear masks or maintain physical distancing, but are being kept in small groups.
- Nova Scotia announced no new cases on May 31. There are a total of 1,056 confirmed cases in the province and 981 of those cases are recoveries.
- The province has seen a total of 60 deaths, including one announced Saturday.
The Nova Scotia government has announced that many businesses that were forced to close under the COVID-19 public health orders will be permitted to reopen on June 5 under public health restrictions, including restaurants, salons and fitness centres.
Nova Scotia has eased some public health restrictions, but directives around physical distancing and social gatherings remain in place. Trails and provincial and municipal parks can now reopen, but playground equipment is still off limits.
The province is following federal health guidelines and the chief medical officer of health has stressed that the number of new COVID-19 cases caused by community transmission must drop to few or no cases for at least two weeks before an economic recovery plan is implemented.
- There are only 27 confirmed cases on P.E.I. as of the province’s most recent update on May 29. The island has not reported a case in weeks.
- Health officials said on May 8 that all 27 cases have now recovered.
P.E.I. is accelerating its reopening plan, with Phase 3 now set to begin on June 1 rather than June 12 as originally scheduled. Phase 2 began on May 22.
The third phase will allow gatherings of up to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors, organized recreational activities and the opening of child care centres and in-room dining. Members of a household can currently gather indoors with up to five other people. Other precautions, such as physical distancing, remain in place.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19 on May 30.
- The province has seen 261 confirmed cases and three deaths. Only three cases remain active.
Newfoundland and Labrador lifted some of the public health restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19 on May 11, and will continue to ease into reopening by dropping down stages in a five-level alert system.
The province is currently at “alert level four,” allowing some businesses such as law firms and other professional services to reopen along with regulated child-care centres, with some restrictions.
Expanded social “bubbles” for residents were announced on Friday.
- Yukon has confirmed 11 cases as of the territory’s most recent update on May 29, all of whom have since recovered. No new cases have been reported in over a month.
- More than 1,100 people in the territory have been tested.
The territory began the first phase of its reopening plan on May 15. More people will be allowed to mingle within households and some businesses and services can reopen. Borders will stay closed to outside travellers, although travel within the territory has been eased.
Bars and restaurants that offer dine-in services won’t be allowed to reopen until the chief medical officer of health lifts restrictions.
- Five cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the Northwest Territories as of the most recent update on May 29. No new cases have been reported in over a month.
- All five of those cases have now recovered, and over 2,000 people have been tested.
The territory began the first phase of its reopening plan on May 15. More people will be allowed to mingle within households and some businesses and services can reopen, but borders will stay closed to outside travellers.
- Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction in Canada without any confirmed cases, as of the province’s most recent update on May 29.
- The territory said on May 4 that a confirmed case reported on April 30 in Pond Inlet was a false positive, bringing its total back down to zero.
As of June 1, daycares and playgrounds will be allowed to reopen as part of the first phase of the territory’s reopening plan. Limits on outdoor gatherings will also be increased to 25 people, while territorial parks will be allowed to reopen for outdoor use only.
Health officials say further restrictions will be lifted if conditions remain favourable, with the situation being re-assessed every two weeks.
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, Brittany Henriques, Alessia Simona Maratta and Aya Al-Hakim, Global News
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