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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 106,000 cases and more than 8,700 deaths. Over 70,000 people have since recovered, more than 70 per cent of the remaining confirmed cases. More than 3.2 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, Ontario and Quebec are 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 18 cases and three new deaths on July 8. B.C.’s total stands at 2,999 confirmed cases.
- The province’s death toll stands at 186, while 2,660 patients have since recovered.
- An additional nine cases are considered “epidemiologically linked,” meaning those patients developed symptoms and are close contacts of confirmed cases, but were never tested.
British Columbia announced on June 30 that it would allow visitors in to long-term care homes. Provincial long-term care homes had been restricting visitors since March.
Hotels, motels, spas, resorts, hostels and RV parks were allowed to resume operating on June 24.
Premier John Horgan said the province has been successful at flattening the curve on COVID-19, which means it can ease more health restrictions and gradually move into the third phase of its reopening plan. He said the province is able to open more industries, institutions and recreation areas, but gatherings of people must remain at 50 people or less.
The provincial government allowed a partial reopening of the B.C. economy starting May 19. The reopenings are contingent on organizations and businesses having plans that follow provincial guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19.
- Alberta reported 46 cases of COVID-19 and one new death on July 8. The province’s case total stands at 8,482.
- The province has seen 158 deaths. A total of 7,716 people have recovered from the virus.
In Alberta, everything from gyms and arenas to spas, movie theatres, libraries, pools and sports activities got the green light to reopen on June 12. Restaurants can open at full capacity, but no more than six people are allowed per table. Fifty people can now gather indoors and up to 100 can congregate outside.
Among the other activities allowed to go ahead are casinos and bingo halls, community halls, instrumental concerts, massage, acupuncture and reflexology, artificial tanning and summer schools.
Alberta aims to have students back in classrooms this September with some health measures in place to deal with COVID-19. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says a decision will be made by Aug. 1.
- Saskatchewan reported two new cases of COVID-19 on July 8. The province’s total stands at 808 confirmed cases.
- There have been 15 deaths in the province. A total of 746 people have recovered from the virus.
Saskatchewan moved into the next phase of its reopening strategy, Phase 4.1, on June 22. The province is doubling the allowable size of indoor public and private gatherings to 30 people where space allows for two metres between participants.
Camping in national parks can resume, but by reservation only. Youth camps can reopen, but for day use only, and with guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Some outdoor sports can also resume, though full-contact sports, competitive play and tournaments remain prohibited.
The third phase of Saskatchewan’s reopening plan started June 8 with the province lifting a ban on non-essential travel in the north. More businesses were also allowed to reopen, including places of worship and personal care services such as nail salons, tattoo parlours and gyms. Restaurants and bars can open at half capacity, with physical distancing between tables, and child-care centres can open their doors to a maximum of 15 kids.
The second part of Phase 4 is expected to include reopening guidelines for indoor pools, rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos and bingo halls. A date for Phase 4.2 has yet to be announced.
- Manitoba reported no new cases of COVID-19 on July 8. The number of lab-confirmed cases stands at 314, with an additional 11 considered probable.
- Seven people have died, though 312 have recovered.
Several more restrictions were eased in Manitoba on June 21. Restaurants and bars no longer have to operate at half capacity, however tables will have to be two metres apart or have a physical barrier in between them. Non-smoking bingo halls and video lottery terminal lounges can also reopen at 50 per cent capacity.
Child care centres and retail stores can return to normal capacity, and people arriving in Manitoba from the other western provinces, northern territories and northwestern Ontario no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days. Larger public gatherings are also allowed.
Instead of a cap of 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors, people can fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of any venue as long as they can be split into groups of 50 indoors or 100 outdoors. Each group must be able to enter and exit separately.
On June 1, the province eased a ban on people visiting loved ones in personal care homes. Homes can now offer outdoor visits with a maximum of two guests per resident. Visitors will be screened upon arrival and must practice physical distancing. Amateur sports and recreation programs, as well as bowling alleys, have been allowed to resume operations.
- Ontario announced 118 new cases on July 8, along with nine new deaths.
- The province has seen 36,178 confirmed cases and 2,700 deaths from the virus, although 31,805 individuals have recovered.
The Toronto and Peel regions were allowed to enter Stage 2 of the reopening process on June 24. The Windsor-Essex region is the only area that will remain in Stage 1 due to high case counts, while the rest of the province moved to Stage 2 on June 19.
The second stage includes restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools. Child-care centres across Ontario can also reopen. All construction has resumed, with limits also lifted on maintenance, repair and property management services, such as cleaning, painting and pool maintenance.
Meanwhile, the limit on social gatherings increased from five to 10 provincewide. Restrictions on wedding and funeral ceremonies across the province were also eased. Ontarians can resume visiting loved ones in long-term care homes, as long as they test negative for COVID-19.
The Ontario government says students will likely return to school in September with a mix of in-class and remote learning, though boards will develop various scenarios, depending on how COVID-19 is spreading at that point. Premier Doug Ford said there won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach in schools, but parents provincewide will have the option of sending their children back to class or keeping them learning remotely.
- Quebec announced 82 new cases of the virus on July 8. Thirteen new deaths were also reported, although seven of them occurred prior to June 30.
- There have been 56,079 total cases in the province, though 25,534 have now recovered. The death toll stands at 5,603.
Quebec announced on June 30 that masks will be mandatory on public transit as of July 13. The measure applies to those 12 and older.
Restaurants were allowed to reopen in the greater Montreal and Joliette areas June 22, while indoor gatherings of up to 10 people from three households are now permitted in these regions, like elsewhere in Quebec. Gyms, arenas, cinemas, concert venues and places of worship may reopen across the province with a maximum capacity of 50 people for indoor gatherings.
Day camps across the province reopened June 22, with physical distancing. Sleep-away summer camps won’t be allowed to reopen until next year.
Residents of long term care homes that don’t have active COVID-19 cases were earlier allowed to receive visitors inside, meet people outdoors and participate in group activities. They were also allowed to leave the facilities unaccompanied and remain out for more than 24 hours. Beginning June 26, volunteers and hairdressers will also be allowed inside the facilities.
- New Brunswick announced no new cases of COVID-19 on July 8. There have been 165 cases in total, 162 of whom have since recovered.
- The province has seen two deaths from the virus.
- New Brunswick joined the Atlantic travel bubble on July 3, where residents of the eastern provinces will be able to travel between them without isolating for 14 days.
Starting June 9, people must wear face coverings in any building open to the general public. Children under the age of two, children in daycare and people who cannot wear face coverings for medical reasons are exempt from the requirement.
Restrictions in the yellow phase of the province’s recovery plan were lifted on June 5. The activities now allowed include outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people, indoor religious services of up to 50 people, low-contact team sports and the opening of a long list of facilities including swimming pools, gyms, rinks, water parks, and yoga and dance studios.
Retail businesses, offices, restaurants, libraries, museums and seasonal campgrounds were earlier allowed to reopen providing they have clear plans for meeting public health guidelines. The resumption of elective surgeries was also part of phase two of the province’s reopening plan.
The province’s latest cases prompted health officials to roll the northern Campbellton region back to the “orange” phase of the recovery plan. Residents were told to once again avoid contacts outside their two-household bubble. Non-regulated health professionals and personal service businesses that opened up May 22 also had to close again. And people should only be travelling in and out of the region for essential reasons.
- Nova Scotia announced one new case of COVID-19 on July 8. The total number of cases in the province is 1,066.
- The province’s death toll stands at 63. There have been 998 recoveries.
- Nova Scotia joined the Atlantic travel bubble on July 3, where residents of the eastern provinces will be able to travel between them without isolating for 14 days.
On July 3, Nova Scotia increased the limits on gatherings organized by recognized business or community organizations. That includes weddings, funerals, cultural events, concerts, festivals, dance recitals and faith-based gatherings, which will increase to 250 people if they’re outdoors and 200 — with maximum 50 per cent capacity — if they’re indoors. In either case, physical distancing is still required.
These events do not include family gatherings, which remain limited to a 50-person maximum with physical distancing.
The province announced on June 26 that all bars and restaurants could resume operating at full capacity and serve customers until midnight. However, establishments must continue to adhere to physical distancing rules.
The province is also allowing private campgrounds to operate at 100 per cent capacity. Provincial campgrounds reopened June 15 at reduced capacity to ensure a minimum of six metres between individual sites.
All public pools can now reopen with physical distancing for lane swimming and aquafit classes.
- There were no new cases announced for P.E.I. on July 8. The provincial total stands at 32.
- Twenty-seven cases recovered from the virus weeks ago, leaving five active cases. No deaths have been reported.
- P.E.I. joined the Atlantic travel bubble on July 3, where residents of the eastern provinces will be able to travel between them without isolating for 14 days.
Prince Edward Island moved into Phase 4 of its reopening strategy over the weekend. Households can now gather in groups of up to 15 indoors and up to 100 people can congregate in larger venues. People can also gather for religious services of up to 50, or up to 100 in larger churches. More personal services are also available and casinos are reopening.
Under Phase 3, which began June 1, in-house dining at restaurants was allowed. Small groups were permitted to participate in recreational and some sporting activities and libraries got the green light to reopen. Gatherings of up to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors and the reopening of child-care centres were also allowed.
As well, family and friends could once again visit residents at long-term care homes, though the visits require an appointment and must take place outdoors.
People wanting to travel to seasonal residences can apply to do so, and will be put through a risk assessment before approval. Seasonal residents will also to be tested for COVID-19 before completing two weeks in self-isolation after arriving in the province.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19 on July 8, and all cases are resolved. The province has not seen a case in weeks.
- The province has seen 261 confirmed cases and three deaths.
- Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Atlantic travel bubble on July 3, where residents of the eastern provinces will be able to travel between them without isolating for 14 days.
Newfoundland and Labrador moved into “Alert Level 2″ of its five-stage reopening plan on June 25, meaning businesses with performance spaces and gyms can reopen, along with movie theatres, bingo halls and churches.
Gatherings of up to 50 people are now permitted, as long as they observe physical distancing.
The province entered Level 3 on June 8. Private health clinics, such as optometrists and dentists, reopened, as well as medium-risk businesses such as clothing stores and hair salons.
Travel within the province is also permitted, including to second homes, parks and campgrounds. And 11 government service centres will reopen to offer in-person services that can be booked by appointment, including written tests, driver exams and identification photos.
- Yukon has confirmed 11 cases in total as of the territory’s most recent update on July 8, all of whom have since recovered. No new cases have been reported in over two months.
- More than 1,300 people in the territory have been tested.
Travel restrictions will be lifted between Yukon and B.C. after July 1 under the second phase of the territory’s pandemic restart plan. After that date, travellers between the province and territory will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Residents of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be also allowed to enter Yukon without quarantining, as long as they travel directly from one of the territories or through B.C.
The territory also said bars with an approved health and safety plan could reopen at half capacity under certain other restrictions starting June 19.
Two households of up to 10 people in total are currently able to interact with each other as part of a “household bubble.”
- Five cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the Northwest Territories as of the most recent update on July 8. No new cases have been reported in over two months.
- All five of those cases have now recovered, and over 2,700 people have been tested.
The Northwest Territories announced on May 12 a three-phase reopening plan.
The plan includes more gatherings and the possible reopening of some schools and businesses. However, the territory’s borders remain closed indefinitely to non-residents and non-essential workers.
There are several requirements that must be met before any measures are relaxed: there must be no evidence of community spread; travel entry points in the territory are strong and secure; risks are reduced from workers coming into the territory; and expanded community testing is available.
- No new cases were reported on July 8.
- Nunavut reported a presumptive case of COVID-19 on July 2, and is awaiting confirmation. If confirmed, it would be the territory’s first-ever case.
- Over 1,400 people have been tested to date.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted while indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Territorial parks are being reopened for outdoor activities only and municipal playgrounds will be reopened, the government of Nunavut said in a statement on June 29.
Gyms and pools are available for solo workouts and lap swims.
Dental, physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic clinics, as well as offices and stores can open with appropriate safety measures.
Individuals may visit galleries, museums and libraries, and daycares are open.
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, Alessia Simona Maratta and Aya Al-Hakim, Global News
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