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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 120,000 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 5.3 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 85 new cases on Aug. 12, the province’s highest daily total since April. B.C.’s total lab-confirmed cases stands at 4,151 lab-confirmed cases.
- The province also reported one new death for a total of 196, while 3,469 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.
Students in British Columbia won’t return to classrooms on the originally planned date of Sept. 8 as the provincial government looks to a more gradual return.
Children will be welcomed back to classrooms in the second week of September after staff review the latest BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines and school operation policies for COVID-19, Education Minister Rob Fleming said Tuesday.
“Having the restart week staged in some kind of manner that would have staff teams together for a couple days before we gradually welcome kids back to make sure that every school — all 1,500 of them in the province — are truly ready to welcome students is a good idea, and that’s the approach that we’ll be taking,” he said.
No official date has been set for children to return to schools.
Fleming said the government and its steering committee are working to finalize how school operations will work.
He said he expects operating guidelines for schools to be released next week.
- Alberta reported 121 new cases of COVID-19 during the most recent update on Aug. 12. The province’s total now stands at 11,893 confirmed cases.
- The province also reported one new death, bringing its total to 217 fatalities. A total of 10,632 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 five new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 12. The province’s total stands at 1,484 confirmed cases.
- The province has seen 20 deaths from the virus, yet a total of 1,314 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 16 new cases on Aug. 12, bringing the province’s total to 547 cases. An additional 15 cases are considered probable.
- Eight in the province have died of the virus to date, while a total of 360 people have recovered.
The province said a second temporary testing site will open in Brandon on Wednesday, after the city’s lone testing facility saw long line-ups in the wake of a new outbreak that has been blamed for the recent surge in cases.
Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, said Monday the province is seeing indication of community transmission.
The outbreak of cases in Brandon include at least 23 employees at the Maple Leaf pork processing plant in the city.
- Ontario reported 95 new cases on Aug. 12, along with one new death.
- The province has seen 40,289 confirmed cases and 2,787 deaths from the virus, although 36,590 individuals have recovered.
Windsor-Essex region joined the rest of Ontario in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan on Wednesday.
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, said Monday he made the decision to reopen the region based on positive local trends, including lower transmission rates, a significant increase in testing and the local public health unit’s capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management.
Outbreaks among migrant workers on farms in the region had previously held Windsor-Essex back from Stage 3, which the rest of the province entered throughout July.
- Quebec announced 95 new cases of the virus on Aug. 12, along with one new death. Eleven more deaths were added to the province’s death toll from earlier in the year.
- There have been 60,813 total cases in the province, though 53,270 people have now recovered. The death toll stands at 5,709.
Quebec Premier François Legault is confident about his government’s revamped novel coronavirus plan for the education system as students head back to school later this month.
Speaking to a group of reporters, Legault said Tuesday he is pleased with how the easing of restrictions aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19 has gone so far.
The results have been positive, he added, citing the reopening of stores and Quebecers donning their masks.
The Quebec government has revised its coronavirus measures for the school year, including implementing mandatory masks for staff and students Grade 5 and above in common spaces such as hallways. They can wear masks in classrooms, but they won’t be required.
- New Brunswick announced one new case of COVID-19 on Aug. 12. There have been 178 cases in total, 168 of whom have since recovered.
- The province has seen two deaths from the virus.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell said on Tuesday that the province’s public health officials have reviewed all of the province’s public health recovery alert levels of red, orange, yellow and green. All areas in the province are currently in the yellow alert level.
Officials have tweaked the levels, Russell said, revising triggers and rules ahead of a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus.
Russell said that if any of three new triggers become overwhelmed in a specific zone, then that zone will move to the previous alert levels.
“We never want to again shut down our province like we did this spring,” said Premier Blaine Higgs.
Another big change announced by the province on Tuesday is that daycares will remain open under all alert levels. Caregivers will also remain part of bubbles, even down to the single-family bubble in the red alert level.
Physical distancing in seated venues is also being dropped to one metre as long as masks are being worn.
- Nova Scotia announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 12.
- 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 five new cases on Aug. 12, its first new cases in weeks. The provincial total now 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. 12.
- 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. 12, keeping the territory’s total at 15.
- No deaths have been reported, and 13 cases have recovered.
- More than 2,000 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. 12, 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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