COVID-19 in Canada, May

Canada // 27 May, 2020

There are at least 87,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 6,600 of which have been fatal. All ten provinces, Northwest Territories and Yukon have confirmed cases. Ontario and Quebec have the highest case counts. See the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 website.

27 May: Ontario has extended emergency orders until 9 June. There is a decreasing trend in the number of newly reported cases. Nearly 90 percent of all cases, and more than 90 percent of all deaths, are from Quebec and Ontario.

22 May: The Prime Minister said that Ontario is involving federal government in its contact tracing initiatives, and that other provinces could do the same. He said the government is working working “closely” with Apple and Google and would “strongly recommend” a tracing app when one is ready.

20 May: More than 80 percent of the nation's new deaths are being reported in nursing homes. The ban on non-essential travel between Canada and the US has been extended for 30 more days, until at least 21 June. The decreasing trend in new daily cases continues. Health Canada warned people warned not to buy home testing kits for COVID-19, stating they may give inaccurate results. "These products have not been authorized by Health Canada, which means they have not been reviewed for safety, quality or effectiveness." They encourage people to seek advice from public health authorities if they need to be tested, and to report misleading advertising or the sale of products not authorized by Health Canada.

15 May: The nationwide epidemiological report says, "New cases continue to be reported across the country, however with a decreasing trend in daily reported cases observed." For the past seven days, no new cases have been reported in Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. In the past 24 hours, fewer than five cases have been reported in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia is taking its second phased approach to re-opening, including opening beaches in time for the long holiday weekend and implementing the "two household" bubble: two households of immediate family can be together without practicing physical distancing. Labrador, New Brunswick and Newfoundland recently introduced similar directives allowing one household to visit and socialize with another separate household. In Ontario and Quebec, the hardest-hit provinces, people are still supposed to limit their contact to those living within their homes. Ontario plans to start phasing in re-opening on 19 May.

5 May: Per the epidemiology report from Health Canada: "No new cases have been reported in Yukon, New Brunswick, and the Northwest Territories for at least two weeks. Outbreaks in long-term care and seniors’ homes are driving recent epidemic growth in Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, and are responsible for 82% of deaths in Canada."

3 May: The death toll associated with the virus increased less than 5 percent today, a sign the outbreak may have peaked there though the nation's official daily epidemiology report states it has not. For the past two weeks, the death toll has increased by less than 10 percent per day (except for one outlying day) and provinces are formulating plans for gradual re-openings. The Prime Minister announced financial support to provide mental health services to more people. Quebec remains the province with the most overall cases, and has reported the most new cases int he past week.

29 April: Nearly 80 percent of the nation's COVID-19 deaths have occurred among residents in senior citizen or long term care homes, which is a significant increase from two weeks ago when about half of all deaths were associated such facilities. British Colombia extended its state of emergency by another two weeks.

27 April: Ontario, the province with the second-highest case count in Canada, announced all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least the end of May. The province's government issued a framework for staged re-opening of businesses, which they stated would only occur following a "consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases." More than 691,000 people have been tested nationwide, with approximately 7% of those tests confirmed as positive. Cases continue to increase and have not peaked. The rate of doubling of reported cases in Canada has changed from doubling about every 3-4 days in the period March 12 to 28, to doubling approximately every 5-8 days during the period March 29 to April 10. More recently, Canada’s rate of growth of COVID-19 cases has decreased and the current rate of doubling is 15 days.









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