COVID-19 in Canada, November

Canada // 27 November, 2020

There are at least 370,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 12,000 of which have been fatal. All provinces and territories have confirmed cases. Ontario and Quebec have the highest case counts. See the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 website.

Status: Outbreak

27 November: Heath Canada released their weekly report detailing the disease for the week ending 21 November. On average, nearly 5,000 new cases were reported daily - an increase of 8 percent compared to last week. Cases were reported in all provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island and Northwest Territories. Average daily deaths increased, from 57 per day last week to 74 this week. 

Around 479,000 Canadians were tested this week, an 8% increase compared to the previous week, and the average weekly percent positivity increased slightly from 7.1 to 7.2 percent. 

Manitoba continues to report the highest incidence rate (234.1 cases per 100,000 population), followed by Nunavut - a territory that only recently detected its first case. Nunavut also had the largest increase compared to the previous week (from 9.0 to 163.0 cases per 100,000 population).

20 November: The city of Toronto and Peel Region will enter "lockdown" on 23 November, asking people to stay home, except for essential trips for groceries, health care, child care, school and work. All indoor and outdoor restaurant dining is closed though takeaway remains open. Grocery and big-box stores must limit capacity to 50 percent. Gyms, salons and recreational programs are closed. People are not permitted to have family or friends who they do not live with enter their home. Outdoor events are limited to 10 people.

In their weekly national update, health officials said nationwide there are about 4,550 new cases daily during the week of 8 November to 14 November, a 30% increase compared to the week prior. All provinces and territories reported new cases. Again Manitoba reported the highest incidence rate (174.3 cases per 100,000 people) while Quebec and the largest increase compared to the previous week was observed in Quebec. People ages 20-29 saw the highest jump in infections. Both hospitalizations and deaths increased.

15 November: In the first week of November, around 3,500 new cases were reported daily. This is an increase of 18 percent from the week prior. All but two provinces and territories reported new cases, including Nunavut’s very first case of the pandemic. (Northwest Territories and Yukon had no new infections.)

Manitoba reported the highest incidence rate (150.7 cases per 100 000 population) and the largest increase in incidence rate when compared to the previous week (from 106.4 to 150.7 cases per 100 000 population). The number of daily deaths climbed from 31 last week to over 50 this week. Both hospitalized and ICU patient totals increased. The average number of people tested daily dropped 10 percent from the week prior.

The federal government has no nationwide declaration on containment measures. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government’s job is to support the premiers of the provinces and territories as they make decisions.

13 November: The resurgence of new cases reported each day continues. Nearly a third of all new infections have been detected in Ontario. Modelling studies have suggested that if the infection rate in Ontario continues, at least 6,500 new cases each day could be reported in Ontario by mid-December. There are similar modelling studies across the country, which all shows an increase of new cases across all provinces if prevention measures aren’t sustained an acted upon quickly.

6 November: For the first time, a case has been reported in the territory of Nunavut. It was one of the last areas on earth to have no reported COVID-19 cases.

In the weekly update for the week ending 31 October, there were nearly 3,000 cases reported each day - a 16 percent increase from the week prior. Cases increased among all age groups, with a notable rise in people over 80. The highest incidence remains in people aged 20-29 years old. Long-term care/retirement residences and schools/childcare centres have accounted for the highest number of outbreaks in both September and October.

The average weekly percent positivity increased to 4.7% from 4.0% the week prior. All territories and provinces except Prince Edward Island reported new cases. Together, Ontario and Quebec accounted for 66% of the cases reported this week. The highest increase in percent positivity was reported in Manitoba, where percent positivity increased from 5.5% to 8.1%.

5 November: Cases have continued to sharply rise since early October, with an average of over 3,150 new cases per day in the last week, compared to 2,400 new daily cases two weeks prior. There are now 247,703 confirmed cases. Of these there are 10,331 deaths and over 205,600 recoveries. Quebec and Ontario are reporting the highest numbers of daily cases, and cases are surging in Manitoba.

People aged 20-39 years have the highest incidence, with a greater number of outbreaks linked to social gatherings, workplaces, schools and childcare centres since July. In the earlier months of the outbreak to June, outbreaks were mostly affecting people in long term care and retirement facilities.

In updated mask guidelines by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the general public is recommended to wear three-layer cloth masks whenever out in public, or in shared indoor spaces with people outside of your household.

See the October news updates here.

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