Canada's COVID-19 cases: Largest single-day spike after jurisdictions report 2,558 new patients
On Friday, October 9, jurisdictions across Canada reported 2,558 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 31 deaths and 2,016 recently recovered patients.
Alberta and Quebec together withdrew three deaths from previous dates. However, the statewide updates have increased the number of active cases in Canada by 514 and left 19,008 currently infected patients across the country.
The 2,558 new cases announced on Friday mark the largest one-day surge Canada has seen during the pandemic. It surpasses the 2,437 cases announced on Thursday.
The latest model data was released on Friday by Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam introduced. If contacts are not restricted, up to 5,000 cases can occur daily from late October to early November.
"We are at a turning point in this pandemic," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday morning as he pondered the increase in cases across the country.
Ontario started the day with a record high of 939 new COVID-19 patients. The update is part of a worrying trend that has emerged in Canada's most populous province and has resulted in Premier Doug Ford announcing new restrictions on its three hotspots.
In New Brunswick, the first school-related case in the Campbellton area was identified, forcing the high school to temporarily close. Due to a recent surge in cases in the Campbellton and Moncton regions, health officials have placed new restrictions on these areas.
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19,008 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 178,117 diagnoses, 9,585 deaths, and 149,524 recoveries (as of October 9, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Alberta - 2,225 active cases (19,995 total cases including 282 deaths, 17,488 resolved)
British Columbia - 1,406 active cases (10,185 total cases, 245 deaths, 8,502 resolved)
Manitoba - 933 active cases (2,428 total cases, 30 deaths, 1,465 resolved)
New Brunswick - 37 active cases (238 cases, 2 deaths, 199 resolved)
Newfoundland and Labrador - 6 active cases (279 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)
Northwest Territories - 0 active cases (5 cases total, 5 resolved)
Nova Scotia - 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)
Ontario - 5,652 active cases (57,681 total cases, 2,997 deaths, 49,032 resolved)
Prince Edward Island - 3 active cases (61 cases total, 58 resolved)
Quebec - 8,572 active cases (84,094 total cases, 5,936 deaths, 69,586 resolved)
Saskatchewan - 139 active cases (2,034 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,871 resolved)
Yukon - 0 active cases (15 cases total, 15 resolved)
Nunavut - 0 Active Cases (No Resident Cases)
CFB Trenton - 0 active cases (13 cases total, 13 resolved)
Ontario has seen a record increase leading to further restrictions
Ontario reported a record high of 939 new cases of COVID-19 per day, prompting Doug Ford's provincial government to impose new restrictions on hotspots Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.
It's the 12th day in a row that the province has exceeded the 500-case mark. The daily number of cases in Ontario continues to rise, breaking its own record four times in two weeks. Prior to the last stretch, the province had reported no more than 500 cases since May 2.
"My friends, the situation today is extremely serious," said Premier Doug Ford. "All trends are going in the wrong direction."
Of the most recent 939 cases, 336 were identified in Toronto, 150 in Peel, 126 in Ottawa, 68 in York, 59 in Halton, 40 in Hamilton, 32 in Durham, 28 in Simcoe-Muskoka and 24 in Middlesex-London. The remaining 25 health units reported fewer than 20 cases, while nine of them reported no new patients at all.
The newest patients were identified after the province completed 44,914 tests. The positivity rate of 2.1 percent is the highest since June 7th.
Ford announces major shutdowns in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford says restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other attractions in Toronto, Ottawa and the Peel region will be closed for at least 28 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
There are 358 new cases among 20 to 39 year olds, most in every age group. There are 266 new cases among the 40-59, 156 among the 19 and below and 153 involving those who are at least 60 years old. Twelve of the patients concern long-term caregivers and twelve health care workers.
There are 56 new cases of COVID-19 in K-12 schools across Ontario. These include 32 students, nine employees and 15 who have not yet been identified by the Ministry of Health. Fourteen other schools have reported their first patients within the last 24-hour route. Since it reopened in September, there have been a total of 876 cases among 429 learning institutions. Four of the province's 4,828 schools had to close.
Five more people died in the last 24-hour period, including two long-term care residents. In addition, 724 patients have recently recovered.
There are currently 5,652 active cases across the province. Most of what Ontario ever had was on April 25, when there were 5,675 infected patients across the province during the peak of its first wave.
Of the currently infected patients, 2,325 are in Toronto, 970 in Ottawa and 877 in the Peel Region and 540 in York.
There are 225 people in the hospital across Ontario, most as of June 29th. Among them are 47 in the intensive care unit and 29 who need a ventilator.
Quebec sees another increase of more than 1,000, 146 more cases in schools
Quebec health officials announced 1,102 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
It is now the seventh time in the past eight days that 1,000 cases per day have been dwarfed, a mark no other province has ever reached. Before the last stretch, Quebec hadn't reported a 1,000 case increase since May 2.
Of the most recent cases, 345 were identified in the epicenter of the Montreal nation, 182 in Montérégie, 144 in Quebec City, 87 in Laval, 74 in Mauricie-et-Center-du-Québec, 67 in Chaudière-Appalaches, 54 in Laurentides, 38 in Estrie, 35 in Lanaudière and 31 in Outaouais.
Four more Quebecers died in the last 24-hour drive. Eighteen more deaths from previous data were also added to the death toll, while one was recently removed following a cause of death investigation. The death toll stands at 5,936.
In addition, 1,001 more people have recently recovered from the virus. There are currently 8,572 infected patients across the province, including 433 in hospital (plus eight since Thursday) and 67 in intensive care (minus one).
146 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in K-12 schools across the province in the last 24-hour reporting period, including 127 among students and 19 among staff. In the same stretch, 26 other schools reported their first case of COVID-19, while the province removed 41 class bubbles that they previously reported were closed.
Since the schools opened, there have been 3,335 cases among students and employees. Among them are 116 who have recovered within the last 24 hours and 1,799 currently infected patients remain in the system. So far, 1,009 schools have had a case of COVID-19, of which 781 currently have an active case. A total of 975 class bubbles were turned off and asked to study remotely.
Quebec's test numbers reflect results from two days earlier. Most recently, 29,729 tests for COVID-19 were completed as capacity continued to expand.
First school case identified in New Brunswick
Classes at Sugarloaf High School in Campbellton are canceled after the school principal confirms it has a positive case of COVID-19. (Photo credit: Serge Bouchard / Radio Canada)
Health officials in New Brunswick have announced that there is a confirmed case at Sugarloaf High School in Campbellton.
It is the first school case in the province that has been reported for the fall semester since the K-12 learning institutions opened.
The school has since been temporarily closed while students study remotely on October 13-14. It gives teachers time to prepare for the transition to full-time online learning for the students living in the province, Quebec announced Thursday the suspension of unnecessary travel between the two provinces.
The school's closure has given time for cleaning and follow-up, according to Michael O'Toole, director of Sugarloaf Senior High School, who posted the case to parents and guardians on the school's Facebook page Thursday.
"We understand you may be scared in the days ahead," said O'Toole. "Public health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and tell you if your child needs to self-isolate."
Those who have not been contacted will still be able to attend the school when it reopens.
Along with the news of the school-related case, New Brunswick officials announced 13 new patients on Friday. Twelve of them are in the Campbellton Zone, which previously had only one case of COVID-19, while another patient has been identified in Moncton.
The cases are between 20 and 79 years old. One of the 13 cases is travel related as the examinations on the other patient are continuing.
On the news, officials have decided to bring the Moncton and Campbellton regions up to the "orange" level. It is the second highest tier under the COVID-19 recovery plan, which imposes further restrictions due to the increased risk of COVID-19 in the community.
An initial investigation found no association between the Moncton and Campbellton outbreaks.
There are now 37 active cases of COVID-19 across New Brunswick - the majority since April 12. 21 of these currently infected patients are in the Moncton area, 13 in the Campbellton area, two in the Saint John area and one in the Fredericton area.
A surge in cases became a problem for New Brunswick after at least 19 cases were linked to an outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame nursing home in Moncton. That includes 17 cases announced on Wednesday, while 150 people are currently self-isolating in connection with the outbreak, said provincial chief health officer Dr. Jennifer Russell.
Public health has also noted potential public exposure to the virus at the McDonald's restaurant on Morton Avenue in Moncton. People who visited this place between 8am and 12pm. from September 28 to October 5 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Updates from the rest of Canada
Coronavirus: Canadians Must Cut Down Contacts To Bring The Pandemic Under Control, Says Dr. Tam
According to the latest modeling from Health Canada, the cumulative case numbers could be between 188,150 and 197,830 by October 17, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, in a Friday afternoon press conference.
Manitoba's health authorities announced 84 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. This is the second largest increase it has seen in 24 hours. On August 23, the province reported 72 cases, but a day later health officials announced to the public that the increase should have been 96 cases.
Of the youngest 84 patients, 64 were identified in Manitoba, 12 in Interlake-Eastern, seven in Southern Health, and one in Prairie Mountain. Three other people have died in the province. The most recent victims are a woman in her eighties and a woman in her seventies, both from Winnipeg, who are linked to the Parkview Place outbreak, and a woman in her eighties from Winnipeg who is connected to the Heritage Lodge.
Manitoba officials also briefed the public about possible exposures at two schools, one in Winnipeg and one in Kleefeld. In the last 24-hour distance, 11 more people have recovered. However, the number of active cases in the province rose to 933. It is now the 12th time in the past 14 days that it has hit a new record high for currently infected Manitobans.
Two new cases have been identified in Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing the number of active cases to six. One of the most recent cases is of a woman in her forties in the Western Health area. She is a close contact with a previously identified patient. The other case is a man in his forties in the Eastern Health area. Officials are urging "people who traveled from Toronto to St. Johns on Air Canada Flight 690 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to call 811 to arrange COVID-19 testing."
In Alberta, 277 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified by health officials. A woman in her eighties linked to the outbreak at the Shepherd's Care Millwoods long-term care center in Edmonton has died. However, the province has removed two deaths from its death toll. In the final 24-hour period, 150 patients have recovered, leaving 2,225 active cases in the province. The Edmonton Zone is home to 1,329 of the people currently infected and the Calgary Zone 628. 76 outbreaks have been reported near schools in the province, meaning at least two cases have occurred among students and staff over a 14-day stretch .
British Columbia health officials have identified 119 new patients, including four epi-linked cases. No one died on the province's last 24-hour stretch, 104 have recovered. There are now 1,406 active cases across the province, with 3,180 people self-isolating because they were in contact with a previously identified patient. A new health facility outbreak has occurred at the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center.
Saskatchewan's health authorities have identified 22 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatoon (five), Northern Central (four), Central East (four), Central West (three), Regina (two), South Central (two) and Far Northeast Zones (two). Another 26 people have recovered along the same route, leaving 139 active cases in the province. Eight of these currently infected people are in hospital. The Central East Zone has the most active cases at 42 as it continues to deal with outbreaks in Yorkton.
Nova Scotia did not report any new patients on Friday as the number of active cases remains at three. There have been three currently infected patients in its jurisdiction since Prince Edward Island's last update on October 6th.
A timeline of all cases to date can be found on this page.
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