Canada's COVID-19 cases: Ontario, Alberta report record-high spikes; Quebec sees 202 new school cases

On Thursday, October 8th, Ontario reported a record increase of 797 new cases of COVID-19. In addition, 100 new cases were identified in the K-12 school within 24 hours, in which 36 learning institutions reported their first case.
Quebec has identified more than 1,000 new patients for the sixth time in seven days as trends of concern continue to develop in several regions of the province. In addition, 202 new cases were identified among students and staff.
67 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba. This is the second largest increase the province has seen since the pandemic began. In addition, the number of active cases reached another record high at 863.
In Alberta, health officials identified 364 new cases, most in a 24-hour period for the province. Of these patients, 276 were identified in his Edmonton epicenter, where new voluntary restrictions have been introduced.
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18,297 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 173,449 diagnoses, 9,556 deaths, and 145,406 recoveries (as of Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. ET)
Alberta - 2,097 active cases (19,718 total cases including 283 deaths, 17,338 resolved)
British Columbia - 1,387 active cases (9,956 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,296 resolved)
Manitoba - 863 active cases (2,344 total cases, 27 deaths, 1,454 resolved)
New Brunswick - 24 active cases (225 cases, 2 deaths, 199 resolved)
Newfoundland and Labrador - 4 active cases (277 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 - 5,442 active cases (56,742 total cases, 2,992 deaths, 48,308 resolved)
Prince Edward Island - 3 active cases (61 cases total, 58 resolved)
Quebec - 8,492 active cases (82,992 total cases, 5,915 deaths, 68,585 resolved)
Saskatchewan - 143 active cases (2,012 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,845 resolved)
Yukon - 0 active cases (15 cases total, 15 resolved)
Nunavut - 0 active cases (8 presumably positive cases)
CFB Trenton - 0 active cases (13 cases total, 13 resolved)
Ontario reports a record case with 100 new patients connected to schools
Ontario reported a record high of 797 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths and 695 recoveries.
It's the 11th straight day the province has passed the 500-case mark and Ontario broke its own record three times. Prior to the last stretch, the province had not reported at least 500 cases since May 2.
There are currently 5,442 active cases across the province. Most of what Ontario ever had was on April 25th when there were 5,675 infected patients across the province.
Of the most recent 797 cases, 265 were identified in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel, 78 in York, 33 in Halton, 24 in Simcoe-Muskoka, 22 in Durham and 11 each in Middlesex-London and Hamilton. The remaining 23 public health units reported 10 or fewer cases, while 14 reported no new patients at all.
There are 331 new cases among 20 to 39 year olds, most in every age group. There are 225 new cases among 40- to 59-year-olds, 126 among 19-year-olds, and under 112 that involve at least 60-year-olds.
The newest patients were identified after the province completed a record high of 48,488 tests. The 1.3 percent positivity rate is still higher than any percentage that Ontario recorded between July and early September.
There are 100 new cases of COVID-19 in K-12 schools across Ontario. These include 51 students, 22 employees and 27 who have not yet been identified by the Ministry of Health. Thirty-six other schools have reported their first patients within the last 24-hour distance. Since it reopened in September, there have been a total of 822 cases among 415 learning institutions.
Of the active cases, 206 people have been hospitalized, most since July 1. Among them are 47 in the intensive care unit and 29 who need a ventilator.
Alberta reports record spikes leading to new voluntary restrictions on the Edmonton Zone
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer for health, announced 364 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. This is the largest one-day increase the province has seen since the pandemic began.
Of these cases, 276 have been identified in the Edmonton Zone, where new voluntary restrictions are now being promoted.
"I am very concerned about the surge in cases that we are seeing," said Hinshaw.
The top Alberta doctor said it was "worrying" that about 11 percent of active cases in Edmonton were symptomatic of attendance at work or social gatherings. Thirty-six were exposed through close contact, while 26 percent are linked to an outbreak.
“Community contacts seem to be a major driver for the spread of the virus in the city. Social gatherings and family reunions continue to be a factor in spreading the virus, "Hinshaw said. "We have also seen several outbreaks in the workplace that have spread among employees.
"The Edmonton Zone is now facing a crucial point."
Alberta identifies 364 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily total to date
Dr. Alberta's Deena Hinshaw is updating the province's COVID-19 situation for October 8, 2020, including the largest daily case count since the pandemic began.
As part of the voluntary restrictions, all family and private social gatherings should be limited to no more than 15 people. This does not affect schools or gatherings such as theaters, church services, or any other formal gathering where an organizer ensures that all COVID guides are in place, such as B. Funerals or weddings. However, it is still recommended to limit this to 15.
Hinshaw also recommends that masks be worn in all indoor work environments, except when you are alone in work areas such as cubicles or offices where you can be safely away from others.
Third, people in the Edmonton Zone should limit themselves to three cohorts: their core household cohort, their school cohort, and a social, athletic, or other group. In a cohort, you don't always have to follow COVID restrictions, which shouldn't be the case in workplaces, Hinshaw said. Young children also receive an exception for care centers as the risk of transmission is classified as low.
The restrictions aren't mandatory as Hinshaw said she wants to be in line with her reopening framework. They become mandatory if hospital admissions increase by more than 5 percent within two weeks and at least 50 percent of the beds in the intensive care unit are in use. Two weeks ago, on September 24, there were 58 people in the hospital and 14 in the intensive care unit. To date there are 77 and 13 respectively.
Hinshaw said it usually takes a week or two for an increase in cases to contribute to an increase in hospital stays.
Of the 2,097 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, there are 1,251 in the Edmonton Zone. All other zones have fewer than 100, with the exception of the Calgary zone at 604. The last 364 cases were identified after the province completed 16,408 tests for the virus.
Update on schools in Alberta
There are 170 active alerts in all schools in the province, which means a case has occurred in the classroom. In this case, everyone in that class must self-isolate for 14 days. That is around seven percent of all schools, including 370 active cases. Fifty-five schools that had warnings have now returned to study in class, Hinshaw said.
There are 72 schools with active outbreaks, which means they have had at least two cases in 14 days. Fourteen of them had at least five. In-school transmission has likely happened in 27 of those schools, and it spawned just one case for 21 of them, Hinshaw said.
Two other people in the province have died and both are patients at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary. There are currently 83 cases involving 42 patients who are part of the hospital outbreak, according to Hinshaw.
Quebec sees another increase of more than 1,000, 202 new school cases
Quebec health officials announced 1,078 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
It is now the sixth time in the past seven days that 1,000 cases a day have been dwarfed, a mark no other province has reached. Before the last stretch, Quebec hadn't reported a 1,000 cases increase since May 3.
Since then, it has also seen several periods where the province consistently reported fewer than 100 daily cases as it contained the spread of COVID-19.
Of the most recent cases, 290 were identified in the Montreal epicenter. In addition, 199 new patients were diagnosed in Quebec City, 169 in Montérégie, 87 in Laval, 70 in Laurentides and 60 in Mauricie-et-Center-du-Québec.
202 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in K-12 schools across the province in the last 24-hour reporting period, of which 164 were among students and 38 among staff. On the same route, 37 other schools reported their first case of COVID-19, while 41 more class bubbles were closed.
Since the schools opened, there have been 3,189 cases among students and employees. This includes 97 who recovered within the last 24 hours and leaving 1,769 currently infected patients in the system. To date, 983 schools have had a case of COVID-19, of which 774 currently have an active case. A total of 1,016 class bubbles were switched off and asked to study remotely.
READ MORE: Quebec City is overwhelmed by COVID-19. How did it get so bad?
Two more Quebecers died in the last 24-hour drive. Eight more deaths from previous data were also added to the death toll, while one was recently removed following a cause of death investigation.
In addition, 850 more people have recently recovered from the virus. There are currently 8,492 infected patients across the province, including 425 in hospital (up 16 since Wednesday) and 68 in intensive care (up six).
Quebec's test numbers reflect results from two days earlier. Most recently, 29,670 tests for COVID-19 were completed as capacity continued to expand.
Manitoba reports 67 new cases, marking the second-largest increase ever
Coronavirus: 67 new cases announced as Manitoba crosses the 200K test mark
Manitoba has 67 new cases of the novel coronavirus, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief public health officer, who was announced at a news conference Thursday. The new cases bring Manitoba to 863 active cases for a total of 2,344. Deaths remain at 27.
On Thursday, Manitoba health officials announced 67 new cases of COVID-19, the second highest daily increase in cases in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began.
Of the patients, one was identified in Prairie Mountain, three in Interlake-Eastern, six in Southern Health, and 57 in the provincial viral epicenter, Winnipeg. One case was also removed from the list.
The update increases the number of active cases to 863. It is the eleventh time in the last 13 days that it has hit a new record high for currently infected Manitobans.
There has been a trend in the province in recent weeks, particularly in the Winnipeg area, where 745 cases from Manitoba are active. Officials have routinely linked cases to bars and restaurants. On Wednesday, officials began imposing new restrictions on restaurants and bars in the Winnipeg area to limit the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the province also briefed the public on various possible COVID-19 exposures, two of which affected schools in Winnipeg and other businesses in Steinbach and Riding Mountain Village.
The final cases were identified after the province completed 2,736 tests for the virus.
Updates from the rest of Canada
No new cases were identified in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador as three and four cases remain active in those provinces, respectively. There have been three active cases in the province since Prince Edward Island's last update on October 6th.
Three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in New Brunswick. One of them is between 20 and 29 years old in the Fredericton area and is related to international travel. The second is between 30 and 39 in the Campbellton region; Your reason for the transfer is still under investigation. The third is between 40 and 49 years old and is in the Saint John area while the reason for the infection is related to travel outside the Atlantic Bubble. Another person has recovered on the province's last 24-hour stretch, bringing the number of active cases to 24.
In Saskatchewan, 18 new cases were found in Saskatoon (six), Far North West (three), Far North East (two), North Central (two), Central East (two), Regina (one), and North West (one) and Southeast (a) zone. In addition, 13 people have recovered, leaving the province with 143 active cases. Of these currently infected people, 43 live in the Saskatoon area and 40 people live in the central east as outbreaks remain in Yorkton.
On Thursday, the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority in Saskatchewan briefed the public on the potential impact on First Nations communities from a multi-jurisdictional outbreak that began with full gospel outreach events in Prince Albert from September 14th through September 14th Connected October 14th. 4. Anyone who has attended these events during the 23 day period is advised to self-isolate immediately.
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