Coronavirus cases in Canada: More than 106,000 infections and 8,700 deaths

Bryan Meler
Associate Editor, Yahoo News Canada

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Total COVID-19 cases in Canada: 106,355 diagnoses, 8,733 deaths and 70,237 recoveries (as of July 8, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta -  8,436 cases, including 157 deaths (7,659 resolved)

  • British Columbia - 2,978 cases, 183 deaths (2,629 resolved)

  • Manitoba - 325 cases, 7 deaths (312 resolved)

  • New Brunswick - 165 cases, 2 deaths (162 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador - 261 cases, 3 deaths (258 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories - 5 cases (5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia - 1,066 cases, 63 deaths (998 resolved)

  • Ontario -  36,178 cases, 2,700 deaths (31,805 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island - 32 cases (27 resolved)

  • Quebec - 55,997 cases, 5,590 deaths (25,458 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan - 806 cases, 15 deaths (737 resolved)

  • Yukon - 11 cases (11 resolved)

  • Nunavut - 0 cases (1 false positive case, 1 probable case pending confirmation)

  • CFB Trenton - 13 cases (13 resolved)

Authorities in Canada are working to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization deemed a pandemic in mid-March.

Canadians have contracted the disease while travelling in other countries from all over the world. Certain cases in Canada, which are linked to travel, have led to human-to-human transmission between close contacts, while community spread has been reported in the majority of Canada’s provinces.

In order to contain the spread, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has restricted Canada’s borders, provinces and territories have declared states of emergencies, while people returning back to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon return under the Quarantine Act.

Timeline of coronavirus cases in Canada July 2020

July 8

Edmonton hospital declares ‘full facility outbreak’

The Misericordia Community Hospital has declared a “full facility outbreak” related to COVID-19, after 20 patients and 15 staff members tested positive as of Wednesday morning. 

Three patients have also died after contracting the respiratory virus in connection to the outbreak. According to CBC, who received confirmation from Alberta Health Services, the patients who died were two men in their 70s and a man in his 80s.

The outbreak first started June 20, and by Monday there were 18 cases among patients, 14 among staff and two deaths. Because of the continued spread of the virus, the hospital is now imposing stricter restrictions.

No patients will be admitted to the hospital and procedures will be postponed or rescheduled at another location, such as surgeries and outpatient appointments. In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19, all adult and child services at the hospital are temporarily closed to incoming patients, including the emergency department. Instead, people will be directed to other city hospitals if they require care.

Those already admitted within the hospital will continue to receive treatment, while visitors won’t be allowed entry except in end-of-life situations. 

Arrangements for labouring mothers will be made at Grey Nuns Community Hospital.

Those who have tested COVID-19 positive are currently being treated in two units in Misericordia, which is run by Catholic health provider Covenant Health.

“Activating the full facility outbreak is necessary at this time to protect patients, staff and physicians. We acknowledge the challenges these additional restrictions create for patients, families, staff and physicians,” said Dr. David Zygun, Medical Director, AHS Edmonton Zone, in a press release.

Ongoing transmission means that this is a necessary step to protect patients, staff and physicians and to ensure that the outbreak can be managed as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Ontario reports most daily deaths in almost two weeks, active cases continue to decline

Ontario reported nine fatalities, 118 new cases and 202 recently recovered patients in its latest 24-hour stretch. 

There are now 1,673 active cases in the province, the fewest since March 31.

The recent update to its death toll, which stands at 2,700, is the largest the province has recorded since June 25. 

According to the Ministry of Health, five of the deaths involved residents in long-term care facilities. Of the nine fatalities, eight involved people who were at least 80 years old, and the other is a person between 40-59 years old. 

Among the recently identified 118 new cases are 35 people between the ages of 40-59 years old, the most of any age group. There are also 34 people between the 20-39. Of the province’s newest cases, 93 of them are located in the Greater Toronto Area. The latest patients were identified after the province completed 22,832 tests, which marks the first time this week that it’s performed over 20,000 tests. 

Throughout the pandemic, Ontario has identified 36,178 cases of COVID-19, which includes 31,805 people who have recovered. Of the 1,673 active patients, there are 123 people in hospital (down by eight since Tuesday), which includes 35 people in ICU (up by one) and 26 who require a ventilator (up by two). 

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 26 active outbreaks among facilities around the province (down by four). There remain 144 active cases among residents (down by 16) and 217 among staff (down by 32).

Quebec continues to report victim backlog

Quebec health officials announced 82 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch, to go along with 13 fatalities. 

Of the victims, six died in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, while the seven office before June 30, raising Quebec’s death toll to 5,603. 

There are now 56,079 total cases of COVID-19 in Quebec since the start of the pandemic. That includes 25,534 people who have recovered, an increase of 76 since Tuesday. Of the 24,942 active cases that remain, there are 331 people in hospital (down by 16), including 27 in intensive care (up by one). 

Montreal now has 27,461 cases and 3,415 deaths throughout the pandemic, but trends have been worsening around the province. According to Steve Faguy of the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal region has seen a 4.5 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases from June 7 to July 7. The Laurentides region (which now has 3,545 total cases) has seen an increase of 14.1 per cent. The Monteregie (8,005), Outaouais (609) and Capitale-Nationale (1,865) regions have also seen increases of at least nine per cent. 

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 7,154 tests for COVID-19, which is below its goal of 14,000.

Nova Scotia case involving truck driver

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Nova Scotia, involving a truck driver who travelled outside of Canada as an essential worker. 

Of the province’s 1,066 cases, five are now considered active. Sixty-three people have died, while 998 patients have recovered. Nova Scotia had no active cases, but health officials have identified five since June 30. 

There is currently one person in hospital, but their infection is considered resolved. 

On Tuesday, the QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 475 tests.

July 6

Saskatchewan reports nine new cases

There are nine more cases of COVID-19 in the province, officials announced on Monday. There were three cases in the far north region, one in the north region, one in the central region, two in the Saskatoon area and two in the south region, officials said. Currently, the province has 59 active cases. The death toll remains at 14.

Quebec continues decline in new cases

The province continues to see strong recovery from COVID-19, as its new daily cases remain below 200. Seventy-four new cases were identified on Monday, and three deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported.

Health Minister Christian Dubé reminded owners of bars and nightclubs on Monday that they must comply with regulations, after a spike in Montreal’s South Shore neighbourhood was seen last week.

"If the rules are not respected, we will close your venue," said Dubé.

Nova Scotia identifies new travel-related case

An individual who was passing through the United States on their way to Prince Edward Island via Nova Scotia was identified as being positive for COVID-19 when they arrived. They are now in a 14-day quarantine period in the province.

This latest case brings Nova Scotia to 1,065 cases of COVID-19, including 63 people who have died, and four cases that are considered currently active.

No newly-reported deaths in Ontario

On Monday, the province reported that the death toll related to COVID-19 remained flat at 2,689. It’s the first time there have been zero reported deaths in a day for Ontario since March.

The Ministry of Health did report 154 new cases, however, a slight increase compared to the amount of cases Ontario had recorded a day before. Most of the new cases were in the Toronto and Peel regions. Today, 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported fewer than five new cases, including Windsor-Essex, which was recently the focus of scrutiny due to a farm-related outbreak. Only Toronto, Peel and York regions reported more than ten new cases.

The number of Ontario residents who require hospital care continues to decline. There are 118 people in hospital with the COVID-19 virus, with 36 in intensive care and 21 requiring ventilators.

There are 34 long-term care homes in the province with an active outbreak, one fewer than the day before.

July 5

Two new cases in P.E.I. linked to man who didn’t self-isolate

Two more COVID-19 cases have been identified in Prince Edward Island, and are linked to a man in his 20s who didn't self-isolate after returning to the province.

There are now five active cases in P.E.I., with officials announcing three cases on Saturday. Before this weekend, the province hadn’t identified a new case since April 28. By May 8, it had no active cases since all 27 of its patients recovered. 

The two new patients are also in their 20s, and are close-contacts of an asymptomatic individual who travelled to Nova Scotia, where he was in contact with a someone who was recently in the U.S.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said that the man made the trip to Nova Scotia for personal reasons on June 26, and returned June 29, but didn’t self-isolate. 

"They were supposed to be self-isolating because they had returned from Nova Scotia, and, certainly, that was prior to the [Atlantic] bubble," Morrison said.

"Their contacts were very limited ... they had five close contacts identified and those are the ones that we tested yesterday and two came back positive."

The Atlantic bubble came into effect Friday, July 3. It allows the residents of the four Atlantic provinces to visit other places within the region without self-isolating for 14 days. 

Morrison said on Saturday that the province administered 406 swab tests, which is a record high for P.E.I. 

That included the testing of 129 residents and 140 staff at the Whisperwood Villa,  a privately owned nursing and community-care home in Charlottetown. Each test came back negative, but everyone will be tested again this week. All but four or five staff and two residents were tested yesterday, said Morrison. 

The wide-spread testing at the seniors home was completed after an employee tested positive. The woman in her 20s, who has shown symptoms, is a close contact of the man who recently travelled to Nova Scotia. 

“At this point there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our province, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the province remains low,” said Morrison.

The other case that was identified by health officials on Saturday involves an essential worker in his 50s, who recently travelled outside of the region, but has self-isolated since returning. There are now 32 total cases in the province, and five of them are active.

Nova Scotia currently has three active cases, with the last one reported July 2. Health officials in both provinces are now working together to limit and track the spread of the virus.

Ontario matches its fewest daily deaths in months

For the second time this week, Ontario has reported two daily fatalities related to COVID-19. 

Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded two or fewer deaths since March 30. According to the Ministry of Health, one of the fatalities involved a long-term care home resident and the other was a person who was 40-59 years old. 

The update increases Ontario’s death toll to 2,689.

On Sunday, the province also announced 138 new cases of COVID-19, after completing 23,792 tests. Among the recently identified patients, 60 of them are between 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. The Greater Toronto Area is home to 87 of the 138 new cases.

Of its 35,794 cases throughout the pandemic, 31,266 have been marked as resolved, an increase of 183 since Saturday. Of the 1,839 active cases that remain in Ontario, there are 139 people in hospital (down by 11), which includes 39 people in intensive care and 23 who require a ventilator (down by three).

Only one death in past 24 hours in Quebec

Quebec reported 79 new cases and eight fatalities, increasing its total to 55,863 and 5,574, respectively. 

Of the deaths, one occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other seven patients died before June 27. 

Health officials have not yet indicated how many people have recovered from the virus as of Sunday. On Saturday, they said at least 25,280 cases have been resolved.

Of the active cases that remain in the province, there are 371 people in hospital (down by four since Saturday), which includes 26 people in intensive care (down by one). 

The Montreal region has 27,417 of those cases (up by 17) and 3,406 deaths (up by two). According to CTV News, the highest daily increase in cases of any Quebec region was in Monteregie, which identified 22 new cases for a total of 7,928. 

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 7,902 tests for COVID-19, which is below its goal of 14,000.

July 4

Quebec reports its most daily cases this week

There are now 24,938 active cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, after health officials reported 102 new cases, 122 recoveries and six deaths. 

Of the fatalities, three occurred in the province’s latest 24 hour stretch, while three occurred before June 26. 

The 102 new cases are the most the province has announced since June 25, which was also the last time Quebec reported triple-digits for daily cases. 

Of the active cases that remain in the province, there are 375 people in hospital, which includes 27 people in intensive care. Of the 55,784 cases throughout the pandemic in Quebec, 25,280 have been resolved, while the death toll stands at 5,566. The Montreal region has 27,400 of those cases and 3,406 deaths. 

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 7,917 tests for COVID-19, which is below its goal of 14,000.

P.E.I. reports first cases in months

Prince Edward Island health officials have identified three new cases of COVID-19, marking the first day the province has recorded any cases in months.

One of the cases involves an employee at a seniors home. 

P.E.I. last announced a case on April 28, and by May 8, it had no active cases since all 27 of its original patients recovered.  

“This is disappointing news, but we’ve said consistently that we need to be prepared for more cases, and we are,” said chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison on Saturday. 

Morrison said that the cases are not related to either seasonal residents or the Atlantic bubble, which has allowed the residents of the four Atlantic provinces to visit other places within the region without self-isolating as of Friday.

The three new patients involve a man in his 50s who is an essential worker. He recently travelled outside of the region, but has self-isolated since returning.

"Any Canadian citizen is able to travel back to their home ... regardless of where they live," said Premier Dennis King.

The two other cases involve a man and a woman in their 20s, and officials believe they are related, said Morrison.

The man returned from P.E.I. from Nova Scotia on June 29, and had contact with someone from the United States. The other case involves an employee of the Whisperwood Villa seniors home in Charlottetown. 

The Whisperwood Villa employee did not have provide direct personal care to any of the residents. As of Saturday, no residents are showing new symptoms of COVID-19, while everyone at the facility is being tested for COVID-19. Morrison also advised anyone who visited June 30 to be tested. 

“She did wear appropriate PPE while working, and does not provide direct personal care to residents. She left work as soon as she wasn’t feeling well,” said Morrison, while noting that she is currently still experiencing symptoms.

King said contact tracing is underway, and that he will wait for the results before changing COVID-19 restrictions in the province. It’s currently in Phase 4 of its reopening plan, which started June 26.

Whisperwood Villa has cancelled indoor and outdoor visits until further notice, along with communal dining. Temperature checks will also increase to twice a day. 

Of the Atlantic provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador is the only one with no active cases. There remains one in New Brunswick and three in Nova Scotia.

Ontario reports its fewest daily cases this week

Ontario reported 121 new cases, 174 recoveries and five COVID-19 related fatalities in its latest 24-hour stretch. 

It’s the second fewest daily cases the province has recorded since March 25, only behind the 111 patients it reported June 26. 

Of the 121 recently identified cases, 72 of them were identified in the Greater Toronto Area. In Ontario, 48 of the patients were between the ages of 40-59, the most of any age groups. There were also 43 patients between the ages of 20-39. 

Of the province’s 35,656 cases throughout the pandemic, there are now 1,886 that are currently active, since 31,083 have been resolved. The death toll now stands at 2,687. 

Of the active cases, there are 150 people in hospital (down by five since Friday), which includes 39 in intensive care (down by one) and 26 who require a ventilator (up by one). 

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 36 active outbreaks around the province. Among the active cases, there are 165 residents (down by two), and 263 staff members (down by 24). Throughout the pandemic, 1821 residents have died (up by four), and seven staff. 

July 3

Thirteen new cases in B.C., outbreak declared over

British Columbia’s most fatal long-term care outbreak has been declared over by Fraser Health officials.

COVID-19 was first detected at the facility on March 31, after a staff member had tested positive. The outbreak didn't result in fatalities, and and was declared over in mid-April. The respiratory virus was identified at the facility for a second time on April 28, leading to 25 reported deaths out of 51 resident cases.

Fifteen staff members have also tested positive throughout the pandemic.

On Friday, British Columbia health officials announced 13 new cases of COVID-19, but no new fatalities in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch. 

Of its 2,947 cases throughout the pandemic, 177 people have died, while 2,608 people have recovered. 

Six previously reported cases have been removed from B.C.’s total, since they were identified as residents of another province and will be reported in their home province. 

Of the remaining 162 active cases, there are 19 people in hospital and two in intensive care. 

No new health-care facility or community outbreaks have been declared in the past 24 hours.

Outbreak continues to grow in Alberta’s South zone

The South zone now has 73 active cases, after 24 new cases were identified since Thursday.

The spread of COVID-19 has been strongest in the County of Warner, which has 39 cases after adding 18 new patients. Health officials are investigating whether a funeral for three teen girls is one of the main reasons for the spread of the virus, according to CTV News.

On Friday, 57 new cases of COVID-19 were announced throughout the province, increasing Alberta’s total to 8,259.

No new fatalities were reported in its latest 24-hour stretch, with the death toll remaining at 155. Of its total cases, which were identified after 470,809 completed tests, there are 7,532 people who have recovered from the virus.

Of the 572 active cases that remain in the province, 216 are in the Calgary zone (down by six since Thursday) and 240 (up by seven) are in the Edmonzon zone. Forty-two people are in hospital (down by two), which includes nine in intensive care (up by one). 

Ontario sees lowest increase in deaths in months

For the first time since late March, only two COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the province.

On Friday, health officials also announced 165 new cases of COVID-19.

“Locally, 31 of the province’s 34 public health units — every unit except Toronto, Peel and York — are reporting five or fewer cases, with 14 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Christine Elliott, Ontario’s deputy premier and minister of health, said on Twitter.

Elliott also touted that with 179 more people considered recovered from the virus, there are 14 fewer active cases in the province today than yesterday.

Many of the active cases in the province are in long-term care facilities: there are currently 44 active outbreaks in Ontario’s LTCs, with 167 active cases among residents and 287 active cases among staff.

Another area of focus for the province has been a greenhouse in the Windsor-Essex area, which was shut down on Thursday. Almost 200 migrant workers have tested positive for the virus at the facility. The medical officer for the region issued a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The order forces the workers to be isolated, and prohibits work at the greenhouse until further notice.

Saskatchewan’s epicentre adds another case 

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Saskatchewan, increasing its total to 796. 

The latest patient is in the Far North, which is home to 40 of the province’s 71 active cases. 

Four people are in hospital, including three in intensive care. Of its total cases, there are 711 patients who have recovered from the respiratory virus. 

To date, 67,791 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

Quebec sees slight increase in cases, deaths

After a declining trend in the number of cases reported in Quebec, there was a slight increase on Friday. There are 89 cases that have been identified today, and 19 deaths related to COVID-19. It’s the most new cases in a week, and the second-most deaths in the same period.

New Brunswick releases information about travel-related case

While no new cases were reported by the province on Friday, health officials did announce they had case information for an individual who was identified as positive for COVID-19 on June 29.

Previously it was announced the individual had travelled on June 18, but in fact they were on the June 19 Air Canada flight AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Anyone sitting in rows 19 to 25 could potentially have been affected. Anyone who was on flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21 in rows 31 to 37 is also said to be at risk of exposure.

Those who may be at risk are advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone on the flights outside of the affected rows should monitor for symptoms.

July 2

Ontario farm hit hard by COVID-19

Migrant workers at an Ontario farm are experiencing an outbreak in the Windsor-Essex region. There are 191 workers on the farm who are currently infected with COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford, who refused to name the business, said migrant workers “hid” to avoid being tested, which has hindered health officials’ efforts to address the outbreak.

"All the workers went and hid," he said. "That's why my emphasis to the workers is nothing's going to happen. We're here, Ontario is here, to help you."

Ford said there were fears among migrant workers at the farm that they wouldn’t be paid, or sent back to their home countries if they tested positive. Only three or four workers at the farm co-operated with health officials who showed up to do more testing.

On Thursday, a total of 153 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ontario. There have also been four more deaths.

Case identified among temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Nova Scotia, marking the third straight day that health officials have diagnosed a patient. 

“The new case is an individual who is in Nova Scotia as a temporary foreign worker. They have been self-isolating since arriving in the province, as required. The likely source of infection for this case, as well as the two previously announced this week, is from travel outside of Canada,” said a press release by health officials. 

Before the recent stretch, all of its initial 1,061 cases had been resolved, leaving no active COVID-19 patients in the province. 

The latest update increases its total case count to 1,064, which includes 63 people who have died, and 998 recovered patients. To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 53,994 negative test results.

Presumptive case identified in Nunavut

After a false positive case earlier this year, the territory may have its first case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in Canada.

On Thursday, a worker at Mary River Mine on Baffin Island was tested as part of routine screening of all workers, and was identified as a probable case. Confirmation is likely to come early next week.

One more death in Saskatchewan

A person with COVID-19 has died in the province, bringing the provincial total number of COVID-19-related deaths to 14. There were also ten new cases reported on Thursday, as the total number of cases diagnosed in the province reached 795.

Quebec reports 14 more deaths

There were 69 new daily cases reported on Thursday by Quebec health officials, the third fewest since late-March. Fourteen more deaths were also announced, increasing the death toll to 5541. In hospital, 411 people are under care for COVID-19 including 32 in intensive care.

Timelines of cases prior to July