Coronavirus cases in Canada: Just under 116,000 infections and 8,900 deaths

Bryan Meler
Associate Editor, Yahoo News Canada

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COVID-19 cases in Canada: 116,884 diagnoses, 8,945 deaths and 101,429 recoveries (as of Aug. 2, 4:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta - 10,843 cases, including 196 deaths (9,113 resolved)

  • British Columbia - 3,641 cases, 195 deaths (3,168 resolved)

  • Manitoba - 435 cases, 8 deaths (337 resolved)

  • New Brunswick - 170 cases, 2 deaths (166 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador - 266 cases, 3 deaths (259 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories - 5 cases (5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia - 1,071 cases, 64 deaths (1,004 resolved)

  • Ontario -  39,449 cases, 2,778 deaths (35,359 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island - 36 cases (36 resolved)

  • Quebec -  59,599 cases, 5,681 deaths (50,886 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan - 1,342 cases, 18 deaths (1,070 resolved)

  • Yukon - 14 cases (13 resolved)

  • Nunavut - 0 presumptive cases (4 false positive cases)

  • 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 August 2020

Aug. 2

Another 100+ increase in daily cases for Ontario, primarily among six regions

Ontario reported 116 new cases, one death and 122 recently recovered patients in its latest 24-hour stretch. 

It’s now the third straight day that the province has recorded at least 100 daily cases, after two straight days of being below that mark. Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded fewer than 100 cases since March 24. 

The most recent patients were recorded primarily among six public health units: 20 in York, 16 in Ottawa, 15 in Chatham-Kent, 14 in Peel, 13 in Windsor-Essex, and nine in Toronto, according to the Ministry of Health. Twenty-seven of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, while 16 of them reported zero. 

The patients were identified after the province completed 30,443 tests for COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch.

It’s unclear what’s behind the most recent jump spike in York, but the region only trails Toronto and Peel for total cases throughout the pandemic. Earlier this week, Ottawa health officials said they’re seeing an increase in cases related to private house gatherings.

In total, Ontario has had 39,449 cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. That includes 2,778 victims and 35,359 recovered patients. 

Of the province’s 1,312 active cases of COVID-19, there are 72 people in hospital (down by one since Saturday), which includes 26 people in intensive care (down by one), and 14 who require a ventilator (up by two). 

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 20 active outbreaks among facilities in the province, (up by one). In those facilities, there remain 10 residents who are currently infected as well as 37 staff members.

Quebec adds another 140+ increase to its case count, while recoveries stat still faces technical issue

Quebec health officials announced 141 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. 

It’s now the third straight day that the province has recorded over 140 daily cases, after registering two straight days below that mark. 

Canada’s worst-hit province has now reported at least 140 cases on 16 of the last 18 occasions. Before the recent stretch, it had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25. 

Quebec’s streak of at least 100 daily cases also continues, now entering its 22nd straight day. It’s part of a worrisome trend, considering between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions.

In July, Quebec dealt with outbreaks relating to bars and private house parties, along with day camps. The province is also currently dealing with an outbreak at a hospital St-Eustache, Que., which has prompted mass testing efforts.

On Monday, the province will start to allow public gatherings of 250-people, which is up from the previous limit of 50.

Throughout the pandemic, Quebec has identified 59,599 cases of COVID-19. That includes 50,886 people who have recovered from the virus, a number that hasn’t changed since July 27 due to a technical issue. Three deaths were also added to its death toll of 5,681 on Sunday; one occurred in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch and two occurred before July 25.

Of the province’s now 3,035 active cases of COVID-19, there are 172 people in hospital (down by five since Saturday) and 17 in intensive care (down by one). 

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed 16,178 tests, which is above its goal of 14,000. 

Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,904 total cases (up by 61), but the spread of COVID-19 also continues to gain pace in surrounding areas of the city. The Laurentides region has 3,920 (up by 23), the Montérégie region has 8,825 cases (up by 19), the Laval region has 6,069 (up by 12), and Lanaudière has 4,512 (up by four).

A man wears a face mask as he browses on his phone in a shopping mall in Montreal, Sunday, August 2, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. The Quebec government has made the wearing of masks and face coverings mandatory in all public spaces as of July 18 and will increase the number of people allowed to gather indoors and outdoors to 250 people as of August 3. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Four cases in Nova Scotia this week after everyone else recovers

Nova Scotia has identified two new cases of COVID-19 in the Central zone, increasing its active case count to four. 

Both are related to travel outside of Canada, while one is linked to the two cases that were reported on July 31 in the Central zone.

Before the four cases were identified this week, Nova Scotia had zero active COVID-19 patients. It had also not recorded a new case since July 15, while all of its remaining patients had recovered by July 26. 

Throughout the pandemic, the province has had 1,071 cases of COVID-19. That includes 64 victims and 1,003 people who have recovered. 

In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed 334 tests for COVID-19, which allowed them to identify the two most recent patients.

Eighteen new cases in Manitoba

Health officials announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, increasing the province’s total case count to 435.

In a tweet, Manitoba announced that their online data will be updated Monday, which should provide more information on the 20 patients that were identified over the weekend.

As of Friday, 337 people have recovered and eight people have died. If no one has recovered since then, it would mean that there are 90 active cases in the province.

Saskatchewan continues to identify cases in ‘communal living settings’ after record-high testing

For the first time Saskatchewan has administered at least 2,000 tests in a 24-hour timeframe,

Of the 2,104 COVID-19 tests that were performed, health officials identified eight new cases of COVID-19, but did not mention if any of them were among “communal living settings” or Hutterite colonies.

Throughout the pandemic, there have been 1,342 reported cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. That includes 1,070 people who have recovered, up by 16 since Saturday. Of the 254 active cases of COVID-19 that remain, there are 18 people in hospital (up by four), which includes seven people in intensive care (up by one).

As of Sunday, the South region has 87 active cases, the Central region has 76 and the North has 48. The Far North has five active cases, after being home to 348 patients throughout the pandemic.

Aug. 1

Ontario starts to trend over 100 daily cases once again

Ontario reported 124 new cases, two deaths and 163 recently recovered patients in its latest 24-hour stretch. 

It’s now the second straight day that the province has recorded over 100 daily cases, after two straight days of being below that daily mark. Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded below a triple-digit increase since March 24. 

The latest patients were identified after the province completed 33,282 tests for COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch, which is its second highest amount over the course of the pandemic.

Of the most recently identified patients, 33 were in Peel, 17 in Ottawa, and 16 in both Toronto and Windsor-Essex, according to the Ministry of Health. Twenty-eight of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, while 16 of them reported zero. 

It’s unclear what’s behind the jump in cases in Peel, but the region only trails Toronto for total cases throughout the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Ottawa health officials said they’re seeing a spike in cases related to private house gatherings, while Windsor-Essex continues to deal with agri-farm outbreaks and community spread. Windsor-Essex, the only region still in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, continues to have the highest infection per 100,000 people in Ontario (543.7), after taking the top spot from Toronto two weeks ago.

“We can't take our eye off the ball for a second. It will come back and bite us in the backside with a second wave like we've never seen before,” said Premier Doug Ford on July 29, after the province reported fewer than 100 daily cases for the first time in months.

In total, Ontario has had 39,333 cases of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. That includes 2,777 victims and 35,237 recovered patients. 

Of the province’s 1,319 active cases of COVID-19, there are 73 people in hospital (down by five since Friday), which includes 27 people in intensive care (down by two), and 12 who require a ventilator (down by three). 

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 19 active outbreaks among facilities in the province, up by two. In those facilities, 10 residents are currently infected (up by one) as well as 37 staff members.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford makes an announcement outside a hospital in Ajax, Ont., on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Quebec once again starts to trend over 140 cases, completes record-high testing output

Quebec health officials announced 146 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. 

It’s now the second straight day that the province has recorded over 140 daily cases, after registering two straight days below that mark. 

Canada’s worst-hit province has now reported at least 140 cases on 15 of the last 17 occasions. Before the recent stretch, it had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25. 

Quebec’s streak of at least 100 daily cases also continues, now entering its 21st straight day. It’s part of a worrisome trend, considering between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions.

In July, Quebec dealt with outbreaks relating to bars and private house parties, along with day camps. The province is also currently dealing with an outbreak at a hospital St-Eustache, Que., which has prompted mass testing efforts.

Throughout the pandemic, Quebec has identified 59,458 cases of COVID-19. That includes 50,886 people who have recovered from the virus. Four deaths were also added to its death toll of 5,678 on Saturday, but they all occurred before July 24. No one died in Quebec’s latest 24-hour stretch.

Of the province’s now 2,894 active cases of COVID-19, there are 177 people in hospital (down by 15) and 18 in intensive care (up by three). 

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. For the second straight time, the province completed a record-high amount, this time with 17, 994 tests for COVID-19, which is above its goal of 14,000. 

Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,843 total cases (up by 71), but the spread of COVID-19 also continues to gain pace in surrounding areas of the city. The Laurentides region has 3,897 (up by 10), the Montérégie region has 8,806 cases (up by 27), the Laval region has 6,057 (up by five), and Lanaudière has 4,508 (up by 11).

No new cases among the Atlantic provinces

Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick did not report any cases on Saturday.

Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories don’t provide updated statistics on weekends.

There remain four active cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, which were all identified last week. Nova Scotia has two active cases, which were recorded on Friday. New Brunswick has two active cases, while the recent one was identified July 20.

For more on other jurisdictions, please see our updates from this past week.

Two new cases in Manitoba

Health officials announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, increasing its total case count to 417.

Officials said in a tweet that their online data will be updated Monday, which should provide more information on the recently identified patients. 

As of Friday, 337 people have recovered and eight people have died. If no one has recovered since then, it would mean that there are 72 active cases in the province.

Saskatchewan continues to identify cases in ‘communal living settings’ after record-high testing

Fifteen new cases were identified in Saskatchewan’s latest 24-hour stretch, which includes nine “from multiple communal living settings across the province.”

One case also involves a Saskatchewan resident who tested out of the province. 

In the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, a record-high 1,807 COVID-19 tests were performed, for a total of 100,317.

Throughout the pandemic, there have been 1,334 reported cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. That includes 1,054 people who have recovered, up by 46 since Friday. Of the 262 active cases of COVID-19 that remain, there are 14 people in hospital (down by one), while there remain six in intensive care.

As of Saturday, the South region has 95 active cases, the Central region has 80 and the North has 47. The Far North has five active cases, after being home to 348 patients throughout the pandemic.

Timelines of cases prior to August:

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