COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 18, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 5:06pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 18, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 18, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 196,321 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,746 deaths.
  • For the latest 7 day period with national data, labs across Canada have tested an average of over 77,000 people daily, with 2.4% testing positive.
  • As of Friday October 16th, 2020, an average of 2,310 cases were being reported daily across Canada over a seven-day period.
  • Everyone is needed on the frontlines, from essential workers to volunteers to businesses, workplaces, and everyday citizens across Canada.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 17, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 5:00pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 194,106 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,722 deaths.
  • As of Friday October 16th, 2020, an average of 2,310 cases were being reported daily across Canada over a seven-day period.
  • Each of our efforts to maintain effective public health practises adds up and makes a big difference in reducing overall risk and infection rates.
  • Keeping apart is difficult, but it is what will make us stronger, more resilient and better able to sustain public health efforts through the Fall and Winter.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:36pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 15, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 15, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 189,387 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,664 deaths.
  • Over the past week, labs across Canada have tested an average of over 77,000 people daily, with 2.4% testing positive.
  • National daily case counts continue to rise with an average of 2,323 new cases being reported daily during the most recent 7 days.
  • As the number of individuals who test positive continues to increase nationally, more health regions are reporting elevated rates of infection that inevitably put a strain on local public health resources.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 14, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:52pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 186,881 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,654 deaths.
  • Over the past week, labs across Canada have tested an average of over 77,000 people daily, with 2.4% testing positive.
  • You can sign up to become a FluWatcher to help monitor the spread of both flu and COVID-19 in Canada.
  • You can also download the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19."

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 10, 2020

Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 10, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 10, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 178,117 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,585 deaths.
  • Over the past week, labs across Canada have tested an average of over 71,000 people daily, with 2.5% testing positive.
  • As noted in the epidemiology and modelling update yesterday, we are seeing shifting patterns in the spread of COVID-19 in Canada over time.
  • Always follow the recommendations set out by your provincial/territorial/local public health authorities to keep you and those you care about safer, while reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada."

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 8, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:53pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 8, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 8, 2020 /CNW/ -In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 173,123 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,541 deaths.
  • Over the past week, labs across Canada have tested an average of over 71,000 people daily, with 2.5% testing positive.
  • National daily case counts continue to rise with an average of 2,052 new cases being reported daily during the most recent 7 days.
  • Over the past week, there have been on average 673 individuals with COVID-19 in Canadian hospitals each day and 18 deaths reported daily.

Government of Canada signs new agreement for COVID-19 rapid tests

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:16pm

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, today announced that the Government of Canada has signed a new agreement with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics to purchase up to 20.5 million Panbio COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests.

Key Points: 
  • The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, today announced that the Government of Canada has signed a new agreement with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics to purchase up to 20.5 million Panbio COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests.
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada are working together to purchase and deploy COVID-19 rapid tests.
  • The Panbio COVID-19 Antigen rapid test is the first antigen rapid test authorized by Health Canada.
  • To date, the Government of Canada has signed agreements with the following companies for COVID-19 rapid, point-of-care tests authorized by Health Canada:
    Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC will supply up to 7.9 million ID NOW rapid tests, and up to 20.5 million Panbio COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on October 3, 2020

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 3, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 3, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
    "There have been 162,659cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,409deaths.
  • This is nowhere more important than in areas where infection rates are highest and local public health, health care and laboratory services are already being stretched.
  • But when public health resources are stretched and the number of contacts are high, the virus has the upper hand.
  • At the same time, let's all commit to doing our part to bolster our public health offence against COVID-19.

Legislation to support new recovery benefits and extend funding for COVID-19 measures receives Royal Assent

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 11:33pm

Today, the COVID-19 Response Measures Act (formerly Bill C-4) received Royal Assent.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the COVID-19 Response Measures Act (formerly Bill C-4) received Royal Assent.
  • This legislation creates three new temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Service Canada and the CRA will work collaboratively on integrity measures for the new recovery benefits.
  • The recovery benefits will be paid in arrears, with workers applying after the period for which they were unable to work.

Canada's COVID-19 exposure notification app soon to be available in Nova Scotia

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 4:54pm

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, today announced that people in Nova Scotia will soon be able to receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert, Canada's COVID-19 exposure notification app.

Key Points: 
  • The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, today announced that people in Nova Scotia will soon be able to receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert, Canada's COVID-19 exposure notification app.
  • COVID Alert is available for download to all Canadians, and the application will be fully operational in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in the very near future.
  • This is exactly what we are doing and we are pleased to make the COVID-19 Alert app available in Nova Scotia soon.
  • The Government of Canada established the COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Advisory Council to ensure the app meets the highest standards in public health outcomes, privacy, and technology.