Health

Average of 1,010 people with COVID-19 treated in Canadian hospitals each day in the last week

OTTAWA – There are currently 24,401 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Oct. 25.

With flu season here, Dr. Tam urges people to all do their part by keeping your number of in-person close contacts low and committing to proven effective public health practises such as self isolating if you have symptoms, physical distancing, wearing a mask, and proper hygiene.

“While I know keeping physically apart is difficult, particularly when we want to mark life’s important moments like weddings and funerals, now is not the time for hosting large in-person gatherings,” said Dr. Tam. “Right now, doing the best thing to keep our family, friends and community safer means keeping safely apart, connecting virtually, and finding safer ways to care and support each other.”

The latest national-level data indicate daily averages of 2,488 new cases of COVID-19 (Oct 16-22) and 74,719 people tested, with 3.1 per cent testing positive (Oct 11-17). Outbreaks continue to contribute to COVID-19 spread in Canada.

These vary in size from just a few cases to larger clusters occurring in a range of settings including long term care and assisted living facilities, schools, congregate living settings, industrial work settings and large social gatherings. Larger clusters tell us that closed and crowded settings and/or not sufficiently maintaining public health practises, such as physical distancing and mask wearing, can amplify spread of the virus.

 Provincial and territorial data, indicate that an average of 1,010 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent seven-day period (Oct 16-22).

Since the first cases were reported in March 2020, there have been 213,959 cases of COVID-19, including 9,922 deaths reported in Canada

“Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practises and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert,” said Dr. Tam.

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