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 143,649 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,217 deaths. 87% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada tested an average of 47,111 people daily over the past week with 1.4% testing positive. As of Friday September 18th, the average daily case count was reported as 849 across Canada during the previous seven days. As some provinces and territories do not report new cases over the weekend, the next update for the average daily case count will be provided on Tuesday, once these numbers have been compiled.
With 875 new cases reported across Canada yesterday and more expected from provinces that report their weekend reports on Monday, we are seeing the transmission that occurred up to two weeks ago. That means there is a lot of virus circulating and things will only get worse if we don’t all do our best to slow the spread of COVID-19. The fact is public health authorities can’t solve this on their own, it will take all of us working together to bring things back to a safer slow burn.
Monday’s motivation is to examine our efforts and think about how we can tighten things up to be part of the solution. Here is a short check list of the top things we all need to be doing to improve our position on the defence: