Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on 23 July

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

July 22, 2020 – Ottawa,ON – Public Health Agency of Canada

OTTAWA –

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 111,697 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,862 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,616,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 42,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive.

After months of being at home, everyone wants to make the most of the summer months, but this summer is not like any other. With the COVID-19 pandemic still active in Canada and worldwide, it means that how and where you choose to enjoy the summer will determine your risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Though our social, economic and recreational spaces are cautiously re-opening, we can’t afford to throw caution to the wind. Living with COVID-19 means we cannot eliminate all cases and clusters in Canada, so preventing epidemic acceleration depends on our actions, individually and collectively. To control COVID-19 during reopening, we must remain ever mindful of the risks and take care to maintain public health practices that work to keep case numbers low in our communities.

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