Coronavirus cases in Canada: More than 86,000 infections and 6,600 deaths


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Total COVID-19 cases in Canada: 86,647 diagnoses and 6,639 deaths (as of May 26 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta - 6,901 cases, including 139 deaths (6,048 resolved)

  • British Columbia - 2,541 cases, 161 deaths (2,122 resolved)

  • Manitoba - 292 cases, 7 deaths (268 resolved)

  • New Brunswick - 122 cases (120 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador - 260 cases, 3 deaths (254 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories - 5 cases (5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia - 1,053 cases, 59 deaths (976 resolved)

  • Ontario - 26,191 cases, 2,123 deaths (19,958 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island - 27 cases (27 resolved)

  • Quebec - 48,598 cases, 4,139 deaths (14,999 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan - 634 cases, 8 deaths (546 resolved)

  • Yukon - 11 cases (11 resolved)

  • Nunavut - 0 cases (1 false positive case)

  • 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.

Those who don’t need to necessarily isolate are still being asked to practice social distancing. It involves keeping at least two metres away from others in social settings and staying home when possible in order to limit the spread.

Timeline of coronavirus cases in Canada - May 2020

For cases before April 30, 2020, see our timeline here.

May 26

B.C. records no new deaths, just 11 new cases

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. recorded no new deaths in the last 24-hour stretch, but there were 11 more positive diagnoses of COVID-19 in the province. B.C. case toll now stands at 2,541.

There remain 258 active cases in the provinces.

Alberta records 22 new cases, reaches new milestone in recoveries

Alberta posted the latest COVID-19 data of the province on its website today which included 22 new cases and one death. Alberta’s case toll now stands at 6,901, including 139 deaths.

A total of 6,048 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19 so far.

One more COVID-19 case in New Brunswick

A man in his 90s has tested positive for COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total number of cases to 122. One hundred and twenty people have recovered from the virus, while two active cases remain.

New Brunswick is currently in Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which allows for family and friends to create a “bubble” for socializing with specific people outside of one’s own household, and personal services and businesses to resume operations. By the end of this week, gatherings of fewer than 50 people for weddings, religious ceremonies and other events can begin to take place again.

Quebec reports 70 more deaths

A total of 4,139 people have died due to COVID-19 in Quebec, as the province announced on Tuesday 70 deaths since their last report. An additional 614 cases of COVID-19 were also reported on Tuesday.

There are currently 1,403 people in hospital for reasons related to COVID-19. Of those, 181 people are in intensive care.

Nova Scotia sees two new cases, one additional death

On Tuesday, another death of someone with COVID-19 brought the province’s total number of deaths to 59. The deceased was in her 80s and had underlying health conditions. She was not a resident of a long-term care facility.

There are now 1,052 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Eleven residents and four employees of a long-term care home in Halifax, Northwood, have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Ontario reports 21 more deaths

The province has seen a total of 2,123 people die due to COVID-19 since the virus came to Ontario. There are now 26,191 cases of COVID-19 that have been diagnosed in the province as of Tuesday.

Of the 21 newly-reported deaths, 12 of them are residents of long-term care facilities. There are now 1,335 long-term care facility residents who have died due to COVID-19.

May 25

Saskatchewan reports two new cases

There are two new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan since the last provincial update, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 634. 81 of the cases are considered active.

The majority of cases remain in the Far North region of the province, where there are currently 68 active cases.

One new case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

A total of 1,051 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Nova Scotia as of Monday. One long-term care facility is currently experiencing an outbreak; Northwood in Halifax has 16 active cases, including 12 residents and four staff members.

Quebec reports 85 more deaths due to COVID-19

Provincial officials said Monday that Quebec now has 4,069 deaths due to COVID-19. The province is also reporting a total of 47,984 cases, up from 573 cases in the previous report.

The latest updates come as Montreal, the epicentre of the outbreak in Quebec, permits retail store with street level entrances to reopen. Premier François Legault also announced at his daily press conference that shopping malls outside of Montreal can reopen beginning June 1.

Twenty-nine more deaths reported in Ontario

Ontario saw 404 new cases and 29 more deaths reported in the province on Monday, pushing the national number of cases past 85,000.

Of the 2,102 deaths due to COVID-19 in Ontario, 1,323 of them have been in long-term care homes. According to the Ministry of Public Health, there are 1,926 confirmed cases in long-term care homes in the province, although according to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there have been more than 4,000 cases.

There are currently 859 patients in Ontario who have been hospitalized due to COVID-19; 148 are in the ICU, and 114 are on a ventilator.

The number of tests being performed by the province are still well below the target number of 16,000 per day. Ontario reported that it had processed 8,170 tests since its last update.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

May 24

Ontario reports its biggest increase in cases in over 2 weeks, Ford opens testing for everyone

On Sunday morning, while condemning a large Toronto park gathering that happened a day earlier, Premier Doug Ford said he’s going to open testing to everyone in Ontario.

Previously, you needed to have at least one COVID-19 symptom or a history of exposure in a high-risk setting to have qualified for a test.

“I’m here to ask for your help today,” said Ford. “If you’re worried you have COVID-19, or that you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 — even if you’re not showing symptoms — please go get a test.

“You will not be turned away, you don’t need an appointment, just show up.”

Ford made the announcement after the Ministry of Health reported 460 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Health officials were able to identify the new patients by completing 11,383 tests in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

It’s the biggest spike the province has recorded since May 8, while it marks the fourth straight day that it has eclipsed 400 new daily cases. It’s also the seventh straight day that Ontario has failed to meet its goal of 16,000 tests, or its max capacity of 21,000.

Between May 9 and May 18, the province had gone through an encouraging stretch where it stayed below the 400 daily case mark each day, while also hitting its testing goal on six of those 10 occasions.

But throughout the past week, Premier Doug Ford and health officials have both reported “concerning” trends. As of May 24, Ontario’s seven-day averages are 407 cases out of 9,506 tests. It’s a worrisome difference compared to May 17, when the seven-day averages stood at 345 cases out of 15,833 tests.

Ford said the province has 129 assessment centres for COVID-19. Next week, he also plans on releasing a detailed testing strategy, in which health officials will target various hotspots and sectors around the province, such as truckers, taxi drivers, and workers in automotive and food processing plants province-wide.

The premier said that the only way for the province to move into the next phase of its reopening plan, is if health officials see a downward trend in its daily case numbers among adequate testing outputs. On the contrary, if there aren’t any improvements, he said he won’t hesitate to roll back the province’s reopening plans, with Ontario currently in its first phase, which kicked off Tuesday.

Ministry of Health update

Along with the new cases on Sunday, 25 more people have died after contracting the respiratory virus, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 2,073. 

There are now 19,477 who have recovered, an increase of 331 since Saturday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 76.4 per cent in Ontario. 

In hospitals around the province, there are 878 patients (down by 34), which includes 148 in intensive care (up by one) and 104 who require a ventilator (down by 15). 

In long-term care facilities there are 161 outbreaks, which is a decrease of four, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,392 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 45). Among residents there are 1,954 infected (a decrease of 194), and 1,525 who have passed away (an increase of 30). Six staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

Another 573 cases in Quebec, numbers dropping

The number of new reported deaths due to COVID-19 in Quebec dropped to its lowest in a week Sunday.

Quebec health authorities announced that 44 more people have died due to COVID-19, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 573. There were 287 new recoveries.

To date, Quebec has had 47,411 cases, including 14,331 recoveries and 3,984 deaths.

Alberta announced new cases, no deaths

Alberta recorded 42 new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases to 801.

No additional deaths were reported in the latest update, meaning the provincial death total remains at 135. In total, 5,924 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19. 

According to the province, hospitalization rates remain low with 46 people in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care. 

The province said 216,168 Albertans have been tested and labs have performed 236,789 tests, with 4,015 tests completed in the last 24 hours.

Two new cases in Sask.’s Far North

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, both in the Far North region. 

Three more people have recovered as of Sunday, while five people remain in hospital. Two people are in hospital receiving inpatient care, three are in intensive care. 

Of the 632 cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, 141 cases are related to travel, while 357 are community contacts. There are 78 cases that have no known exposure to the virus, and 58 cases are still under investigation.

One new case in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19 and four new recoveries. The province has a cumulative total of 1,050 cases, including 973 recoveries and 58 deaths.

No new cases in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Brunswick. The province has a cumulative total of 121 cases, including 120 recoveries and no deaths.

There are also no new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province's cumulative total stands at 260 cases, including 254 recoveries and three deaths.

After reporting no new cases in Manitoba, the province's cumulative total stands at 292 cases, including 268 recoveries and seven deaths.

May 23

Worrisome trends continue in Ontario’s COVID-19 fight

The Ministry of Health reported 412 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, after performing 11,028 tests in its latest 24-hour stretch. 

It now marks the sixth straight day that the province has failed to meet its goal of 16,000 tests a day, or its max capacity of 21,000. It’s also the third day that Ontario has reported more than 400 cases.

In comparison, between May 9 and May 18, the province had gone through a stretch where it stayed below the 400 daily case mark each day, while also hitting its testing goal on six of those 10 occasions.

Throughout the past week, Premier Doug Ford and health officials have both called the trends “concerning.” As of May 23, Ontario’s seven-day averages are 390 cases out of 10,197 tests. It’s a steady rise compared to May 16, when the seven-day averages stood at 338 cases out of 16,033 tests.

The premier said if there aren’t improvements he won’t hesitate to roll back the province’s reopening plans, with Ontario currently in its first phase, which kicked off Tuesday.

To ramp up testing over the weekend, Ford said the province will investigate both symptomatic and asymptomatic frontline health-care workers, and also perform a second round of testing in long term care homes.

More details on a new testing plan are also expected next week, which could include “random testing” of asymptomatic people in high-risk settings, such as truckers, taxi drivers, and workers in automotive and food processing plants province-wide.

Ministry of Health update

Along with the new cases on Saturday, 27 more people have died after contracting the respiratory virus, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 2,048. 

There are now 19,146 who have recovered, an increase of 379 since Friday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 76.5 per cent in Ontario. 

In hospitals around the province, there are 912 patients (down by 49), which includes 147 in intensive care (down by six) and 119 who require a ventilator (down by one). 

In long-term care facilities there are 165 outbreaks, which is a decrease of six, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,437 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 86). Among residents there are 2,148 infected (a decrease of 104), and 1,495 who have passed away (an increase of nine). Six staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

Quebec, Canada’s worst-hit province, reaches its testing goal for the first time

Quebec health authorities have reported that they’ve completed 14,572 tests in a 24-hour stretch.

It means for the first time, Canada’s worst-hit province has surpassed its goal of 14,000 tests a day, which was set May 1.

There’s a two-day delay in Quebec’s testing statistics, therefore the 14,572 stat is for May 21. In addition, Quebec’s health system reported that they collected 16,273 samples that same day. 

Health officials have made it clear that increased testing is crucial for the province to understand the scope of COVID-19’s impact on its population. Earlier this week, Justin Trudeau also pledged to help Quebec and Ontario reach their testing goals.

"The 14,000 tests is a key ingredient, and the other key ingredient is to follow the guidelines," said Quebec deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault, while pointing to the importance of physical distancing and wearing a mask.

On Saturday, the province also reported that 75 more people have died, increasing its death toll to 3,940. 

The victims are among its 46,838 cases, an increase of 697 since Friday’s update. There are 14,044 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, up by 225. In the past 24 hours, Quebec has released 27 people from hospital. Of its 1,452 patients in hospital, there are 167 who are in intensive care, down by four.

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 23,696 cases and 2,508 fatalities, increases of 283 and 54, respectively. Laval and Montérégie join it as the only other two regions with over 5,000 cases, while Montreal is the only one with at least 1,000 fatalities.

Three more cases in Saskatchewan

Health authorities in Saskatchewan have identified three new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total count to 630. 

Two of those cases are in the Saskatoon area and the other is in the Far North, which has 76 of the province’s 88 active cases. 

Fourteen more people have recovered from the respiratory virus, meaning that there are 535 resolved patients throughout Saskatchewan. 

Six people are currently in hospital (up by one), and three in intensive care. Forty-nine health care workers have been infected, but the source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 43,419 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

No new cases among LTC residents in British Columbia

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was “happy” to report that no new cases were found among residents of long-term care facilities over the last day, as the total remains at 330 residents.

There are still 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities, and two acute-care units that have active outbreaks. At those facilities, there are 540 cases, which includes 210 staff. 

Unfortunately, Henry announced two more fatalities on Saturday, both residents of long-term care homes in Fraser Health, to increase British Columbia’s death toll to 157. 

Ten more cases were also identified in the past 24 hours, raising the province’s total to 2,517. 

There are now 303 active cases, since 2,057 people have recovered from the virus (an increase of 15 since Friday’s update). Thirty-nine patients are in hospital (down by two), while there remains eight in intensive care. 

Henry announced a new outbreak at the Nature's Touch frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford, where five people have tested positive. The facility is working with Fraser Health to make sure all necessary precautions are in place. Nature's Touch has decided to close the plant over the weekend.

Henry also said an additional case has been identified in a correctional facility staff member in connection to the Mountain and Matsqui institutions. The Mountain outbreak, in Agassiz, is believed to have started after one inmate was transferred to the facility from Matsqui, in Abbotsford.

Eighteen new cases in Alberta

Alberta identified 18 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death, increasing its totals to 6,818 and 135, respectively. 

According to its online database, there are now 48 people in hospital (down by six), while there remains six in intensive care. Sixty-eight more people have recovered since Friday’s update, for a total of 5,869. 

Of the 814 active cases that remain (down 51), 641 are in the Calgary zone (down 48). 

As of its last update, Alberta has completed 232,774 tests for COVID-19.

One more case, no recent victims in Nova Scotia

No new victims were identified for the second straight day in Nova Scotia, but health officials did report a new case of COVID-19, increasing its total to 1,049.

Among its total cases are 969 people who have recovered from the virus (up by eight), while there are six people in hospital (down by two), including three in intensive care (down by one). 

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 12 residents (down by four) and four staff members who are currently infected. One other facility has one resident with an active case. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 37,671 negative tests for COVID-19.

May 22

Trudeau to help provinces with testing, contact tracing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government wants to help fund provincial testing efforts, assist with contact tracing, while findings way for jurisdictions to share data. 

Trudeau is also “strongly recommending” that Canadians download a soon-to-be-determined app, which will help with monitoring to limit the spread of COVID-19.

"Taking strong, collaborative action to expand testing and contact tracing is important for both Canadians and businesses to have confidence that we're on the right foot," said Trudeau.

Canada has trained federal government employees who can make 3,600 contract tracing a calls a day. Statistics Canada will also help, since they’ve trained 1,700 employees who can make 20,000 daily calls. 

“We need to accelerate our ability to do contact tracing,” said Trudeau. “After we've confirmed and isolated new cases, we have to get in touch with everyone who may have been exposed to the virus and make sure they take measures to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms or get tested.” 

The move comes a day after Trudeau pledged to help Ontario and Quebec reach their testing goals. The two worst hit provinces in the country, Ontario has failed to meet its goal of 16,000 tests for five straight days; Quebec has yet to hit its goal of 14,000/day, since it set the benchmark May 1. 

Canada has the capacity to test 60,000 people a day, but has been averaging about 28,000 , according to the Canadian Press.

Ontario sees biggest case increase in two weeks, reaches 2,000 fatalities

The Ministry of Health reported 441 new cases of COVID-19, which marks the biggest daily increase Ontario has reported since May 8.

The cases were identified after health officials administered 11,276 tests, leading to a 3.9 per cent positive test rate. It’s now the fifth straight day that Ontario has failed to meet its testing goal of 16,000 tests a day, or its anticipated goal of 20,000.

Premier Doug Ford on Friday once again said the recent trends in Ontario are “concerning,” since cases have been slowly increasing as Ontario fails to reach its testing goals.

"I think of it 24/7," said Ford. "We're seeing some peaks and valleys but hopefully we're going to see the trend go down...I know the last few days it has gone up and it's concerning. These are things you are up all night thinking about.

"It's tough."

Ontario’s seven-day averages, as of May 22, are 387 cases out of 11,160 tests. On May 15, the seven-day averages stood at 332 cases out of 16,242 tests.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province's associate chief medical officer of health said that the spike in cases is concerning, as health officials continue to monitor certain “hotspots.” Yaffe said almost 64 per cent of cases in the province are in the Greater Toronto Area, primarily Toronto Peel, as well as York and Durham. Ottawa and Windsor have also been identified as locations with higher case numbers.

Ford said his team is working to develop a new testing plan, focused on “random testing” of asymptomatic people. Starting this weekend, the province will test both symptomatic and asymptomatic frontline health-care workers, and also perform a second round of testing in long term care homes.

In addition, the premier would like to target groups such as truckers, taxi drivers, and workers in automotive and food processing plants province-wide as part of this “random testing” initiative.

The premier has said on multiple occasions that he won’t hesitate to roll back his decision to lift restrictions, which started Tuesday with Ontario entering the first stage of its reopening plan. Health officials and the premier have made it clear that increased testing is crucial for understanding the scope of the COVID-19 situation in Ontario, since it has an influence on what restrictions will be lifted.

“I will be like an 800-pound gorilla on their backs every single day, if I have to, until I see these [testing] numbers go up,” said Ford on Thursday.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health also reported 28 more deaths, raising Ontario’s death toll to 2,021. They are among the province’s 24,628 total cases, which includes 18,767 recovered patients (an increase of 258 since Thursday).

In hospitals around the province, there are 961 patients (down by 23), which includes 153 in intensive care (down by two) and 120 who require a ventilator (up by three). 

In long-term care facilities there are 171 outbreaks, which is a decrease of four, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,523 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 41), while among residents there are 2,252 infected (a decrease of 204), and 1,486 who have passed away (an increase of 34). Six staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

Quebec continues reopening as it falls under testing goal

Sixty-five more people have died in Quebec after contracting COVID-19, increasing the province’s death toll to 3,865. 

The victims are among its 46,141 cases, an increase of 646 since Thursday’s update. There are 13,819 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, up by 492. In the past 24 hours, Quebec has released 25 people from hospital. Of its 1,479 patients in hospital, there are 171 who are in intensive care, down by three. 

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 23,413 cases and 2,454 fatalities, increases of 777 and 87, respectively. Laval and Montérégie join it as the only other two regions with over 5,000 cases, while Montreal is the only one with at least 1,000 fatalities.

On Friday, Quebec deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault and culture minister Nathalie Roy announced that as of May 29, museums will reopen at a limited capacity, to allow people to maintain physical distance. Libraries will also reopen for pickups and returns; visitors won’t be allowed to roam the aisles. 

Recording of concerts without a present audience, and recording studios are next, since they’ll be permitted to reopen June 1.

The news comes as Quebec continues to fail to meet its testing goal of 14,000 a day, which was set May 1. Since then, the province has yet to reach the mark. 

On Friday, Quebec reported that they completed 12,506 tests, while they collected 12,654 test samples.

"The 14,000 tests is a key ingredient, and the other key ingredient is to follow the guidelines," Guilbault said, while pointing to the importance of physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Four of Saskatchewan’s five new cases in Far North

Health authorities in Saskatchewan have identified five new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total count to 627. 

Four of those cases are in the Far North; the epicentre has 85 of the province’s 99 total active cases. The other case reported Friday was in the South.

Twelve more people have recovered from the respiratory virus, meaning that there are 521 resolved cases throughout Saskatchewan. 

Five people are currently in hospital, and three in intensive care. Forty-nine health care workers have been infected, but the source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 42,843 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

Two new cases in Nova Scotia, no recent victims

After three straight days of watching its death toll rise, health officials didn’t report any new fatalities in Nova Scotia’s latest 24-hour stretch. 

Two new cases were identified, increasing its total case count to 1,048.

Among its total cases are 961 people who have recovered from the virus (up by two), while there are eight people in hospital (down by one), including four in intensive care. 

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 16 residents (up one) and four staff members who are currently infected. One other facility has one resident with an active case. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 37,405 negative tests for COVID-19.

Manitoba reports two new patients

After three straight days without a new case, health officials said they identified two new patients in Manitoba’s latest 24-hour stretch. 

There are now 18 active cases since 267 people have recovered, while one person is in hospital due to the respiratory virus. The number of deaths remains at seven.

Since early February, health officials in Manitoba have administered 37,272 tests for COVID-19.

Alberta records 32 new cases, 91 recoveries

Alberta identified 32 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths, increasing its totals to 6,800 and 134, respectively. 

According to its online database, there are now 54 people in hospital (down by five), while there remains six in intensive care. Ninety-one more people have recovered since Thursday’s update, for a total of 5,801. 

As of its last update, Alberta has completed 225,588 tests for COVID-19.

On Friday, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Calgary and Brooks will join the rest of Alberta on Monday in being allowed to open restaurants, bars, hair salons and barbershops. 

Of the 865 active cases that remain (down by 61 since Thursday), 689 are in the Calgary zone (down 55). The South zone, which is home to Brooks, has 93 active cases (down by four).

On Thursday, Hinshaw said the province is not seeing any discouraging trends in either community, and said that the cases are mostly linked to the Cargill and JBS food processing plants.

Three more deaths, one outbreak declared over in B.C.

Three more people have died in British Columbia’s Fraser Health region, increasing the province’s death toll to 155. 

Along with the latest fatalities, 18 more patients were identified. But the province added 28 cases to its total compared to yesterday, for a total of 2,507, because of a system change.

“The discrepancy between new cases and total cases with the Interior Health and Island Health regions reported today are a data consolidation to reflect COVID-19 cases based on where individuals reside, even if they were not in the health authority during their illness,” said the press release.

“Nine of the cases in Interior Health and one case in Island Health are individuals associated with the Kearl Lake outbreak, who completed their self-isolation in Alberta and have since recovered.”

There are now 310 active cases, since 2,042 have recovered from the virus (an increase of 22 since Thursday’s update). Forty-one patients are in hospital, including eight in intensive care. 

No new outbreaks were announced Friday, while one has been recently declared over at Lions Gate Hospital. In total, there are 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities, and two acute-care units that have active outbreaks. 

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Mountain Institution and Mission Institution – both federal corrections facilities, at the Oppenheimer Group, facilities in the poultry sector and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta,” said the press release.

May 21

New Brunswick identifies first case in two weeks

After five days with no active cases in the province, New Brunswick health officials have identified one new COVID-19 patient. 

N.B. had seen all 120 of its patients recover from the virus on May 16. But further testing has helped identify its first new case since May 6. 

The newest patient is under the age of 19, and is in the Campbellton region, according to a press release. 

To date, 21,474 tests have been conducted in New Brunswick, while the province plans to enter the third stage of its recovery plan on Friday.

Prince Edward Island now remains the only province without an active case, after all 27 of its patients recovered from the virus. All 16 cases in Canada’s three territories have also been marked as resolved.

Newfoundland and Labrador has four active patients, while health officials haven’t identified a new case in two weeks.

Infections spike among Canadian Armed Forces members in LTCs

Twenty-eight service members, who have been deployed to long-term facilities in Ontario and Quebec, have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Last week, the Canadian Armed Forces only reported that five members had contracted the virus.

Because of the spike, the Armed Forces will now publish a daily update (instead of a bi-monthly one) as its 1,675 members continue to help Quebec and Ontario manage their COVID-19 responses in long-term care facilities. 

Across 25 centres in Quebec, there are 16 CAF members who have tested positive, while the remaining 12 cases are among soldiers in five Ontario LTCs.

Before deployment, each member was trained on how to work in a long-term care facility. They’ve also been given protective equipment, as they help with residents’ medical needs, as well as cleaning and serving food.

Ford voices his frustration over testing, says rise in cases is ‘concerning’

Ontario Health officials were able to identify 413 new patients after completing 10,506 tests for COVID-19 in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

Despite it being an increase compared to days prior, it marks the fourth straight time that Ontario has failed to meet its quota of 16,000 tests a day, or its anticipated goal of 20,000, which labs have the capacity to administer.

“Am I frustrated? Yes, I’m frustrated,” said Premier Doug Ford on the lack of testing in Ontario by health officials.

“But I have confidence in the team. They’re working hard and doing everything they can; we’ll hit those numbers...I will be like an 800-pound gorilla on their backs every single day, if I have to, until I see these numbers go up.”


Ford said his team is working to develop a new testing plan, focused on “random testing” of asymptomatic people. Since the province is not “seeing traffic to assessment centres,” Ford said he would like to target groups such as truckers, taxi drivers, workers in automotive and food processing plants province-wide. He’d also like to go back to long-term care facilities to retest residents and staff.

“We can’t just be testing people with symptoms, we have to start going to the broader public, testing asymptomatic people,” said Ford. “Until we do that, we can’t get our hands around the whole system. How do we know how many asymptomatic people are out there? If we keep testing and tracing, and testing and tracing, we’re going to get it done.”

Next week, Ford will provide an update on his team’s testing plan, but he says he can’t currently set a timeline for when it could go into action. The decision comes as Ontario starts to see a worrisome trend in its daily case updates.

"We've seen [new cases] go up...and the [testing] numbers haven't been there. It's concerning," said Ford.

As of May 21, Ontario’s seven-day averages are 372 cases out of 12,171 tests. On May 14, the seven-day averages stood at 351 cases out of 15,948 tests.

The premier said that he won’t hesitate to roll back his decision to lift restrictions, which started Tuesday with Ontario entering the first stage of its reopening plan. Health officials and the premier have made it clear that increased testing is crucial for understanding the scope of the COVID-19 situation in Ontario, since it has an influence on what restrictions will be lifted.

Later in the day, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams said that the province’s daily cases are “plateauing,” but it’s “disappointing” that they’re not coming down as anticipated. Williams said that upon further investigation, health officials discovered that there were still some tests from its long-term care survey, which was completed last week, that weren’t processed until yesterday.

Ministry of Health update

Along with the 413 new cases and 31 more victims, the Ministry of Health reported that there are now 18,509 people who have recovered, an increase of 319. In hospitals around the province, there are 984 patients (down by seven since Wednesday), which includes 155 in intensive care (down by five) and 117 who require a ventilator (down by three). 

In long-term care facilities there are 175 outbreaks, which is a decrease of eight, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,564 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 47), while among residents there are 2,458 infected (a decrease of 105), and 1,452 who have passed away (an increase of 25). Six staff members have also died after contracting the virus (an increase of one).

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

Four more deaths in Alberta long-term homes

Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported four fatalities, all residents of Calgary long-term care facilities, increasing the province’s death toll to 132.

  • A man in his 80s at Extendicare Hillcrest

  • A woman in her 80s at Intercare Brentwood Care Centre

  • A woman in her 90s at Chartwell Eau Claire Retirement Residences

  • A man in his 70s at Carewest Sarcee

Hinshaw said that the average age of death in Alberta is 82, which is why long-term care facilities remain a priority. 

Along with the recent victims, 33 new cases were identified, raising its total case count to 6,768. There are now 59 people in hospital (up by one) and six in intensive care (down by one). Seventy-three people have recovered since Wednesday’s update, for a total of 5,710. 

"The good news is that we continue to see a downward trend across the province in active cases," Hinshaw said. "While it is too early to see the full impact of the relaunch, so far, our case numbers have held steady."

Of the 926 active cases that remain, 744 are in the Calgary zone and 97 in the South zone. Among workers at the two meat processor outbreaks, there are five cases that remain of the 943 at Cargill plant in High River, while 10 employees of 640 are still infected at the JBS plant in Brooks.

Despite the outbreaks, Hinshaw said they’re not seeing any concerning trends in either plant’s communities. Calgary and Brooks continue to go through a gradual reopening compared to the rest of the province, but Hinshaw said they can expect an update tomorrow on restrictions moving forward.

As of its last update, Alberta has completed 225,588 tests for COVID-19.

Three fatalities, new prison outbreak in B.C.

Three more people have died in British Columbia, increasing the province’s death toll to 152. 

Along with the latest fatalities, 12 more patients were identified. They are among the province’s 307 active cases, since 2,020 have recovered from the virus (an increase of 19 since Wednesday’s update). 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that there’s a new confirmed outbreak at Matsqui Institution, a federal prison in Abbtoford, B.C, after one person tested positive for COVID-19.

“This person was identified early and has very few risky contacts, so that is a good thing for us,” said Henry, while noting that the B.C. government is working in collaboration with the Correctional Service of Canada and Fraser Health.

In positive news, the United Poultry processing plant in Vancouver has been declared over, while there remains 17 active outbreaks among long-term care, acute care and assisted living facilities in the province.

Two more cases in Far North

Saskatchewan reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total to 622.

Both of the cases were identified in the Far North, which is now home to 93 of the province’s 106 active cases. 

Fifteen more people have recovered, for a total of 509 throughout Saskatchewan. Five people are currently in hospital (an increase of one), and two in intensive care (an increase of two).  Forty-nine health care workers have been infected, but the source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 42,443 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

Quebec sees biggest increase in recoveries

Eighty-two more people have died in Quebec, increasing the province’s death toll to 3,800. Of the newly announced fatalities, 25 occurred more than five days ago.

The victims are among its 45,495 cases, an increase of 720 since Wednesday’s update. There are 13,327 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus; the 505 increase is the largest Quebec has seen in resolved cases since the start of the pandemic, according to Steve Faguy of the Montreal Gazette.  

In the past 24 hours, Quebec has released 12 people from hospital. Of its 1,504 patients in hospital, there are 176 who are in intensive care, down by seven. 

As of its last update, Quebec has performed 314,247 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 22,636 cases and 2,367 fatalities, increases of 428 and 44, respectively.  It’s the only region in Quebec with at least 5,000 cases or 1,000 fatalities.

Nova Scotia once again sees same increase to case count, death toll

For the third straight day, Nova Scotia health officials have reported exactly one additional death and case in the province. 

The update increased its total case count to 1,046, which includes 58 deaths. The latest victim was a resident of the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality, which has recorded 52 fatalities. 

Among its total cases are 959 people who have recovered from the virus (up by three), while there are nine people in hospital (up by one), including four in intensive care. 

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 15 residents (down by four) and four staff members (up by one) who are currently infected. One other facility has one resident with an active case. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed  37,078 negative tests for COVID-19.

May 20

Alberta reports smallest case spike in two months

Alberta identified 19 new cases of COVID-19, which marks the smallest increase to its total case count since March 16. 

The update also increases its total case count to 6,735. That includes 128 fatalities, after no new deaths were reported for the second straight day. 

At least 5,637 people have recovered from COVID-19. That leaves 970 active cases, with the Calgary zone being home to 784 of them. In the entire province, there are 58 people in hospital and seven in intensive care. 

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw didn’t hold a press conference on Wednesday, after deciding to scale back her public availability now that Alberta has entered Stage 1 of its reopening plan. 

As of the province’s last update, health officials have completed 221,571 tests for COVID-19.

Ford ‘shocked’ as Ontario fails to meet testing goal for third straight day

Along with 43 new deaths — the most Ontario has recorded since May 12 — the Ministry of Health reported 390 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch, setting its total case count at 23,774.

Ontario completed 7,382 tests in that timeframe, which marks the third straight day that health officials haven’t reached their goal of at least 16,000 a day. The province also has its eyes set on ramping up testing to 20,000 a day.

"It kind of shocked me too. But in saying that, we have a strong plan to ramp up testing,” said Premier Ford Doug on the province’s low numbers.

"We're watching the trends like a hawk right now...We're watching the rate of the spread. We're watching closely for any sudden surges or flare-ups...We won't hesitate to roll things back if necessary."

This isn’t the first time that Ford has raised concerns about Ontario’s testing efforts. In early May, he told health officials to start “picking up your socks and start doing testing” after they failed to meet expectations.

This time, his plea comes after Ontario just started the first stage of its reopening plan. On Tuesday, the province allowed construction, certain health and medical services, recreational and seasonal activities, and some household and animal services to resume.

“We can't open things up to stage two until we can fully assess what the effects of stage one are on the community,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “So testing becomes all the more important. And we do have a plan to ramp it up considerably."

It’s not clear what’s behind the low testing outputs, but health officials have pointed to multiple factors; the Victoria Day long weekend might have had an impact on the system; all testing of long-term care residents and staff has been completed; and the province "can't force" people to be tested, said Ontario's chief medical officer of health David Williams.

“We do want to increase our testing, and we do want to use that to drive our overall knowledge and base of the ongoing transmission within the province of Ontario,” Williams said, while nothing that the province’s daily increase in cases haven’t “come down as quickly as [he] would like.” 

The 390 new cases set a positive test rate of 5.3 per cent, which is the second-highest Ontario has recorded in May, just behind Tuesday’s 7.3 per cent mark.

Among the province’s total cases are 18,190 people who have recovered (up by 292 since Tuesday), setting a recovery rate of 76.5 per cent. There are four additional patients now in hospital, for a total of 991 but there are seven less people in ICU (160), and 120 who require a ventilator (down by three). 

LTC update

Around Ontario, there are 183 outbreaks among LTCs, down by seven since Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,611 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of four), while among residents there are 2,563 infected (an increase of 25) and 1,427 who have passed away (an increase of 19). Five staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

One fatality in Saskatchewan, nine of province’s 21 new cases in La Loche

An individual in their 60s from Saskatchewan’s North region has passed away after contracting COVID-19, raising the province’s death toll to seven. 

Before today’s update, Saskatchewan had not recorded a death since April 29. 

Along with the increase to its death toll, health officials identified 21 cases for a total of 620. It’s the biggest increase to its case count since the province announced 25 cases on May 6.

Of those new 21 cases, one is in the Saskatoon area and four in the North, while 16 are in the Far North; that includes six in Beauval and nine in the province’s epicentre La Loche. 

There are also now 494 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 24 since Tuesday’s update. Of Saskatchewan’s 120 active cases, 102 are in the Far North. 

Four people are in hospital, including one in intensive care, a decrease of one for both categories since yesterday. Forty-nine health care workers have been infected, an increase of one. The source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 41,951 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

Three victims in B.C., one new outbreak

Three more people have died in British Columbia, increasing the province’s death toll to 149. 

One of the victims died in Vancouver Coastal Health region, while the other two were in Fraser Health. 

In a written statement, B.C. health officials said they’ve identified 21 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,467. There remain 317 active cases, since 2,001 people have recovered from the respiratory virus. 

“There has been one new health-care outbreak at The Cedars in Mission assisted-living facility,” the statement read. “Both outbreaks at Ridge Meadows Hospital have now been declared over. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.”

Quebec reports 71 fatalities

Seventy-one more people have died in Quebec, increasing the province’s death toll to 3,718.

The victims are among its 44,775 cases, an increase of 578 since Tuesday’s update, which also includes 12,882 people who have recovered (up by 385). There are now 1,516 people in hospital (down by 268), including 183 in intensive care (up by three).

As of its last update, Quebec has performed 307,437 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 22,636 cases and 2,367 fatalities. It’s the only region in Quebec with at least 10,000 cases and 1,000 fatalities.

One more death at Nova Scotia LTC

Nova Scotia health officials reported one additional death and case in the province. 

The update increased its total case count to 1,045, which includes 57 deaths. The latest victim was a resident of the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax Regional Municipality, which has recorded 51 fatalities. 

Among its total cases are 956 people who have recovered from the virus, while there are eight people in hospital, including four in intensive care. 

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 19 residents and three staff members who are currently infected. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 36,656 negative tests for COVID-19.

May 19

Two new cases in B.C., but three deaths

As the second phase of B.C.’s opening plan gets underway, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that only two new cases were found in the province, the lowest since March 6 (which was five days before the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic). The province’s total number of cases is 2,446.

Three patients died, all connected to long-term care homes. The province’s death toll is now 146.

No new deaths in Alberta, but 33 new cases

Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced Tuesday that 33 patients tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the province’s total to 6,716. More than 83 per cent of patients — or 5,584 individuals — have recovered.

No new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Alberta, keeping the death toll in the province at 128.

Saskatchewan reports seven new cases

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan has now reached 599, and the death total remains the same at six.

The seven new cases reported on Tuesday are all in the Far North region of the province, which has a total of 107 active cases. There are 123 active cases now in the province.

Quebec identifies 570 new cases

Premier François Legault confirmed on Tuesday that 44,197 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Quebec, and 3,647 people have died after contracting the virus in the province.

The increase of 570 cases is the smallest daily increase since April 11.

Most of the province has reopened, however, retail stores and daycares in the Montreal area, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in the province, will remain closed until June. Residents of Quebec are still being asked to respect social distancing measures.

Nova Scotia reports one additional death

On Tuesday, the province reported that one more case had been identified and one more death had been reported in Nova Scotia. The total number of deaths in the province is now 56, and total number of cases is 1,044.

Ontario reports more long-term care facility deaths

A total of 1,408 deaths have been reported in long-term care homes, according to the Ministry of Long-Term care. This makes up the bulk of the 1,919 deaths that have been reported in the province as of Tuesday. Ontario also saw an increase in the number of infected persons as it reached 23,384 total cases, an increase of 427 cases since Monday, while 17,898 of the total number of cases have been resolved.

Ontario has begun breaking out major subsets within its case reporting to paint a clearer picture of who is being impacted in the province. Of all the cases that have occurred in the province, 4,235 have been residents of long-term care facilities, and 1,456 have been health care workers who are associated with long-term care facilities.

May 18

British Columbia to begin Phase 2 of reopening

The province has recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases in the 48-hour period between Saturday and Monday, as the province prepares to enter Phase 2 of its pandemic response with a gradual reopening of businesses and services.

Speaking in a daily briefing on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been two more deaths from the illness in the province.

There were eight cases on Saturday and a further eight on Sunday, bringing the total to 2,444. There are 335 active cases in B.C., 47 are in hospital, 12 of them in the ICU.

Meanwhile, 1,966 people have recovered.

Alberta reports 39 new cases, 1 death

Monday’s announcement brings the total number of active cases in Alberta to 1,036, nearly 30 fewer active cases than the province's last count on Sunday.

The provincial update also said hospitalization rates were still low with just 65 people currently in hospital, nine of them in intensive care. As of Monday, Alberta has seen 6,683 cases of COVID-19 with 5,519 people having recovered from the illness.

The Alberta government reported 3,458 COVID-19 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. As of Monday's update, 216,536 total tests for the illness have been performed in Alberta.

In Alberta's continuing care facilities, there were 93 active cases of COVID-19 and 596 recovered cases. These facilities have also seen 94 residents die from COVID-19.

There have been a total of 128 deaths in the province from the disease. 

No new cases in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Monday.

Premier Scott Moe said it's the first day since March 15 that the province has not had a new positive case of the virus. Five people are currently in hospital, three are in intensive care in Saskatoon, and two people are receiving inpatient care (one in Regina, one in Saskatoon).

The province said 11 more people have recovered from COVID-19 as of Monday, bringing the total active cases to 131.

Six people have died of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, but there hasn't been a new death recorded since April 29. In total, Saskatchewan has had 592 confirmed cases.

1 new case in Manitoba

Manitoba was unable to make it a full week without a new case of COVID-19 being identified, as public health officials announce one new case Monday.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases in the province is 290, though there are only 26 active cases.

One person is in hospital, but not in intensive care.

Seven people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba, and 257 people have recovered from the virus.

Quebec announce high number of cases again, slight drop on previous days

The province recorded 707 new coronavirus cases Monday, which is down from 737 reported Sunday and 763 on Saturday.

They also announced a further 34 deaths, compared to 79 on Sunday and 82 the day before.

Quebec is now reporting an additional 45 coronavirus recoveries. That moves the provincial total to 12,045.

No new cases in New Brunswick

As New Brunswickers enjoy the nice weather on Victoria Day, the province reported no new cases of COVID-19 for a 12th consecutive day.

There are 120 recovered cases and no active cases.

No new cases in Newfoundland and Labrador

The province reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, marking 11 straight days without a single new case.

The total number of cases in the province that were diagnosed remains at 260, with eight cases currently active. 

Nova Scotia reports 3 new cases of COVID-19; 946 people recovered

The province announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Despite the new cases, Monday marks the third consecutive day without a death in the province. The most recent deaths in the province were announced on Friday, when four residents at a Northwood long-term care facility died from the disease.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab completed 237 tests on Sunday.

Eight people are currently in hospital. Four of those patients are in intensive care units.

Ontario cases surge toward 23,000

The province has reported 304 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 22,957.

There were 23 new deaths, a total of 1,904, while nearly 17,638 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 76.8 per cent of all confirmed cases.

The reported number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 972 (up by 38 ), with 174 in intensive care (up by three) and 133 on a ventilator (up by four).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,389 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, an increase of one. There are currently 189 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

The ministry also indicated there are 2,526 confirmed cases among long-term care residents and 1,606 cases among staff.

May 17

Quebec surpasses 3,500 deaths, student tests positive after return to school

A COVID-19 case among elementary school students in Quebec was announced late Saturday. The Draveurs school board said in a news release that the child attends École de l'Orée-des-Bois in Cantley, Que., which is about 20 kilometres north of downtown Ottawa.

Outaouais public health authority has conducted a risk assessment, and will allow classes to continue, since the risk for other students is considered to be “low,” according to the news release. The student’s reason for transmission has not been made publicly known.

On May 11 — the day that Quebec became the first province to reopen its elementary schools (with the exception of the Greater Montreal area) — another École de l'Orée-des-Bois student was pulled from class because a family member had tested positive.

On May 13, a student at Lord Aylmer Elementary School in Gatineau, Que., was sent home because they were exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, but it’s not clear if they’ve since tested positive.

On Quebec’s public health website, officials have advised parents that “based on available evidence in Quebec, children and teenagers account for a low percentage of cases (fewer than 5%). In general, they do not become severely ill. Most infected children have had mild symptoms.”


High schools, CEGEPs and universities across Quebec will remain closed until the end of August, as well as elementary schools in the Greater Montreal area.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced on Friday that schools in the province can begin in-person, part-time classes on June 1. In Ontario, schools are scheduled to remain closed until May 31, but Premier Doug Ford is expected to have an update on Tuesday.

Quebec’s COVID-19 update for Sunday

Seventy-nine more people have died in Quebec, increasing the province’s death toll to 3,562.

The victims are among its 42,920 cases, an increase of 737 since Saturday’s update, which also includes 11,754 people who have recovered (up by 296). There are now 1,766 people in hospital (up by three), including 183 in intensive care (up by four).

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 21,717 cases and 2,276 fatalities, increases of 307 and 42 in the past 24 hours, respectively. As of its last update, Quebec has performed 290,192 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.

Ontario reports its fewest deaths in over a month, Canada’s recovery rate surpasses 50 per cent

The Ministry of Health reported 23 more COVID-19 related deaths, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 1,881. It’s the fewest fatalities the province has recorded in a 24-hour stretch since April 13, when it had 17.

Along with the new fatalities, the Ministry of Health reported 340 new cases of COVID-19, increasing Ontario’s total to 22,653. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it administered 16,217 tests for COVID-19 — leading to a 2.1 per cent positive test rate.

Ontario also saw a decrease of 41 in hospitalized patients for a total of 934, the fewest it has had since April 25. That includes 171 people in intensive care (down by nine), and 129 patients on ventilators (down by six), which marks a low since April 2 for both statistics. 

There are now 17,360 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 340 since Saturday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 76.6 per cent.

With Ontario’s latest update (the first of the day on Sunday), Canada also reached a significant milestone. Of the nation’s 76,193 confirmed COVID-19 patients, at least 50 per cent (38,172) have now recovered.

LTC update

Around Ontario, the dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues. There are three additional outbreaks in LTCs, increasing the total to 189, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health. 

In those facilities, 1,631 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of six), while among residents there are 2,500 infected (an increase of 10) and 1,388 who have passed away (an increase of 28). Five staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

One more case in Saskatchewan’s Far North

Saskatchewan reported one new case of COVID-19, bringing its total to 592. The patient is located in the Far North, where there are 118 of Saskatchewan’s 142 active cases. 

In the last 24 hours, 11 more cases have been resolved, meaning that there are now 444 recovered patients in the province. As of Sunday’s update, there are five people in hospital (down by three), which includes three in intensive care (all in Saskatoon).

Forty-eight health care workers have been infected. The source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 40,806 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

Alberta records one more fatality

One more person has died in Alberta after contracting COVID-19, raising the province’s death toll to 127. The fatalities are part of its 6,664 total cases, after 57 new patients were identified in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

There are also 5,453 people who have recovered, an increase of 76 since Saturday. Of the province’s 1,064 active cases, 856 of them are in the Calgary zone.

As of Sunday, 57 people are in hospital (down by three) and nine in intensive care (up by one).

It’s unclear at this point who is the most recent fatality and what’s the latest on the province’s several outbreaks, since Alberta did not hold a press conference Sunday. Instead health officials released their most recent statistics through an online database.

As of the province’s last update, health officials have completed 213,078 tests for COVID-19.

Three more cases in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia health officials have diagnosed three additional patients with COVID-19, increasing the province’s case count to 1,040.

For the second straight day, no new deaths were reported, meaning the death toll remains at 55.

Among its total cases are 938 people who have recovered from the virus, up by eight since Saturday. Eight people remain in hospital, including four in intensive care.

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 24 residents (down by one) and nine staff members who are currently infected. The LTC has seen 49 of the province’s 55 total deaths. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 35,970 negative tests for COVID-19.

May 16

New Brunswick has no more active cases, joins four other provinces and territories

All of New Brunswick’s 120 patients have recovered from COVID-19, meaning there are no more active cases in the province. 

For the tenth straight day, New Brunswick has also not identified a new infection.

This is the second time that all of its patients have recovered. It previously had zero active cases, when on May 2 it announced all 118 of its patients had recovered. But a few days later, the province identified two more patients, for a total of 120. 

Since the start of the pandemic, New Brunswick has conducted 20,032 tests for COVID-19. 

Alongside New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island is the only province with no active cases. All 27 of its patients have recovered, after its last case was recorded April 28. Health officials have administered 4,556 tests in P.E.I. as of its last update.

All 16 cases in Yukon and the Northwest Territories have also been marked as resolved, while Nunavut has yet to confirm a positive diagnosis. Yukon and the Northwest Territories have outlined their plans to lift restrictions, while Nunavut is expected to release a plan next week.

The last case to be identified in Canada’s three territories was on April 20.

Positive trends in other provinces

On Saturday, Manitoba announced that it had not discovered any new cases for the fourth straight day. Twenty-five active cases in the province remain; 257 of its 289 patients have recovered, an increase of three since yesterday. Health officials in Manitoba have administered 33,953 tests since February.

Newfoundland and Labrador also didn’t report a new case for the ninth straight day. Of its 260 patients, 249 of them have recovered, an increase of one. At least 10,525 people have been tested.

For a breakdown of how New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador have started to open up their economies, you can click here.

Ontario reports its most daily diagnoses this week, Canada reaches 75K cases

The Ministry of Health reported 391 new cases of COVID-19, marking the biggest daily spike Ontario has seen since the province recorded 477 new cases on May 8.

In the Ministry of Health’s latest 24-hour stretch, it administered 17,768 tests for COVID-19 — the third most it’s ever recorded — leading to a 2.2 per cent positive test rate.

The latest update on Saturday increased Ontario’s case count to 22,313, and Canada’s to over 75,000.

Along with the new cases, the Ministry of Health reported 33 more COVID-19 related deaths, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 1,858. There are now 17,020 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 379 since Friday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 76.3 per cent.

Ontario also saw a decrease of 11 in hospitalized patients, for a total of 975. That includes 180 people in intensive care (up one), while there remains 135 on ventilators. 

Around Ontario, the dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues, with outbreaks among 186 facilities, according to the Ministry of Health. There are 1,637 staff members currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 10), while among residents there are 2,490 infected (an increase of 61) and 1,360 who have passed away (an increase of 40). Five staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

On Saturday, Ontario opened its golf courses, marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches. The province plans to continue to ease restrictions on Tuesday, when the first stage of its reopening plan kicks off.

Premier Doug Ford is urging businesses only to reopen if “they’re ready.”

For the past two weeks (May 3-16), Ontario has started to see a downward trend in its daily reported cases. In the past 14 days, Ontario has had 11 days with less than 400 new cases of COVID-19.

Before that stretch, the province recorded only one day below the 400-case-mark between April 19 and May 2. It also saw its daily case count reach over 500 on eight different occasions throughout those 14 days.

Please see note at end of article with regards to Ontario's long-term care reporting structure compared to the Ministry of Health’s.

One new case in Saskatchewan, long term care facility outbreak declared over in La Loche

Saskatchewan reported one new case of COVID-19, in the Saskatoon area, bringing its total to 591.

Health officials have also announced that the outbreak at the long term care facility in the La Loche Health Centre has been declared over, since no new cases have been identified for 28 days. The outbreak was originally announced April 17. 

La Loche remains the epicentre of Saskatchewan’s Far North area. Of the province’s 152 active cases, 127 of them are in the Far North. 

Twenty-five more cases have also been marked as resolved, meaning that there are now 433 recovered patients in the province. Currently, there are eight people in hospital (down by one), which includes three in intensive care (all in Saskatoon).

Forty-eight health care workers have been infected. The source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 40,097 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

One more fatality in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that one more fatality has been recorded in the past 24 hours, increasing British Columbia’s death toll to 141.

The latest victim lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. 

Twenty-one new cases were also identified in the province, increasing its total to 2,428. 

That includes 1,932 people who have recovered (an increase of eight since Friday’s update). There are now 49 people in hospital (down by two) and 11 in intensive care (down by one).

There remains 20 outbreaks among long-term care, acute care and assisted living facilities in the province. Health officials continue to pay increased attention to its latest outbreak, Abbotsford Regional Hospital’s acute-care centre, where six staff and two patients have tested positive.

Alberta records its 126th fatality

One more person has died in Alberta after contracting COVID-19, raising the province’s death toll to 126. The fatalities are part of its 6,587 total cases, after 72 new patients were identified in the province’s last 24-hour stretch.

There are also 5,377 people who have recovered, an increase of 60 since Friday. Of the province’s 1,084 active cases, 876 of them are in the Calgary zone.

As of Saturday, 60 people are in hospital (down by two) and eight in intensive care (down by one).

It’s unclear at this point who is the most recent fatality and what’s the latest on the province’s several outbreaks, since Alberta did not hold a press conference Saturday. Instead health officials released their most recent statistics through an online database.

As of the province’s last update, health officials have completed 209,317 tests for COVID-19.

Quebec reports 82 fatalities

Eighty-two more people have died in Quebec, increasing the province’s death toll to 3,483.

The victims are among its 42,183 cases, an increase of 763 since Friday’s update, which also includes 11,458 people who have recovered (up by 419). There are now 1,763 people in hospital (down by 59), including 179 in intensive care (down by 12).

As of its last update, Quebec has performed 282,551 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.

Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 21,410 cases and 2,234 fatalities, increases of 372 and 80, respectively.

Three more cases in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia health officials have diagnosed three additional patients with COVID-19, increasing the province’s case count to 1,037.

No new deaths were reported in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, meaning the death toll remains at 55.

Among its total cases are 930 people who have recovered from the virus, up by 12 since Friday. Eight people are currently in hospital (down by one), including four in intensive care (up by one).

Two licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors' facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19, which is a decrease of one. According to a press release, the Northwood facility in Halifax has 25 residents and nine staff members (down by six) who are currently infected. The LTC has seen 49 of the province’s 55 total deaths. 

To date, Nova Scotia health officials have also performed 35,703 negative tests for COVID-19.

For a timeline of cases throughout April, 2020, please check our roundup here.

Note about Ontario’s reporting: The Ministry of Health’s statistics are current as of 4:00 p.m., the day before they are released, and are compiled through the province’s Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), which is reliant on local public health units inputting statistics. The system has faced scrutiny for under-reporting Ontario’s numbers; their statistics on LTCs also differ from the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care’s statistics, released at 10:30 a.m., are current as of 3:30 p.m. the evening before. Their statistics are compiled through immediate contact with long-term care facilities across the province.

The iPHIS also reports statistics among the province’s long-term care facilities, but it includes “all outbreak-related cases and deaths reported in aggregate outbreak summary counts, regardless of whether the case was laboratory confirmed.”