A timeline of every COVID-19 case in Canada throughout June 15-28

Bryan Meler
·Associate Editor, Yahoo News Canada
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TORONTO, June 27, 2020 -- Passengers wearing face masks are seen on a ferry in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2020. Ferry service to the Toronto Islands resumed for the public starting on Saturday, with passengers required to wear face masks or coverings. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Zou Zheng via Getty Images)
Passengers wearing face masks are seen on a ferry in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty)

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

This is a timeline of cases dating from June 15-28. For the latest cases around Canada, you can click here.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

June 28

Second Kingston, Ont., nail salon identifies case among its employees

An employee of a second nail salon in Kingston, Ont., has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Kingdom Nails & Spa.

"Although we have passed all regulations and did not violate [any] safety measures, we feel that it is our responsibility to ensure that this will not happen again," said a Facebook post by the salon.

The employee tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday, and the spa will now remain closed until the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFLA) region allows it to reopen.

"We are very sorry that this has happened and hope no one has been affected by this," Kingdom Nails & Spa said in its online statement. "We appreciate all of our customers and would not exist without your ongoing support."

The news comes after an outbreak was declared at Binh's Nail and Spa in Kingston on Thursday. According to CBC, there have been 21 cases linked to the facility.

On Friday, health officials said that six employees were among the diagnosed. The outbreak has led to over 500 people being asked to self-isolate and get tested in the KFLA region because they visited the salon after it reopened June 12 as part of Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan.

Binh’s nail salon wasn't cleaning properly between sessions and also not following two-metre physical distancing rules, according to health officials. Workers wore masks, but that wasn't always the case with customers. On Friday, KFLA health officials made masks mandatory in indoor public places.

It’s unclear at this point if the employee at Kingdom Nails & Spa had any connection to Binh's.

Kingston previously went through a stretch of no active cases, after all 63 of its patients had recovered. The KFLA public health website has not updated its statistics since Friday, when there were a total of 79 cases. Since then, Ontario’s Ministry of Health has reported eight cases in KFLA (five on Saturday, three on Sunday), but the region’s total case count is listed at 80.

Possible COVID-19 exposure at Vancouver strip club

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is warning people that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 if they visited Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge earlier this week.

In an alert issued Saturday, VCH said that multiple people who’ve tested COVID-19 positive attended the strip club June 21, 22, 23 and 24, between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. PT, as well as midnight to 3 a.m. on June 25.

There is no risk for people who attended the strip club outside of those time frames, while there isn’t an ongoing community risk either, said VCH.

People who did visit Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge during those periods are being asked to monitor themselves for 14 days, and watch for symptoms such as loss of smell, fatigue, fever, cough, loss of appetite, malaise, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

"As long as they remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and they should continue with their usual daily activities," the health authority said.

If someone does develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and call health authorities to organize a test for the respiratory virus.

Brandi’s will remain closed “due to some concerns from VCH,” according to its website. VCH has not specified if people who tested positive for COVID-19 contracted the virus at the strip club.

Brandi’s has been permitted to open under British Columbia’s Phase 2, which allowed businesses that serve liquor and food to reopen. According to CTV News, who received confirmation from WorkSafeBC, strip clubs need to follow protocols for performing arts and restaurant businesses.

All businesses have been required to develop a COVID-19 safety plan for hygiene protocols and physical distancing. It’s unclear at this moment what precautions have been taken by Brandi’s, since its COVID-19 safety plan has not been posted to its website, even though it’s mandatory under a B.C. public health order.

One strip club in Vancouver, No. 5 Orange, has gone on to install Plexiglass around the stage to protect dancers. Staff also scan IDs at the front door to help with contact tracing, according to the Vancouver Sun. No. 5 Orange’s safety plan has not been posted to its website.

According to CTV News, No. 5 Orange is concerned that Vancouver Coastal Health will start to limit the number of patrons to 50 people at a time, which is currently the amount allowed for a performance. Bars and restaurants are able to run at any capacity, just as long as a two-metre physical distance can be maintained between guests.

As of Friday, the Vancouver Coastal Health region has had 969 cases of COVID-19, which includes 826 recovered patients and 91 deaths. Updated statistics will be provided Monday.

Ontario reports more new cases than recoveries

Ontario health officials identified 178 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch, when it also reported that six people died and 175 people recovered.

Of the new cases, 133 of them are located in the Greater Toronto Area. There were 82 cases among people between the ages of 20-39 in Ontario, the most of any age group.

The province’s seven-day average for cases remains at 168, which is the lowest it’s been since March 29, when 3,418 tests were being performed. In its latest-seven day stretch, the province’s testing average is at a record high 25,959.

There have been 34,654 cases in Ontario throughout the pandemic, which includes 30,107 people who have recovered and 2,658 victims.

Of the province’s 1,889 active cases of COVID-19 (the fewest since April 1), there are 214 people in hospital (down 38 since Saturday), which includes 51 in intensive care (down by three) and 36 who require a ventilator (up by one).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 55 outbreaks in facilities across the province (down by two). One-hundred and eighty-three residents are currently infected with COVID-19 (up by two), while there are 320 cases among staff (up by five). Two additional residents have died, increasing the death toll in LTCs to 1,809. Seven staff members have also passed after contracting the virus throughout the pandemic.

Alberta reports the same amount of new cases as recoveries

Health officials in Alberta have identified 39 new cases in its latest 24-hour stretch, increasing its total case count to 7,996 since the start of the pandemic.

With no new fatalities reported, the death toll stands at 154.

Thirty-nine more patients have recovered since Saturday, Alberta announced, for a total of 7,322 resolved cases. There are now 520 active patients in the province.

Of the recently identified cases, there are nine each between the ages of 20-29, as well as 30-39, the most of any age groups. Six cases involve people over the age of 60.

Edmonton has 242 active cases (up by 14 since Saturday), while Calgary has 216 (down by five).

There are now 43 people in hospital (up by one) including eight in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have completed 435,254 tests for COVID-19.

Saskatchewan identifies new patient in its epicentre

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Saskatchewan’s Far North, bringing the province’s total count to 778 since the pandemic started.

There remain 661 patients who have recovered from the respiratory virus. Of the province’s 104 active cases, 57 of them are located in the Far North and 35 in the South. There remain six people in hospital (down by three since Friday), while there are no more patients in intensive care (down by one since Saturday).

To date, 64,800 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

June 27

Alberta reports its most daily cases in over a month

Health officials in Alberta have identified 69 new cases in its latest 24-hour stretch, the most it’s reported since May 16.

The update increases its total case count to 7,957 since the start of the pandemic. With no new fatalities reported, the death toll stands at 154.

Fifty-eight more patients have recovered since Friday, Alberta announced. There are now 520 active cases in the province.

Of the recently identified cases, 17 of them are between the ages of 30 and 39, the most of any age group. There are also 12 patients between the ages of 20-29, and 15 between the ages of 40-49. Eleven cases involve people over the age of 50.

Of its 520 active cases, 138 of them are between 20-29 years old, the most of any age group. Edmonton has 228 active cases (down by 13 since Friday), while Calgary has 221 (up by 13).

There are now 42 people in hospital (up by five) including eight in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have completed 428,743 tests for COVID-19. Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw did not hold a press conference Saturday to explain the recent jump in cases.

Since June 12, Alberta has been in Stage 2 of its reopening plan. Hinshaw has previously linked the jump in cases the province has seen in recent weeks to gatherings such as at work places and events such as funerals.

“Every one of us acts as a shield that protects our friends, families and neighbours from this virus,” wrote Hinshaw in a press release Saturday.

“By taking simple, everyday actions, we can help limit the spread, particularly to those most at risk of COVID-19. Every time we step out the door, we should ask ourselves: ‘Who am I protecting today?’”

Ontario completes record-high testing, no recent deaths in LTCs

Ontario health officials completed a record-high 33,492 tests for COVID-19 in its latest-24 hour stretch.

They were able to identify 160 new cases of COVID-19, which includes 106 in the Greater Toronto Area. There were 72 cases among people between the ages of 20-39 in Ontario, the most of any age group.

The province’s seven-day average for cases is now 168, which is the lowest it’s been since March 29, when 3,418 tests were being performed. In its latest-seven day stretch, the province’s testing average is at a record high 25,212.

The news comes as Ontario’s active case count dropped to 1,892, the lowest since April 1.

Along with the recent patients, the Ministry of Health announced that 178 people have recovered from the virus since Friday, for a total of 29,932. There have been 34,476 cases in Ontario throughout the pandemic.

Eight more people have died, increasing the death toll to 2,652. Of the province’s 1,892 active cases of COVID-19, there are 252 people in hospital (down by four since Friday), which includes 54 in intensive care (down by seven) and 35 who require a ventilator (down by six).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there remains 57 outbreaks in facilities across the province. One-hundred and eighty-one residents are currently infected with COVID-19 (down by six), while there are 315 cases among staff (down by nine). No additional residents or staff have died, as the death tolls remain at 1,807 and seven, respectively.

Saskatchewan’s Far North situation worsens

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Saskatchewan, bringing the province’s total count to 777 since the pandemic started.

Officials announced on Saturday that one case has been subtracted from the total because a COVID-19 patient was recorded twice.

Of the recently announced cases, all of them are located in the province’s epicentre, the Far North.

Seven additional patients have recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 661. Of the province’s 103 active cases, 56 of them are located in the Far North and 35 in the South. Six people are in hospital (down by three since Friday), while there remains one person in intensive care .

To date, 64,161 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

Four new cases in Manitoba

Health officials in Manitoba have identified four new cases of COVID-19, increasing the province’s total to 322.

Online data will be updated Monday, according to a Twitter post by the Manitoba government. As of Friday, 300 of its patients have recovered from the respiratory virus. The death toll remains at seven.

June 26

Sixteen cases linked to Kingston, Ont., nail salon, officials make indoor mask use mandatory

Hundreds of people have been told to self-isolate in Kingston, Ont., with 16 cases linked to a nail salon.

The outbreak in connection to Binh's Nails and Spa has also led to health officials deciding to make masks now mandatory in all indoor public places in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health region. Starting Saturday, establishments that do not make mask use mandatory could face a $5,000 fine.

The nail salon in the eastern Ontario city is now closed until further notice. It originally reopened June 12 as part of Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Around 500 clients visited the salon from June 12 to June 24, and they’ve all been asked to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days since their visit. Public health officials have also identified around 180 close contacts of those clients that will also be monitored.

The 16 cases are the first the region has identified since May (when two cases were discovered), for a total of 79 throughout the pandemic. The health unit initially reported 81 cases Friday, but a revision scaled back the case count.

Kingston previously went through a stretch of no active cases, but since last weekend health officials have identified 16 new patients linked to the nail salon, including six in its latest 24-hour stretch.

"This is not unexpected as the economy opens, this can occur. I'm just happy this was caught early," said the region’s medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province’s “system is working...because of how quickly we contacted and traced the 500 people.”

Moore said he was "saddened" to learn the salon wasn't cleaning properly between sessions and also not following two-metre physical distancing rules. Workers wore masks, but that wasn't always the case with customers.

Among the 16 cases are six staff members at Binh's Nails and Spa and one of their partners.

Three cases have also been identified in connection to the The Rustic Spud restaurant in downtown Kingston. Other cases involve people working in the health-care setting and in correctional facilities, said Moore, but the virus has yet to spread in those settings. COVID-19 has instead spread between close contacts, such as spouses.

“This has most likely been going for about a week in our community,” Moore said, noting that the rate of spread has been three to five days. “The risk to the community was very high knowing that this could have spread to vulnerable populations. I’m glad at present that everyone is now aware of the risk in our community.”

At the moment, none of the 16 positive cases are in hospital.

Ontario reports fewest cases, deaths in months

Ontario announced 111 new daily cases of COVID-19, the fewest it has reported since March 25. The news comes after health officials completed a record-high 30,780 tests in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

Of the recent cases, 45 involve people between the ages of 20-39, which is the most of any age group. The Greater Toronto Area is also home to 75 of the 111 new cases.

The news comes as Ontario’s active case count dropped below 2,000 for the first time since April 2.

Along with the recent patients, the Ministry of Health announced that 226 people have recovered from the virus since Thursday, for a total of 29,754. There have been 34,316 cases in Ontario throughout the pandemic.

Three more people have died, increasing the death toll to 2,644. It matches the same amount of deaths that were announced both June 22 and June 18, and is the fewest since March 30.

Of the province’s now 1,918 active cases of COVID-19, there are 256 people in hospital (down by 14), which includes 61 in intensive care (down by eight) and 41 who require a ventilator (down by six).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there remains 57 outbreaks in facilities across the province. One-hundred and eighty-seven residents are currently infected with COVID-19 (down by two), while there are 324 cases among staff (up by three). Four additional residents have died, increasing the death toll to 1,807. Seven staff members have also passed away after contracting the respiratory virus.

Young age groups continue to make up majority of Alberta’s recent cases

Health officials in Alberta have identified 38 new cases in its latest 24-hour stretch, bringing its total since start of the pandemic to 7,888. With no new deaths reported, the toll stands at 154. Thirty-four patients have recovered, Alberta announced. There are now 509 active cases in the province.

Of the recently identified cases, 10 of them are between the ages of 20 and 29, the most of any age group. Five cases are patients under 10 years old, three are between 10-19, and nine are between 30-39. The remaining 11 cases are people over the age of 40.

Of its 509 active cases, 140 of them are between 20-29 years old. Edmonton is the new epicentre in the province with 241 active cases (up by four since Thursday), followed by Calgary with 208 (up by one).

There are now 37 people in hospital (down by one) including eight in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have completed 422,351 tests for COVID-19.

British Columbia reports 10 new patients, cases remain low among First Nations

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were identified in British Columbia and 28 previously infected patients have recovered in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

One more person has died in the province in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, increasing the death toll to 174.

One patient was removed from B.C. total case today due to a data correction.

There are now 159 active cases in the province out of its total of 2,878 diagnoses since the start of the pandemic. Seventeen people are in hospital (up by two) including five in intensive care (down by two).

There have been no new health-care facility or community outbreaks in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, and the outbreak at Nicola Lodge has been declared over.

Early Friday, the First Nations Health Authority shared that 87 First Nations individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 through June 14. Four people have also died, a rate below the provincial average, said Dr. Shannon McDonald of the First Nations Health Authority.

McDonald credits the sacrifices made by First Nations communities to follow health restrictions and restrict travel, while also having to cancel certain cultural and family gatherings.

“The sacrifices made, some of them very difficult and painful, have paid off,” she said. “The worst, which many anticipated and feared, did not happen. Transmission of the virus within and between our communities was kept to a very small number.”

Outbreak continues to grow in Saskatchewan’s South

Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Saskatchewan, bringing the province’s total count to 772 since the pandemic started.

Ten of the cases are in the South and connected to the outbreak in the Maple Creek area.

Saskatchewan Health Authority declared an outbreak on June 17, in two Hutterite communities in the Rural Municipality of Maple Creek, Sask., after two members of a rural household tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, more than 20 cases have been linked to the outbreak.

Of the remaining cases from the batch of 13, there are two people in the North and one in the Far North.

Six additional patients have recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 654. Of the province’s 105 active cases, 54 of them are located in the Far North and 38 in the South. Nine people are in hospital, including one person in intensive care (down by one since Thursday).

To date, 63,116 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

Two new cases in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials have identified two new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 318.

Both of the cases are in the Winnipeg region; one involves a man in his 30s whose transmission was travel-related, while the other is a woman in her 50s who’s a close contact of a previously identified case.

There are currently 111 active cases in the province, since 300 people have recovered (up by six since Thursday) and seven people have died. No one is currently in hospital or intensive care.

An additional 1,412 laboratory tests were performed on Wednesday (477) and yesterday (935), bringing the total number to 60,775.

June 25

Dozens of cases in Alberta condo building

There are now 32 people in a Calgary condominium building, Verve, who have contracted COVID-19, said Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

The location of the outbreak was made public by CTV News earlier this week, after Hinshaw originally announced 12 cases at the Calgary condominium building June 19. Officials believe that transmission most likely occurred through “common, high-touch surfaces.”

Of the cases, 27 of them are considered active and five have recovered. Three people from the outbreak are currently in hospital, “who were otherwise healthy individuals.” Everyone in the condominium has been offered a test, while enhanced cleaning has been underway.

Hinshaw reminded people to not stigmatize those who live in Verve. Alberta’s top doctor said she’s heard reports of symptomatic citizens not getting tested because of the stigma they might face.

"We will only be successful in keeping COVID-19 spread manageable if we are able to use evidence-based interventions, such as contact tracing and self-isolation of close contacts," she said. "I know it can be uncomfortable to be in this position, whether you are a case or a close contact.”

On Thursday, Hinshaw also announced an additional fatality, involving a patient at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton. The individual is part of an outbreak that has infected six patients and five staff members.

"This is the first time that we have had an acute-care outbreak where transmission has occurred within a facility that's affected patients," Hinshaw said, noting that other outbreaks in hospitals have been among staff.

The update increases its death toll to 154. The victims are among the province’s 7,851 cases, after Hinshaw announced 26 new patients.

Of the province’s total cases, 7,191 are considered recovered, an increase of 57 since Wednesday Of the 506 active cases that remain, 207 of them are in the Calgary zone (down by 12) and 237 are in the Edmonton zone (down by 13).

Thirty-eight people are in hospital (up by two), which includes eight in intensive care (up one). Among those hospitalized are four Edmontonians under the age of 30, who had no underlying health conditions, but they’ve become very sick, said Hinshaw.

It’s a reminder that young people can also be severely affected by COVID-19. The majority of cases from recent weeks have involved people under 40, while the average patient age in Alberta is 39, said Hinshaw.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have completed 415,716 tests for COVID-19. On Thursday, it was announced that Alberta will soon begin testing for COVID-19 at 20 community pharmacies, located primarily in Edmonton and Calgary.

Second teacher tests positive in British Columbia

A teacher in the Fraser Health region is among the 20 cases announced on Thursday, by B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

All close contacts have been notified and no children were exposed to the teacher, said Henry. The individual is believed to have contracted the virus from a social interaction outside the school environment.

It’s the second case involving a school teacher in B.C., after the first was announced on June 18. B.C. had originally reopened schools on a part-time and optional basis on June 1, but Thursday marks the final day of classes for students.

"It hasn't always been easy for everybody," Henry said. "I really just want to commend everybody for persevering, for working together, for making in-class teaching in these past weeks both possible and safe."

Two new fatalities were also announced Thursday, involving individuals in long-term care homes, one in Fraser Health and the other in Vancouver Coastal. It increases the province’s death toll to 173.

Of the 20 announced patients, one is an epidemiologically linked case.

There are now 2,869 cases in B.C., but that includes 2,517 people who have recovered, an increase of one since Wednesday. There remains 179 active patients in the province, which includes 15 people in hospital (up by one) and seven in intensive care.

There have been no new health-care facility or community outbreaks in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

Quebec breaks its streak of remaining under 100 daily cases

Quebec released its final daily report on Thursday to announce its COVID-19 statistics, and will now move to issuing an update on a weekly basis, starting July 2.

The move was announced on Wednesday’s Fête nationale du Québec holiday.

The decision was made because of “the evolving epidemiological situation, which is stabilizing,” said a spokesperson for the Quebec’s health ministry to the Montreal Gazette.

"As soon as there is some important data to share with the population, we will do that," said Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province's public health director, suggesting that the daily updates could return in the event of a second wave of infections.

On Thursday, health officials announced 142 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch. Seven deaths were also reported, one of which occurred before June 17, increasing the death toll to 5,448.

The recent update breaks its four-day streak of reporting fewer than 100 new patients. But it’s also the eighteen straight day that Quebec has reported fewer than 200 patients. Before the recent stretch, it had not been under 200 since mid-March, when the province was still only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

Of Quebec’s 55,079 total cases, 76 more people have recovered, for a total of 23,786.

There are now 487 people in hospital, down by 13 since Wednesday. That includes 50 people in intensive care (down by two).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 7 917 tests for COVID-19, which is below its goal of 14,000.

Ontario just over 2,000 active cases

Ontario reported 189 new cases of COVID-19, 10 related fatalities, and 192 recoveries in its latest 24-hour stretch.

Of its 34,205 cases throughout the pandemic, there are now 2,036 active patients that remain, the fewest since April 2. Ontario hit its peak April 25 with 5,675 active cases.

It’s also the seventeenth consecutive day that the province has seen its active cases decrease, with 29,528 recovered patients and 2,641 victims in Ontario.

The 189 new cases were identified after the province completed 27,511 tests for COVID-19.

Of the new patients, 70 of them were between 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. The Greater Toronto Area was home to 113 of the newly identified cases.

Of its patients, there are 270 in hospital (down by eight since Wednesday), which includes 69 people in intensive care (down by four) and 47 who require a ventilator (down by one).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are now 57 outbreaks in facilities across the province (down by five). One-hundred and eighty-nine residents are currently infected with COVID-19 (down by 16), while there are 321 cases among staff (up by 47). Five additional residents have died, increasing the death toll to 1,803. Seven staff members have also passed away after contracting the respiratory virus.

One new case in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials have identified one new case of COVID-19, involving a man in his 40s from the Southern Health region, increasing the total to 316.

There are currently 15 active cases in the province, since 294 people have recovered and seven people have died. No one is currently in hospital or intensive care.

Nearly 400 laboratory tests were performed Wednesday, but officials said they’ll provide updated testing data on Friday.

Far North remains Saskatchewan’s epicentre

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, increasing Saskatchewan’s case count to 759.

One case has been removed from the total because the patient’s residence is outside of the province.

Of the recently identified patients, one is in Saskatoon region and the other two are in the Far North.

Five additional patients have recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 648. Of the province’s 98 active cases, 54 of them are located in the Far North. There are nine people in hospital (up by four), which includes two people in intensive care.

To date, 62,435 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

June 24

Second fewest daily cases in Quebec since March, announces change to its reporting

The Quebec government has announced that starting June 26, there will no longer be press releases to announce a daily report. Instead a weekly basis will be issued every Thursday, starting July 2, to provide updated statistics.

The news comes as 53 more cases and 17 fatalities were announced by Quebec health officials, increasing its totals to 54,937 and 5,441.

Of the victims, 11 died in the past 24 hours, while six of them passed away before June 16.

It’s the second fewest daily cases the province has recorded since mid-March, when health officials were only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice. It’s only behind the 49 cases that were announced on Tuesday, and marks the fourth straight day that Quebec has reported fewer than 100 daily cases.

Of Quebec’s total cases, 90 more people have recovered, for a total of 23,710.

There are now 500 people in hospital, down by 15 since Tuesday. That includes 52 people in intensive care.

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 6,185 tests for COVID-19.

Cases continue to increase in Saskatchewan’s Far North

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, increasing Saskatchewan’s case count to 757.

Three of the new cases were diagnosed in Saskatchewan, while one involves a resident who was tested out of province.

There is one case each in the North and the South, and two in the Far North.

An additional patient has recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 643. Of the province’s 101 active cases, 55 of them are located in the Far North. There are five people in hospital, which includes one person in the South in intensive care.

To date, 61,856 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

Ontario continues to see more recoveries than new cases, spike in young patients

Ontario reported 163 new cases and 12 fatalities, increasing its totals to 34,016 and 2,631, respectively.

It marks the second smallest increase in daily cases since March 28, only behind the 161 cases the province reported on Monday. It’s only the ninth time in the last 11 days that the province has reported fewer than 200 daily cases.

The 163 new cases were identified after the province completed 23,207 tests for COVID-19.

Of the new patients, 58 of them were between 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. The Greater Toronto Area was home to 118 of the newly identified patients.

There are now 29,336 people who have recovered, up by 229 since Tuesday. Of the 2,049 active cases (the fewest since April 2), there are 278 people in hospital (down by ten), including 73 in intensive care (down by two) and 48 who require a ventialoor (down by six).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are now 62 outbreaks in facilities across the province (down by one). Two-hundred and five residents are currently infected with COVID-19 (down by 23), while there are 368 cases among staff (up by 37). Two additional residents have died, increasing the death toll to 1,798. Seven staff members have also passed away after contracting the respiratory virus.

One new case in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials have identified one new case of COVID-19, involving a man in his 30s from the Winnipeg region, increasing the total to 315.

There are currently 15 active cases in the province, since 293 people have recovered and seven people have died. No one is currently in hospital or intensive care.

An additional 715 laboratory tests were performed Tuesday, increasing the total number of tests performed since early February to 59,357.

One more death in B.C., outbreak declared over

British Columbia health officials announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death in its latest 24-hour stretch.

The recent victim was in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and increased B.C.’s death toll to 171.

There are now 2,835 cases in B.C., but that includes 2,516 people who have recovered, an increase of 25 since Tuesday. There remains 162 active patients in the province, which includes 14 people in hospital (down by two) and seven in intensive care.

There have been no new health-care facility or community outbreaks in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, as the one at Maersk Distribution Canada Inc. in Delta has been declared over.

Alberta active cases continue to rise in Edmonton

Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Alberta, increasing the total to 7,825.

No new fatalities were recorded, as the death toll remains at 153.

Of the province’s total cases, 7,134 are considered recovered, an increase of 38 since Tuesday. Of the 538 active cases that remain, 219 of them are in the Calgary zone (down by 11) and 250 are in the Edmonton zone (up by 14). Thirty-six people are in hospital (down by one), which includes seven in intensive care (up one).

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have completed 409,352 tests for COVID-19.

June 23

One death, 13 new cases in British Columbia

British Columbia health officials announced 13 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death in its latest 24-hour stretch.

The recent victim was in the Fraser Health region, and increased B.C.’s death toll to 170.

There are now 2,835 cases in B.C., but that includes 2,491 people who have recovered, leaving 174 remaining active patients in the province. Sixteen people are in hospital, which includes seven in intensive care.

Alberta reports 45 new cases, new outbreak in Edmonton hospital

Forty-five new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Alberta, increasing the total to 7,781.

No new fatalities were recorded, as the death toll remains at 153.

Of the province’s total cases, 7,096 are considered recovered. Of the 532 active cases that remain, 230 of them are in the Calgary zone and 236 are in the Edmonton zone. Thirty-seven people are in hospital, which includes six in intensive care.

An outbreak has been recently declared at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton, where six patients and two staff members within a single unit have tested positive.

Saskatchewan identifies 11 new cases

There are now 753 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The total number of cases only increased by two, however, as nine non-Saskatchewan residents were removed from the count. Similarly, the recovered count is now one less than yesterday at 642. The death toll remains at 13.

The province also announced on Tuesday that Phase 4.2 of its recovery plan would begin on June 29.

No new cases in Manitoba

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba remains at 314, and the death toll remains at seven, the province confirmed on Tuesday.

Fourteen cases are considered active in the province, with no individuals currently in hospital or intensive care.

One new case in New Brunswick; rest of Atlantic Canada remains flat

The maritime provinces continue to see strong recovery efforts in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. New Brunswick identified one new case on Tuesday, an individual between 50 and 59 in the Moncton region. The individual is in self-isolation.

Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador continue their streak of no new cases. Nova Scotia, likewise, has been without a new case since June 9, and currently has no active cases in the province.

New Brunswick has had a total of 165 COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the province, and 143 have recovered, including 22 related to the Campbellton outbreak.

Quebec reports 49 more cases

There have been 49 more cases of COVID-19 reported in Quebec, bringing the provincial total to 54,884. Seven more fatalities were also reported, and the death toll in the province now stands at 5,424.

It’s the lowest number of new daily cases since March 22, as Quebec continues to see improvement in its COVID-19 situation.

There are 515 who are in hospital due to COVID-19. Fifty-six people are in intensive care.

Ontario reports first casualty under 20 years old

A total of 33,853 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ontario as of Tuesday as 216 more people were identified by the province. 29,107 cases are considered resolved.

Ten people were also reported to have died from COVID-19 in the last 24-hour reporting period, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,619. One of the most recent casualties was a female under the age of 20; it’s the first death due to COVID-19 under age 20 in the province. She tested positive for the virus on June 20.

June 22

Weekend sees 32 more cases in B.C.

There have been 32 more people diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. since the province last reported on Friday. One more death was also reported. A total of 2,822 cases have been diagnosed in the province, with 2,471 now considered recovered. There have been 169 deaths.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province must continue to open cautiously, but visits to long-term care facilities could resume in the next few weeks.

Alberta reports one additional death, more cases

There are 32 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, bringing the provincial total to 7,736. Five-hundred and forty-two cases are considered active.

One new fatality was reported on Monday. Alberta’s death toll now stands at 153.

Alberta has been reopening slowly, however on Monday at least five restaurants in Edmonton were forced to close their doors again due to staff or customers testing positive for COVID-19.

Five new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the province rose to 751 on Monday. Ninty-five cases are considered active.

Four cases were in the Far North region, and one is in Saskatoon.

Manitoba reports one new case of COVID-19

The province reported one case of COVID-19 diagnosed over the weekend on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 314. There remain 14 active cases in the province, and no patients in hospital due to COVID-19.

Due to the low number of cases, friends and loved ones of people in care homes may now go inside beginning on Tuesday.

Cases in Atlantic Canada remain flat; all Nova Scotia cases now resolved

There were no new cases reported in any Atlantic province today. Newfoundland and Labrador has had no new cases for 25 days and P.E.I. hasn’t had any active cases since April 28. New Brunswick remains at 27 active cases, with 14 of the cases from the Campbellton outbreak recovered.

Nova Scotia reported one death today, but has not had a new case reported in two weeks and is now at zero active cases in the province.

No new deaths due to COVID-19 in Quebec

For the first day since March, Quebec reported no fatalities due to COVID-19 in the last 24-hour reporting period. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Quebec remains at 5,417.

Sixty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province, bringing the total to 54,835.

Restaurants, churches and indoor fitness centres opened in Montreal today, which has been the hardest hit region in the province.

Ontario reports three more deaths due to COVID-19

On Monday, three more deaths were reported from the last 24 hour period, bringing the provincial total number of COVID-19-related deaths to 2,609. Of those deaths, 1,654 (63.4 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities.

There were an additional 161 cases reported on Monday in the province as well (the fewest since March 28), bringing the total number of cases to 33,637. Of the total number of cases reported, 5,364 have been residents of long-term care facilities and 2,192 have been workers associated with long-term care facilities. 28,933 cases are considered resolved.

The latest statistics indicate that the age group with the highest number of cases in Ontario is people between the ages of 40-59 (10,271, or 30.5 per cent) followed by people ages 20-39 (9,558, or 28.4 per cent).

June 21

Another migrant worker dies in Ontario

A third migrant worker has died in Ontario, this time involving a farm near Simcoe, Ont.

The temporary worker was employed by Scotlynn Group, a large-scale farming operation in Vittoria, Ont., according to CBC, who received confirmation from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

At least 199 migrant workers at the farm have tested positive for the virus, as well as 18 other people in association with Scotlynn Group.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit did not provide more details on the latest fatality in Ontario related to COVID-19, but officials did say through a press release that the migrant work was in intensive care before he passed.

“I’m extremely saddened at this loss of life,” said Kristal Chopp, chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit board of health. “It’s an absolute tragedy that someone who comes to Canada to work in the agricultural industry and support his family back home loses his life so far from his loved ones. My sincerest condolences go out to the individual’s family during this difficult time.”

An outbreak at Scottlyn Group was first declared at the end of May when 85 migrant workers, all from Mexico, had tested COVID-19 positive.

The first two fatalities involving migrant workers on farms occurred in the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. The first was reported at the end of May, involving 31-year-old Bonifacio Eugenio Romero from Mexico. Shortly after, Rogelio Muñoz Santos, a 24-year-old worker also from Mexico, died of COVID-19.

In Windsor-Essex, there are currently 350 farm workers who have contracted the respiratory virus.

According to CBC, Scottlyn Group has sent 119 workers into quarantine in hotels in nearby Brantford, to go along with those who have recently arrived as part of self-isolation rules.

Migrant workers have been permitted to come to Canada amid the pandemic, but they must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival. In early April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allocated $50 million in federal funding to help employers of migrant workers as they adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 quarantine rules.

COVID-19 outbreaks have also been reported among temporary foreign workers in Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba.

About 20,000 migrant workers come to Ontario each year to work in greenhouses and on farms, many from Mexico, the Caribbean and Guatemala.

Hundreds of cases among migrant workers have been reported across Ontario at farms part of the Haldimand-Norfolk, Windsor-Essex, Niagara Region, Southwestern and Chatham-Kent public health units.

Migrant workers have complained about a lack of information and proper equipment to protect them from getting infected, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Canada.

Ontario reports its fewest active cases in months, returns to below 200 new daily patients

There are now 2,151 active cases in Ontario, which is the fewest the province has had since April 2.

The decrease in active cases comes as Ontario reported more recoveries (251) than new cases (175) in its latest 24-hour stretch. That means of its 33,476 total cases, there are now 28,719 patients who have recovered.

Ontario’s death toll now stands at 2,606 after 11 more people died since Saturday. Six of those fatalities involved residents of long-term care facilities.

Of the 175 new cases that were reported, 100 of them were identified in the Greater Toronto Area.

The province is now back to reporting under 200 daily cases. It had done so on six straight occasions before its streak was ruined on Saturday (when it reported 206). Ontario’s seven-day average for cases is now 184, the lowest it has been since March 30.

Of the 175 new cases reported Sunday, 73 people between the ages of 20-39 were infected, the most of any age group. Thirty-eight people over the age of 60 were identified in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch.

Of the 2,151 active cases that remain, there are 286 people in hospital (down by 47 since Saturday). That includes 86 people in ICU (up by six) and 59 people who require a ventilator (down by four).

The positive trends come as Ontario continues to reopen its economy. On Friday, seven new regions moved into Stage 2 of reopening, joining 24 other public health units that already made the move a week earlier.

It will allow services such as restaurants, hair salons and shopping malls to reopen throughout the majority of the province. Places of worship can also reopen with a limit capacity of 30 per cent, while people must maintain physical distance.

People in Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 for the time being.

The limit on social gatherings has been expanded from five to 10 people for all regions, both inside and outside, with the two-metre physical distancing rule still in place. However, people in Ontario are able to create social bubbles with 10 people, including those in your household, in which they don’t need to follow social distancing rules.

Quebec matches its fewest daily cases in months as province eyes reopening

Health officials in Quebec have announced 92 new cases of COVID-19 and nine fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,766 and 5,417, respectively.

The 92 cases matches the same increase the province recorded June 16, according to Quebec’s health department. It’s the second time this week that the province has recorded less than 100 cases, and the fewest reported since mid-March, when health officials were only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

It is also the 14th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 21st straight day that it’s been below 300. Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 cases since March 25.

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 8,242 tests for COVID-19.

Of the fatalities, six were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other three occurred before June 13. The nine deaths is the fewest Quebec has announced since June 8, and the third fewest since early-April.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 27,042 cases (up by 41 since Saturday) and 3,329 deaths (up by eight).

Of the province’s 54,766 cases, there are 23,322 people who have recovered, an increase of 121. Of Quebec’s 26,027 active cases, there are 521 people being treated in hospital (down by eight), which includes 61 in intensive care (down by one).

The latest positive news comes as Quebec plans to reopen several sectors and relax rules for gatherings indoors on Monday, with a particular impact on the Montreal area.

Restaurants will reopen in Joliette and the greater Montreal areas, while indoor gatherings of up to 10 people from three households will be also permitted. The same rules have applied elsewhere in Quebec since last week.

Across the province, gyms, cinemas, arenas, concert venues and places of worship may reopen with a maximum capacity of 50 people for indoor gatherings. Day camps will also be permitted to reopen Monday.

Outbreak in Saskatchewan’s South continues to grow

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Saskatchewan, increasing the province’s total case count to 746.

Two of them are located in the Far North region, and the other 18 in the South region. According to Global News, who received confirmation from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health, the “majority of these cases have a connection to the outbreak in the South.”

Saskatchewan Health Authority declared an outbreak on June 17, in two Hutterite communities in the Rural Municipality of Maple Creek, Sask., after two members of a rural household tested positive for the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, 14 other cases were identified and linked to the outbreak.

Of the province’s now 746 patients, an additional four people have recovered, for a total of 643 resolved cases. Of the 88 active cases that remain, 44 of them are in the Far North and 34 in the South. There are three people in hospitals across the province.

To date, 60,060 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

Alberta active cases continue to climb in Edmonton

Alberta health officials announced 31 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, increasing the total case count to 7,704. No new fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving the death toll at 152.

Of its total cases, there are 7,018 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 22 since Saturday’s update. Of the 534 active cases that remain, there are 235 in the Calgary zone (down by three) and 238 in the Edmonton zone (an increase of 12).

Of its active cases, there are 33 patients in hospital (down by six) and seven in intensive care (up by two).

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 389,405 tests for COVID-19.

June 20

Ontario reports its most cases this week, most fatalities in two weeks

Ontario announced 206 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 fatalities, increasing its totals to 33,301 and 2,595, respectively.

The increase in cases is the largest Ontario has reported this week, after going six straight days of recording under 200 cases. The new patients were identified after the province completed 27,383 tests, which is also a high in the past seven days.

The 31 deaths is the most the province has recorded since June 6. According to the Ministry of Health, only six of those were in long-term care facilities. One person died in the 40-59 age bracket, but the majority of the deaths (24 of 31) were at least 80 years old.

Of the 206 new cases of COVID-19 that were recorded in Ontario since Friday, 111 of them were under the age of 40.

Eight-two people between the ages of 20-39 were infected in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, which is the most of any age group. There were 45 cases among people at least 60 years old, and 29 cases among those who were 19 or younger. Fifty-two cases were reported among those 40-59 years old.

Of the 206 new cases, 143 of them are located in the Greater Toronto Area.

Among the province’s total cases, there are 28,468 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 218 since Friday. Of the province’s 2,238 active cases (the fewest since April 3), there are 333 people in hospital (an increase of two), which includes 80 people in ICU (down by two) and 63 who require a ventilator (down by two).

Far North seeing worrisome trends as it remains Saskatchewan’s epicentre

Eleven new cases have been identified in Saskatchewan, increasing the province’s total to 726.

For the second straight day, seven cases were identified in the Far North region. Of the latest batch of cases, two were also diagnosed in the South region, and one each in the North and Saskatoon regions.

Three more people have recovered from the respiratory virus, for a total of 639. Of the province’s 72 active cases, 42 of them are in the Far North.

Three people are currently in intensive care, up by two since Friday.

To date, 59,252 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

New case part of New Brunswick’s worst outbreak

One new case of COVID-19 has been identified at the Manoir de la Vallée long-term care facility in Atholville, N.B.

It’s the latest case in the Campbellton region, and part of its largest cluster. However, there remains 164 total patients, since one of its cases was actually a false positive, health officials announced Saturday through a press release. The case was also part of the Campbellton region.

New Brunswick previously had zero active cases of COVID-19, but since May 21 they’ve discovered 44 new patients. Forty-one of them have been in the Campbellton region, and that includes two deaths (both at Manoir de la Vallée) and 14 recovered patients.

Currently, there are 27 active cases in the province, which includes two patients who are in hospital and one in an intensive care unit.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in New Brunswick have conducted 40,255 tests for COVID-19.

Quebec continues to stay below 200 cases of COVID-19

Health officials in Quebec have announced 124 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,674 and 5,408, respectively.

Of the fatalities, 18 were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other 15 occurred before June 12.

It marks the 13th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 20th straight day that it’s been below 300.

Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 cases since March 25. The last time it was under 200 (in mid-March), the province was still only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 27,001 cases (up by 64 since Friday) and 3,321 deaths (up by 23).

Of the province’s 54,674 cases, there are 23,201 people who have recovered, an increase of 229. Of Quebec’s 26,065 active cases, there are 529 people being treated in hospital (down by 25), while there remains 62 in intensive care.

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 9,870 tests for COVID-19.

Alberta active cases continue to climb in Calgary, Edmonton zones

Alberta health officials announced 48 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, increasing the total case count to 7,673. No new fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving the death toll at 152.

Of its total cases, there are 6,996 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 35 since Friday’s update. Of the 525 active cases that remain, there are 238 in the Calgary zone (up by five) and 226 in the Edmonton zone (an increase of 15).

Of its active cases, there remain 39 patients in hospital and five in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 381,075 tests for COVID-19.

Two new cases in Manitoba

Health officials in Manitoba have identified two new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 313.

There are currently 293 people who have recovered from the virus, while the death toll remains at seven. Officials said they’ll be providing more info on the province’s COVID-19 situation on Monday.

June 19

Alberta sees new trends in COVID-19 fight, 12 cases in apartment building

Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw explained why the province has been seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, now that they’re a week into Stage 2 and more than a month into Stage 1 of their reopening plan.

At the moment, they have 512 active cases in the province, compared to the 339 they had June 5. The increase has been the result of increased gatherings at work places and events such as funerals. For example, there are now 24 cases linked to two funerals in Alberta, and health officials are expecting more in the upcoming days, said Hinshaw.

It’s a shift compared to earlier phases of the pandemic, when the province was mainly seeing its cases in long-term care facility settings. Now, there are only 26 active cases in LTCs, and 708 recovered patients.

Alberta’s top doctor continued to remind people that COVID-19 is still present in the community. Everyone should wear masks when social distancing is not possible and practice safe hygiene.

Recently, 12 cases were identified in one apartment building, with officials believing that transmission most likely occurred through “common, high-touch surfaces.”

“This emphasizes the need for cleaning and disinfection of these surfaces,” said Hinshaw.

"Other key areas of risk are social gatherings like birthday parties and work meetings where distancing and masking are not in place.

"Indoor gatherings have a higher risk than outdoor gatherings," she said. "Workplaces need to consider how they will ensure that distancing and masking, when needed, are firmly embedded in return to the workplace strategies."

However, there are some positive signs for Alberta in its fight against COVID-19. Hospitalizations rates have gone down slightly in the past few weeks, while most of the active cases are from a known source, which has allowed health officials to track and stop the virus from spreading. In addition, they haven’t seen any outbreaks or significant transmission at any outdoor activities.

On Friday, Hinshaw announced 46 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, increasing the total case count to 7,625. No new fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, leaving the death toll at 152.

Of its total cases, there are 6,961 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 68 since Thursday’s update. Of the 512 active cases that remain, there are 233 in the Calgary zone and 211 in the Edmonton zone.

Hinshaw announced a new outbreak at Edmonton's Material Recovery Waste Management Centre, where 10 works have tested positive. The facility is the city’s main recycling plant.

Of its active cases, 39 patients are in hospital (up by five), while there remains six in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 373,724 tests for COVID-19.

More staff than residents infected at Ontario LTCs

There are now 66 active outbreaks among long-term care homes in Ontario, which is down by one since Thursday’s update, according to the the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

In those facilities, there are 320 active cases among residents (down by 19), and 371 among staff (down by 64). Since the start of the pandemic, 1,799 residents have died (up by two) along with seven staff members.

In its latest 24-hour stretch, Ontario identified 178 new cases of COVID-19, marking the sixth straight day that the province has recorded fewer than 200 daily cases.

The Ministry of Health was able to identify the new patients after completing 27,225 tests for COVID-19, the third most it’s performed in a 24-hour stretch. Of the 178 cases, 109 of them were identified in the Greater Toronto Area.

The recent update increases its total case count to 33,095. That includes 28,250 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 246 since Thursday’s update.

Eleven more people have died after contracting COVID-19, raising the death toll to 2,564.

Of the 2,281 active cases that remain (the fewest since April 3), there are 331 in hospital (down by 20 since Thursday), which includes 82 in intensive care (down by two) and 65 who require a ventilator (up by five).

Quebec continues to stay below 200 daily cases, reports fatalities backlog

Health officials in Quebec have announced 167 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,550 and 5,375, respectively.

Of the fatalities, five were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other 30 occurred before June 11.

It marks the 12th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 19th straight day that it’s been below 300.

Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 cases since March 25. The last time it was under 200 (in mid-March), the province was still only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 26,937 cases (up by 64 since Thursday) and 3,298 deaths (up by 31).

Of the province’s 54,550 cases, there are 22,972 people who have recovered, an increase of 218. Of Quebec’s active cases, there are 574 people being treated in hospital (down by 63), which includes 62 in intensive care (down by three).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 9,750 tests for COVID-19.

Three new cases in Manitoba, including one who exposed public while symptomatic

Manitoba health officials announced three new cases of COVID-19, increasing the province’s case count to 311.

One new case was originally reported early Friday, but health officials announced two new cases later in the day because they presented a larger concern to the public. The two latest cases involve a male and a female, both in their 50s from the Southern Health region.

“One of the new individuals announced as a positive COVID-19 case today attended JT’s Store and Diner (40 Penner Drive) in Blumenort, Manitoba June 10, 2020 at approximately 6 p.m. The individual was symptomatic at the time,” said a press release. “Public health is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop.”

There are currently 11 active cases in the province, since 292 patients have recovered from the respiratory virus. The death toll remains at seven.

An additional 626 COVID-19 tests were performed since Thursday, increasing the province’s total to 56,317.

Seven new cases, no victims in B.C.

British Columbia health officials have identified seven new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total case count to 2,790.

There are now 178 active cases in the province, since 2,444 people have recovered from the virus (an increase of 19 since Thursday). Eleven people are now in hospital (up by one), which includes six in intensive care (up by one).

Along with no recent COVID-19 victims, Henry said there have been no new community health-care facility outbreaks in the past 24 hours.

Saskatchewan’s Far North reports 7 of 8 new cases

Health officials in Saskatchewan have identified eight new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 716.

Of the new cases, seven are in the Far North, which currently has 35 of the province’s 67 active cases of COVID-19.

Six-hundred and thirty-six people have recovered from the virus, while the death toll also remains at 13. There are now four people in hospital, which includes one person in intensive care in Saskatoon.

To date, 58,611 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

June 18

Teacher diagnosed in British Columbia

A staff member at an independent school in British Columbia’s Fraser Health region has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the suspension of classes.

According to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the individual held various roles at the school, including teacher. Henry said a small number of close contacts have been notified, and that there are no contacts that were of concern involving children.

"This is not unexpected," said Henry. "When we went into opening up the in-classroom schools at the beginning of June we were paying attention to this and that it was very possible somebody would bring the virus to the school setting with them."

B.C. had originally reopened schools on a part-time and optional basis on June 1. Henry said the positive case won’t change the province’s risk assessment, with there being low COVID-19 transmission rates among children.

On Thursday, Henry also announced eight new cases of COVID-19, increasing the province’s case count to 2,783. Of those patients, 2,425 have recovered from the virus, an increase of three since Wednesday’s update.

There remain 190 active cases in the province. Ten people are currently in hospital (down by one), while there remains five people in intensive care.

Along with no recent COVID-19 victims, Henry said there have been no new community or health-care facility outbreaks. Instead, the outbreak at Nature’s Touch Frozen Fruits has been declared over.

Newfoundland and Labrador joins four other provinces, territories with no active cases

Newfoundland and Labrador health officials announced on Thursday that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Since the start of the pandemic, N.L. has recorded 261 cases; three people have died, while the remaining 258 patients have now fully recovered from the respiratory virus.

For the 21st consecutive day, the province has not recorded a new patient of COVID-19. It’s now the first time since March 14 that it has no active cases in the province.

Since the start of the pandemic, N.L. has conducted 15,322 tests for COVID-19.

Alongside Prince Edward Island, it’s the only province with no active cases. All 27 of P.E.I.’s patients have recovered, after its last case was recorded April 28.

All 16 cases in Yukon and the Northwest Territories have also been marked as resolved, while Nunavut has yet to confirm a positive diagnosis. The last case to be identified in Canada’s three territories was on April 20.

Earlier this week, chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said if "all continues to go well," the province will enter Alert Level 2 on June 25 as part of its reopening plan.

In Level 2, recreational facilities may reopen, such as gyms, yoga studios, arenas and indoor pools. Playground equipment may also be used.

Some health-care services will continue to resume, while bars and indoor entertainment facilities, such as cinemas and bingo halls, will be allowed to reopen with reduced capacity.

Further details are expected in the upcoming days said Fitzgerald, such as details on restrictions for the size of social gatherings.

New Brunswick also previously had no active cases after all of its patients had recovered on two separate occasions, most recently on May 16. But since May 21, they’ve discovered 44 new cases, with 41 of them being part of a worrisome cluster in the Campbellton region.

Nationwide case count surpasses 100,000 with Ontario’s latest update

With Ontario reporting 173 cases of COVID-19, it pushes Canada’s total case count past 100,000.

Among those patients are 62,237 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, after Ontario’s Ministry of Health reported that an additional 220 cases have been resolved.

Three more COVID-19 patients have died in Ontario since Wednesday, which is the smallest increase in fatalities the province has recorded since March 30. It also increases the nationwide death toll to 8,257.

On Thursday, Toronto also hit its own grim milestone after recording 1,000 deaths related to the virus. Of the 173 new cases reported by Ontario, 114 of them were identified in the Greater Toronto Area.

It marks the fifth straight day that the province has recorded less than 200 cases of COVID-19. According to Ontario’s Minister of Health Christine Elliott, 26 of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases; 16 of them had no new patients at all.

The province was able to identify the latest cases by completing 25,278 tests for COVID-19, which marks the eight straight day that it’s surpassed 20,000 tests.

Among the province’s 2,360 active cases of COVID-19 — the fewest since April 4 — there are 351 people in hospital (down by 32 since Wednesday), which includes 84 people in ICU (down by eight) and 60 who require a ventilator (down by five).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 67 active outbreaks among LTCs (down by one). In those facilities, there are 339 active cases among residents (down by 42), while there remains 435 among staff. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,797 residents have died and seven staff members.

Quebec reports backlog of deaths, stays below 200 daily cases

Health officials in Quebec have announced 120 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,383 and 5,340, respectively.

Of the fatalities, 11 were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other 31 occurred before June 10.

It marks the 11th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 18th straight day that it’s been below 300.

Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 cases since March 25. The last time it was under 200 (in mid-March), the province was still only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 26,873 cases (up by 58 since Wednesday) and 3,267 deaths (up by 29).

Of the province’s 54,263 cases, there are 22,754 people who have recovered, an increase of 205. Of Quebec’s 26,289 active cases, there are 637 people being treated in hospital (down by 53), which includes 65 in intensive care (down by seven).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 8,752 tests for COVID-19.

Manitoba reports two cases of COVID-19, possible exposure at Walmart and Home Depot

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba, increasing the province’s case count to 308.

According to the province’s chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin, the cases involve a woman and a man from Winnipeg, who are both in their 40s. They’re household contacts, and one of them is related to international travel, having recently returned from Europe.

The patient who recently travelled abroad has been in self-isolation since their return. The other went out in public to Home Depot on Bishop Grandin Boulevard on June 12 between 8 and 9 a.m., and Walmart on Kenaston Boulevard on June 13 between 6 and 7 p.m.

Roussin said the risk of transmission is “extremely low,” since the individual was asymptomatic and the stores had physical distancing policies in place. However, if anyone was either of the locations and now has COVID-19 symptoms, they’re being asked to get tested and self-isolate.

Of the province’s 308 cases, eight of them remain active, since 293 patient have recovered from the respiratory virus.

Outbreak grows in Saskatchewan

Health officials in Saskatchewan have identified 15 new cases of COVID-19, with 14 of them being in the province’s South region.

The recent cases are linked to an outbreak that was announced on Wednesday by public health officials in two Hutterite communities in the Rural Municipality of Maple Creek. Two​ members of a rural household in the area initially tested positive for COVID-19 last week, leading to an additional 14 cases.

Cases are currently being investigated for connection to interprovincial travel to Alberta, as well as travel in the area.

The remaining new case from the batch of 15 is in the Far North region. Of the province’s now 59 active cases, 28 of them are located in the Far North.

Of the province’s 708 patients since the start of the pandemic, 636 have recovered from the virus.

Additional victim in Alberta

A woman in her 80s in the Edmonton zone has passed away, increasing the province’s death toll to 152. The individual had no connection to any continuing care sites, according to Global News, who received confirmation from Alberta Health.

Forty-nine cases were also identified in the province, increasing the province’s case count to 7,579.

Of its total cases, there are 6,893 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 45 since Wednesday’s update. Of the 489 active cases that remain, there are 222 in the Calgary zone and 200 in the Edmonton zone.

Thirty-four patients are in hospital (down by four), which includes six in intensive care (down by one).

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 364,729 tests for COVID-19.

June 17

Quebec continues to stay below 200-case mark

Health officials in Quebec have announced 117 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,263 and 5,298, respectively.

Of the fatalities, nine were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other 20 occurred before June 9.

It marks the 10th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 17th straight day that it’s been below 300.

Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 since March 25. The last time it was under 200 (in mid-March), the province was still only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 26,815 cases (up by 58 since Tuesday) and 3,238 deaths (up by 22).

Of the province’s 54,263 cases, there are 22,549 people who have recovered, an increase of 199.

Of Quebec’s active cases, there are 690 people being treated in hospital (down by 28), which includes 72 are in intensive care (down by five).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it failed to meet its goal of 14,000 tests after completing 6,812 tests for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Quebec officials announced that they will allow gyms and beaches to reopen, while team sports will be also be allowed as of next Monday.

Ontario continues to see positive signs in its COVID-19 fight

Ontario is currently enjoying its best seven-day stretch since late March.

After announcing 190 new cases on Wednesday, its seven-day average for daily cases stands at 200, while its testing average is at a record-high 24,441.

It's the best stretch since March 31, when the seven-day averages stood at 197 cases out of 4,178 tests for COVID-19.

Of the recently announced 190 cases, 139 of them are located in the Greater Toronto Area. The latest update increases Ontario’s total case count to 32,744. That includes 2,550 people who have passed away, an increase of 12 since Tuesday’s update. There are now 27,784 people who have recovered from the virus, which is up by 353.

Of its 2,410 active cases (the fewest since April 4), there are 383 people in hospital (down by 30), which includes 92 in intensive care (down by six) and 65 who require a ventilator (down by five).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 68 active outbreaks among LTCs. In those facilities, there are 381 active cases among residents (down by 77) and 435 among staff (down by 36). Since the start of the pandemic, 1,798 residents have died (up by four) and seven staff members.

One new case in New Brunswick linked to province’s worst outbreak

Health officials in New Brunswick have identified one new case of COVID-19, this time in the Fredericton region.

The individual is a health-care worker at the Manoir de la Vallée in Atholville, which is home to the largest cluster of cases in the Campbellton region. The last COVID-19 patient is in their 20s.

Of the province’s now 164 cases, there are four people in hospital, which includes one in intensive care, and two fatalities.

New Brunswick previously had no active cases after all of its patients had recovered by May 16. But since May 21, they’ve discovered 41 new cases in the Campbellton region, which includes 12 people who have recovered.

They’re all part of a cluster that officials believe was started by a family doctor at Campbellton Regional Hospital, who exposed at least 150 people to the virus in the health-care and community setting, eventually leading to the outbreak at Manoir de la Vallée.

Late last week, CBC News reported that the medical professional, Dr. Jean Robert Ngola, is seeking an apology from Premier Blaine Higgs after a private investigation determined he’s not “patient zero.”

Two new cases in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials have identified two new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 306.

According to CTV News, who received confirmation from a provincial spokesperson, one of the cases involves a male between the ages of 10 and 19, and the other is a male in his 30s.

Of the province’s total cases, there are 293 people who have recovered. With the death toll remaining at seven, there are currently six active cases in the province. No one is in hospital or intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have performed 55,097 tests for COVID-19, which includes 575 on Tuesday.

Nine new cases in Saskatchewan, mainly in Far North

Saskatchewan health officials have identified nine new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 693.

Of the recently identified patients, two are in the Saskatoon region, while seven are in the Far North region, which currently has 29 of the province’s 47 active cases. Of its total diagnoses, 633 patients have recovered from the respiratory virus.

In Saskatoon, there is currently one person in intensive care and another in inpatient care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have completed 57,217 tests for COVID-19.

Two new health-care facility outbreaks in B.C.

British Columbia health officials have recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 2,775.

There are only 185 active cases in the province, since 2,422 people have recovered from the virus, which is up by six since Tuesday. There are 11 people in hospital, which includes five in intensive care.

“There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks, at the Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home in Abbotsford,” said a press release by health officials. “The outbreak at Tabor Home and at the Maple Hill long-term care facility announced yesterday are connected to the outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital.

“These recent health-care outbreaks are very concerning and clearly demonstrate that COVID-19 remains in our communities.”

No new fatalities were recorded in B.C.’s latest 24-hour stretch, as the death toll remains at 168.

Forty-eight new cases in Alberta

Health officials in Alberta have identified 48 new cases in the latest 24-hour stretch, increasing its total to 7,530.

No new fatalities were recorded, as the death toll remains at 151.

Of its total cases, there are 6,893 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 11 since Tuesday’s update. Of the 486 active cases that remain, there are 224 in the Calgary zone and 201 in the Edmonton zone.

Thirty-eight patients are in hospital (up by two), while there remains seven in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 356,818 tests for COVID-19.

June 16

Alberta reports no new fatalities, 35 new cases

Health officials in Alberta have identified 35 new cases in the latest 24-hour stretch, increasing its total to 7,482.

No new fatalities were recorded, as the death toll remains at 151.

Of its total cases, there are 6,882 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 20 since Monday’s update. Of the 449 active cases that remain, there are 208 in the Calgary zone and 190 in the Edmonton zone.

Thirty-six patients are in hospital (up by five), while there remains seven in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials in Alberta have performed 349,836 tests for COVID-19.

Eleven new cases in B.C., one new outbreak

British Columbia health officials have identified 11 new cases of COVID-19, which includes 10 that tested positive and one that has been epidemiologically linked to previous cases.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there is a new outbreak at the Maple Hill long-term care facility in Langley. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities currently have active outbreaks.

Of the province’s 2,756 active cases, there are 2,416 people who have recovered from the virus, up by 21 since Monday. Of the 172 active cases that remain in B.C., there are 11 in hospital (down by two), including five in intensive care (up by one).

No new deaths were reported and the death toll remains at 168.

One new case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan

A person in the Saskatoon area has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 684. This includes two people who are from out of province, but tested positive in Saskatchewan.

Currently, there are 40 active cases in the province, with three of those cases in hospital, including one in intensive care.

Quebec cases slow as Montreal sees improvement

Montreal, which has been behind in reopening compared to the rest of the province, is seeing a slow rise in new daily cases, officials reported on Tuesday.

There were 101 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Quebec, including 40 new case in the last 24 hours in Montreal. The change represents a 40 per cent drop in the number of new cases the city is seeing, which is slowing the overall growth of new cases in the province.

As of Tuesday, 5,269 people have died due to COVID-19 in Quebec.

Three new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick

There are now 163 cases of COVID-19 in the province, as of Tuesday. The patients are two people in their 50s, and one person in their 20s. Two of the cases are related health-care work at Campbellton Regional Hospital while the other was in close contact with a known case.

Thirty cases remain active in the province, including four in hospital and one in intensive care.

One week without new cases in Nova Scotia

The province reached the milestone of seven days since its last new COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. Provincial officials also announced that they would be easing hospital restrictions beginning June 23, but reminded Nova Scotians that they would need to remain vigilant in order to keep the number of cases from growing in the province.

Ontario sees 11 more deaths due to COVID-19

The province reported 184 more COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 32,554. The province also reported 11 more deaths related to COVID-19, pushing the provincial death toll to 2,538.

The latest reporting comes as the province plans on moving more parts of Ontario into Phase 2 of reopening this Friday. All regions except Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will be in Phase 2 as of June 19. Seventy per cent of Monday’s reported cases were in Toronto and Peel, health officials said.

June 15

Active cases of COVID-19 continues to drop in Ontario

Ontario is reporting 181 new cases of COVID-19, and eight more deaths. It's the lowest number of new daily cases since late March.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet that 126 of the 181 new cases are from the Toronto and Peel regions.

The new cases bring the province to a total of 32,370 — an increase of 0.6 per cent over the previous day. The total includes 2,527 deaths and 27,213 resolved cases.

That's 252 more resolved cases than the previous day, continuing a trend of those growing more quickly than active ones.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped from 438 to 419, and the number of people on ventilators decreased as well, while intensive care rates remained stable.

Quebec sees slight increase in hospitalizations, fewest daily cases since late March

Quebec health officials announced 102 new cases and 20 fatalities, increasing its totals to 54,054 and 5,242, respectively.

It marks the smallest increase in daily cases since March 21.

Of the fatalites, 11 occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other nine took place before June 7.

There are now 26,599 active cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, since 22,213 people have recovered from the respiratory virus (an increase of 471 since Sunday).

Currently, Quebec has 771 people in hospital (up by two), which includes 82 in intensive care (down by three).

The province’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it failed to meet its goal of 14,000 tests after completing 6,817 tests for COVID-19.

Three new cases in New Brunswick

New Brunswick health officials have identified three new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 160.

Two of the cases involve temporary foreign workers in the Moncton region, and the other is a health-care worker at Campbellton Regional Hospital.

Of the province’s total cases, there are 129 who have recovered, which includes nine related to the outbreak in the Campbellton region.

The death toll remains at two. Four people are currently in hospital, which includes one in intensive care.

Ten new cases in Saskatchewan’s epicentre

Saskatchewan health officials have identified 18 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 683.

Of the recently identified patients, 13 of them are in the Far North.

“Most are connected to a wake on June 10 and a funeral on June 11 that were the subject of a precautionary health advisory issued by the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority and Saskatchewan Health Authority on June 11,” said a press release by health officials.

Of the remaining cases from the batch of 13, three of them are in the Saskatoon region. Two cases involve individuals who tested positive in Saskatchewan, but live outside of the province.

One more person has recovered in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, increasing the total number of resolved cases to 629. Of the 41 active cases that remain, 22 of them are in the Far North. There is currently one person in inpatient care in the North, as well as one person in intensive care in Saskatoon.

To date, 56,223 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.

One more COVID-19 victim in Alberta

A woman in her 70s from the South zone, who did not live in a continuing care facility, has passed away. The latest victim increases Alberta’s death toll to 151.

Health officials also recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total to 7,453. That includes 6,862 people who have recovered from the virus. Of the province’s 440 new cases, there are 214 in the Calgary zone and 175 in the Edmonton zone.

There are 31 people in hospital and seven in intensive care.

No new outbreaks, deaths in British Columbia

British Columbia health officials identified 36 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Fourteen of those cases were identified from Friday to Saturday; 16 from Saturday to Sunday; and six from Sunday to Monday.

Of the province’s 2,745 cases, there are 2,395 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus. Of its active cases, there are 13 in hospital, which includes four in intensive care.

No new fatalities were reported on Monday, as the death toll remains at 168.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are no new community outbreaks or ones at long-term care and assisted-living facilities. Henry also said there have been no COVID-19 cases linked to those schools since they reopened two weeks ago.

For a timeline of cases from June 1-14, 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.”