Canada has remained vigilant for flattening the COVID-19 curb
There have been 131,495 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,143 deaths. 88.3% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada tested an average of almost 46,000 people daily over the past week with 0.9% testing positive.
With the continued increase in daily cases, including an average of 545 cases being reported daily across Canada over past week.
“Last week I noted that we are closely monitoring hospitalizations, critical care admissions and deaths for possible indications of increased severity of COVID-19, which may indicate spread among those at higher risk. Although these indicators remain low at present, they are known to lag behind real-time increases in COVID-19 illness by a few to many weeks. Hence, shifts in age trends and outbreak settings are also important to watch for indications of COVID-19 spread into populations and settings that may be at higher risk for severe outcomes.” Said Dr Theresa Tam Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer
In terms of age, the trend of increased disease activity among younger individuals has continued for many weeks, with people under 40 years of age accounting for over 62% of cases in the latest data reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Among these, males and females aged 20 to 29 years continue to have the highest incidence rates, with 10.7 and 11.4 cases reported per 100,000 population, respectively.
Incidence rates for males and females aged 30-39 years of age are next highest with 8.4 and 8.0 cases reported per 100,000 population. Likewise, during the month of August we saw outbreak settings include food, drink and retail venues that tend to draw in this younger age demographic.
However, the highest number of outbreaks continue to occur in long-term care homes and seniors residences. While many of these outbreaks involve very few cases owing to increased vigilance and sensitive surveillance in high risk settings, each introduction increases the risk for severe illness outcomes of COVID-19.
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