Coronavirus in Canada: How many positive cases?
TORONTO -- More than 200 people in Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed to be positive, and one death has been recorded.
An elderly man in a North Vancouver seniors’ home died on March 8. There are other confirmed or presumptive cases in seven provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick. Of those patients, at least nine people have recovered.
As of March 13, there were more than 135,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across every continent except Antarctica, and more than 5,000 deaths. More than 70,000 of those who tested positive have recovered.
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- Total cases: 220
- Canadian deaths: 1
- Provinces and territories with positive or presumptive cases: 7 (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
- 53 per cent are female
- 67 per cent are over the age of 40
- 13 per cent have been hospitalized
- The majority of cases were travellers or those who were in close contact with those who were recently in: Austria, Britain, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States (Florida, Las Vegas, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Washington State), cruise ships (Diamond Princess, Grand Princess, MS Braemar)
- 64 cases
- 1 death
- 8 cases were “community cases,” people who have not travelled outside of the province
Tests: 2,008 individuals (2,803 samples) (as of March 6, 2020)
Jan. 28 – A man in his 40s and resident of the Vancouver Coastal health region was British Columbia’s first presumptive case. He had recently returned from Wuhan the prior week and was tested on Sunday, Jan. 26 and was in self-isolation at home. Status: Recovered as of Feb. 19.
Feb. 4 - A woman in her 50s was B.C.’s second presumptive case, and Canada’s fifth case. She had close contact with family visitors from Wuhan and was in self-isolation at home.
Feb. 6 – B.C .confirmed two new cases of COVID-19, involving a man and a woman in their 30s from Wuhan, China, who were visiting the second B.C. case announced on Feb. 4.
Feb. 14 – A woman in her 30s, who recently returned from China, was B.C.’s fifth case and Canada’s eighth. She was in self-isolation at home.
Feb. 20 – A woman in her 30s who recently returned from Iran was B.C.’s sixth’s presumptive case and was in self-isolation at home.
Feb. 24 – A B.C. man in his 40s who was in close contact with B.C.'s sixth case reported on Feb. 20, was the province’s seventh case. He was in isolation and monitored from home.
Feb. 29 – British Columbia reported a woman in her 60s, visiting from Iran and staying with family in B.C., tested positive. She was in isolation at home along with others who were at risk. She arrived earlier in the week.
B.C. officials report that three additional patients were now fully recovered.
March 3 – A man in his 50s who recently returned from Iran was the ninth case in B.C. His case is unrelated to any of the previously reported cases, and the patient is currently in isolation at home.
Later on Tuesday, two women and one man in his 60s in the Vancouver area who recently travelled to Iran were announced as the 10th, 11th, and 12th cases in the province. One of the women, who is in her 30s, contracted the virus in a household linked to the eighth B.C. case reported on Feb. 29.
March 4 – A woman in her 80s from the Vancouver area, recently returned from travelling in Hong Kong and India, was in critical condition at Vancouver General Hospital. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the woman was part of a tour group in India and officials were looking at who else was on the trip and whether they may have also been exposed.
March 5 – B.C. confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19, including a woman in her 50s (case 21) with no recent travel history who was believed to be Canada’s first “community case," identified through the annual influenza surveillance program.
Four of the cases were “close household contacts” of the man in his 60s, or case 10 reported on March 3, who had travelled to Iran.They are a man in his 20s, a man in his 30s, a woman in her 50s, and a woman in her 60s. Case 18 and 19 are a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s who livein the same household and recently returned from Iran. Case 20 is a Seattle, Washington woman in her 50s who frequently travels to Metro Vancouver and wasvisiting family in the Fraser Health region.
March 7 – B.C. Health officials announced six new cases, bringing the province’s total to 27. Two of the cases are residents of Lynn Valley Care Centre, a long-term care home in North Vancouver. It’s believed they contracted the virus from a home care worker who was previously identified as the first community case. All residents at this home have now been screened.
A man in his 50s who recently travelled to Iran and a woman in her 50s who is a close household contact were also diagnosed. The other two cases, a man and a woman in their 60s,were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship and are hospitalized.
The woman who was reported to be in critical condition on March 4 was now in stable condition.
March 9 – One of the residents of the Lynn Valley Care Centre died on March 8, provincial health officials said. The man was in his 80s and had pre-existing health issues, they added. The announcement marked the first recorded death in the country from COVID-19. Elderly people are considered to be especially vulnerable to the disease.
Health officials in the province also announced five new cases: a health-care worker in her 40s connected to the Lynn Valley care home, a woman in her 50s who was recently in Iran, a man in his 30s who recently returned from Italy, and two people connected to the community case -- a man in his teens and another man in his 50s.
March 10 -- Seven new cases of the COVID-19 virus were identified, including two people who work at the North Vancouver care home where a resident recently died.
Two employees of the Lynn Valley Care Centre tested positive for the virus.
Two of the other newly identified COVID-19 patients are also so-called "community cases," which means they did not travel recently and do not have any known linked to positive cases. One is a man in his 90s who is being treated in hospital, the other is a man in his 40s who is in isolation at home.
The remaining three cases are all travellers from the Vancouver Coastal Health region, which including Vancouver, Richmond and the North Shore.
One is a woman in her 60s who recently returned from a tour in Egypt. The other two travellers are a man in his 40s who recently returned from Germany and a man in his 90s who was on the Grand Princess cruise that ended up quarantined in California. Both are in isolation at home.
March 11 -- British Columbia has identified seven new cases of COVID-19, including two community cases that have no link to recent travel or other patients with the virus.
The two community cases were picked up from the Fraser Health region and include a woman in her 60s who is in hospital in stable condition and a man in his 60s who is being isolated at home.
Three of the new cases are linked to people who recently travelled to Egypt. The other two involve care workers -- a man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s -- from a seniors’ home where an outbreak has been reported. Both are recovering at home.
March 12 – Seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported in B.C., including three at a second care home in Metro Vancouver.
Revera Inc. confirmed that two staff members, a man and a woman in their 40s, and one resident, a man in his 90s, at Hollyburn House in West Vancouver have tested positive for COVID-19.
The other four cases are all located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
Three of those cases are travel-related. One is a man in his 40s who recently returned from the United Kingdom. Two more are a couple -- a man and a woman -- in their 40s who were recently on a tour in Egypt.
The last case announced is a man in his 50s. Officials are still working to determine where and how he contracted the virus.
March 13 - Eleven new cases are confirmed, including three cases involving administrative staff at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. A close contact of previously confirmed case linked to Lynn Valley Care Centre also tested positive. Five others were related to travel abroad to Iran, Egypt, the Philippines, and Mexico. Two cases were still under investigation.
- 29 confirmed cases
Tests: 5,429 completed negative test results as of March 12
March 5 – A woman in her 50s from the Calgary area who recently travelled aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship in California was identified as Alberta's first presumptive case of COVID-19. This case was confirmed on March 6, and the patient is self-isolating.
March 6 – A man in his 40s in the Edmonton region was announced as the province’s second presumptive case after he tested positive upon returning from visiting the United States. He had visited Illinois, Michigan and Ohio before returning home on Feb. 28. The source of his infection is a companion who travelled with him in the U.S. who had previously been a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship. This travel companion is one of the confirmed cases in B.C.
March 8 – Health officials said a man in his 60s from the Edmonton region was the third presumptive case. He had been on the Grand Princess cruise before he returned to Alberta on Feb. 21.
The fourth presumed case is a woman in her 30s from the Calgary region. She had been in close contact with someone who had recently travelled in Europe, including visits to Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands. This person is also a resident of Alberta, and is currently undergoing tests.
Both presumptive cases are recovering in isolation at home.
March 9 – Alberta health officials announced three additional cases, bringing the province's total to seven.
One case involves an Edmonton-area woman in her 70s who had come in contact with the case announced on March 8 who had contracted the virus while on the Grande Princess cruise. The sixth case is a Calgary-area man in his 30s who had travelled in Ukraine, the Netherlands and Turkey who had also been in close contact with the fourth case identified on March 8. The last case is a Calgary-area woman in her 50s who was on the MS Braemar cruise ship from Feb. 11 to March 4.
All Alberta cases are now confirmed and the province no longer requires additional confirmation from the National Microbiology Laboratory.
March 10 – Seven more cases were confirmed by health officials, doubling the number of cases in Alberta. All patients likely caught the virus while travelling. Destinations included France, the Netherlands, Egypt, Iran, Taiwan, Germany, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, the Philippines and the United States. Several travellers visited more than one country. One individual was also on the MS Braemar cruise. One of the patients had a pre-existing health condition and was transported to hospital.
Three are from the Edmonton area, a male in his 70s and a female in her 60s who had travelled together, and a female in her 30s. Four cases are from the Calgary area, involving a man in his 50s, two females in their 30s, and a female in her forties.
March 11 – Five new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Alberta. All of those cases are linked to travel.
One case involves an Edmonton man in his 30s who recently came back from international travel and also visited Misericordia Hospital for an unrelated, previously scheduled treatment prior to being tested and diagnosed.Alberta Public Health is now contacting anyone who was in direct contact with him. Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said there is no risk to patients at the hospital “at this time.”
The other four cases are a man in his 20s and three women in their 30s, three of whom are from Calgary and one from the central zone. All five patients recently travelled abroad to countries including Iran, Egypt, Spain, Washington state and Mexico.
March 12 – Four new cases, all in the Calgary-area, are announced, bringing the provincial total to 23.The cases involve a two-year old child, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 70s. The four recently returned from travel to Jordan, Egypt, France, Germany, and Florida.
March 13 – Six new cases were confirmed, all involving travel. One was a man from Edmonton who attended a conference in Vancouver where a positive case had been identified. The remaining cases were from the Calgary area. One recently returned from Florida, while the others were household contacts of a previously confirmed case.
- 2 presumptive cases
Tests: 349 people have been tested, 329 of which are negative, 20 are pending, 367 tests performed as of March 13
March 13 – The second presumptive case is a person in their 60s who recently visited Oregon, who is isolating at home.
- 4 cases
Tests: 403 people with completed tests as of March 11
March 12 – Manitoba health officials announced the first presumptive case: a woman in her 40s who had recently travelled to the Philippines. Two other presumptive cases were identified, both involving men in their 30s, who were likely exposed through recent travel.
March 13 - A Winnipeg man in his 40s who recently travelled to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan is the province’s fourth case.
- 101 cases
Tests: 4470 patients tested negative, 580 under investigation (as of March 13, 2020)
Jan. 25 -- The first case was reported in Toronto, Ontario. On Thursday, Jan 23, a patient was admitted to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with a fever and respiratory symptoms and put under isolation. The patient had just returned from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began, but had taken precautions since leaving China. Status: Recovered as of Feb. 23.
Jan. 27 – Ontario confirmed its second presumptive case in Toronto. The patient, who had been in self-isolation at home since returning to Canada, is the wife of the first patient. Status: Recovered as of Feb. 23.
Jan. 31 – Ontario confirmed its third case in London. A woman in her 20s arrived in Toronto from China on Jan. 23 without any symptoms. She began exhibiting symptoms the next day, on Jan. 24, was tested the same day and was otherwise in isolation at home. Status: Recovered as of Feb. 12.
Feb. 23 – A woman in her 20s from Toronto was the 10th presumptive case in Canada and fourth in Ontario. She arrived from China and went to North York General Hospital on Feb. 21 and was tested. She was discharged and went into self-isolation at home.
Feb. 26 – A Toronto woman in her 60s with a travel history to Iran was the 12th confirmed case in Canada and Ontario’s fifth case. She went to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 24 where she was tested and discharged the same day, and went into self-isolation.
Feb. 27 – The husband of Ontario’s fifth case, a man in his 60s, tested positive for the virus and was in self-isolation at home.
Feb. 28 – A man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto on Feb. 25 with a travel history to Iran, was the province’s seventh case and Canada’s 15th. He went to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 26, was tested and discharged the same day and went into self-isolation.
A man in his 80s, with a travel history to Egypt, was Ontario’s eighth case. He arrived in Toronto on Feb. 20 and went to Scarborough Health Network’s General Hospital on Feb. 27. He was tested and discharged the same day, and was in self-isolation.
Feb. 29 – Ontario confirmed three new cases of COVID-19.
A 34-year-old woman, with a travel history to Iran, was tested at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill on Feb. 27, one day after arriving in Toronto. She was not admitted, but was in self-isolation.
A 51-year-old woman, who returned to Toronto from Iran on Feb. 22, went to a clinic in Ajax on Feb. 28. She was tested at Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering, discharged and put in self-isolation.
Her 69-year-old husband, who accompanied her to the clinic and hospital was also tested, discharged, and put in self-isolation. He did not have any recent travel history to Iran.
March 1 – Ontario confirmed four new cases.
A Toronto man in his 50s, temporarily living in Vaughan, was tested at Mackenzie Health on Feb. 28. He is the brother of one of the previously reported cases with a travel history to Iran. He had no community exposure and was in self-isolation.
A man in his 40s and the husband the 34-year-old woman confirmed on Feb. 29 was tested at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill on Feb 28. He had returned with his wife and toddler from Iran on Feb. 26 and self-isolated prior to developing symptoms.
A man in his 60s, who had returned from Iran on Feb. 23, was tested on Feb. 28 at North York General Hospital, discharged and went into self-isolation the same day.
A female in her 70s from Newmarket is a contact of, and was in Egypt with the eighth case that was reported on Feb. 28. She was seen at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Feb. 29, tested, and went into self-isolation.
March 2 – Three new cases were confirmed in Ontario, bringing Canada's total to 27.
A Toronto woman in her 60s, who returned from Egypt on Feb. 20, was tested at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill on Feb. 29 and went into self-isolation.
Another woman in her 70s, who also returned from Egypt on Feb. 20, is the roommate of a confirmed case in North York.
A man in his 60s, who recently returned from Iran, is a close contact of another case in North York.
March 3 – Two new cases involving residents in the Greater Toronto Area were confirmed, bringing the Ontario total to 20. A woman in her 70s from York Region who came back from Egypt on Feb. 20 was tested on March 1, while a man in his 50s who returned from Iran on Feb. 25 was tested at North York General on Feb. 29. Both were in self-isolation.
March 5 – The province confirmed two new cases involving a woman in her 50s who returned from Italy on March 3 and went to Kitchener, Ont.’s Grand River Hospital with mild symptoms. The other case was a man in his 60s who recently returned from Iran on Feb. 29. Both went into self-isolation at home.
Peel Regional Health later confirmed the province’s 23rd case, a man in his 60s who was aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship out of San Francisco from February 11-21 and returned to Canada on February 28.
March 6 – Ontario’s Ministry of Health announced five more confirmed cases, including the wife of the province’s 23rd patient and bringing the province’s total confirmed cases to 28.The woman and man, both in their 60s, were aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Shipthat sailed in February to Mexico. The couple returned to Canada on Feb. 28 and were tested at Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital.
A man in his 40s who had travelled to Las Vegas and returned on Feb. 28, was tested at Toronto Western Hospital. The third new case was a man in his 50s who returned home from Iran on Feb. 27 and was tested at North York General on March 3. The two latest cases were a man in his 20s who returned from Italy on March 3 and was tested at Mount Sinai Hospital and a woman in her 60s who returned from Iran on March 2 and was tested at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. All cases were in self-isolation at home.
March 8 – A woman in her 40s who had returned from Colorado on March 2nd was the 29th confirmed case in Ontario. She was seen at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and was in self-isolation.
Later in the day, a woman in her 60s who returned from France on March 2 and was tested at Scarborough Health Network - General Site on March 7 and a man in his 60s who returned from Washington, D.C. on March 3 and was tested at North York General Hospital on March 7, were confirmed as the province’s 30th and 31st cases.
That evening, a man in his 50s who was tested at Brampton Civic Hospital and recently travelled to Germany was also confirmed to have the virus. He is self-isolating.
March 9 – Ontario reported three new cases. The first two involved a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s who recently travelled to Iran, and were tested at North York General Hospital.
That evening, Ontario confirmed its third new case of the day: a woman in her 30s who was tested at the Brampton Civic Hospital. She had come in close contact with someone who had previously tested positive for the virus. All three are self-isolating.
March 10 – Ontario health officials confirmed the province's 36th case, a man in his 40s who travelled to Switzerland and was in self-isolation. The 37th case was reported later in the same day -- a patient in Sudbury. The Sudbury man had recently travelled to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference on March 2 and 3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the conference on March 2.
March 11 – Five new cases were reported across Ontario.
Ottawa’s first case involves a man in his 40s who recently travelled to Austria. He is self-isolating at home after visiting the Ottawa hospital. As of March 9, Austria reported 182 cases of the virus.
Three patients in the Greater Toronto Area tested positive for the virus. Those patients include a woman in her 30s who recently travelled to Egypt, and a man and a woman in their 30s who recently travelled to the U.S. The man sought care at Toronto Western Hospital and the woman attended Hamilton Health Sciences. Both are self-isolated at home.
The fifth case involves a woman in her 40s who recently travelled to the U.S. She is in self-isolation.
March 12- Ontario health officials announced 17 new cases of COVID-19, including patients in the Toronto, Peel, Waterloo and Muskoka regions. All have been released are in an self-isolation.
Most notably, one of the new cases involved a baby boy who came in close contact with another patient. He was treated at the North York General Hospital in Toronto before being released.
Among the 17 cases, 13 have connections to recent travel, while the other four came in close contact with patients who’ve already tested positive for the virus.
An 18th case was added late in the evening: Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19. She had recently returned from a trip to Britain. The prime minister said he was not showing any symptoms but was self-isolating for two weeks as a precaution.
March 13 - 19 new cases were confirmed, involving 8 women, 6 men, 5 with details yet to be confirmed. They involve travel to or close contact with someone who had travelled to the United States, Egypt and elsewhere. Eighteen of the new cases were in self-isolation, 17 were in the Greater Toronto Area and another was from the Waterloo region. A woman in her 80s from the Niagara region was hospitalized.
- 17 confirmed cases
Tests: 1,079 negative tests, 646 individuals under investigation as of March 13, 2020
Feb. 27 – Quebec announced the province’s first presumptive case involving a woman who recently returned from Iran. The individual was in self-isolation at home.
March 5 – The province announced the second presumptive case, involving a man who had travelled to India. A third probable case of COVID-19 was announced just hours after the second case was confirmed.
March 8 – Officials said that a person returning from a cruise was being treated in Monteregie for symptoms similar to COVID-19, making it the fourth probable case.
March 9 – Four cases are now confirmed and a fifth case is under investigation. One of the confirmed cases involved a Montreal-area man who had recently returned from a trip to the United States and England.
March 10 – Officials raised the total number of confirmed cases to seven.
March 12 – Quebec health officials announced eight new cases, bringing the province’s total to 17. All eight cases were connected to international travel, though it’s not clear where each patient had gone. The ages and genders of each new case are also not known.
- 1 presumptive case
Tests: 18 negative tests as of March 13
March 11 – New Brunswick has identified its first presumptive case of COVID-19, officials confirmed Wednesday. The woman is in her 50s and recently travelled to France. She was in isolation at home.
- 2 cases involved Canadians who returned from the Grand Princess cruise ship and were being isolated at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont.