Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. and Manitoba record new record-highs for active cases

Coronavirus Canada Updates: Airdrie reporting 60 active COVID-19 cases as Alberta daily cases drop below 200
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Airdrie reporting 60 active COVID-19 cases as Alberta daily cases drop below 200

British Columbia reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch. It’s the first time since Aug. 17 that it has recorded fewer than 60 new cases. Despite the smaller increase compared to days prior, its active case count still hit a new record-high; there are now 925 currently infected patients in the province, up by 12 since Monday. There have also been two new health-care facility outbreaks in the Fraser Health region, according to a press release by officials.

B.C. residents are being asked to continue to check the growing list of public exposure warnings as part of contact tracing efforts. Currently in B.C., there are 2,675 people who are self-isolating and are being actively monitored by public health, since they were in contact with a known COVID-19 patient. In recent weeks, the province has seen its COVID-19 case curb trend upwards. Health officials have attributed the rise to an increase in large gatherings, especially among young people who have not been following COVID-19 precautions.

With Manitoba health officials announcing 25 new patients on Tuesday, there are now 399 active cases in the province, which marks the sixth-straight day that it has set a new record-high mark. Of those currently infected patients, 203 of them are in Prairie Mountain Health, as the region continues to deal with outbreaks, such as at its Maple Leaf Foods pork processing facility in Brandon, and in communal living settings, which includes Hutterite colonies. On Tuesday, Manitoba also reported a death related to COVID-19, in connection to an outbreak in a nursing home south of Winnipeg. The woman was in her 90s.

Meanwhile in Quebec, the province reported 62 new cases of COVID-19. It’s now the 13th time over the past 15 days that the province has recorded fewer than 100 cases; before the recent stretch, it had not done so since July 11. On Tuesday, Quebec announced three fatalities, but its death toll (5,746) only increased by two, since officials said one that of the province’s previously reported deaths turned out to be unrelated to the virus. Since 89 more patients have recovered since Monday, there are now 1,207 active cases in the province.

There were 100 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Ontario over the previous 24-hour period, officials announced on Tuesday. Toronto led the way with 26 new cases, while Peel had 25, Ottawa had 16 and York had 12. The remaining 30 public health units reported fewer than five cases, while 18 of them reported no new patients at all. There were also two newly-reported deaths related to the virus, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,800. Throughout Ontario, there are now 1,059 active cases, since 75 more patients have recovered.

In the Maritime provinces, there was one new case of COVID-19 reported in New Brunswick. The case in the Moncton area is related to travel, and the person is self-isolating. There are now 10 active cases in the province.

Newfoundland and Labrador has reported no new cases for the fifteenth straight day, while it remains the province with no active cases. There are still three active cases in Prince Edward Island, health officials announced as part of their weekly update. Nova Scotia currently has four active cases, down from seven on Monday.

One more person in Alberta has died after contracting COVID-19, increasing the death toll to 235. The individual was a man in his 80s in the Edmonton Zone, who was not in continuing care or part of a known outbreak. Seventy-seven new cases were also reported by health officials on Tuesday, but that also 114 more patients have recovered. There are now 1,134 active cases in the province, with the Edmonton zone being home to 608 of them.

Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction to not have had a confirmed positive case throughout the pandemic. The Northwest Territories have zero active cases, and so does Yukon after its two remaining cases were marked resolved on Aug. 13.

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