Ontario reported 76 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which marks the first time since March 24 that the province has recorded fewer than 100 daily cases. One more fatality was also announced, increasing the death toll to 2,769. Of the recent patients, 22 of them were identified in Windsor-Essex, which now remains the only region in Ontario to still be in Stage 2, after both Peel and Toronto were given the green light to move to Stage 3 on Friday.
Quebec health officials identified 176 new cases in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch. It’s now the 14th straight day that Canada’s worst-hit province has recorded over 140 cases and the 18th straight day it has recorded over 100. Before the recent stretch, Quebec had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25. Between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions. On a positive note, the province didn’t record a new victim for the third time in the past week.
Nova Scotia continues to have no active cases of COVID-19, but health officials did announce one more fatality in the province, increasing the death toll to 64. The patient died several weeks ago, and health officials have been investigating the fatality to determine if COVID-19 was a factor. The individual was not a resident of a long-term care home.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Wednesday. There remain four active cases in the province, which were all identified last week. Prince Edward Island did not provide an update Wednesday, after all of its 36 patients recovered by Tuesday. New Brunswick’s active case count also remains at three, after not identifying any new patients in its latest 24-hour stretch.
No new cases were also identified in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Yukon is the only one with active cases, involving three residents who are currently travelling outside of the province. They’ll return to the territory once they’ve been cleared of the virus.
Manitoba health officials identified three new cases of COVID-19, but also announced that one case, which was reported on July 25, has been removed from its total case count. The individual had recovered from a previous infection from another province, according to a press release. The total case count in Manitoba is now 407, which includes 74 active cases.
Health officials in Alberta reported 133 new cases of COVID-19, which ends a two-day stretch of reporting under 100 daily cases. The province has now reported over 100 cases on 11 of the past 14 days. Before the recent stretch, the province hadn’t recorded a triple-digit daily case increase since May 1. As of Wednesday, there are 1,430 active cases in the province, with Calgary being home to 713 of them. Three more deaths were also reported at a Edmonton long-term care home, increasing the provincial death toll to 190.
British Columbia reported 41 newly identified patients of COVID-19, as its concerning case trend continues. The latest update marks the 19th day of the last 21 that the province has recorded at least 20 cases. Before the recent stretch, it had not surpassed the 20-daily case mark since June 3. On Wednesday, officials also announced that there now 31 cases connected to Fraser Valley Packers Inc. in Abbotsford, as well as 20 positive tests on Haida Gwaii. In positive news, the outbreak at the neonatal intensive care unit at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital has been declared over after an infant tested positive about two weeks ago.