According to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health doctor, there is a cause for concern for the slow but steady increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. Theresa stated that over the last week, the average daily number of people testing positive is 545. This represents a 25% increase over the previous week, where there was a daily average of 435 and 390 a week before that. Over the last week, that number surged each day, prompting Tam to tell Canadians not to get complacent on their risk of getting the novel coronavirus.
In the last week in Canada, 3,955 people tested positive and 28 people died of COVID-19. This can be compared to 3,044 positive tests and 44 deaths in the previous week. Tam said what has allowed Canada to keep the COVID-19 pandemic “under manageable control” is the fact that most Canadians are following public health advice. However, she stated she is concerned about the uptick in positive cases. She said in a statement that this is a worry and a reminder that every person needs to maintain public health measures to keep COVID-19 on the slow-burn path that we need.
Canadians should be more watchful about following public health guidance as they enter the fall. This is mainly because the cold weather shifts activities indoors. She added that Canadians should evaluate both their risk if they contract COVID-19 and the risk of serious illness in people in their household or their COVID-19 bubble. Theresa said that any event Canadians want to attend should be evaluated in determining what COVID-19 precautions are in place. Currently, 131,895 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada, while 9,145 people have died. Nearly 9 in 10 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recuperated.