There were 1,300 new coronavirus cases Wednesday in Canada, and 9 more death. Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says there are now 9017 cases, including 105 deaths since the outbreak began.
Dr. Tam says a total of 250K tests have been completed across the country, with 3.7% confirmed to be positive, 95% confirmed negative. People over the age of 60 account for 60 percent of hospitalizations and 90 percent of deaths.
Modeling of coronavirus infections “has us potentially overwhelming the health care system. The health system is not well designed to cope with virus spread unless we do something now,” added Tam.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu says many people are still waiting on lab results or haven’t been tested. She says if you’re not hearing of COVID-19 cases in your community, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Hajdu says that your neighbour’s life depends on you taking the crisis seriously. She also says the health system was never designed to deal with a surge.
Hajdu says that in the days ahead she will announce a new, digital mental health toolkit. She also says a new Canada COVID-19 app is available online and for download on your phone.
Public Health Ontario saw another single-day high. There were 426 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 2,392. So far 155 people have recovered in the province.