Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020 Ottawa, ON Public Health Agency of Canada
In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:
“There have been 104,204 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,591 deaths. 65% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 2,770,153 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 37,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. These numbers change quickly and are updated daily in the evenings on Canada.ca/coronavirus.
Happy Canada Day! I want to thank all Canadians for the hard work they have put in to keep the curve down. Our data show that your efforts are making a difference and that is reason to celebrate.
Right now, it is our actions, and our actions only, that will reduce the spread. While COVID-19 is still active in our communities, I want to remind Canadians to celebrate Canada Day safely.
To limit the spread of the virus, Canada’s iconic capital celebration has gone virtual. Fireworks are a staple in any Canada Day celebration and on July 1, at 10 pm local time, you can enjoy Canada Day fireworks on your mobile device or computer. If you have a smartphone or tablet, point it to the night sky to begin a 3-minute 3D firework display. For more information on how to celebrate Canada Day 2020, visit Canadian Heritage's webpage.
As we celebrate in new ways this year, please remember to:
Assess your risk in:
- Closed spaces with poor ventilation;
- Crowded places with large numbers of people gathered; and
- Close contact where you cannot keep two metres apart from others.
- Hand sanitizer;
- A non-medical face mask or face covering to wear when it is difficult to maintain 2 metres physical distance. Reserve the mask for use indoors in hot and humid weather. For more tips, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus.
- Handwashing (frequently, using soap and water);
- Cough etiquette (cover your cough with a sleeve or tissue);
- Physical distancing (maintaining a two-metre distance from others); and
- Local public health advice and guidance
Let’s stay on course and win this marathon together — for Canada.
And in the spirit of following good public health advice, I will be taking some time off to rest-up and recharge. During this time, Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada will deliver briefings, statements and tweets to keep Canadians informed.
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