Epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in Canada

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Information on demographics, symptoms, and outcomes is currently available for 2,811 reported cases due to reporting lag times. Therefore, the data below should be used to observe trends and not absolute numbers.

Cases over time

The date of symptom onset of the first case of COVID-19 in Canada was January 15, 2020. Figure 1 and Figure 2 both show the COVID-19 case count over time. While Figure 1 displays the total (cumulative) number of cases per day, Figure 2 displays the number of new cases per day.

Figure 1. Cumulative COVID-19 cases (n=2,811Footnote 1) in Canada by episode dateFootnote 2 as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT.

*Episode date corresponds to the earliest date reported according to the following order: Symptom Onset Date, Specimen Collection Date, Laboratory Testing Date, Date reported to the province/territory or Date reported to PHAC.

Figure 1 - Long description
Table 1. Cumulative COVID-19 cases (n=2,811Footnote 1) in Canada by episode dateFootnote 2 as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT
Episode dateFootnote 1 Cumulative number of reported casesFootnote 1
2020-01-08 0
2020-01-09 0
2020-01-10 0
2020-01-11 0
2020-01-12 0
2020-01-13 0
2020-01-14 0
2020-01-15 1
2020-01-16 1
2020-01-17 2
2020-01-18 2
2020-01-19 2
2020-01-20 2
2020-01-21 3
2020-01-22 5
2020-01-23 5
2020-01-24 7
2020-01-25 8
2020-01-26 8
2020-01-27 9
2020-01-28 9
2020-01-29 9
2020-01-30 9
2020-01-31 9
2020-02-01 9
2020-02-02 9
2020-02-03 13
2020-02-04 13
2020-02-05 14
2020-02-06 14
2020-02-07 14
2020-02-08 15
2020-02-09 16
2020-02-10 16
2020-02-11 16
2020-02-12 17
2020-02-13 18
2020-02-14 20
2020-02-15 21
2020-02-16 24
2020-02-17 24
2020-02-18 25
2020-02-19 25
2020-02-20 28
2020-02-21 31
2020-02-22 34
2020-02-23 39
2020-02-24 45
2020-02-25 52
2020-02-26 55
2020-02-27 63
2020-02-28 72
2020-02-29 91
2020-03-01 110
2020-03-02 124
2020-03-03 158
2020-03-04 190
2020-03-05 218
2020-03-06 248
2020-03-07 292
2020-03-08 343
2020-03-09 435
2020-03-10 566
2020-03-11 701
2020-03-12 840
2020-03-13 975
2020-03-14 1,101
2020-03-15 1,239
2020-03-16 1,388
2020-03-17 1,565
2020-03-18 1,723
2020-03-19 1,891
2020-03-20 2,094
2020-03-21 2,249
2020-03-22 2,383
2020-03-23 2,508
2020-03-24 2,596
2020-03-25 2,694
2020-03-26 2,786
2020-03-28 2,811

Figure 2. New reported COVID-19 cases (n=2,811Footnote 1) in Canada by episode dateFootnote 2 as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT

*Episode date corresponds to the earliest date reported according to the following order: Symptom Onset Date, Specimen Collection Date, Laboratory Testing Date, Date reported to the province/territory or Date reported to PHAC.

Data note: The shaded area represents a period of time (lag time) where it is expected that cases have occurred but have not yet been reported nationally.

Figure 2 - Long description
Table 2. New reported COVID-19 cases (n=2,811Footnote 1) in Canada by episode dateFootnote 2 as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT
Episode dateFootnote 1 New reported casesFootnote 1
2020-01-08 0
2020-01-09 0
2020-01-10 0
2020-01-11 0
2020-01-12 0
2020-01-13 0
2020-01-14 0
2020-01-15 1
2020-01-16 0
2020-01-17 1
2020-01-18 0
2020-01-19 0
2020-01-20 0
2020-01-21 1
2020-01-22 2
2020-01-23 0
2020-01-24 2
2020-01-25 1
2020-01-26 0
2020-01-27 1
2020-01-28 0
2020-01-29 0
2020-01-30 0
2020-01-31 0
2020-02-01 0
2020-02-02 0
2020-02-03 4
2020-02-04 0
2020-02-05 1
2020-02-06 0
2020-02-07 0
2020-02-08 1
2020-02-09 1
2020-02-10 0
2020-02-11 0
2020-02-12 1
2020-02-13 1
2020-02-14 2
2020-02-15 1
2020-02-16 3
2020-02-17 0
2020-02-18 1
2020-02-19 0
2020-02-20 3
2020-02-21 3
2020-02-22 3
2020-02-23 5
2020-02-24 6
2020-02-25 7
2020-02-26 3
2020-02-27 8
2020-02-28 9
2020-02-29 19
2020-03-01 19
2020-03-02 14
2020-03-03 34
2020-03-04 32
2020-03-05 28
2020-03-06 30
2020-03-07 44
2020-03-08 51
2020-03-09 92
2020-03-10 131
2020-03-11 135
2020-03-12 139
2020-03-13 135
2020-03-14 126
2020-03-15 138
2020-03-16 149
2020-03-17 177
2020-03-18 158
2020-03-19 168
2020-03-20 203
2020-03-21 155
2020-03-22 134
2020-03-23 125
2020-03-24 88
2020-03-25 98
2020-03-26 92
2020-03-27 25

Demographics

Of the COVID-19 cases reported in Canada to date, approximately half (51%) are male. Approximately one third (29%) of cases are 60 years old and over (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Age distribution of COVID-19 cases (n=2,708) in Canada as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT

Figure 3 - Long description
Table 3. Age distribution of COVID-19 cases (n=2,708) in Canada, March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT
Age group (years) Number of cases with case reports Proportion of cases
≤ 9 115 4%
20-29 332 12%
30-39 467 17%
40-49 457 17%
50-59 523 19%
60-69 437 16%
70-79 234 9%
80+ 143 5%

Symptoms and severity

Commonly reported symptoms among reported cases include cough (78%), chills (53%), and headaches (53%).

Based on case reports received to date, 213 cases have been hospitalized, including 69 in intensive care.

Fifty-nine people have died of COVID-19 to date in Canada.

Probable exposure setting

At this time, 65% of all COVID-19 cases were related to community transmission, while 35% were either exposed while travelling or exposed to a traveller returning to Canada (Figure 4).

Figure 4. Probable exposure setting of COVID-19 cases (n=2,811) in Canada as of March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT.

Figure 4 - Long description
Table 4. Probable exposure setting of COVID-19 cases (n=2,811) in Canada, March 28, 2020, 10 am EDT.
Probable exposure setting Proportion of cases
Traveller or close contact with a traveller 35%
Community setting 65%
Pending 0%

Provincial and territorial reporting

For more information, please refer to provincial or territorial COVID-19 webpages:

Footnotes

Footnote 1

This figure is based on cases for which a case report form has been received by the Public Health Agency of Canada from provincial partners.

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Footnote 2

Episode date corresponds to the earliest date reported according to the following order: Symptom Onset Date, Specimen Collection Date, Laboratory Testing Date, Date reported to the province/territory or Date reported to PHAC.

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