Weekly influenza reports

FluWatch Summary

October 4 to October 10, 2020 (week 41)

  • Testing for influenza continues at elevated levels; however, influenza activity remains below average for this time of year.
  • During week 41, one influenza-like-illness (ILI) outbreak was reported in a school or daycare. To date, 44 ILI outbreaks have been reported in these settings which is higher than typically reported in these settings for this time of year. These elevated levels are not unexpected and are a signal of public health effectively leveraging existing flu surveillance systems to monitor respiratory viral illness in schools.
  • Influenza surveillance indicators may be influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in healthcare-seeking behaviour, impacts of public health measures and influenza testing capacity. Current data should be interpreted with consideration to this context. See the COVID-19 Epidemiology update for information on COVID-19 cases in Canada.
  • FluWatch has resumed weekly reporting. Weekly reporting of laboratory detections of respiratory viruses continues year-round via our Respiratory Virus Detections Surveillance System.

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