Part of Canada’s way of keeping individuals informed and up to date on all the latest COVID-19 news and case numbers in their respective regions is by having Province-wide updates on a daily (or near-daily) basis. Typically, these updates will come from health officers in each Province (for example, here in British Columbia, updates come from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix); while they also come from a Federal level, too, with updates from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Together, these Provincial and Federal governments provide Canadians with as much pertinent information as possible related to COVID-19, and as soon as they know it. As mentioned, updates include everything from new case numbers (as well as the announcement of any deaths), to information on vaccine progress, Provincial orders (click here to view the list of orders specific to B.C.), and more. The information provided is meant to help Canadians have a better understanding of the virus, as well as what precautions they need to take to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

While COVID-19 case numbers change each day, here’s what we know about exactly how many Canadians have been affected by the virus – from the beginning of the pandemic up until today, September 3rd, 2020.

In total, and as of today’s date, 129,923 Canadians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the first presumptive case was announced back on January 25th, 2020. Canada also recorded its first death related to COVID-19 on March 9th – a man in his 80s, from British Columbia. Since then, our British Columbia has recorded 209 deaths; 242 in Alberta, 24 in Saskatchewan, 14 in Manitoba, 2,812 in Ontario, 5,764 in Quebec, 3 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 0 in Prince Edward Island, 65 in Nova Scotia, 2 in New Brunswick, and 0 in the Yukon as well as the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Since September 3rd, Canada has also seen a total of 115,050 individuals fully recover from COVID-19 (although some have reported experiencing long-term effects as a result of the virus.) That being said, even just one case of COVID-19 is one too many; and, as we’re once again seeing an increase in numbers in various Provinces, this serves as a reminder that we need to go back to bases and remembered what worked in flattening our curve here in B.C. back in April – especially as we prepare for the fall (kids being back in school, the upcoming cold and flu season, etc.)