What irritates me most atm is the level of inconsistency and still hearing (on the radio) that masks are probably useless (but wear them anyway to make other people feel better). They are not useless sigh.
- Supermarket, some patrons wear masks, staff doesn't, nor gloves while handling everything.
- Vet clinic, wait outside on the parking lot, they come get your dog with their leash, wearing gloves and a mask, no people allowed inside.
- Golf course, staff wear masks and gloves (outside) and clean the carts after use.
- River tours, no masks, 10 per boat, everyone together in vans to be driven back.
- Chiropractor / health center, no masks or gloves (staff not patients) just some extra cleaning.
- Restaurants/bars, cramped make shift patios on the sidewalk / parking spaces, at least not inside... no masks.
New national modelling on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada shows that “hotspots” remain in Ontario and Quebec, and the percentage of younger people contracting the virus has increased in proportion to a decrease in older patients in the last month.
Federal health officials are projecting that as of July 12 the country could see between 103,940 and 108,130 cases, and between 8,545 and 8,865 deaths. To-date there are 103,818 confirmed Canadian COVID-19 cases, of which 64 per cent have recovered, while there have been 8,566 deaths.
On the right track for now, however we just went into phase 2 re-openings last Friday.
Dr. Tam said that in order for COVID-19 to “die out” in Canada, effective reproduction number (Rt) — the average number of people infected by each case—needs to remain below one, and Canada’s Rt rate has been less than one for eight weeks.
Tam also cautioned that outbreaks have also recently been linked to social gatherings, particularly in closed settings with close contacts like funerals or other family gatherings. She is advising people to limit keep the number of close contacts people have and avoid enclosed and crowded spaces.
Tam warned earlier this month, that Canada could see “explosive growth” in new cases if reopening is not done with caution. The figures showed that, if the spread prevention measures are insufficient, Canada could have another peak come October.
Testing still insufficient
Going forward she said the capacity for contact tracing and isolating new cases will need to continue to increase. Over time the testing rates and case detection have sped up, though Canada is still only testing on average of 38,000 people daily, when Tam has previously said the target is closer to 60,000.
Living in a summer tourist hot spot, we better stay extra careful. Cases went back up today, 9% increase compared to last Monday's 3 day average. The decline was only temporary :/ And while it's moving more among younger people, that also means more asymptomatic cases and cases with mild symptoms for which people might not bother to go get tested.
Wednesday is Canada day, we'll see how that goes. People have been setting off fireworks for the last couple days already, they can't wait. It's very dry outside as well, tinder box...