Some of the highest case rates were recorded in the following regions: Nisga'a, Upper Skeena, Prince Rupert, the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, Howe Sound, and some small parts of the Fraser Health Region including Surrey and Abbotsford.
The data represents cases from January 2020 to April 2021 and it also shows the number of reported COVID-19 cases in each health area.
While case counts are always changing, case rates show a more holistic representation of the volume of cases in relation to the population of a certain area
One Toronto doctor says he's noticed positive changes in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions he's seen in just the past few weeks.
Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency room doctor working in the Greater Toronto Area, told Narcity that he's witnessed "such a dramatic shift" take place, which he attributes to the current measures in place.
"There's a big difference from even two weeks ago. Two to three weeks ago, it was almost like jumping into a war zone. There was people sick everywhere, ambulances piling up. [...] I think in the first two hours of my shift at one ER, I saw 25 people who were seriously ill with COVID," said Pirzada.
"There was such a dramatic shift in the last two to three weeks. I think that's the sign of the measures working. We're still seeing people here and there, but it's starting to slow quite a bit," he continued.
However, "we can be optimistic but we shouldn't let our guard down," Pirzada warned. In fact, he suggests extending the stay-at-home order in Ontario to avoid another surge in cases. "ICUs are still filled to the gills. There's no margin for error. [...] We can celebrate but we shouldn't relax right now."
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