Dr. Theresa Tam

COVID-19 numbers continue falling across Canada as vaccinations increase

Jul 8, 2021 | 10:39am

COVID-19 numbers continue to decline in Canada. Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says total active and daily case numbers are 95% less than the peak of the 3rd wave of the pandemic, with less than 500 new cases daily. “As well, with overall lower infection rates and increasing vaccination coverage, severe illness numbers […]

Masks to be the last layer of defence lifted from COVID-19 measures according to Tam

May 14, 2021 | 1:16pm

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says this country will not be following the same guidelines as the U.S. Centre for Disease Control which has announced that Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask. Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada’s community approach to COVID-19 is more similar to the U.K. New guidelines […]

Federal vaccine shipment slowdown concerning for Sask. Premier

Jan 15, 2021 | 10:56am

Federal officials say Pfizer is reducing deliveries of their vaccine at their European facility, due to expansion work there. Procurement Minister Anita Annand says, its to be expected when the global supply chain is stretched beyond its limits. She says, despite the delay, the country remains on track to have enough approved vaccine for everyone […]

Applications being processed for new federal recovery benefit

Oct 13, 2020 | 11:16am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has been working around the clock with the provinces to get COVID-19 rapid test kits to the front line. Trudeau also says more steps are being made to safeguard seniors. “Soon, more Canadian Red Cross support will be deployed to a number of long-term care facilities,” Trudeau […]

Ottawa raising concern over COVID-19 outbreaks on Hutterite colonies in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Jul 28, 2020 | 11:30am

Canada’s chief medical health officer has updated the COVID-19 situation in the country. Federal health officials say over 8,900 people have died from COVID-19 so far, while 87% of people who have contracted the virus have recovered. Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says federal health authorities are working in conjunction with officials in […]

Tam feels Canadians should wear masks to protect others when in public

May 20, 2020 | 2:52pm

Canada’s public health experts are now fully recommending Canadians wear non-medical face masks in public when they aren’t sure they will be able to keep their distance from others. Dr. Theresa Tam said the new recommendation comes as stay-at-home orders are lifting in different provinces and more people are going outside, riding public transit, or visiting […]

Tam expects COVID-19 deaths to rise due to long-term care outbreaks

Apr 13, 2020 | 11:17am

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise even as the number of cases overall in Canada may go down. Dr. Tam says that’s because of outbreaks in long-term care facilities. She says close to half of the deaths being tracked are linked to long-term care facilities. […]

Federal public health estimates up to 22,000 deaths in Canada from COVID-19

Apr 9, 2020 | 7:44am

With strong control measures, the federal public health agency projects that 11,000 to 22,000 Canadians could die of COVID-19 in the coming months. The Public Health Agency of Canada says short-term estimates are more reliable, and it anticipates 500 to 700 deaths by the end of next week. The agency released modelling data this morning […]

Chief medical officer okays some mask use for Canadians

Apr 6, 2020 | 11:06am

Canada’s top public-health doctor says masks are a way for people who might have COVID-19 without realizing it to keep from spreading the illness. Dr. Theresa Tam says the change from previous advice is due to increasing evidence that people with the virus can spread it without knowing they’re sick. She says masks worn this […]