Covid Comparison – Where you live matters

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A picture of the current COVID situation in Canada (Screenshot of University of Toronto Dashboard )

Canadian residents have a greater chance of being affected by COVID-19 based on where they live.

Written By: Zachary Balough

Coronavirus cases affect regions differently by geography, not one province will see the same number of cases as there are different factors involved.

Canada has reached over 700,000 cases of Coronavirus, according to the Canadian government website. The Country has exceeded 20,000 deaths and there has been more than 710,000 people who have recovered.

Ontario has the highest case count, while Quebec has the second highest count. Yukon and Northwest Territories are seeing the fewest amount of cases in the country.

The government website said that Ontario has more than 30,000 cases in a span of 13 days. Some other concerns that the Provincial Government is facing are the new variants of the Coronavirus, these can drive up the number of cases already reported.

One critical role of the Coronavirus in Canada is geography. Canadian Geographic reports that for a nation the size of Canada, breaking down the numbers into more local areas are necessary.

Provincial maps are an improvement, but there is even more granular information available. The numbers of confirmed cases are being collected by provincially managed regional health authorities.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg Professor and Canada Research Chair at Queen’s University said that certain locations will see a higher impact than others, due to their proximity to the border.

“One of the challenges that Windsor has that, most other communities in Ontario do not have is, proximity to the border,” said Rosenberg. “Windsor is probably the most, or one of the most, if not the most important route for transport between Canada and the United States, “If they get exposed, say in the United States where the rates are much higher, they’re bringing them into the Windsor community in a way that in the rest of the province, does not have that feel.”
This would also be true of cities like Sault Ste. Marie.

The Government of Saskatchewan website displays a map of the province that is divided into different districts to measure each case in different districts. The province of Saskatchewan reported that there are 23,626 cases and only 206 of those infected are in the Hospital.

Dr. Saqib Shahab Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer said that the number of cases is on the decline.

“We are seeing a decline in case numbers and all indicators are moving in the right direction,” said Shabab.

Shabab also said that the daily case numbers have gone down from 24 per 100,000 to 20 active cases, a decline from 329 to 266.

The Centers for Disease Control website reports that the three important ways to prevent yourself from getting COVID-19. Wear a mask, practising social distancing by staying two meters away from others and washing your hands frequently. Other ways to prevent yourself from getting sick is to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

– Zachary is a second year journalism intern writing for SaultOnline.com from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario.