A timeline of every COVID-19 case in Canada from January to March, 15

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 1,400 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and 20 deaths. This is a timeline of cases dating from Jan. 25, until March 14.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

First case in Canada

Toronto, Ontario

Date reported: Jan. 25

Updated: Feb. 20

The first case of the coronavirus in Canada involved a man in his 50s who arrived to Toronto on Jan. 22, after visiting Wuhan.

The man initially didn’t report his mild symptoms at the airport following his flight, but health authorities were contacted on Jan. 23, after his symptoms worsened at home. He was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, but has since been discharged, which has allowed him to return home to recover in self-isolation.

On Feb. 20, Canadian health officials announced that the man has fully recovered from the virus.

Second case in Ontario

Date reported: Jan. 27

Updated: Feb. 21

The wife of the man who was the first reported case of the coronavirus in Canada has also been officially diagnosed.

The Toronto woman travelled to Wuhan, China with her husband, and returned to Ontario on Jan. 22. Toronto Public Health has reached out to those who sat in a two-metre radius of the couple on their China Southern Airlines flight CZ311.

On Feb. 21, Ontario health officials announced that both the husband and wife have been cleared of COVID-19.

British Columbia reports its first case

Date reported: Jan. 28

Updated: Feb. 20

British Columbia reported the first Canadian case of the novel coronavirus outside of Ontario.

The 40-year-old man often travels to China, which included Wuhan in his most recent visit. He contacted health-care providers on Jan. 26 to let them know that he was experiencing symptoms, 24 hours after coming home to the Vancouver region. He was reportedly not symptomatic on his flight.

On Feb. 21, it was announced that the man fully recovered from the virus, according to B.C.’s health officials.

Third case in Ontario

Date reported: Jan. 31

Updated: Feb. 21

Ontario health officials have reported the province’s third coronavirus case.

The woman, who is in her 20s and studies at the University of Western Ontario, recently travelled to Wuhan, China.

She left Wuhan on Jan. 22, and started to develop symptoms on Jan. 24. She went to a local hospital, but wasn’t admitted, because she was not ill enough. Instead, she went into self-isolation at home, and hasn’t visited her university’s campus since returning from China.

The student originally tested negative for the illness through Ontario’s labs, but a federal lab in Winnipeg confirmed that she was in fact positive with the coronavirus. Ontario health officials said on Jan. 31 that she “fully recovered” in three days from her “mild” illness.

Ontario health officials announced Feb. 21, that the student has been cleared of COVID-19.

British Columbia reports second case

Date reported: Feb. 4

Updated: Feb. 29

A second case of coronavirus has been identified in the Vancouver Coastal Health region of B.C., according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

A woman in her 50s was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus after her test came back positive.

Local health officials are following up with her close family, friends and anyone she may have had contact with.

On Feb. 29, B.C. health officials confirmed that the patient has fully recovered from the virus.

British Columbia reports its third, fourth case

Date reported: Feb. 6

Updated: Feb. 29

B.C. has identified two more people who contracted the novel coronavirus. They are in relation to the case they reported Feb. 4.

“Further investigation within that household has identified that two people, who are both visitors from Hubei province, were in contact with the individual who was the case that we announced on Tuesday,” said British Columbia’s chief medical health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “These two visitors are a man and a woman in their 30s.”

B.C. health officials confirmed on Feb. 29, that both patients have fully recovered from COVID-19.

47 cases on a cruise

Date reported: Feb. 5

Updated: March. 20

A Canadian who was on the Diamond Princess cruise has died of COVID-19, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on March 20.

At least 47 Canadians, out of 256 citizens, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on the cruise ship, which held its passengers under quarantine off the coast of Yokohama, Japan until Feb. 19.

The ship was carrying 2,666 guests, along with 1,045 crew members, and was put under quarantine on Feb. 4, after a confirmed outbreak was reported.

The 47 Canadians are among at least 705 people who have tested positive for the virus.

On Feb. 20, Canada prepared a charter flight that flew out 129 passengers from Japan. Canadians who were on the cruise will be required to take part in another two-week quarantine at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ont.

Fifth case in British Columbia

Date reported: Feb. 14

Health officials have announced another case of COVID-19.

The woman is in her 30s and returned to Vancouver from a recent trip to Shanghai. She wore a mask while travelling on the returning flight, and notified health officials of her symptoms. She eventually tested positive Feb. 11, and is currently in self-isolation at home.

Sixth case in British Columbia

Date reported: Feb. 21

Health officials in British Columbia announced their sixth “presumptive” case of COVID-19.

The patient is a woman in her 30s, who is now recovering at home. Health officials were surprised to learn that she doesn’t have a recent travel history to China, but instead just returned from a trip to Iran, which only reported it’s first COVID-19 case Feb. 19.

"That could be an indicator that there's more widespread transmission. This is what we call an indicator or sentinel event," said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a news conference.

On Feb. 23, it was also reported that the woman flew on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, which is eight days before she tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said they’ve contacted those sat near her on her flight, as well as staff on the plane.

Fourth case in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 23

A woman in her 20s has been diagnosed with COVID-19, after arriving back to Canada from China on Feb. 21, according to health officials.

"In that travel to China, we know it did include some travel to Hubei province and to Wuhan in particular," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health.

After testing for the virus at North York General Hospital in Toronto, she was told to recover in self-isolation because she was doing “quite well” and her symptoms were “resolving.” The National Microbiology lab in Winnipeg has also since confirmed the initial positive test results.

Health officials are monitoring those who were in close contact to the woman, which includes a family member who picked up the individual at the airport while wearing a mask during their interaction.

Seventh case in British Columbia

Date reported: Feb. 24

A man in 40s has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Fraser Health Region in British Columbia, according to the province’s health officials. He was in close contact with another B.C. case, which was reported to be a woman in her 30s who flew to Vancouver from Iran.

The man was showing symptoms and went into self-isolation, even before the woman was officially diagnosed with the disease. Officials are now working to identify those who came in close contact with him.

"There have been a number of close contacts that have been identified by Fraser Health over the weekend and they are also in isolation now and being monitored actively every day by public heath," said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Since the B.C. Centre for Disease Control is now authorized for COVID-19 testing, the province won’t have to wait for its diagnosis to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

Fifth case in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 26

A woman in her 60s, who recently travelled to Iran, has been diagnosed with a presumptive case of COVID-19, announced the province’s top health official Feb. 26.

The woman reported herself to a Toronto hospital on Feb. 24, but has since been sent home to recover in self-isolation. Health officials are also currently monitoring those who are in close contact with the woman.

This marks Ontario’s first case that’s been linked to Iran, which has reported over 240 cases and at least 25 deaths due to the virus. In the past week, British Columbia reported two cases linked with Iran.

Sixth case in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 27

Ontario has confirmed its sixth COVID-19 case is a man in his 60s, whose wife was also diagnosed earlier this week after visiting Iran.

It marks the province’s first case of human-to-human spread.

The Ministry of Health has said that the man is currently in self-isolation at home, while Toronto Public Health continues to follow-up with people who were in close contact with him as of late.

Quebec reports first case

Date reported: Feb. 27

A woman from the Montreal region has been diagnosed with COVID-19, after returning from Iran on Feb. 24, according to Quebec public health officials.

With the presumptive case being in Quebec, it marks the spread of the novel coronavirus to a third Canadian province.

The woman had minor symptoms and decided to visit a clinic a day after returning to Montreal. Tests for COVID-19 came back positive on Feb. 27, while the province is still awaiting the results of a secondary test that’s being conducted by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, which are expected on Sunday.

"While the person was being cared for, all precautionary measures were put in place," health minister Danielle McCann said. "She did not require hospitalization, so she is currently in isolation, alone, at her home."

Seventh case in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 28

The province’s ministry of health announced that a man in his 50s, who travelled to Iran, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

He arrived to Canada on Feb. 25, and reported himself a day later to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. He was sent home the same day, to recover in self-isolation, according to the ministry.

Eighth case in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 28

A man in his 80s, who travelled to Egypt, has been confirmed to have COVID-19, according to Ontario health officials.

He arrived to Toronto on Feb. 20, and on Feb. 27, he went to Scarborough Health Network's General Hospital's emergency department. He was tested for the virus, and allowed to go home the same day to recover in self-isolation because he was feeling well.

"Throughout his travels, the man wore a mask," the Ontario Ministry of Health said in a release. "Toronto Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management."

As of Feb. 28, only one person has been confirmed to have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in Egypt, but the spread of the virus has been linked to the northern African country in another two cases in France.

Three new COVID-19 cases in Ontario

Date reported: Feb. 29

Ontario has confirmed that it has three new positive cases of COVID-19.

One of the cases involves a 34-year-old woman in York Region who returned from Iran. The other two cases include a married couple in Ajax. The wife, 51, passed on the virus to her husband, 69, after also visiting Iran.

"At this time the virus is not circulating locally," said Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health. "However, given the global circumstances, Ontario is actively working with city and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread."

The married couple reported themselves to an Ajax clinic on Feb. 28, after the wife returned to Canada on Feb. 22. They were sent to Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering hospital, where they were tested for the virus, discharged and sent home to recover in self-isolation.

The 34-year-old woman from York Region reported herself to Mackenzie Health hospital on Feb. 27, but was not admitted “due to the low severity of symptoms and the condition of the patient,” said Williams. The woman was also travelling with her toddler and husband, who’s also since been diagnosed.

They are now both in self-isolation at home, but York Region public health officials are looking for those who may have come in contact with them, either during one of their three flights or on a GO bus to Richmond Hill.

According to Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region's medical officer of health, the woman started to develop symptoms before her layover flight in Copenhagen, Denmark to Toronto Pearson International Airport, where she landed Feb. 26. At the time, she wasn’t wearing a mask.

"There has been a number of areas where exposure could potentially happen," said Kurji.

York Region public health officials are now warning that you may have been exposed if you were in any of these three locations at the same time as the 34-year-old woman.

  • The business class section of Qatar Airways flight QR 483 and QR 163 on Feb. 25.

  • The business class section of Air Canada flight AC 883, from Copenhagen to Toronto, on Feb. 26, which landed at 2:55 p.m.

  • GO Bus number 40 eastbound, specifically passengers who were on the upper deck of the bus on Feb. 26.

Eighth case in British Columbia

Date reported: Feb. 29

A woman from Tehran, Iran — who is in Canada visiting family — has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to British Columbia’s health officials.

The woman is in her 60s and is currently in self-isolation in the Vancouver Coastal Health region with a mild case of the novel coronavirus.

"Vancouver Coastal Health is actively investigating," said provincial health officer Bonnie Henry. "Close contacts have been identified and contacted by public health officials. Those who may be at risk are now in isolation for 14 days and are being actively monitored for symptoms."

Four more cases in Ontario

Date reported: March 1

The province announced four new cases of COVID-19 in people who recently travelled overseas.

One of the cases involves a man in his 40s from York Region. He travelled to Iran with his toddler and wife, who was diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 29 upon returning to Canada.

A pair of brothers who are staying in Vaughan, after visiting Iran, were also confirmed to have COVID-19.

The fourth case that was announced by Ontario health officials on March 1 involves a woman in her 70s from Newmarket, who recently visited Egypt. She’s linked to another Ontario case that was reported Feb. 28.

All four individuals are currently recovering in self-isolation at home.

Three new cases reported in Ontario

Date reported: March 2

Ontario has reported three new cases of COVID-19, each linked to people who recently travelled to either Iran or Egypt.

Two women in their 60s and 70s who returned from Egypt on Feb. 20, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as a man in his 60s who returned from Iran on Feb. 23.

All three patients are currently recovering in self-isolation at home.

"Right now, how many patients are in the hospital (in Ontario) with COVID-19? None. How many have been in the hospital with COVID-19 in Ontario? One. How may deaths have we had with COVID-19? None," said Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, as he reassured people in the province’s measures to limit the spread of the virus.

On March 2, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam also announced that people who are returning from Iran will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days to limit the spread. They’re being asked to report themselves to airport security upon arrival, as Canada continues to see a rise in the number of cases linked to Iran.

The same protocol is also in place for people returning from Hubei, China, where the coronavirus outbreak was first detected.

Ontario first to hit 20 cases

Date reported: March 3

Two additional COVID-19 cases have been reported in Ontario, as the province becomes the first to hit 20 cases in Canada.

The first of the two new cases involves a woman in her 70s in York Region, who returned from Egypt on Feb. 20. She reported herself to hospital in Richmond Hill 10 days later.

The second case is a man from Toronto who is in his 50s. He returned from Iran on Feb. 25 and visited a hospital on Feb. 29.

Both patients were released from hospital and are recovering in self-isolation at home.

British Columbia identifies four more cases

Date reported: March 3

Four cases linked to Iran have been diagnosed in British Columbia, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The first three cases involve a man in his 50s, a man in his 60s and a woman whose age has not been disclosed. The man in his 50s is from the Fraser Health Region, while the other two cases are currently in the Vancouver Coast Health Region. All three people have recently returned from trips to Iran.

The fourth case is a woman in her 30s, who contracted the virus from the province’s eighth case: a woman in her 60s who is visiting Canada from Tehran.

All four people are currently recovering in self-isolation at home. As of March 2, people who are returning from Iran are also being asked to self-isolate for 14 days, with seven of B.C.’s 12 cases being linked to the country in the Middle East.

Patient in critical condition in B.C.

Date reported: March 4

A woman in her 80s has been diagnosed with a presumptive case of COVID-19.

She is currently in critical condition at a Vancouver hospital as B.C. health officials wait for secondary tests to confirm the virus.

The woman started to develop systems a few days after returning from a trip last week, the province’s health officer, Bonnie Henry, said on March 4. She visited Hong Kong and India as part of a group tour alongside other Canadian travellers who have since returned home to various regions in Canada.

"We're looking for who else was in that group, what kind of exposures they might have had,” Henry said.

With India having around 30 cases as of March 4, Henry said “the timing of her symptom onset is much more likely to be related to Hong Kong,” which has over 100 infections.

Ontario reports two new cases

Date reported: March 5

The province has reported two more cases: a woman who travelled to Italy and a man who recently returned from Iran.

The woman is in her 50s and lives in Kitchener, Ont., and visited Grand River Hospital’s emergency department on March 3. After being diagnosed, she was sent home to recover from her mild symptoms in self-isolation.

The man is in his 60s and reported himself to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Feb. 29. He’s also in self-isolation at home.

Quebec announces its second case

Date reported: March 5

A man in Quebec is the latest case of COVID-19 after returning from a trip in Iran, according to the province’s health officials.

The person visited a hospital in Mont-Laurier, Que., after showing symptoms of the virus, but he was taken to the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal on March 4. It’s one of the four centres in Quebec that’s designated to deal with COVID-19.

British Columbia reports eight more cases

Date reported: March 5

Eight more people have been diagnosed with a presumptive case of COVID-19, announced British Columbia’s health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

One of the cases involves a woman in her 50s living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. She doesn’t have any recent travel history, which could mark Canada’s first case of community transmission.

Health officials are now investigating how she contracted the disease, since she also hasn’t had any contact with other COVID-19 patients or people who are returning from places where the virus has gained traction.

Four of the eight cases that were identified are also in relation to the same household of another patient, who was diagnosed last week. They’re all part of the Fraser Health region.

Two other cases involve a couple who are in their 50s and 60s, and recently returned from Iran.

The last patient is in the Fraser Health region, and is visiting B.C. from Seattle, Wash. The U.S. state has reported at least 70 cases, including the country’s first death due to the virus.

Alberta identifies its first case

Date reported: March 5

A presumptive case of COVID-19 has been announced by Alberta’s provincial government, which marks the province’s first diagnosis.

The patient is a woman in her 50s living in the Calgary area, who works at ATB Financial, which is Alberta’s Crown-owned bank. ATB has closed two of its Calgary branches as a precaution.

The woman was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which has since been quarantined off the coast of California. She returned to Alberta on Feb. 21, and went into self-isolation Feb. 28, according to Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health. 

Secondary tests to confirm the virus are being done at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, while the patient recovers in self-isolation at home.

Quebec reports a third case

Date reported: March 6

A third case of COVID-19 has been reported in Quebec, in a person who travelled to France and returned to Canada on March 3.

The person was tested in the Montérégie region, near Montreal.

Six new cases in Ontario

Date reported: March 6

Health officials have announced six new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, brining the province’s count to 28 diagnoses.

Two of the cases are people from Toronto, including a man in his 50s who recently returned from Iran, and another man in his 40s who had just visited Las Vegas. The latter individual used public transit between March 2 and March 4, before being tested, according to Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's top public-health doctor. Full details on when and where he used the TTC between those three days can be found here.

Peel Region identified the two other cases in a couple from Mississauga, Ont., who had recently been on a cruise off the coast of San Francisco, which had travelled to Mexico between Feb. 11 to 21. They returned to Canada on Feb. 28.

Peel Public Health are now asking people who were on West Jet flight 1199, specifically rows 18-22, to self-isolate.

A man in his 20s, who returned from Italy on Mach 3, has also been diagnosed after visiting Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency department in Toronto. The last case involves a 64-year-old woman in Richmond Hill, who returned from Iran on March 2.

All six are currently recovering in self-isolation at home.

One more case in Alberta

Date reported: March 6

A man in his 40s who lives in Edmonton has been reported to have a presumptive case of COVID-19, according to Alberta health officials.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said the man has recently travelled on business to Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, and returned to Alberta Feb. 28.

The man is currently in self-isolation at home, as secondary tests to confirm the virus are being done at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

B.C. announces another half-dozen cases

Date reported: March 7

Six presumptive cases have been identified in British Columbia, according to the province’s chief medical health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. It brings the total number of cases in B.C. to 27, as of March 7.

According to Global News, two of the cases involve people who live at the Lynn Valley Care Centre.

In connection with the care centre, health officials also provided an update on a case reported March 5, in a woman who is believed to be the first case of community spread in Canada. On March 7, officials said that she’s a health care worker at the centre.

Two of the other six cases involve people who recently travelled to Iran.

Another pair of cases were also identified in people who were on the Grand Princess cruise that’s currently docked off the coast of San Francisco. There are still over 230 Canadians on the cruise.

Two cases reported in Alberta

Date reported: March 8

After reporting its first case earlier this week, Alberta’s COVID-19 count has risen to four.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19.

The first case involves a man in his 60s from the Edmonton zone. Before returning to Alberta on Feb. 21, he was onboard the Grand Princess cruise, which is currently quarantined and docked off the coast of California.

The second case is a woman in her 30s from the Calgary zone. She is a close contact to another person in Alberta who had recently travelled in Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands. The individual has been tested, but their results have not been announced.

Ontario reports one case

Date reported: March 8

A woman in her 40s, who recently returned from the United States, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

The woman returned from Colorado on March 2, and visited Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s emergency department. She was discharged following her diagnosis, and sent home to recover in self-isolation.

Quebec identifies its fourth case

Date reported: March 8

Another case of the novel coronavirus has been announced by Quebec's health department.

The new case involves a person in the Montérégie region, southeast of Montreal, who had recently returned from a cruise.

The person used public transportation in Montreal between Feb. 24 and March 6. For full details on their travel history, you can click here.

Ontario reports three cases

Date reported: March 8

Provincial health officials announced three additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Ontario’s total to 32 as of March 8.

One of the cases includes a woman in her 60s who returned from France on March 2, and visited a hospital on March 7. A man in his 60s was also diagnosed, after returning from Washington, D.C. on March 3.

The third case was announced by Peel Public Health, involving a man in his 50s who recently returned from Germany. He was treated at Brampton Civic Hospital.

All three people are currently recovering in self-isolation at home.

Alberta reports three more cases

Date reported: March 9

Three additional cases have been reported in Alberta, which raises the province’s count to seven total diagnoses as of March 9.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said the first patient is a woman in her 70s, who lives in the Edmonton zone. She is a close contact to a man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 8. They were both on the Grand Princess cruise, which is currently quarantined off the coast of California because of the virus, before returning to Canada on Feb. 21.

The second case is a man in his 30s from the Calgary zone. He is a close contact of another woman whose diagnosis was announced on March 8. They travelled together to Turkey, Ukraine and the Netherlands, before returning to Canada on March 2.

Alberta’s third case of the day is a woman in her 50s from the Calgary zone. She was also on a cruise, the MS Braemar, between Feb. 11 to March 4.

All three patients reportedly started to develop symptoms when they returned to Canada.

Ontario announces two cases

Date reported: March 9

Ontario public health officials have announced two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s count to 34. 

One of the patients is a man in his 80s and the other is a woman in her 70s. They both recently travelled to Iran. 

Following their travels, they both visited North York General Hospital, where they were diagnosed. They are now recovering in self-isolation.

British Columbia announces five new cases

Date reported: March 9

The province’s health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced five additional cases of COVID-19, bringing British Columbia’s total to 32. 

Two residents at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver have been diagnosed with the virus. COVID-19 was originally detected at the care home, when a health care worker was reported to have the virus on March 5. The staff member is believed to be the first case of community spread, because she has no recent travel history or close relationship with anyone who has recently been to a highly infected COVID-19 zone.

A person at the care centre has also since died of the virus, which B.C. health officials reported March 9, as Canada marked its first fatality due to the virus.

Another health care worker at the centre has also tested positive for the virus. The woman in her 40s, who lives in Fraser Health Region, is currently in self-isolation at home. 

Two other cases, this time relating to international travel have also been reported. One of them involves a woman in her 50s, who recently returned from Iran. The other patient is a man in his 30s, who visited Italy. Both are in self-isolation at home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Quebec hits five total cases

Date reported: March 9

The same day that Quebec opened its first specialized COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, the province also announced a fifth case.

According to CTV News, the person recently travelled in the United States and England, but is now recovering in self-isolation at home.

Secondary tests have been sent to Winnipeg’s national lab, but Quebec’s health officials said on March 9 that they’ll be able to confirm the diagnoses themselves moving forward.

Canada reports first COVID-19 death

Date reported: March 9

A person in British Columbia has died on March 8, after contracting COVID-19, according to the province’s health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

It marks Canada’s first fatality due to the virus. The individual was a resident of Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, and was one of two people at the long-term care home diagnosed with the virus on March 7.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones and also of course to the staff that provided him care,” Henry said.

"He was a man in his 80s and he had a number of underlying health conditions, unfortunately, so (he was) in that risk group for people who are more likely to have severe disease with this."

The man was diagnosed with COVID-19, after a health care worker at the centre was initially infected with the disease on March 5.

Officials believe the health care worker to be Canada’s first case of community spread, because of her lack of travel history or close relationship with anyone who has recently been to a highly infected COVID-19 zone.

Ongoing testing and monitoring of the long-term health care centre are currently underway.

Ontario diagnosis its 35th case

Date reported: March 9

Provincial health authorities announced that a woman in her 30s has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to Ontario’s website, the woman visited Brampton Civic Hospital, and is believed to have contracted the disease through close-contact with another patient.

Ontario reports Canada’s 80th and 81st case

Date reported: March 10

A man in his 40s has been diagnosed with COVID-19, after recently travelling in Switzerland, according to Ontario health officials.

The man, who’s part of Toronto Public Health’s unit, reported himself to St. Joseph’s Health Centre. He is currently in self-isolation.

Another man in his 50s from Sudbury, Ont., was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus after attending the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto on March 2 and 3. The patient is currently in self-isolation, while an investigation continues.

British Columbia announces seven more cases

Date reported: March 10

British Columbia has identified seven new presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 39.

The seven patients include two health-care workers at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where Canada’s first fatality due to the virus was reported on March 9.

Another two cases appear to have been contracted through community contact, meaning that the people have no recent travel history or close contact with someone who’s recently been to a highly infected COVID-19 zone. The two patients include two men, one in his 90s and the other in his 40s, who live in the Fraser Health region.

The other three are travel-related, which includes a woman in her 60s who was on a recent tour in Egypt, a man in his 40s who returned recently from Germany, and a man in his 90s who was on the Grand Princess cruise in February.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. will now ask anyone returning from Italy to self-isolate for two weeks, given the coronavirus outbreak. She had the same request for people returning from Iran and China’s Hubei province.

Alberta doubles its amount of cases

Date reported: March 10

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said there are seven more cases of COVID-19, which makes a total of 14 confirmed cases in Alberta. All cases are travel-related.

Three patients, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 60s, and a woman in her 30s were all from the Edmonton area. The remaining new cases are all from or near Calgary, including a man in his 50s, two women in their 30s and a woman in her 40s.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on March 10 that the risk to Albertans travelling outside of the country is increasing.

Alberta health officials mentioned that the patients have a wide range of travel history, which includes recent trips to France, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Germany and the United States. One was also a passenger on the MS Braemar of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in the Caribbean.

Two more cases reported in Quebec

Date reported: March 10

Two patients in Montreal have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total to seven confirmed cases in Quebec.

One of the patients recently returned from the Caribbean and Miami and is now being treated at the Jewish General Hospital. The second patient recently returned from the Dominican Republic, and is now in self-isolation.

Five new cases in Ontario

Date reported: March 11

Provincial health officials have announced five new cases of COVID-19, to go along with a $100-million contingency fund in order to deal with the global pandemic in the province.

A case of the novel coronavirus has been reported in Ottawa, involving a man in his 40s who contracted the virus while travelling in Austria. He is currently self-isolating.

A Hamilton Health Sciences radiation oncologist, in her 30s, has also tested positive after returning from a personal trip to Hawaii. 

Two other cases in Ontario include a woman in her 30s who reported to Mackenzie Health in York Region, who had travelled to Egypt, and a man in his 30s who presented himself at Toronto Western Hospital with travel history to the U.S.

A woman in her 40s is the 42nd case in Ontario. She is part of the Toronto Public Health unit, and was diagnosed at St. John’s Health Centre. She is currently in self-isolation, and health officials have reported that she has a recent travel history to the US.

Five additional cases in Alberta

Date reported: March 11

Update: March 20

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed there are five new cases of COVID-19. All are travel-related.

An Edmonton man in his 30s started experiencing symptoms a number of days after returning to Canada. He is now self-isolating. The other confirmed cases involve a man in his 20s, two women in their 30s from the Calgary area, and a woman in her 30s from the Central zone of the province.

The five new cases involve people who travelled recently to Iran, Spain, Egypt, Mexico and the United States.

On March 20, it was confirmed by CBC that the man in his 30s from Edmonton, is a doctor who travelled to Seattle, one of the U.S. epicentres of the COVID-19 outbreak. The rheumatologist saw patients in early March and had elective surgery at a hospital three days before he tested positive for COVID-19.

Alberta Health did not inform patients, who had visited the doctor, that he had contracted the disease.

"If we contacted everyone that people were involved with, before they even had symptoms, that would be a huge use of our resources in public health and we would alarm people unnecessarily if they're not at risk," said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, in an interview with CBC. "And it also diverts resources away from the important task of contacting those who are at risk of exposure."

Hinshaw said Alberta followed national guidelines, and also consulted with an infectious disease specialist, who agreed with their decision to not notify the patients. Guidelines include assessing who is deemed to be at risk, when the risk of exposure starts, as well as what the risk of exposure and transmission are.

None of the patients have tested positive so far for the virus, but Hinshaw does not know how many people in fact visited the rheumatologist.

First case in New Brunswick

Date reported: March 11

Chief Medical officer Jennifer Russell confirmed the first case of COVID-19 detected in New Brunswick.

The woman, aged between 50-60 years old, recently travelled to France. She's now in isolation.

Seven more cases in British Columbia

Date reported: March 11

British Columbia has detected seven additional cases, bringing their province’s total case count to 46.

Two more health-care workers at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver have tested positive, which includes a man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s. They are both in self-isolation.

A man in his 70s and another man in his 60s, who were part of the same group returning from travels in Egypt, have tested positive for COVID-19. An Egyptian man in his 70s visiting the province has also tested positive. His family members are in isolation.

The two other cases are from community transmission involving a woman in 60s, who is in hospital in a stable condition, and a man in 60s who is in self-isolation.

Two cases in Quebec

Date reported: March 11

A pair of individuals in Quebec have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to provincial health officials.

One of the cases involves a woman who travelled in France. She visited a hospital in the Quebec’s Mauricie region, before being sent home to recover in self-isolation.

The province’s ninth case involves a woman who travelled in Italy. She is also in self-isolation at home after presenting herself to a hospital in the Estrie region.

Person diagnosed at CFB Trenton

Date reported: March 11

A person who was repatriated from the Grand Princess cruise ship has tested positive for the virus after arriving to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont. on March 9.

The cruise was docked and quarantined off the coast of California after some passengers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Canada repatriated 228 of the 237 Canadians that were stuck on the cruise, because they didn’t show signs of illness.

The individual reportedly developed mild symptoms during his flight from Oakland, but is now in isolation at CFB Trenton, where all 228 passengers are undergoing a 14-day quarantine.

Alberta hits 20 cases, Canada sees first case in a child

Date reported: March 12

A child in Calgary has been infected with COVID-19, which marks Alberta’s 20th case.

The patient is also the first child to be diagnosed with the virus in Canada.

The child is part of the Pump-Kin Patch Child Care Centre in Calgary, but has not been at the daycare since March 6.

The centre will be closed until March 23, while the families of the children who visit the centre are being asked to self-quarantine until March 20.

Quebec diagnosis eight new cases

Date reported: March 12

Four more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Quebec, bringing the province’s total number of cases to 17.

All eight patients have recently returned from trips outside of Canada. The province has not disclosed any information about their age or which area they reside.

Manitoba reports its first case

Date reported: March 12

COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Manitoba, marking the province’s first case.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said the case involves a woman in her 40s who recently travelled to the Philippines. She is currently in self-isolated at home.

Health officials are warning that people who were on the same flights as the individual on March 7 and March 8 may have been exposed to COVID-19. For full details on the flights, which includes destinations in the Philippines, South Korea, Vancouver and eventually Winnipeg, you can click here.

Saskatchewan reports its first presumptive COVID-19 diagnosis

Date reported: March 12

A 60-year-old man from Saskatoon has been diagnosed with a presumptive case of the novel coronavirus, according to the province’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab.

If confirmed, it marks Saskatchewan’s first case of COVID-19.

The man recently travelled to Egypt, and was tested for the virus on March 9. He is currently in self-isolation, while secondary tests are being done at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg to confirm the initial diagnosis.

Ontario reports 17 more cases

Date reported: March 12

Ontario’s total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 59, after health officials announced 17 more cases.

One of the cases involves a baby boy under the age of one, who was taken to Toronto’s North York General Hospital. Officials believe he contracted the disease through close contact.

The oldest person, among the 17 cases, is a man in his 70s who reported himself to Mississauga Hospital after recently travelling to the U.S.

Along with the baby, three other patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 because of close contact to another patient.

The 13 other patients part of the group of 17, which includes the man in his 70s, have recent travel histories to places such as Puerto Rico, Italy, the U.S. and Spain, while one patient said they travelled to Europe in general.

Each of the 17 patients are currently in self-isolation, after visiting hospitals in Toronto, Halton Region, Peel Region, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Ottawa, and Barrie, according to Global News.

Seven COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Date reported: March 12

British Columbia’s total number of diagnoses has risen to 53, after provincial health officials announced seven more cases while also now discouraging “all non-essential travel” outside of Canada.

Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified at a care home in West Vancouver. One of the patients is a man in his 90s, who is a resident at Hollyburn House. He is currently in isolation after receiving treatment.

The other case involves an employee of the care centre, who is in their 40s and is currently in self-isolation at home.

Another case has been identified in a staffer at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where a resident became Canada’s first fatality due to the virus on March 8.

Three additional cases are travel related, in a man in his 40s who travelled in the United Kingdom. The other two involve a couple in their 40s, who were on a tour in Egypt.

The final case is a man in his 50s. Health officials are still working to understand how he contracted the disease.

Two more cases in Manitoba

Date reported: March 12

Provincial health officials have identified two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Manitoba’s count to three.

The cases involve two men in their 30s, who both live in the Winnipeg Regional Health era, and have recently travelled. It’s unclear which destinations they visited.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau diagnosed with COVID-19

Date reported: March 12

Update: March 28

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, has recovered from her COVID-19 diagnosis.

“The good news is I have a clear bill of health now,” Grégoire Trudeau said in an Instagram video. “So I’m super happy. So it’s all good.”

On March 12, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement that Grégoire Trudeau had recently begun “exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night” after coming home from a We Day speaking engagement in the U.K.

The couple’s 11-year-old daughter Ella-Grace also accompanied her mother and grandmother to the event. A Canadian government official said the three Trudeau children stayed home Thursday but did not clarify if they were following any isolation procedures.

The Prime Minister is in good health and will not be tested as he is not exhibiting any symptoms. He will be isolated for a planned period of 14 days and will work from home.

Ontario reports 19 new cases

Date reported: March 13

Ontario has raised its total count of COVID-19 diagnoses to 79, after announcing another 19 cases. It marks the biggest rise in daily reported cases in a single Canadian province.

Of the patients, everyone is in self-isolation, except for a man in his 80s from Niagara who is currently in hospital. At this point, it’s unclear how he contracted the virus.

One of the patients is a woman in her 40s from Ottawa, who recently travelled to England. The personal information matches that of Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 late March 12.

The other 17 cases involve people between the ages of 20 and 70. They are in Public Health units such as in York, Peel, Toronto and Waterloo. Their travel histories include destinations such as the U.S. and Egypt. There are at least five people who are believed to have contracted the disease through close contact.

British Columbia announces 11 more cases

Date reported: March 13

B.C. has detected 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 64, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

All of the 11 new cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in administrative workers at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. All three individuals are currently recovering in self-isolation at home.

Health authorities have confirmed that the three staff members did not work in the hospital’s clinical areas, but an investigation is ongoing to understand how they contracted the disease.

Five of the new cases are related to travel to areas such as Iran, Egypt, Mexico and the Philippines. Another case has been linked to Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where Canada’s first fatality and sign of community spread was reported.

More information on the remaining two cases has not been made available.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the province is also banning gatherings of more than 250 people.

Alberta diagnosis six new cases

Date reported: March 13

Premier Jason Kenney has announced six additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Alberta’s case total to 29.

One of the cases involves a man from the Edmonton zone, who attended a conference recently in Vancouver. He is reportedly not the only positive case that’s been linked to the conference. Upon returning to Alberta, the man visited multiple dental offices, but all people who may been been exposed to the disease have been contacted for testing.

The remaining five cases are in the Calgary zone. One of them includes a traveller who was recently in Florida. The remaining four are believed to have contracted the virus from a previous Alberta case, since they share the same household.

Manitoba identifies another case

Date reported: March 13

A fourth person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Manitoba, according to provincial health authorities.

The man is in his 40s, and appears to have been exposed to COVID-19 during a recent trip to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan.

Saskatchewan reports second case

Date reported: March 13

A second presumptive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Saskatchewan, according to health officials.

The case involves a person in their 60s, who recently returned to the province after a trip in Oregon State in the U.S. The test was conducted on March 10 in Saskatoon, but secondary results are being awaited by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

Second case at CFB Trenton

Date reported: March 13

A second case of COVID-19 has been reported at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Trenton, Ont., where Canadians are being held as part of a 14-day quarantine, according to Global News.

The individual is among the group of 228 Canadians who were repatriated on March 9, from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined and docked off the coast of California after at least 20 passengers were diagnosed with COVID-19.

The individual started to exhibit symptoms after landing in Trenton. Passengers on the plane back to Canada were not allowed to board if they showed symptoms prior to departure.

Public health officials have not provided more information on the individual, other than that they are currently experiencing mild symptoms.

New case in New Brunswick

Date reported: March 14

A second presumptive case of COVID-19 has been identified in New Brunswick, according to health officials.

The new case involves a man between the ages of 50-60, who lives in the southeastern part of the province. He is a close contact of New Brunswick’s first confirmed case, who recently travelled to France.

Both patients are currently in self-isolation at home with mild to moderate symptoms.

Four new cases in Quebec

Date reported: March 14

Quebec’s case count has risen to 21 after health officials diagnosed four more people in the province.

It’s unclear at the moment whether the patients recently travelled outside of the country.

According to Quebec’s public health ministry website, two of the new cases are from the Montérégie region, one is from the Lanaudière region and one is from Montreal.

Ontario reports 22 new cases

Date reported: March 14

Ontario has raised its total count of COVID-19 diagnoses to 101, after announcing another 22 cases.

It’s the third day in a row Ontario has led all provinces in daily new cases.

A lot of information about the patients is still pending, but cases have been reported in Public Health units in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel, Waterloo, Durham, Hamilton, London, Halton, Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge District.

The patients’ travel histories include destinations like the U.S., Egypt, Spain and Portugal. At least two have recently visited Asia, though no specific locales were mentioned.

All of the 22 patients are in self-isolation.

P.E.I. reports its first case

Date reported: March 14

A presumptive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Prince Edward Island, marking the province’s first positive test.

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, says the patient is a woman in her 50s from the Queens County area. She returned to Canada on March 7, after being on a cruise ship, and was tested on March 11.

To return home, the woman was a passenger on West Jet flight 3440 on March 7 from Toronto to Moncton, N.B. Officials are asking those on the same flight to self-isolate.

The woman, who has mild symptoms, is currently recovering at home in self-isolation.

Nine new cases in B.C.

Date reported: March 14

British Columbia now has 73 cases of COVID-19, after health officials announced that they’ve diagnosed another nine people.

The majority of the new cases are at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where 12 staff members and four residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Canada’s first fatality due to COVID-19 was a resident of the long-term care home.

One of the cases involves a person in the Interior Health area, while another is in the Fraser Health region. More specific information about the patients is not yet available.

In a press conference, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that two earlier cases, reported to be in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, are instead from Northern Health. According to Global News, it means that all five health regions in B.C. now contain at least one case of COVID-19.

Two more cases in Ontario

Date reported: March 14

After reporting 22 new cases earlier in the day, Ontario health officials have diagnosed another two patients, bringing the province’s total to 103.

One of the cases involves a person in the Northwestern Public Health unit, who was actually tested in Winnipeg’s Victoria Hospital. The individual is believed to have contracted the disease through recent travel, but other than a trip to Winnipeg, his travel history has not been made publicly available.

The second case involves a female in her 30s, who recently travelled to the U.S. She is part of the Eastern Ontario Public Health unit, and was visited the Glengarry Memorial Hospital.

Both patients are currently self-isolating.

Four new cases in Saskatchewan

Date reported: March 14

Four presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Saskatchewan, according to health officials.

One of the cases involves a health care worker in their 30s, who recently travelled to Nigeria, Germany and Alberta. They are currently recovering in northern Saskatchewan.

Two people in their 40s, who live in the same household in Regina, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in self-isolation. One of the people recently travelled to a dental conference in Vancouver.

The fourth patient is a person in their 20s, who recently travelled to Tennessee. After being tested in Regina, they are currently recovering in their home community.

CFB Trenton reports two additional cases

Date reported: March 14

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Trenton, Ont., where Canadians are being held as part of a 14-day quarantine.

The individuals are among the group of 228 Canadians who were repatriated on March 9, from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined and docked off the coast of California after at least 20 passengers were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Passengers on the plane back to Canada were not allowed to board if they showed symptoms prior to departure. Public health officials have not provided more information on the two individuals.

Quebec announces three more cases

Date reported: March 14

Three additional cases have been reported in Quebec, bringing the province’s total count to 24.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Ste-Justine children’s hospital has reported the province’s first case of a Quebec child contracting COVID-19. The child recently returned from a trip in Europe, but is now doing well in self-isolation at home.

Of the three recently announced cases, one is in the Estrie region, the other in Montérégie, while the last one’s location has not yet been provided on Quebec’s public health website.

Newfoundland and Labrador reports first case

Date reported: March 14

Newfoundland and Labrador has diagnosed its first presumptive case of COVID-19, according to Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s top public health official.

If confirmed by secondary tests at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, it would mean that the virus is now in nine Canadian provinces.

The woman was recently on a cruise ship, and is now currently self-isolating. Fitzgerald won’t provide further details, such as her whereabouts, age or specific travel history, because of privacy concerns.

Alberta reports 10 more cases

Date reported: March 14

There are now 39 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Alberta, after the province’s chief medical health officer confirmed 10 more cases.

Six of the new cases are in the Calgary area, and four in Edmonton. Among the 10, two people in their 60s are in intensive care, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw. The other eight are in self-isolation at home, and are expected to make a full recovery.

Eight of the cases are also related to either travel or to a previously confirmed case. Health officials are now "aggressively investigating" how the other two patients contracted the disease.

For cases in March 2020, please see continued timeline here.