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Coronavirus: Canada’s top doctor says country might not be testing enough

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that there are indicators the country is not testing enough people for COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization, the percentage of people who test positive out of the overall number of people tested should be maintained under 5 percent, Canada’s is now above 6.5 percent, indicating that transmission is increasing and testing should be accelerated.

Coronavirus: Postal code ‘really matters’ when it comes to public health, Tam says

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday that a person’s postal code, or where they live and whether they have housing, “really matters” when it comes to public health. She said she hoped the coronavirus pandemic would prompt governments’ to act on building rapid housing and other measures to address homelessness.

Coronavirus outbreak: Federal ministers respond after Kenney threatens to go around Health Canada

Federal Health Minister Patty Hadju and chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam responded on Tuesday to comments made by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney raising the possibility his province might circumvent Health Canada's authority. On Monday, Kenney said products approved by European or American health regulators should be available for use in Alberta even while awaiting Health Canada's approval.
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Coronavirus: Tam provides information on COVID-19 aerosol transmission

Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam responded to questions regarding aerosol transmission of the coronavirus on Friday, saying there is recognition that droplets of different sizes play a role in transmission, but how much a role smaller sized droplets or aerosols play “still remains an area of research.”
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Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau slams anti-Asian attacks, addresses call for Dr. Tam to resign

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slammed recent reports of anti-Asian violence, saying that "intolerance and racism have no place in our country." While he didn't mention names, when asked about Conservative leadership candidate and MP Derek Sloan calling for chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam to be fired, Trudeau said all Canadians expect "every politician" to respect the importance of being a welcoming country.
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Coronavirus: Tam says she’s encouraged by ‘smaller outbreaks’ in long-term care during 2nd wave

Canada’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Theresa Tam said Wednesday that while there have been a number of reports of cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities during the second wave of the virus, it's an encouraging sign has been that the outbreaks in these facilities have been “smaller” than during the first wave. She said health officials now need to target facilities where more than one outbreak has occurred.
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