Dr Tam to hold briefing on new COVID-19 modeling – .

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Dr Tam to hold briefing on new COVID-19 modeling – .


OTTAWA – Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam will present an updated national portrait on the trajectory of the fourth wave of COVID-19 at a briefing next week, marking a change plan for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

There have been no briefings on the pandemic or PHAC’s vaccine deployment since the election was called, despite exceptions in the “stewards” agreement that allow federal officials to communicate with Canadians on matters that are in the interest of public health and safety.

Tam indicated his intention to provide the latest modeling update “at a briefing” in the latest COVID-19 statement released by PHAC on Friday.

Earlier this week, amid questions about the absence of what had been routine press conferences throughout the pandemic, the agency told CTV News it “continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 activity ”, but planned to share any new COVID-19 information, including monthly modeling, through written statements sent out weekly.

It would have been the first time that COVID-19 case projections have been released without a briefing or the ability to answer journalists’ questions since the early days of the pandemic.

Spokesman Mark Johnson said in a statement at the time that “as the situation warrants” the agency “will not hesitate to provide further communication”.

The last modeling briefing took place on July 30 and warned that Canada was heading for a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, with the severity of the resurgence depending on the number of people fully vaccinated. Since then, the number of cases has continued to rise and some areas have reinstated public health restrictions.

Tam’s Friday statement also says that at present, the number of daily domestic cases continues to increase “along the trajectory of high resurgence.”

The latest national seven-day average is 2,848 new cases reported daily, an increase of 29% from the previous week.

“After several weeks of increasing cases, national trends in severity began to increase, mainly involving unvaccinated people,” the statement read.

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