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National Nursing Week, more than 1.1 million Canadians tested: Dr. Tam

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As of Monday morning, COVID-19 has infected just less than 70,000 Canadians resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths. As the number of cases increases so does the country’s recoveries, totalling 32,400 Canadians or about 47 per cent of Canada’s caseload.

Canada’s top doctor says labs across Canada have tested more than 1.1 million people for COVID-19 with about six per cent testing positive. Dr. Theresa Tam says the past week saw an average of 26,000 Canadians tested daily.

Tam marked the beginning of National Nursing Week acknowledging the exceptional services provided by nurses nation-wide. She says their impact goes far beyond health services, from education to the development of standards and guidelines and the delivery of public health programs like vaccinations and infection prevention control.

Tam invited Canadians to join in a universal thank you to healthcare heroes nation-wide Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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“Shine a light in a window for all nurses on Tuesday night to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who revolutionized the field of nursing by implementing hand-washing and hygiene practices that saved countless lives by preventing the spread of life-threatening infections.”

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