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Demographic Profile of COVID-19 Cases, Fatalities, Hospitalizations and Recoveries Across Canadian Provinces

Simona Bignami- Van Assche and Ari Van Assche

CIRANO Working Papers from CIRANO

Abstract: In Canada, provincial governments are responsible for COVID-19 epidemic surveillance. They maintain and disseminate the counts of cases, deaths, recoveries and hospitalizations related to the disease, which are used to trace the evolution of the pandemic nationwide. Information on the demographic characteristics of patients infected with COVID-19 is also gathered but varies across provinces due to the lack of national guidelines for data collection. In this paper, we exploit all available data sources at the provincial and national level, and we provide the first comprehensive assessment of the demographic profile of COVID-19 cases, fatalities, hospitalizations and recoveries at the sub-national level in Canada. Au Canada, les gouvernements provinciaux sont responsables de la surveillance épidémiologique pour la COVID-19. Ils ramassent et diffusent toute information sur le nombre de cas, de décès, de guérisons et d'hospitalisations liés à la maladie, ce qui permette de retracer l'évolution de la pandémie à l'échelle nationale. Des informations sur les caractéristiques des patients infectés par COVID-19 sont également collectées, mais elles varient selon les provinces en raison de l'absence de directives nationales. Dans cet article, nous exploitons toutes les sources de données disponibles aux niveaux provincial et national, et nous faisons la première évaluation au niveau sous-national du profil démographique des cas positifs de la COVID-19, des décès, des hospitalisations et des guérisons.

Date: 2020-06-02
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