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1001 COVID-19 cases confirmed to date in Island Health; B.C. state of emergency extended – Times Colonist

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Vancouver Island recorded its 1,000th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Tuesday as British Columbia again extended its state of emergency in response to the pandemic.

The Ministry of Public Safety says in a news release the extension until Jan. 19 will allow officials to use powers under the Emergency Program Act.

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Premier John Horgan says in the statement there’s hope with the provincial immunization program getting underway, but it’s too early to ease restrictions in the pandemic that has claimed 954 lives in B.C.

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday says there have been eight more deaths along with 428 new cases of COVID-19 across the province.

It says more than 28,000 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine so far in B.C.

Nine of the new confirmed cases were in the Island Health region, which has 122 active cases and eight people in hospital with COVID-19. There have been 1,001 confirmed cases in the region to date.

Elsewhere in B.C., the Interior Health authority reported 25 more cases linked to Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, where 136 cases have been confirmed so far.

The authority says in a news release 27 infections are active and 109 people have recovered since the cluster was identified last month.

Eighty-eight of the cases are people who live on the mountain and Interior Health has said most of the spread was related to gatherings in shared housing.

It says the risk remains low for families and individuals who stick to their so-called household bubbles and practise physical distancing while visiting.

Interior Health is also warning of increasing COVID-19 activity in the Revelstoke area with 29 new cases identified in the last two weeks.

The authority says the cumulative total in the area is now “above 85 cases” since the start of the pandemic, up from 50 in early December.

The weekly case numbers in Revelstoke are higher than many other areas of B.C. on a per capita basis, it says in a news release issued Tuesday.

Because there is no specific source for the new cases, the authority says it’s important that everyone follow public health rules and get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

Interior Health previously warned of a “community cluster” of COVID-19 in Revelstoke in late November that involved 46 cases as of Dec. 1.

In Vancouver, an outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared in the heart centre at St. Paul’s Hospital after patients tested positive.

Vancouver Coastal Health says the unit is closed to new admissions and only end-of-life visits are allowed, while the rest of the hospital remains open.

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COVID-19 outbreak over at Delta long-term care facility, says Fraser Health – Peace Arch News – Peace Arch News

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Fraser Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at a long-term care facility in Delta.

In an information bulletin Friday (Jan. 22), the health authority said the outbreak was over at Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre. The outbreak was first declared Nov. 1, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health’s weekly report on Jan. 20 for outbreaks in B.C. care homes, there were a total of 65 cases, with 26 among residents and patients and 39 among staff.

There were eight deaths, with all of them either residents or patients.

This was the second outbreak at the facility.

Meantime, Fraser Health has also declared outbreaks at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam.

At Royal Columbian, two patients have tested positive for the virus after “evidence of transmission in a surgical unit.” The outbreak is “limited to one unit,” which is temporarily closed to admissions.

The emergency department remains open.

At North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre, 20 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Fraser Health said it is working with BC Corrections and Provincial Health Services Authority infection control.



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COVID-19: Outbreaks reported at St. Paul's, Royal Columbian hospitals – Vancouver Sun

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Health officials have declared three COVID-19 outbreaks at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and one at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

Providence Health Care said the three outbreaks are in separate units at St. Paul’s Hospital, and are not considered related.

The outbreaks are in 7C General Medicine, 6B Renal, and the 5A, 5B Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care units.

Providence says only rooms 5A, 5B at the Heart Centre are not accepting new patients or transfers because of the outbreak, but all other areas of the Heart Centre are open.

St. Paul’s Hospital remains open and is receiving patients who require urgent and emergent care. At this time, there is no impact on other areas of the hospital, say health officials.

Meantime, Fraser Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Columbian Hospital Friday after evidence of transmission in a surgical unit.

Two patients at Royal Columbian Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.

Fraser Health says it has stepped up cleaning and is conducting contact tracing. The emergency department at Royal Columbian Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the hospital, according to health officials.

Fraser Health says it has notified all patients on the affected unit about the outbreak.

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COVID-19 outbreak over at Delta long-term care facility, says Fraser Health – Surrey Now-Leader – Surrey Now-Leader

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Fraser Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at a long-term care facility in Delta.

In an information bulletin Friday (Jan. 22), the health authority said the outbreak was over at Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre. The outbreak was first declared Nov. 1, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health’s weekly report on Jan. 20 for outbreaks in B.C. care homes, there were a total of 65 cases, with 26 among residents and patients and 39 among staff.

There were eight deaths, with all of them either residents or patients.

This was the second outbreak at the facility.

Meantime, Fraser Health has also declared outbreaks at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam.

At Royal Columbian, two patients have tested positive for the virus after “evidence of transmission in a surgical unit.” The outbreak is “limited to one unit,” which is temporarily closed to admissions.

The emergency department remains open.

At North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre, 20 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Fraser Health said it is working with BC Corrections and Provincial Health Services Authority infection control.



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