VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s top doctor is weighing-in on the dark side of being the public face of the province’s COVID-19 response, saying comments wishing harm upon her are “not acceptable” and have an impact on her loved ones.
In a recent livestream, Metro Vancouver conspiracy theorists made hateful and violent comments about Dr. Bonnie Henry, suggesting “She needs to be hanging by the nooses” and “Some lead between the eyes would be good for her.”
Asked about how she deals with such outrageous comments because of her position, Henry said she understands that when some people are in crisis, they lash out.
“That is a reaction that is sometimes fed by certain groups, by certain media — social media posts, etc. It’s not to condone it. But it’s to recognize that … the psychology of what we’re dealing with leads some people to react that way. And I do believe that it is our collective support for each other that helps mitigate the impacts of these things,” Henry said.
But she points out that doesn’t make it okay.
“It really is not acceptable and what I find most disturbing is how it impacts the people I work with and my family and my close contacts and their concerns,” she said.
In September, Henry said she had received death threats and had to have security at her home.
She says she does have a security system and admits her counterparts across the country are dealing with similar comments.
Health minister condemns ‘disgraceful’ comments
Health Minister Adrian Dix says we live in a democratic society and it’s “absolutely legitimate” to disagree, about even the pandemic.
“But some of the disagreement is totally unacceptable,” he said. “Dr. Bonnie Henry is an extraordinary leader. And that doesn’t mean she’s right all the time, certainly doesn’t mean I’m right all the time. Doesn’t mean the government’s right all the time … or the federal government, World Health Organization, or anyone else.
“The kind of personal attacks … are just completely unacceptable,” he said, adding Henry cares about all people in regard to the pandemic.
“Regardless of the criticism, she continues to show compassion for everybody — every single person — and regardless of one’s view of what we’re doing from a day to day basis, that is worthy of respect for an extraordinary human being in our province,” he said.
Dix believes we we need a higher level of debate, and that people can disagree with health policy or actions without suggesting they be harmed.
“There are unacceptable comments … disgraceful comments, and I condemn them utterly,” he said.
He says everyone involved on the front lines and in government are dedicated to getting people through the pandemic and saving lives.
“All of our medical health officers, our deputy ministers, our healthcare workers, are giving everything they have — not five days a week, but seven days a week — to this pandemic and have since began for us, which was more than a year ago in January of 2020,” Dix said.
-With files from Kelvin Gawley
B.C. reports 342 new COVID cases, half of which are in Interior Health – Vernon Morning Star
The province is reporting 342 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday (Aug. 4), a number not seen since May.
Of the new cases, 66 are in Fraser Health, 57 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 171 are in Interior Health, 13 are in Northern Health, 32 are in Island Health and three new cases are in people who typically reside outside of Canada.
There are 1,764 active cases, of which 945 are in Interior Health. There are 55 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in intensive care or ICU.
Vaccination rates for people ages 12 and older have reached 81.5 per cent for first doses and 67.9 for second doses. There have been 6,931,815 doses of COVID vaccines administered so far.
There are five long-term care facilities currently experiencing COVID outbreaks: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health), Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care Centre (Interior Health).
According to the province, 78 per cent of cases are in people who are unvaccinated, while 18 per cent are in people who have had just one dose.
B.C. reports 342 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours, with half in Interior Health – Kamloops This Week
After days of reporting elevated case counts near 200 new per day, B.C. reported 342 new cases over the past 24 hours on Wednesday.
After a dramatic decline in cases from April to July, which the provincial government attributed to vaccinations taking hold in the province, cases have once again started spiking upwards, and the Interior Health region is leading the way.
On Wednesday, Interior Health accounted for 171 of the 342 new cases, continuing the trend of making up approximately half of all new cases in the province.
But daily case data from the BC Centre for Disease Control also shows other regions beginning to increase, including Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.
Interior Health now has nearly 1,000 active cases.
By the numbers, Fraser Health has 388 active cases, Vancouver Coastal Health has 258, Northern Health has 52, Island Health has 109, 12 are non-residents of Canada and Interior Health has 945.
As to where cases are emerging in Interior Health, weekly case data won’t be released until later on Wednesday. Previous weeks showed cases emerging in the Central Okanagan, where an outbreak was declared by Interior Health on July 28. That outbreak only affected the Central Okanagan local health area, but other local health areas also saw modest increases in cases.
Hospitalizations and deaths, however, remain low. No deaths were reported on Wednesday and only about a dozen deaths have been reported since the beginning of July.
As of Wednesday, B.C. had 55 people in hospital and 23 of those patients in ICUs.
With vaccinations continuing, B.C. has now put two doses in 67.9 per cent of everyone eligible to receive the vaccine in this province.
The province’s one-dose rate as of Wednesday is 81.5 per cent for everyone age 12 and older.
COVID-19 outbreaks in two Kelowna area care homes announced as case numbers rise | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source – iNFOnews
New case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise across B.C., with Interior Health yet again showing the most growth.
It seems that the disease may have spread beyond the 20 to 40 age group, as well, with two new outbreaks in area care homes being reported.
Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna and Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna are listed among the province’s long-term care facilities where there’s an outbreak. Brookhaven has eight cases: four residents and four staff. Cottonwoods Care Centre long-term care has three resident cases.
In the last 24 hours there have been 342 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, for a total of 150,973 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic. Of these new cases, 171 were in Interior Health.
It now has 945 of the 1,764 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of the active cases, 55 people are in hospital and 23 are in intensive care.
Fraser Health is reporting 66 new cases, for a total active caseload of 388, Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting 57 new cases for a total of 258 active cases, Northern Health had 13 new cases raising the active cases to 52 and Island Health had 32 new cases raising its active caseload to 109.
In the past 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,772.
Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,931,815 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 81.5% (3,777,588) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.9% (3,146,669) have received their second dose.
In addition, 82.4% (3,564,533) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 70.1% (3,033,200) have received their second dose.
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