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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.
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December 02, 2020 – 3:28 PM

B.C. health officials reported an additional 834 cases of COVID-19 today raising the provincewide total to 34,728.

There were also 12 more deaths, while hospitalizations have risen to 337, with 79 of those being ICU cases.

The continued steep climb of cases prompted the province’s top doctor to issue a plea today, Dec. 2, to not travel, keep bubbles small and curtail sporting activities that are now clearly becoming higher risk.

“I recognize that this virus, COVID-19, is taking a toll on all of us and this pandemic has been relentless,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said. 

“After many months of restrictions on who we can see and where we can go and what we can do we are all feeling that fatigue. I know many, many people are doing all they can to make sure that we can help each other to get through this COVID-19 response. Yet, I’m asking you all to continue and to do a little bit more to do our part to slow the spread in our communities.”

This effort, she said, is important to protect those who are most at risk, particularly seniors and elders.

“We hope and expect that vaccines will be ready in the next few weeks but this virus continues to move and move quickly between us and it takes lives,” she said. “Another 12 families have been affected today. And we are continuing to see unchecked transmission in many places despite our efforts of public health teams, our contact tracing.”

The second surge, she said, is heightening the need to make careful choices and follow health protocols. Colder weather, it seems, creates an environment where it can spread very easily now and what was safe a few weeks ago is no longer safe.

“We need more than ever to stay local to stay small and avoid public settings right now where we mix with others — they are a risk for all of us,” she said.

The reasons to do so are becoming strikingly clear.

“We know that there’s many people who want to travel, who are coming here from other provinces for recreation and sport,” she said.

“We know there are sports teams in B.C. that have traveled to other provinces despite the restrictions that we’ve put in place. And we know that, for example, there’s a hockey team in the Interior that traveled to Alberta and has come back and now there are dozens of people who are infected and it has spread in the community. We need to stop right now to protect our communities and our families and our health care workers.”

This was just one of a number of teams in a similar situation she said. Dr. Henry would not identify the team or the town it came from, just that it was an old timer’s team.

“For many adults it’s a very important part of their socialization but right now it’s very risky,” she said. “This cannot happen.”

Of the new cases, 174 people are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 529 in Fraser Health, 20 in Vancouver Island health, 66 in the Interior Health region and 45 people in Northern Health.

There are now 1,941 active cases across the province, 10,201 people under active public health monitoring around the province and 24,424 people who have recovered from COVID-19.


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B.C. records 508 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths as vaccine plan released – News 1130

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Health officials in B.C. say the risk of COVID-19 transmission in long-term care and in communities remains too high to lift restrictions, as they announce nine more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

In a joint statement Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 508 more people have been contracted the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

On the heels of an announcement of how the province will proceed with immunization, Dix and Henry remind British Columbians that following guidelines and public health orders continue to be critical.

“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care,” they write.

“We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now.”

So far, 110,556 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,202 are second doses.

A new outbreak has been declared at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam, and outbreaks have been declared at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

A total of 315 people are hospitalized, 74 are in intensive care.

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Coronavirus: Dr. Bonnie outlines B.C.'s mass immunization plan | Watch News Videos Online – Globalnews.ca

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Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines the COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule and when British Columbians can expect to start receiving their doses. The province says the goal is to provide 7.4 million doses and will prioritize vaccines based on age.

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COVID-19: Fraser Health declares outbreak at B.C. jail after 20 test positive – Vancouver Sun

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Fraser Health has declared four new COVID-19 outbreaks, including at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, where 20 people in custody have tested positive.

The health authority says it is working to identify others who may have had contact with those who tested positive at the jail in Port Coquitlam.

There have been several outbreaks in prisons and jails across Canada, including at Mission Institution in the Fraser Valley, where an inmate died in April.

Fraser Health says there are also new outbreaks at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, the rehabilitation unit at Queen’s Park Care Centre in the same city, and the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre.

It says two patients tested positive for COVID-19 in a surgical unit at the hospital and the outbreak is limited to that unit.

The emergency department remains open and the health authority says other areas of the hospital are not affected by the outbreak.

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