One day after B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry warned new restrictions could be coming due increased cases from weddings and workplaces, regional health authorities issued notifications about public exposure incidents or outbreaks related to both of those situations.
Meanwhile, new case numbers remain above the 200-case mark, active and monitored cases are still increasing, there are two new healthcare outbreaks, and new exposure events at 14 schools in the Lower Mainland.
While today’s count is lower than yesterday’s record high of 274 new cases, it is higher than the previous record of 203 new cases set a day before on October 21.
Henry and B.C. Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown announced in a joint statement that there are 223 new cases (including five epi-linked cases) today.
For yet another consecutive day, active cases rose, this time up 89 cases to 2,009 active cases.
Hospitalized cases increased by four people to 75 patients, with 24 of those patients (the same number as yesterday) in intensive care units.
The number of people public health is monitoring continues to grow—an increase of 212 people from yesterday to 4,637 people today.
Unfortunately, Fraser Health declared outbreaks at two healthcare facilities after individual staff members tested positive at these locations:
• Laurel Place (9688 137a Street) in Surrey;
• Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge (7557 Sussex Avenue) in Burnaby.
The good news is that Fraser Health has declared outbreaks at the following facilities as over:
• PICS Assisted Living;
• Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre;
• Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence;
• Thornebridge Gardens Retirement Residence.
Active outbreaks remain in 18 healthcare facilities—16 longterm care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities.
At yesterday’s briefing, Henry had warned that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases linked to workplaces. Today, Fraser Health announced that there are two new community outbreaks at two facilities (both of which have been ordered closed):
• Coast Spas Manufacturing (6315 202nd Street) in Langley, where 12 employees have tested positive;
• Pace Processing, a food processing facility (19495 55th Avenue) in Surrey, where 10 employees tested positive.
Thankfully, no new deaths were announced. The total number of deaths remain at 256 people who have died during the pandemic.
A total of 10,247 people have now recovered.
A cumulative total of 12,554 cases have been confirmed in B.C. during the pandemic, including:
• 6,864 cases in Fraser Health;
• 4,319 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
• 662 in Interior Health;
• 371 in Northern Health;
• 250 in the Island Health;
• 88 people from outside Canada.
At yesterday’s briefing, Henry also raised concerns about a heightened number of cases linked to social gatherings such as weddings, celebrations, and funerals.
Today, Fraser Health added an exposure event that took place at wedding events held at Lake Errock and Saint St. Grill (2514 St Johns Street) in Port Moody from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on October 10. In a statement on social media, the restaurant stated that they were informed that three people had tested positive.
Loblaw announced that two of its stores had employees who tested positive:
- Real Canadian Superstore (19800 Lougheed Highway) in Pitt Meadows—the employee last worked there on October 19;
- Shoppers Drug Mart (2121 Trans-Canada Highway) in Kamloops—the employee last worked there on October 18.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added only one flight confirmed with COVID-19 to its list today: Air Canada flight 8187 from Vancouver to Fort St. John on October 15.
If you were in rows 2 to 6 on this flight, you should monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and call 811 (if in B.C.) or your local healthcare provider for testing information.
Vancouver Coastal Health added new exposure events at six schools to its list.
In Vancouver, new exposures took place at three schools:
- Point Grey Secondary School (5350 East Boulevard) had an exposure on October 16;
- Ideal Mini School (855 West 59th Avenue) also on October 16;
- Sir James Douglas Elementary School (2150 Brigadoon Avenue) on October 20.
In North Vancouver, Handsworth Secondary School (1044 Edgewood Road), which previously had exposures from October 13 to 14, added October 20 as an exposure date.
In Richmond, two schools had new exposures:
- H.J. Cambie Secondary School (4151 Jacombs Road) had exposures from October 13 to 16, and on October 19;
- Pythagoras Academy (8671 Odlin Crescent) from October 13 to 14.
Meanwhile, Fraser Health had new exposure incidents at eight schools.
In Coquitlam, Centennial Secondary (570 Poirier Street) had exposures from October 15 to 16.
In Langley, Belmont Elementary (20390 40th Avenue) had an exposure event from October 13 to 15.
In Surrey, there were new exposure events at six schools that all have had previous exposure events:
• Khalsa Secondary—Old Yale Road campus (10589 124th Street) had previous exposure events from September 9 and 10 and September 30 to October 2, had its third exposure event from October 13 to 15;
• Princess Margaret Secondary (12870 72nd Avenue), which previously had an exposure on September 11, had additional exposures on October 12, 15, and 16;
• Queen Elizabeth Elementary School (4102 West 16th Avenue West), which previously had exposures on September 14 and October 13, has added exposure dates of October 14 to 16, 19, 21, and 22;
• W.E. Kinvig Elementary (13266 70b Avenue), which previously had exposures on October 6 to 9, added the additional dates of October 14 to 16;
• Westerman Elementary (7626 122 Street), which previously had an exposure event from October 5 to 7, had another exposure event from October 15 to 16.
Island, Interior, and Northern Health did not add any new exposure incidents to their lists.
COVID-19 update: B.C.'s health ministry to give details on latest cases, deaths, outbreaks – CTV News Vancouver
British Columbians will get one more COVID-19 update before the weekend, as the province’s health ministry will release details from the past 24 hours.
Friday’s COVID-19 update will be revealed in a written statement and will explain the number of new cases, deaths and outbreaks recorded since the day before.
On Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix gave an in-person briefing and revealed another 694 people had tested positive for the disease. That pushed the number of active cases over 9,000 or the first time ever in the pandemic and the total number of cases over 35,000.
Another 12 people died from the disease, which marked the 10th day in a row that the province had seen deaths in the double digits.
Updates to the temporary, sweeping orders put in place last month are expected Monday. It’s not yet known if they’ll be extended or withdrawn.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Kendra Mangione
B.C. records 12 more COVID-19 deaths as top doctor warns against non-essential travel – ThePeterboroughExaminer.com
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s top doctor says COVID-19 cases have levelled off in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions, but they’ve been rising in the North, Interior and to a lesser extent on Vancouver Island.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday there is some variability in how the illness is spreading in different areas, but social interactions are driving transmission across the province.
Another 12 people have died in B.C. after contracting the novel coronavirus, while the province reported 834 new cases.
Of the latest cases, 529 are in the Fraser Health region, 174 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 66 are in the Interior, 45 are in the North and 20 are on Vancouver Island.
The illness is still spreading quickly, said Henry, and while health restrictions on social gatherings and other activities are set to end Monday, it’s possible the rules could be extended.
Henry is urging people to avoid travelling for non-essential purposes, noting an adult hockey team from the Interior went to Alberta and its members spread COVID-19 in their community when they returned.
“I know that people feel like, ‘Oh it will be OK, we’ve not had any virus here, we’ll be fine.’ But this is just another cautionary tale that right now, you cannot take these types of licence from the restrictions that we’ve put in place for all of our safety,” she said.
“Making an exception for yourself or for your team or for your recreational needs puts a crack in our wall, and we see that this virus can exploit that very easily at this time of year.”
It’s crucial that anyone coming to B.C. over the holidays follows public health rules, Henry added.
“I cannot stop you by an order (from) getting into your car or going on to a plane, but I am asking in the strongest of terms for us to stay put.”
Henry also addressed what she called a small, vocal minority of people who are pushing back against public health rules.
“This is very real. Ask any of the families who have lost a loved one how real this is.”
There are 8,941 active COVID-19 infections in B.C., including 337 people who are in hospital, and more than 10,200 people are being monitored after exposure to a known case.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.
What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Dec. 4 – CBC.ca
- Daily update on numbers expected in a written statement around 3 p.m. PT.
- Health officials announced 694 new cases Thursday, as well as 12 more deaths.
- There are now 9,103 active cases of COVID-19 across B.C.
- 325 patients are in hospital, with 80 in intensive care.
- 481 people have died of the disease since the pandemic began
- New restrictions mean indoor and outdoor adult team sports are banned, kids’ sports limited.
Though B.C.’s active caseload continues to grow and the death toll keeps rising sharply, there is light at the end of the tunnel with news that COVID-19 vaccine rollout is expected to begin in the first week of January.
On Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the first shipments of vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna should begin arriving within weeks, and priority patients including residents of long-term care are expected to get the first shots early in 2021.
By spring, there should be enough doses in the province for the vaccine to become more widely available, and Henry said the goal is to reach everyone who wants a vaccine by September.
But that is still months away, and in the meantime, Henry said it’s more important than ever that people buckle down and get serious about following public health orders and advice.
On Thursday, she announced 694 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths. There are 325 patients in hospital with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a slight dip from Wednesday. Eighty are in intensive care.
Meanwhile, health officials have announced a ban on all indoor and outdoor adult sports as well as new limitations on children’s sports. They’ve also updated the restrictions for group fitness activities.
All the details can be found here.
Henry said Thursday that between 10 and 15 per cent of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks have been linked to sports and recreational activities.
Public health orders remain in place banning all public and community events and limiting social interactions to people within your immediate household. Those orders will be reviewed on Monday.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
As of Thursday night, there have been 396,270 cases of COVID-19 in Canada. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 12,407.
In Quebec, the premier has officially told the public that all Christmas gatherings need to be cancelled this year.
Federal officials released their own details Thursday about the plans for a vaccine, cautioning that the initial supply will be limited — just three million Canadians are expected to get a shot in the first three months of 2021.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of taste or smell.
But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What should I do if I feel sick?
Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they’re mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up or other extreme symptoms should call 911.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
- Keep your distance from people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
- Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.
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