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COVID-19 in B.C.: 834 more cases, 12 deaths in the last 24 hours – CTV News Vancouver



B.C. has added 834 more cases of COVID-19 to its total, as well as 12 more deaths from the disease.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the new numbers Wednesday during a live briefing.

There are now 8,941 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., another new record. Of that total, 337 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is also a record. There are 79 people in intensive care with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, the province has recorded 34,728 cases of COVID-19 and 469 deaths.

Henry also announced multiple new outbreaks of the disease on Wednesday, including two community outbreaks in the Fraser Health region, at The Cove Shelter in Surrey and at Millennium Pacific Greenhouses in Delta.

Three more health-care facilities have had outbreaks of the coronavirus declared: Royal City Manor long-term care home in New Wesminster, Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Saanich and West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

With 54 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care in the province and a recent spike in the number of daily deaths B.C. has seen, Henry highlighted the need for British Columbians to overcome their pandemic fatigue.

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

A total of 10,201 people are under active public health monitoring because of exposures to known cases of COVID-19, Henry said, adding that public health orders she has put in place must be followed to get the province through the rest of the pandemic’s second wave.

“Those are there because we know that these are situations where this virus can spread very easily now,” she said. “It’s not about bad people or people doing the wrong things, it’s the fact that we know this virus can spread even in places where we thought it was safe with the guidelines we had in place just a few months ago.”

Henry also repeated her plea to British Columbians and residents of other provinces to stay home and avoid travelling outside of their local communities.

She acknowledged that it has been a “challenge” for people to limit their travel, citing examples of people travelling to and from B.C. for recreation and sports, despite health officials’ warnings.

The provincial health officer shared the specific example of an “old-timers'” hockey team from B.C.’s Interior that travelled to Alberta. She declined to identify the team or where it was from, saying her understanding is that it’s not a unique case. She described it as a “cautionary tale.”

“Now, there are dozens of people who are infected and it has spread in the community,” Henry said. “We need to stop. Right now. To protect our communities and our families and our health-care workers. This is avoidable, and these are the measures that we need to take.”

Wednesday’s new outbreaks come alongside five outbreaks that have been declared over, including the care home outbreaks at Cottage Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford, Discovery Harbour Care Centre in Campbell River and Orchard Manor in Kelowna.

The other two health-care outbreaks recently concluded are at acute-care units at Burnaby Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital.

Most of the new cases added Wednesday are located in the Lower Mainland, with 529 in Fraser Health and 174 in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Elsewhere in the province, 66 cases have been added in Interior Health, 45 in Northern Health and 20 in Island Health.

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Number of positive COVID-19 tests exceeds 60000 in British Columbia –



It was another day with more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

That has brought the provincial total to 60,117 since the virus was first detected in B.C. nearly a year ago.

The good news is the number of hospitalizations from the disease fell to 349 today, down from 362 on January 14. 

The number of those in intensive care is also down, falling from 74 to 68 in a single day.

Tragically, there have been another nine deaths from COVID-19, lifting B.C.’s total to 1,047 since the virus first arrived in the province.

“We have had one new health-care facility outbreak at Hilltop House,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement. “The outbreaks at Villa Cathay and Wingtat Game Bird Packers are now over.

“People throughout British Columbia are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.”

B.C.’s is still registering fewer positive test results per 100,000 than some other provinces, according to data released by the federal government.

Henry and Dix reported that 260 of the 509 new cases were in the Fraser Health region. Another 101 were in Vancouver Coastal Health and 86 in the Interior Health regions.

The lowest daily totals were again reported in Northern Health (49) and Island Health (13).

So far, 75,914 people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We must never forget how far we have come by working together,” Henry and Dix said. “Over the past months, we have all made sacrifices for the health of our families and communities, and now more than ever we need to hold the line and stop transmission of COVID-19 as our vaccination program ramps up.”


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One of Canada's oldest seniors, at 110 years old, gets COVID-19 vaccine at Surrey care home – Surrey Now-Leader



JaHyung Lee, a resident at a Newton care home, received his COVID-19 vaccine at the age of 110.

Amenida Seniors Community said in a news release that residents at the facility received the first dose of their vaccines on Thursday (Jan. 14). JaHyung Lee is one of “Canada’s oldest senior” to be inoculated.

The second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be administered “in the coming weeks.”

“We are extremely lucky that we have received enough supplies to vaccinate all of our residents in care,” said Rosa Park, general manager at Amenida.

“As many of our seniors are elderly and require complex care, we can feel safer knowing that the virus won’t be spreading within our community.”

A reporter with the Now-Leader attended Lee’s 109th birthday in 2019. He was born on Aug. 27, 1910.

RELATED: 109th birthday party for ‘amazing’ Surrey man who still shops on his own and plays bingo, Sept. 23, 2019

Meantime, Fraser Health says it has completed 151 vaccine clinics for long-term care and assisted living in the health region.

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First Leeds, Grenville, Lanark COVID-19 vaccines given to long-term care workers – Global News



The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health unit said long-term care workers were the first from the region to receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday.

All COVID-19 vaccines for the southeastern Ontario region, which includes the LGLDH catchment area, are being distributed through Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), which received about 1,900 vaccinations on Monday. The first Kingston long-term care workers received vaccines Tuesday.

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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark long-term care staff that received vaccines Thursday are part of the province’s goal to get all willing staff, residents and essential caregivers in long-term care homes and higher-risk retirement homes vaccinated by Feb. 15.

“The health care workers were excited and grateful to be getting the vaccine to help protect themselves and the residents in their care,” the health unit said.

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Mobile clinics run by the health unit will begin to visit local long-term care homes and higher-risk retirement homes over the next week.

“These mobile clinics will be delivered in partnership with our homes, Emergency Medical Services and healthcare partners who have offered to support COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark,” the health unit said.

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