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COVID-19 update for Oct. 5: 358 new case



Here’s your daily BC COVID update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 5, 2020.

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 5, 2020.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day.


As of the latest figures given on Oct. 5:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 9,739 (1,353 active)
• New cases since Oct. 2: 358
• Hospitalized cases: 66
• Intensive care: 16
• COVID-19 related deaths: 242
• Cases under public health monitoring: 3,010
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19

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3:30 p.m. – B.C. flattening curve as reproduction rate falls below one

B.C.’s COVID-19 reproduction rate is flattening as the growth rate falls, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported on Monday.

Henry said that B.C.’s COVID-19 growth rate was decreasing and the rate of infectious contact was less than one – which was a good sign.“We have started to flatten our curve, now we need to bend it down,” Henry said. This was based on B.C.’s infectious contact reproduction rate falling below one.

“We are slowly coming down with the number of infectious contacts being less than one.”

3 p.m. – Health officials announce 358 new cases, four more deaths

B.C. has recorded 358 new positive COVID-19 tests over the past three deaths, as well as four more deaths, bringing the total number of people who have died in B.C. to 242.

There are now 1,353 active COVID-19 cases in B.C., and another 3,010 people in active monitoring after known exposure to the virus. There are 66 people in hospital, including 16 in the I.C.U.

11:45 a.m. – Fraser Health announces Delta Hospital closed to new patients due to outbreak

The hospital in Delta. is not admitting new inpatients due to an outbreak of COVID-19, though the emergency department remains open and all scheduled surgeries will continue.

The Fraser Health Authority, which operates Delta Hospital, says patients requiring care outside those units will not be admitted “for the time being” in order to protect them from the risk of transmission.

Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, chief medical health officer at Fraser Health, says 18 patients and 17 staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the outbreak first identified on Sept. 16.

She says seven patients have died after contracting the illness inside the hospital, while several of the staff cases stem from transmission outside the hospital in the broader community.

Brodkin adds the outbreak is contained to a single unit and floor and no new patients have been admitted to that area since the outbreak was declared.

She says patients who need to be admitted for further care will be transported to a different hospital in the region.

The health authority also shared that a staff member at Chartwell Crescent Gardents in South Surrey had tested positive for the virus. An outbreak team is now on site and conducting contact tracing and communicating with families The staff member is now in self-isolation at home.

12 a.m. – New exposure alerts issued at three Surrey schools

COVID-19 exposure alerts have been issued at three additional Surrey schools.

On Saturday, the Surrey school district sent letters to families at Rosemary Heights Elementary and Georges Vanier Elementary.

On Sunday, Fraser Health reported an exposure on Sept. 23 at G.A.D. Elementary School on 77 Avenue in Surrey. This is an independent school.

As of Oct. 2, 315 of B.C.’s 9,381 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children less than 10, and 543 are aged 10 to 19.


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Fraser Health outbreaks push active COVID-19 infections in B.C. to all-time high of 2390 – Powell River Peak



B.C. has never had more people actively battling COVID-19 infections, as new government data showed a total of 2,390 people suffering with the virus that has spurred a global pandemic. 

That’s 46 more people suffering with the illness than was the case yesterday and it comes as 272 people were newly identified as infected in the past 24 hours. With 10,420 tests conducted, the day’s positive-test rate was 2.6%.

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The hotspot for new infections remains the 1.8-million-resident Fraser Health region, which includes much of the eastern and southern Lower Mainland, including 20 communities, such as Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, but not Richmond or Vancouver.

Only about two-thirds of the new cases are from Fraser Health today, however. That’s down from the average in the past week, which had seen about three-quarters of all new cases located in the Fraser Health region. 

Here is the breakdown of all 14,381 detected COVID-19 cases in B.C., by health region, with new cases identified overnight in brackets:
• 4,664 in Vancouver Coastal Health (76);
• 8,219 in Fraser Health (183);
• 256 in Island Health (no change);
• 741 in Interior Health (seven);
• 412 in Northern Health (six); and
• 89 people who reside outside Canada (no change).

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital fell by six to 78, with 25 of those people having infections serious enough to be in intensive care units. 

The vast majority of those infected are self-isolating at home. Health officials are keeping tabs on a record 6,003 people because those individuals have come into contact with others who are known to be carrying the virus.

The vast majority of COVID-19 patients recover: 11,670, or more than 81%.

One new death was recorded overnight, pushing the provincial death toll from the disease to 263. That leaves 58 patients unaccounted for, and health officials have told BIV that it is likely that they left the province without alerting authorities.

“There has been one new community outbreak, at Suncor Firebag Oil Sands,” provincial health officer Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement. “There continue to be exposure events around the province.”

One hospital in Fraser Health, Surrey Memorial Hospital, has had an outbreak for weeks. That health authority earlier this week declared that the outbreak at Delta Hospital is over.

There are three new outbreaks at seniors’ homes and healthcare facilities:
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community in Port Coquitlam;
• CareLife Fleetwood in Surrey; and 
• Queen’s Park Hospital: Unit 3C NMSK 2.

Three such outbreaks have been declared over: 
• Fort Langley Seniors Community in Fort Langley;
• Sunset Manor in Chilliwack;
• The Village in Langley.

Fraser Health yesterday declared that the outbreak at Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, in New Westminster, is over, and the province confirmed that news today.

Other seniors’ long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. that have active outbreaks, include:
• Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors in Surrey;
• Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence in Port Coquitlam;
• Louis Breyer Home and Hospital in Vancouver;
• Revera Lakeview long-term care home in Vancouver;
• Evergreen Baptist Care Society in White Rock;
• Queens Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Three Links Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home in Vancouver;
• Haro Park Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion 4 West in Vancouver;
• Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Zion Park Manor in Surrey;
• Laurel Place in Surrey;
• Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Baillie House in Maple Ridge;
• Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• St. Michael’s Centre long-term care facilityin Burnaby;
• Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Burnaby; and
• Agassiz Seniors Community in Agassiz.

“As we all enjoy Halloween tomorrow, make it about the treats and not the tricks,” Henry and Dix said.

“Respect homes that are choosing not to participate this year and give everyone the space to stay safe, both indoors and outdoors.”







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Family Thanksgiving dinner linked to 13 cases of COVID-19 in Renfrew County – CTV Edmonton



Three weeks after Thanksgiving weekend, a family dinner is Renfrew County is being linked to 13 cases of COVID-19.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Cushman tells CTV News Ottawa between 15 and 20 people attended an intergenerational Thanksgiving dinner over the holiday weekend.

Dr. Cushman says it appears someone at the dinner was asymptomatic or didn’t pay attention to the symptoms.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit says 13 positive cases are linked to the Thanksgiving dinner, including two new cases Thursday. Not all 13 positive cases attended the dinner.

“What you see is the spread, now into the third group from those at the dinner,” said Dr. Cushman, noting there is now second and third generational spread of the virus.

Two family members who tested positive for COVID-19 were high school students.

“Luckily, no further spread yet (at schools), thanks to excellent public health precautions at the school,” said Dr. Cushman.

Seventy students at the school were tested for COVID-19, while 90 students returned to school on Friday after being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Dr. Cushman says four outstanding students who developed symptoms on days 14 and 15 are now being retested, and will remain in isolation.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is also investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory at Chalk River. Six people have tested positive for COVID-19.

“This virus is very wily,” said Dr. Cushman, noting CNL has solid public health measures in place.

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Alberta reaches record highs in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations – Calgary Herald



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Alberta set records for new COVID-19 cases, active infections and hospitalizations, in figures released Friday.

In the largest single-day jump to date, the province had 622 new novel coronavirus cases. The previous high came on Oct. 24, when 575 cases were reported.

The new cases came from just under 13,000 tests, about a 4.8 per cent positive rate. It’s the largest positivity rate since April 28, when Alberta was in the midst of the first wave of COVID-19 infections.

There are now 5,172 active coronavirus infections in Alberta, up from 4,921 Thursday. It marks the first time Alberta has surpassed 5,000 active cases. Alberta has set records for active COVID-19 infections each day for the past 12 days.

The Alberta Health Services Calgary and Edmonton zones lead the province in active cases, combining for 85 per cent of the province’s total.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also surged Friday, with 10 more Albertans in hospital and seven more receiving treatment in intensive-care units. In total, there are 140 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including 25 in ICU. Alberta has 70 ICU beds dedicated to the virus.

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