Friday, March 27, 2020

British Columbia's Friday COVID-19 Update puts total case count at 792

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry shared the details today of an increase of 67 new cases in British Columbia for today, bringing the provincial total count to 792.

The case files for all five of the province's health authorities saw 391 in the Vancouver Health region, 262 with the Fraser Health Region, 57 with Island Health, 70 at Interior Health and an increase of 1 in the Northern Health region making for a total of 12.

Two more British Columbians have passed away from COVID-19 and long-term care facilities continue to be the focus for the provincial response.

“We are saddened to report two more deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal health region. Our condolences to their loved ones during this difficult time.

Two additional long-term care homes in the Fraser Health region have staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19, The Harrison at Elim Village and Chartwell Independent Living at Langley Gardens.

In total, 11 long-term care homes in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols."

From the background review, it was noted that 275 patients have recovered and no longer require isolation protocols, 73 cases are currently hospitalized and the remainder of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering at home in self isolation.

Having provided for a briefing earlier on the day of modelling scenarios for the next few weeks/months, both Minster Dix and Doctor Henry again reinforced the need to stay with the measures in place already.

“In the past few days, our upward path has been less severe than other places, but we continue to see steady increases in community transmission cases and continue to be concerned about outbreaks, which could quickly grow and challenge our pandemic response.

The evidence is clear: with every person in British Columbia 100% committed to physical distancing, we can flatten the curve. Over the next two weeks we must be united in this one goal.

We strongly discourage any in-person gathering of any size at this time, but rather encourage using the many online options we have available today to stay connected to friends, family, customers and clients."

As well, Doctor Henry issued a new Health Order as part of the COVID-19 response, directed towards such areas community markets and street markets.

“All occasional/recurring/weekly events where food and other merchandise is sold (e.g., markets, street markets, night markets, Saturday markets or community markets) must only allow vendors that sell food to be at these events. Vendors of non-food items and all other merchandise are prohibited to sell at these events."

The list of Doctor Henry's Orders can be examined here.

Some of the background to the briefing can be reviewed here.

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints

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