Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jump in confirmed cases underlines the serious nature of the large clusters of COIVID-19 outbreaks at processing facilities

 The Tuesday COVID-19 update noted a jump in reported confirmed cases of 55, many attributed to the outbreaks of the virus at food processing operations in the province, today's count makes for a total of 2,053 cases in the province to date.

From the two outbreaks at poultry plants 46 have been confirmed positive at the Superior Poultry facility in Coquitlam, with another 34 employees confirmed positive at the United Poultry facility in Vancouver.

From the review today, 803 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 918 are in the Fraser Health region, 119 are in the Island Health region, 168 are in the Interior Health region and 45 are in the Northern Health region, that an increase of two from Monday.

 “We are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths: one in the Interior Health region and one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 105 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones. "

There have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 20 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks now declared over at 12 care facilities.

1,231 British Columbians have tested positive for COVID-19 and have since recovered, 94 have been hospitalized, 37 of those are in intensive care, while the remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

In the Question and Answer portion of the day, the ongoing themes of supply of Personal Protective Equipment, the need to ensure safety at workplaces as well as how residents of the Province are responding to reminders that if they need medical attention for non COVID related illness that medical professionals remain ready to assist them.

Looking to the day when a vaccine may be available, at the moment there is no mandatory immunization program in place in the province for any vaccines; but once a vaccine is available for COVID-19 there will be a strategy in place to roll it out, on a voluntary basis.

Minister Dix observed that the program would be part of a registration process at elementary schools, similar to the measles approach of last year. With the goal to focus on the largest group of those that will want to be vaccinated.

You can review the full report for Tuesday 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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