Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Prospects for reopening BC in the weeks to come part of the COVID narrative of the day, while case counts on the day return to more familiar levels

34 new cases, for a total of 2,087 cases in British Columbia brought the provincial totals back to some familiar ground today, the sharp spike of Tuesday which came from weekend numbers from food processing plants in the province seeming to level off.

From their review of today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that of the total cases in the province 811 are from the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 941 are in the Fraser Health region, 120 are in the Island Health region, 169 are in the Interior Health region and 46 are noted in the Northern Health region, that marking count marking an increase of 1 since yesterday. 

The toll on families from COVID-19 continued on today, with four more deaths recorded from the virus to date.

 “We are saddened to report four new COVID-19 related deaths, three in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and one in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 109 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones. 

Today's report also brought news of new case confirmations in a pair of long term care/assisted living facilities, areas of concern that have often been mentioned since the pandemic arrived in Canada.

"There have been two new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks at the Clayton Heights and Langley Lodge facilities, both in the Fraser Health region.

In total, 21 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks now declared over at 12 care facilities, including Kootenay Street Village in the Interior Health region."

Dr. Henry also had an update on the Dental Conference outbreak of earlier, with 87 people who attended that event in Vancouver now among those suffering from COVID-19 with one in the province having passed away.

She also outlined some of the preparations for the next stage of the provincial approach to the virus fight, reviewing some of the measures that will be in place at the border, as well as to how the self isolation plans have worked out since the process was initiated in early April.

With 900 foreign temporary workers in the province over the last few weeks for work in the agriculture sector, the Doctor reviewed how the government has addressed their needs for medical support should they have the virus.

Dr. Henry also took note of Premier Horgan's presentation earlier in the day towards the path forward as the province moves forward from today's measures to the prospect of new approaches towards supporting each other. With the outline of those plans to come in the week ahead.

In the Question and Answer period, the prospect of re-openings in the weeks to come made for some of the current of the presentation, with Doctor Henry observing as only a few commercial operations actually faced a Public Health Order to close, she pointed again to next week where some of the details towards re-opening will be put forward.

As for the prospect of recreational activities, the theme of patience was the counsel provided, with British Columbians asked to continue to hold the line and not to bend the rules.

You can review the full statement for Wednesday 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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