The Saturday review of the latest data from the British Columbia response to the COVID-19 health crisis should a continuation of the results of the last ten days, with less new cases to report from the day previous, one positive trend for British Columbians to keep note of as they follow the guidance of Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
On Saturday she and Minister Adrian Dix noted how 35 new cases had been reported in the province in the last 24 hours, making for a total of 1,445 cases in the province.
“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 642 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 558 are in the Fraser Health region, 84 are in the Island Health region, 135 are in the Interior Health region and 26 are in the Northern Health region, a figure that is the same as that delivered on Friday.
We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths all in long-term care facilities, for a total of 58 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones."
The report for Saturday also observed how there have been on new long term care outbreaks in the last 24 hours, but did make note of ongoing concerns at the Federal correctional facility in Mission.
“Fraser Health teams continue to provide support for the outbreak in Mission Institution, a federal correctional centre, which has a total of 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Five people affiliated with the facility have been hospitalized. “Infection control and prevention measures are in place. Fraser Health continues to work with federal officials to limit the further transmission of this virus."
When it comes to progress for those who have been afflicted by the virus, the province noted the following:
“To date, 905 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation."
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 134 individuals are hospitalized and 63 of those in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
During the media portion of the daily update, the Doctor addressed questions on serology, reinfection reports from Korea, and reassurances on the issue of extended and senior care facilities.
Towards the theme of travel this weekend, the Doctor commented on the accounts of this weekend on those who did travel, noting that BC Ferries had reduced its capacity and that the levels of those travelling were well below the usual period in normal times.
"Well, you know, we still say if you don't have a reason to go, then don't go. Stay home, stay close to home and we know most people are doing that. There are many reasons why people may need to travel; whether it's for family, for being able to check up on people that they have not had a the ability to do that before. So I think we need all need to be patient and kind with each other.
I did actually talk with BC Ferries to get a sense of whether some of the perhaps more overblown reports were out there and they do report that for one, that the Ferries are only allowed to carry 50 percent of capacity and we know that the schedule has been dramatically reduced. And they did confirm that they are only seeing a fraction of the traffic that they would normally on this weekend.
So I am heartened that I think most people are doing what we need to do, and they are staying home, they are looking after their families, they're taking care of their neighbours they're managing this challenging time, staying close to home and staying a safe distance from others."
You can review the full Provincial statement for Saturday here.
The next update for British Columbians will come on Monday.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
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.
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