Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday COVID Review features lower new case reports, but three additional virus related deaths in BC

With no video presentation today from Dr. Bonnie Henry or Health Minister Adrian Dix, the daily statement from the province makes for the days outline on the ongoing work towards the BC COVID-19 response.

From the joint statement from both officials the following themes were relayed to the public.

“We are announcing 14 new cases, for a total of 1,575 cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia."

Across the province, the break down by Health Authority looks as follows:

670 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 630 are in the Fraser Health region, 94 are in the Island Health region, 149 are in the Interior Health region and 32 are in the Northern Health region, an uptick of two new cases since Wednesday

We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 78 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones."

Today's report also continued to put the focus on long term care facilities and correctional centres in the Province, with new cases reported and one death at the Mission Institution revealed today.

“There have been two new outbreaks in the last day: the Kootenay Street Village long-term care facility in the Interior health region and an acute care unit at the Ridge Meadows Hospital in the Fraser Health region. Four facilities, where outbreaks had previously been declared over, have new cases. In total, 26 long-term care and assisted-living facilities and one acute care unit have outbreaks.

Federal officials have announced 61 cases of COVID-19 at the Mission Institution (MI) federal correctional centre. Fraser Health officials continue to work with Correction Services Canada to manage this outbreak. There has been one death related to this outbreak. The BC Coroners Service is investigating as is standard process."

The province is closing in on the 1,000 mark however when it comes to recoveries, with 983 people who once tested positive for COVID-19 now considered recovered and no longer requiring isolation.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 120 individuals are currently hospitalized, 56 of those are in intensive care, and the remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation."

Dr. Henry also issued another Provincial Health Officer order today, focused on the province's agriculture sector which is ramping up for Spring and summer activities.

“We have also put a new provincial health officer’s order in place to require agricultural employers to establish and maintain infection control plans. To support these efforts, we have authorized bylaw enforcement officers to review these plans to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect the workers and our communities."

You can review the full review for Thursday can be reviewed here.

Tomorrow at 11 AM, Dr. Henry will deliver a technical briefing to introduce a number of new data on modelling elements of the government's work, the regular Friday Review will take place at 3PM.

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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