Saturday, May 23, 2020

BC's Active case count of COVID now at 303, only 8 require ICU stay

Saturday's COVID-19 report from Doctor Bonnie Henry continued to relay some positive news on the ongoing efforts on COVID, as well as to outline how tracking any new outbreaks is vital to the response.

10 new cases of COVID-19 provided for some of the narrative, today's numbers adding to the accounts for a total of 2,517 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 303 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,057 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. Of the total COVID-19 cases, 39 individuals are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. "

For the breakdown by health authority 890 cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,244 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 194 in the Interior Health region and 62 in the Northern Health region, that amount the same as recorded on Friday. 

The province also recorded three more passings on Saturday, that a somewhat consistent account for these daily reviews.

 "We are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region for a total of 157 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends, and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Dr. Henry did make note of a new community outbreak that at the Nature’s Touch, a frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford, and from that account reinforced how important it is to address those incidents as quickly as possible.

“Finding new outbreaks tell us three things: first, gatherings of any kind, including workplaces, increase the risk of transmission; second, public health surveillance is working to quickly identify new cases; and third, we must continue with our restrictions in Phase 2. 

We are on the right track and must keep going. The faster we can identify new cases, the easier it is to prevent the spread to others. 

In every community in the province, our public health teams – our expert virus hunters – are working to test, trace and track the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. These medical health officers, public health nurses, environmental health officers and licensing officers are integral to our COVID-19 response. 

These teams work together to support us in our businesses and our homes, finding and isolating hot spots, and making sure people get the care and support they need, and do not inadvertently pass the virus on to others. 

The risks of COVID-19 are clear, and so are the steps we need to take to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our elders and our communities. Staying vigilant and taking the necessary precautions at work and with our social interactions will keep all of us safe.”

You can review the Saturday update 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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