Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday COVID report notes spike in reported deaths, along with 15 new cases for the day

The Friday COVID update provided for notes on 15 new cases, for a total of 2,407 cases in British Columbia. which make for 359 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,908 people who tested positive have recovered.

From that amount of total COVID-19 cases, 51 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Towards the regional breakdowns of cases, 878 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,164 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 58 in the Northern Health region, making for no change since yesterday.

The Friday report also delivered a spike in the amount of reported deaths from the coronavirus for the day.

"We are saddened to report five new COVID-19 related deaths, four in the Fraser Health region and one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 140 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these five individuals, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones." 

There has also been one new acute-care outbreak at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.

The update also made note of this week's notes on the return to school guidelines relayed by the Premier and Education Minister, with some students to be offered the option of a return to class on a limited basis as early as June, with a wider program to be in place for the start of the next school year in September.

With the long weekend here, the reminder to stay local was once again delivered, as well as a reminder as to how far the province has travelled to this point.

“From the start of this pandemic, British Columbians have demonstrated incredible compassion and care for our health-care workers, seniors, Elders and our communities. The result has been the flattening of our curve. Let’s keep working through this together.”

You can review the Friday 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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