Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday's COVID Report includes daily review, notes on masks and school relaunch plans

A reduced case level from yesterday's spike as well as the sad news of three more passings from the coronavirus made for the narrative to the day's report from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

From their account for the day the totals included:

12 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,479 cases in British Columbia. There are 307 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,020 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 43 individuals are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The provincial Health Authority review provided the snapshot for all five Health regions in BC.

887 of the cases have been reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,223 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 183 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region, that number constant since Monday.

 "We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 152 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."

Some further guidance on the use of masks was delivered today, a topic that is generating much in the way of discussion in the province over the last few days.

“As we progress safely into Phase 2 of BC's Restart Plan, we can all learn from the many people who have been working so hard to provide essential services, while keeping themselves and their households safe. 

One example is the use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings. 

As we have seen on public transit or in a barbershop, a non-medical mask keeps our droplets in and provides an extra layer of protection for people around us when it is difficult to keep a safe physical distance or when services require people to be in close contact for periods of time."

As well, with the prospect of a return to school getting closer with the June 1st optional relaunch date, a short review of how parents/guardians should approach that start date was provided.

“We must also continue to move slowly and with caution, and this is the approach that is being taken as child care centres reopen and schools resume some in-class learning. 

Schools have strict protocols for enhanced infection prevention and workplace health and safety. Safe physical distancing measures will be in place, and anyone who is ill will not be allowed into any school. 

Like all illnesses that can be transmitted through close contact, school communities are notified as part of active public health contact tracing when someone in the school community has a confirmed case. Any close contacts who are susceptible are also required to stay home and self-isolate. “If you are unsure or have questions, contact your family physician or 811 to help determine the best steps for you and your family."

You can review the Thursday 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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