Thursday, July 23, 2020

30 new cases of COVID, including 8 in Northern Health Region spur calls for re-dedication to flatten the curve

The totals once again reached thirty as Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix relayed the latest data on COVID-19, with the two public health officials reminding British Columbians not to let the progress made be for naught. 

“Today, we are reporting 30 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 3,392 cases in British Columbia. “There are 304 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,898 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 16 individuals are hospitalized, three of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Across the province there have been 1,051 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,750 in the Fraser Health region, 142 in the Island Health region, 315 in the Interior Health region, 77 in the Northern Health region, that makes for an increase of eight in the last 24 hours, in keeping with their policy, Northern Health did not outline where those cases originated from.

Northern Health used their Prince Rupert area forum today to further expand on that policy

Also part of today's information package was the advisory that there were also 57 cases of people reported with COVID who reside outside of Canada.

Making note of recent outbreaks in such areas as the Okanagan, the Doctor and the Minister

 “There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 190 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks. 

There are several community exposure events and one active community outbreak. Public health teams are actively contact tracing and requesting the assistance of anyone who may have been exposed to monitor themselves closely and follow public health guidance."

Making note of recent outbreaks in such areas as the Okanagan, the Doctor and the Minister noted how easy it is to let our guard down and allow COVID and entry.

“COVID-19 can be a stealthy virus, silently moving around our province with far-reaching impacts and serious consequences. 

Outside or inside, visiting a friend or out for dinner, being around crowds of people, especially those you do not know, puts you at risk. 

Rather, keep your groups small and spend time only with those you know. Use the layers of protection to keep yourself and those you care for safe. 

Use the restaurant requirement of no more than six people as your guidance for your other social activities.  

If you are faced with a large crowd, choose another spot to spend time with your friends. 

You can protect your household bubble, your family and close friends by being mindful of those around you and giving each other the space to stay safe."

The full report from Thursday can be reviewed 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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