Wednesday, July 22, 2020

34 more new cases of COVID recorded for Wednesday. As BC's numbers continue to rise, Top health officials remind British Columbians of measures to control the virus

A week of increased numbers of reports of COVID-19 in British Columbia has caught the attention of the two top public officials in the province, with Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix  taking note and providing some guidance as to the steps they are prepared to take to maintain the provinces previous progress in holding the line on COVID.

“Today, we are reporting 34 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 3,362 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 285 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,888 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 17 individuals are hospitalized, three of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation." 

The totals from each of the Health Authorities are as follows:

1,049 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,742 in the Fraser Health region, 141 in the Island Health region, 304 in the Interior Health region, 69 in the Northern Health region, that has been the consistent number this week after a weekend increase.

57 cases of COVID in BC have been recorded of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 189 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."

Towards the recent cases, they further outlined how self-isolation one method of containing the reports, as well as to maintain you household bubbles during this burst of reports.

“The B.C. COVID-19 curve is trending upward. We need to bend it back down to where it belongs. 

We have proven that we know how to do this, and now each of us needs to make that happen. 

Contact tracing three or four people is much faster and easier than trying to reach 20 or 30 people. With each additional person, transmission is greater and more people are at risk, which means more people need to self-isolate and limit contact with others. 

As a direct result of the recent community exposures, there are close to a thousand British Columbians who are self-isolating at home, unable to work or even leave their home to enjoy the summer sunshine. 

You can protect your friends and loved ones by protecting their household bubble. To do this, keep your groups small, only spend time with those you know and use your layers of protection."

The full report from Wednesday 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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