Friday, July 31, 2020

50 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in BC; two additional cases for Northern Health

As British Columbians begin the mass migration that may mark a BC Day long weekend, some sobering numbers from the Provincial government. showcasing a significant jump in the daily totals for COVID-19.

In their Friday afternoon statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix made note of fifty new cases today, two of which are found in the Northern Health Authority region, though indications are that they are not linked to the outbreak on Haida Gwaii.

 “Today, we are announcing 50 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 3,641 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 278 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,168 people who tested positive have recovered.

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

The provincial numbers for Friday include 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,889 in the Fraser Health region, 144 in the Island Health region, 369 in the Interior Health region, 88 in the Northern Health region, an increase of two from Thursday.

There are also 63 cases of COVID attached to people who reside outside of Canada.

The Friday update also observed of one more death related to COVID.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 195 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

As for the community outbreak on Haida Gwaii, the health officials noted that no new cases were reported today from that event from last week.

“There are no new community outbreaks. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc. 

There continues to be additional community exposure events across the province. A full listing of community exposure events related to flights and others within each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites."

Today's notes also observe as to the long weekend ahead and the need for British Columbians to be able to find the right balance towards social engagement and care and caution on COVID.

“We can make this B.C. Day holiday weekend one where we find the right balance: having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those around us. “

Let’s socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend’s boat or enjoying a nearby park."

Today's report also calls attention to a new guide from the government, designed to help towards the goals of social engagement called "Dr. Bonnie's Good times guide"

For the full statement from Friday see their report 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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