Monday, September 14, 2020

317 new cases of COVID-19 in BC over the weekend, as well as 6 deaths including the first recorded passing in the Northern Health region

As was anticipated, the Monday review of the three day period over the weekend delivered some high case counts of COVID-19, with 317 cases recorded from September 11-13, bringing the total of active cases to 1,594.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix relayed the weekend overview with an information session in Victoria this afternoon. 

“Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period, from Sept. 11 to 12, we had 137 new cases, from Sept. 12 to 13, we had 119 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 61 new cases. 

This represents a total of 317 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, since we reported on Friday, for a total of 7,279 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 1,594 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,047 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 5,446 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Currently, 58 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 16 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."

Across the province, the review of case files from each individual Health Authority region looks as follows:

2,557 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,754 in the Fraser Health region, 195 in the Island Health region, 473 in the Interior Health region, 216 in the Northern Health region, that an increase of  twelve since Friday.

84 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in people who reside outside of Canada.

Dr. Henry and Minister Dix also had the sad duty of reporting on six new deaths in British Columbia over the weekend from COVID related causes.

“There have been six new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 219 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

As part of the weekend review of those who have passed, was the first report of a death from the Northern Health Authority, however in keeping with their privacy protocols Northern Health Officials have not identified the community now grieving the loss of a resident to the virus nor has the Health Authority provided for any additional information.

The increasing numbers each day for British Columbia made for some of the focus for the commentary for the public health officials today, with both Dr. Henry and Minister Dix making note of the need to return to our smaller groups and more familiar circle.

“The number of new cases is placing a heavy strain on our public health teams and is a concern for all of us. Let’s help our public health teams to protect our loved ones by doing our part – every day. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild, making it easy to inadvertently spread the virus to others. We have seen this in many of the recent workplace and community exposures that trace back to private gatherings, large and small. 

Social connection is important for our mental and emotional well-being, but now is the time to stick with six, to keep our groups small and spend time with only people we know. 

Let’s set the routines at work, at school and when spending time with friends and family that will carry us through the pandemic. We know what we need to do. Let’s show each other the kindness that we all deserve by standing strong against COVID-19.”

You can review the full COVID-19 report for Monday 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, those past advisories  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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