The shifting margins of success and concern continue to roll by on a daily basis, with yesterday's report of less than 100 cases of COVID fading fast today; that as Dr. Bonnie Henry outlined the Thursday review, which saw a jump in cases for the day and the unfortunate news of two more passings related to the coronavirus.
“Today, we are announcing 148 new cases, including 12 epi-linked cases, for a total of 8,543 cases in British Columbia.
There are 1,371 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,417 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 6,917 people who tested positive have recovered.
Currently, 61 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 229 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Dr. Henry also spoke to the passing of an elder in the Northern Health region earlier this week, noting that she has had opportunity to reach out to the family and offered her deep condolences and reinforced the sadness that officials have at all passings, but in particular those of elders.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,094 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,361 in the Fraser Health region, 203 in the Island Health region, 520 in the Interior Health region and 278 in the Northern Health region, that making for an increase of five cases from yesterday.
87 cases of COVID have been reported from people who reside outside of Canada.
With a significant jump in the case reports for today, the message of how the outbreak will travel this fall and winter is still in our control, with Doctor Henry noting that now is the time to return to the basics with our COVID-19 precautions, so as to push the curve back down.
“We can reduce our personal COVID-19 risks by using our layers of protection every day and remembering that the more people we see, the higher our risk will be.
When deciding where to go and who to see, take a moment to think about both the risks you’re going into and the risks you will be taking with you when you leave. This will help you determine what is safe for you and your family to do right now.
We know that our elders, our seniors and anyone with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of severe illness, so if this is the case for you or someone in your household, taking a step back from social interactions at this time is even more important."
Dr. Henry also briefly addressed the situation that she noted at UBCM this week of threats and even death threats related to their work. Observing how it was not surprising to her considering the frustrations and anxiousness that people are feeling. She added that she has received much in the way positive comment since her comments earlier this week, adding that the positive feedback has been dominant through the year and how she relies on a strong personal network during these times.
You can review the COVID-19 report for Thursday here.
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