Thursday, October 29, 2020

234 new cases of COVID on Thursday for BC, as Northern Health passes by the 400 mark for case counts since January

Health Minister Adrian Dix made his return to the podium today for the Thursday edition  the COVID update, Mr. Dix was absent since September 21st owing to the provincial election campaign.

With his return, British Columbia's tag team of COVID-19 educators of Mr. Dix and Doctor Henry were joined by Doctor Victoria Lee the President and CEO of Fraser Health, the three speaking from Surrey to provide for the October 29th livestream of the daily case review.

 “Today, we are reporting 234 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 14,109 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 2,344 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 5,714 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 11,448 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Currently, 86 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 262 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the province, the Regional Health Authorities have recorded the following cases of COVID since the start of the pandemic:

4,588 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 8,036 in the Fraser Health region, 256 in the Island Health region, 734 in the Interior Health region, 406 in the Northern Health region an increase of seven from Wednesday. 

89 cases COVID have been reported of people who reside outside of Canada. 

Doctor Henry made note of the upcoming holiday season and how British Columbians will need to change their traditional activities and keep their gatherings to no more than six participants.

“Fall is a time when many holidays and celebrations occur, whether that is Halloween, Diwali or Remembrance Day. It is a time of cooler weather and increased respiratory illness. This year, we also face the added challenge of COVID-19. 

Many of the new cases we have today are directly linked to gatherings, in our homes and elsewhere, that are now resulting in community transmission of COVID-19 in communities across the province. 

This Halloween weekend, we need to celebrate in new ways. We need to keep our groups small – in our homes and on the streets. 

Trick-or-treaters are reminded to give others the space to stay safe and to respect those homes that are choosing not to participate this year. And we remind everyone that there is a provincial health officer’s order limiting the number of people who can be in your home to your household, plus no more than six. 

Despite the best of intentions to maintain our distance and use the layers of protection when going to someone’s home, it can be hard to keep up the precautions when we are talking, eating and drinking together indoors. 

Rather, if you are wanting to spend time with a small group of friends, choose a COVID-19 safe space – either outside or a location that has a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan. 

Let’s protect our loved ones, our Elders and our communities and show them we care by staying small – this weekend and every weekend this winter.”

 You can review the COVID-19 report for Thursday 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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