Thursday, October 15, 2020

British Columbia crosses over the 11,000 case mark of COVID-19 with Thursday's report from Doctor Henry

British Columbia recorded another 142 new cases of COVID today, an amount which pushed the provincial total over the 11,000 case level with 11,032 cases of the virus reported in BC since the pandemic began.

In her live stream public update from this afternoon, Doctor Bonnie Henry relayed those statistics, took note of a concerning COVID related syndrome which impacts children and urged British Columbians to make sure to get a flu shot this year.

"Today, we are announcing 142 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 11,034 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 1,494 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,683 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 9,257 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Currently, 74 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."

Thankfully, British Columbia recorded no new deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of passings remaining at 250.

Since the start of the pandemic the Health Authorities across the province have reported the following total cases of COVID:

 3,974 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,800 in the Fraser Health region, 239 in the Island Health region, 587 in the Interior Health region, 345 in the Northern Health region an increase of two cases since Wednesday

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

Dr. Henry also provided an update on the first confirmed case of an Covid related syndrome that has been discovered in Children, noting that the patient in question has fully recovered and is now at home.

“Today we are reporting B.C.’s first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in a child under the age of five years. The child was under investigation after showing symptoms of the syndrome and was confirmed with MIS-C when a COVID-19 serology test returned positive. The child has fully recovered and is at home. 

An additional 16 children in B.C. have been investigated for possible MIS-C and did not meet the case definition, as none of them have been positive or had links to COVID-19."

The upcoming flu season was also a topic for today's public briefing, with the Doctor urging all British Columbians to get their flu shot this fall for the winter season ahead.

“Another important preventive measure is to get an influenza vaccine this fall. Vaccines are arriving in B.C. now and over the coming weeks. 

Make this a part of your fall activities and be sure to get your vaccine before the end of November. To find a clinic and book your appointment, visit: 

Everyone in B.C. has a role to play in our COVID-19 response. Through simple steps, like washing our hands regularly and getting our influenza vaccine, we can all make a difference. Do your part today and help to protect our communities this fall and 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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