Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Covid Cases decline for Tuesday, but still break far above 200 mark

After a weekend surge of new cases, British Columbia saw a slight decline in some of the recent counts, though today's review from Dr. Bonnie Henry did once again make note of case counts well above the 200 mark.

“Today, we are reporting 217 new cases, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 13,588 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 2,322 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 5,101 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 10,954 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Currently, 84 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 27 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation."

Thankfully there were no new passings to advise on as part of today's COVID-19 report.

Across British Columbia, the various Health Authorities have outlined the following case counts:

4,476 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 7,674 in the Fraser Health region, 250 in the Island Health region, 717 in the Interior Health region, there was no increase for the Northern Health region, with the total to date holding at 383 today 

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

The focus on community outbreaks and exposure events  remain strong

“There have been no new community outbreaks. There continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, and on all health authorities’ websites."

Towards steps British Columbians can take in their day to day travels, Dr. Henry returned to yesterday's theme of the new expectation from health officials that we will be more aware of the benefits for mask wearing in public indoor settings.

 “Always using our layers of protection reduces the potential for the virus to spread and is an important part of our COVID-19 response in B.C. 

In addition to washing our hands often and staying home when ill, our protective layers include limiting our time with people outside of our household, keeping our groups small, giving people the space to stay safe and if that is challenging, using a non-medical mask. 

A mask is especially helpful in public indoor spaces where you don’t know the people around you and the risks they may have. 

As a result, the expectation is that masks will be worn within public areas of health-care facilities, shopping malls, grocery stores, community centres and other public spaces – as you enter, exit and move around. 

Public indoor spaces are quite different from our schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts, supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans. 

Getting through our COVID-19 storm requires all of us to do our part without exception, so let’s support each other to do the right thing today.” 

 You can review the COVID-19 report for Tuesday 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

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