Monday's review of COVID information delivered another weekend review of cumulative COVID case counts, this weekend making for just under 500 new cases from the three day period from Friday to Monday.
Dr. Bonnie Henry made note of the count as well as the data on hospitalizations and those in ICU wards both of which brought some positive shifts for the weekend."Today, we are reporting on three 24-hour periods. From Oct. 16 to 17, we had 172 new cases. From Oct. 17 to 18, we had 153 new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 174 new cases. “This represents a total of 499 new cases, including seven epi-linked cases, for a total of 11,687 cases in British Columbia.
Towards getting COVID in check, Dr. Henry turned to the topic contact tracing and the need for British Columbians to share valuable information if they are contacted.
“There continues to be transmission of COVID-19 in many parts of the province. While this is expected, we all need to remain vigilant to slow the spread as much as possible.
We want to keep as many activities as possible open for all of us and keep our communities safe. This is the balance we are working hard to achieve, and following our safety basics allows us to do just that. “We want to avoid a rapid increase in new cases that overwhelms the health-care system, making it more difficult to care for those who are unwell – whether from COVID-19 or another illness. “
The best way to do that is to take precautions and use our layers of protection, no matter where we may be.
Finding that balance also means quickly finding new cases and clusters of COVID-19. Our contact tracing teams are working around the clock to track every new case that emerges.
If you are contacted by public health, sharing information about where you have been and who you have seen will ensure one new case does not turn into 100.
What you do makes a difference to your health, those of your loved ones, colleagues, friends and those you don't know. Let’s slow the spread and break the chain of transmission.”
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