Monday, October 19, 2020

Just shy of 500 cases of COVID province wide for the weekend, for Northern Health five addtional cases brings 2020 total to date to 355

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. 

There are 1,639 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 4,028 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 9,753 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Currently, 67 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 19 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 253 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Across British Columbia, the regional health authorities relayed the following totals to date since January.

4,146 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,244 in the Fraser Health region, 243 in the Island Health region, 611 in the Interior Health region, 355 in the Northern Health region, five additional cases from Friday's totals.

88 cases of COVID have been recorded in people who reside outside of Canada, a number made note of a  data correction in cases from outside of Canada. 

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.”

You can review the COVID-19 report for Monday 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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