It was another sobering day of statistical review for British Columbians, with indications from the Friday briefing from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, the the growing number of measures now in place are not arresting the spike in transmission of the coronavirus.
911 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, contributing to the running total to date of 30,844 cases of COVID that have been contracted by British Columbians since January.
In their live stream appearance today both the Doctor and Minister Dix reinforced the need for all British Columbians to follow the measures currently in place and to remain vigilant towards efforts to reduce the current escalating levels
“Today, we are reporting 911 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 30,844 cases in British Columbia.
There are 301 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 69 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Currently, 10,430 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 21,304 people who tested positive have recovered.
There have been 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 395 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 Health Authorities reported the following cases from Friday:
153 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 649 in the Fraser Health region, 27 in the Island Health region, 47 in the Interior Health region, 35 in the Northern Health region, which pushes the Northern BC totals to 772 since the start of the pandemic.
No new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
As we head into a weekend, Dr. Henry noted how the province is currently in the eye of a storm, reinforcing the need to keep distance these days to reduce the risk of COVID.
“We are in the eye of the COVID-19 storm and are now facing a storm surge with increasing community transmission across our province. No community or location is immune.
We have had to step back to protect our communities from this surge, which means locations, activities and gatherings that were safe a few weeks ago are less safe today.
It is important to note that in many cases, including at temples, churches and gurdwaras, the places themselves are not the cause for concern as they are not doing anything wrong. It is our level of risk that has gone up, which means our ability to have any safe gathering right now has gone down.
That is why we all need to do our part so we can bring community transmission down and safely resume those activities that are meaningful to our daily lives.
Let’s remind ourselves about the severity of this illness and that small, simple actions make a very big difference.
If you are thinking about your holiday shopping, especially on Black Friday, please remember to bring your mask, keep your distance and wash your hands often. As much as possible, limit your travel and shop locally. Support the businesses in your community.
Every storm ends, and with it, the risks diminish. Let’s protect each other and make this weekend safe for all of us.”
You can review today's full COVID-19 statement 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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