Even during a period of time such as the last month or so the where the daily accounts make for stark reading, the numbers related to COVID-19 from this weekend were shocking, the first of the review for the weekend the number of souls lost to the coronavirus 46, residents of this province who have passed away in just 72 hours.
The surge in passings coming from the province's Long Term Care facilities and other centres which have suffered some of the greatest tolls from the now near eleven month odyssey.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix had the duty of reporting the escalating numbers of concern as part of a briefing held this afternoon.
“Today, we are reporting on three 24-hour periods. From Nov. 27 to 28, we had 750 new cases. From Nov. 28 to 29, we had 731 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 596 new cases.
We are also reporting 277 historical cases from the Fraser Health region, reconciling a data lag from earlier this month. This represents 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 33,238 cases in British Columbia.
There are 8,855 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 316 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 75 of whom are in intensive care.
The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Currently, 10,139 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 23,111 people who tested positive have recovered.
There have been 46 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 441 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 1,365 cases recorder over the weekend from Fraser Health continue to dominate the listings, elsewhere in BC the Health authorities reported the following: 368 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 58 in the Island Health region, 212 in the Interior Health region, 73 in the Northern Health region, bringing the total for the Northern Region to 845 cases since January.
One new case of COVID was reported for a person who resides outside of Canada.
As the numbers continue to rise in all areas of the province, the two top public health officials reaffirmed the need for residents across BC to hold to the measures in place and continue to work to reverse the rising curve of coronavirus we have seen in recent months.
“For the many occasions and daily life activities that we would normally do together, we must stay apart. And despite how difficult this may be, most people in B.C. are doing the right thing.
People have followed the orders and used the important layers of protection because it is a responsibility we have to each other and our fellow citizens, and is how we show we care.
“If you are thinking that it may be okay for you to bend the rules, remember that COVID-19 is a serious, life-threatening illness.
By choosing to make the exception for yourself, you are not only going against all that we are doing to slow this virus down and putting yourself at risk, but you are also endangering the lives of others.
We are facing a significant storm surge, which is why, with the start of vaccine availability only a few short weeks away, it is so important for all of us to work together to keep our wall strong, to push back on COVID-19 united and together.
Remember that you are not alone in your sacrifice; it is our collective effort that makes the difference and will see us through."
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