Thursday, December 31, 2020

Final COVID-19 report for 2020 notes 683 new cases of COVID-19, though the first decline in deaths since November


The Final year end review from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provided for the last update for 2020 with reports of 683 new cases of COVID reported for the day, along with 8 more passings, which is the lowest count of those who have passed from COVID since November.

With today's review there are now 51,983 total cases reported through 2020 in British Columbia. With 8 passing recorded in the last 24 hours, which brings the total of those who have passed away from COVID in BC to 901 in 2020.

Across the Health Health Authorities of the province the totals were as follows today:

105 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 447 in Fraser Health, 11 in Vancouver Island Health, 64 in Interior Region and in 36 in the Northern Health which takes the North over the 2,000 mark for a total of 2,011 cases reported since January.

Dr. Henry also noted that there is some overlap in data interpretation from the Northern Health region, with a data reconciliation to take place over the next few days, with the results of that review to be provided to the BC CDC Dashboard.

As part of the final report, Dr. Henry made note of the ongoing vaccination program in the province, including the roll out of vaccines for Indigenous communities in the Northwest part of the Province.

She also reinforced the full range of Public Health Orders that remain in place to help to bring down the curve and will serve the province as the vaccine program continues.

“A new year brings a fresh start for us all, and we must start 2021 on the right foot. This year, that means following provincial health officer orders to protect your friends, family and all your communities. 

This New Year’s Eve, we can still celebrate, but as we are seeing around the globe, tonight this must be done in different ways than before. Many of us will be ordering our favourite meals in. Others are having a games night in with their household or celebrating with friends online. 

Whatever your plans may be this evening, please remember how important it is to follow the public health orders and restrictions. By staying local, keeping our circles small and following provincial health orders, we can welcome in the new year on a safe and celebratory note."

You can review the Thursday 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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