Monday, January 25, 2021

COVID case count rises to 1,344 with 26 deaths recorded from Friday through Sunday

Another weekend of high care reports came from the three day totals from Friday to Sunday, with Doctor Bonnie Henry relaying news of 1,344 new cases of the coronavirus, along with the sad news of another 26 passings from COVID.

The Monday report from the Doctor and Health Minister Adrian Dix, which streamed live across the province, also outlined a changed in the vaccination policy owing to a sharp reduction in the volume of vaccines that the province will realize in February.

With the Doctor announcing that a second shot for those who have been vaccinated will now be delayed to 42 days owing to the supply issues.

“Today, we are reporting on three periods: Jan. 22 to 23 we had 527 new cases, Jan. 23 to 24 we had 471 new cases and in the last 24 hours we had a further 346 new cases. 

This results in a total of 1,344 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 64,828 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,392 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 328 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 6,607 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 57,831 people who tested positive have recovered. 

There have been 26 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,154 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 weekend results from the regional Health Authorities was as follows:

314 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 618 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 73 in the Island Health region, 234 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health region, that brings the total number of cases in the Northern Region to 3,213 cases , since the virus first arrived in Canada one year ago.

There was also one new case of COVID reported for a person in British Columbia who resides outside of Canada. 

To date when it comes tot vaccination program British Columbia has reported 119,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 3,193 of which are second doses. 

"As a result of the limited supply of vaccine in the next two weeks, we will be delaying second doses until day 42, until we have assurance that vaccine supply has fully resumed. This is about doing our best to give as many people as possible the protection of a first dose." 

Towards the still high numbers in BC, the two health officials offered up some additional guidance for British Columbians and a request to continue to do what needs to be done to reduce the curve of COVID.

“In the last couple of weeks, we have plateaued at about 500 new cases of COVID-19 a day. And, while the number of long-term care outbreaks has slowed, we continue to see new outbreaks in hospitals and in the community. 

This may seem stable to some, but it is a precarious situation for all of us. This shows us that while we are slowing the spread in long-term care, the risks remain high because the virus continues to circulate in our communities. 

We are at the threshold of where we were in November when cases started rapidly escalating, and we need to put a stop to this before more people become severely ill and our health-care system faces even more strain. 

Getting to the brighter days, easing the public health restrictions in our province relies on what we do now. That is why we need your help."

BC CDC data for British Columbia as of January 25 2021

BC CDC data for Northern BC as of January 25 2021

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

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints


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