Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday COVID report relays 514 new cases for British Columbia while vaccine delivery continues to slow

The final report for the week from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix did not stray much from the pattern of the last five days, with a case count in the low 500's and an update on the provincial vaccination program that continues to slow down as supplies dwindle.

Today's report streamed live from Vancouver as the two top health officials covered a range of themes.

“Today, we are reporting 514 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 66,779 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,557 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 292 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 7,242 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 59,551 people who tested positive have recovered. “

Across the province the daily reports provided for the following data review: 134 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 223 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 29 in the Island Health region, 71 in the Interior Health region, 57 in the Northern Health region, that brings the total of positive cases of COVID in the North to 3, 391 since the start of the virus one year go.

There were no new cases of  COVID reported by people in British Columbia who reside outside of Canada. 

When it comes to the province's vaccine delivery program, to date, 129,241 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 4,262 of which are second doses. Today's vaccine count was 1, 986 shots administered.

Spring Break and other travel made for some of the narrative for today's update, with Dr. Henry continuing to urge British Columbians to remain local.

“Any travel beyond your local community, unless it is absolutely essential for work or medical care, is strongly discouraged right now. This applies to everyone in British Columbia and anyone considering a visit to our province. Now is not the time to travel. 

We all need to hold off on our travel plans until we can be sure we won’t be bringing the virus with us or bringing it back to our families and communities. 

Our layers of protection are a combination of the provincial public health restrictions, our personal actions and precautions, and supporting each other to do the right thing – with no exception. This combined effort is what will push our curve down. 

By working together while staying part and always following the measures we have in place, we are able to keep our restaurants open, our ski hills open, our kids going to school and to keep our health-care system working. 

This time is about each of us choosing to do all we can. This is what allows us to keep as much as is safe open and also slow the spread of COVID-19. Staying apart, small and local. That’s the path we need to stay on right now.”

You can can review more of today's  COVID statement here.  

BC CDC data for  British Columbia as of January 29 2021

BC CDC data for Northern Health Region as of January 29 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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