Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday's Daily COVID count once again tops 500 mark in BC ; with Northern BC now passing the 3,000 case report mark since the virus began in 2020

Today's update from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Heath Minister Adrian Dix was supposed to be a live streamed event as per the usual delivery of a Thursday afternoon. 

However late Wednesday the BC Government advised that instead they would join the Premier on Friday morning for a full press conference on COVID, joined by Doctor Penny Ballem who has been named the province's vaccine program coordinator.

The time for the session is not as of yet posted to the Government's info page,  that info the opportunity to view it will be available from the BC Government Facebook stream.

As a result of that change, today's update on COVID came by way of a published statement on Thursday afternoon. 

“Today, we are reporting 564 new cases, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 62,976 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,450 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 309 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 6,816 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and a further 56,010 people who tested positive have recovered. 

There have been 15 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,119 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 reported cases for the day from the regional health authorities were as follows:

111 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 234 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 95 in the Interior Health region and 76 in the Northern Health region which now pushes Northern British Columbia over the 3,000 case report mark, with 3,054 cases of COVID reported since January 2020. 

There was one new case of COVID reported in the province related to a person who resides outside of Canada. 

Today's statement also notes that to date, 104,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 1,663 of which are second doses. Complete immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard: 

Today's overview also made note of community cluster reported out of the Williams Lake region, with guidance for those residents to follow should they be feeling ill.

While the health officials note that the COVID-19 curve is beginning to trend in the right direction, the virus continues to spread as does the need to break the chains of transmission. 

“Despite our COVID-19 curve trending in the right direction, we continue to have new outbreaks, community clusters and high numbers of new cases. COVID-19 continues to spread widely in our communities. 

We need to do everything we can to break the chain of transmission. Right now is the time to do that. 

We must all continue to use our safety basics – at work, school, home and in the community. Right now, this is our number 1 means of keeping our communities safe. “Thank you for doing your part and choosing to bend the curve, not the rules.”

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

BC CDC data for British Columbia as of January 21 2021

BC CDC data for Northern BC as of January 21 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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