Monday, February 22, 2021

Over 1400 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, 99 of them across Northern Health region

Another surge of positive case reports was found across the province over the last three days with over 1,400 new cases recorded by the provinces regional health authorities.

Today's update from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also revealed some new findings on the spread of variant cases in the province as well as the pace of the province's vaccination plan.

“Today, we are reporting three periods: from Feb. 19 to 20, we had 504 new cases, from Feb. 20 to 21 we had 475 new cases, and in the last 24 hours we had a further 449 new cases. 

This results in a total of 1,428 new cases, for a total of 77,263 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,560 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 7,768 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 71,313 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 223 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,335 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19."

Across the province, the regional Health Authorities of British Columbia relayed the following totals from the weekend: 358 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 805 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 99 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region. 

There  were 99 new cases reported this weekend across the Northern Health region, that brings the Northern BC totals to 4,351 positive case reports since January of 2020.

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in BC by people who reside outside of Canada. 

When it comes to vaccinations, as of today's report  218,726 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 55,057 of which are second doses. 

Towards the ongoing concern over the growth of variant cases in the province, the two public health officials noted the following:

“There are 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants of concern in our province, for a total of 101 cases and two cases of variants that are under invesigation. Of the total number of cases, four are active and the remaining 97 have now recovered. 

This includes 81 B.1.1.7 (UK), 20 B.1.31 (South Africa) and two B.1.525 (Nigeria) variants, the latter of which is under investigation. Of these confirmed cases, 58 are in Fraser Health, 38 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, four are in Island Heath and three are in the Interior Health regions. 

It is important to know that while these COVID-19 variants of concern have shown to transmit more easily, the measures we take to stop the spread are exactly the same as what we have been doing since the start of the pandemic. This is the case whether at work, at school or at home. 

As community transmission continues, we all need to continue to use all of the layers of protection, to continue to keep to our households only, and to avoid travel unless it is absolutely necessary."

Of note for the Northern Health region, so far the area has been free of the variant cases to this point.

BC CDC Data for British Columbia for February 22 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern Health Region for February ww 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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