Friday, March 26, 2021

BC's COVID Surge continues, with Friday results topping the 900 mark on the day

The pace of new COVID infections continues to gallop along, with today's review of data from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix making for another day where the totals are again spiking from the day before.

The Friday afternoon review made note of 908 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the province, just under half of them from the Fraser Health Authority alone, that too making for a recurring theme for much of the last few months.

“Today, we are reporting 908 new cases, for a total of 95,677 cases in British Columbia.  

There are 6,245 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,996 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 87,866 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 294 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 81 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,449 deaths in British Columbia."

Across the province, the regional Health Authorities relayed the following new case counts fffor the day.

294 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 438 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 55 in the Island Health region, 43 in the Interior Health region, 

There were 78 new cases in the Northern Health region, which brings the total in Northern British Columbia to 5,777 cases since January of 2020 .

Today's data revealed that there were no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada. 

Provincial Health officials continue to keep a watch on the rise of variant cases as well and today they reported 140 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 1,912 cases. 

Of the total cases, 258 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,666 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 199 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant. 

The provincial vaccination program continues to roll on and to date, 637,856 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,233 of which are second doses. 

While the current increases are making for an alarming trend, Doctor Henry's statement today also focused on some of the measures that have been slowly dialled back a bit; as well as to remind British Columbians not to let their guards down just yet.

“We have been able to slowly turn the dial on some restrictions. However, we all need to remember while some activities are safe for us to do, others simply are not. 

We can be outside with the same small group of people, but gathering inside is high risk for all of us. We can soon see our Elders and seniors in care, but we must follow the safety protocols that remain in place. 

Seeing different friends on different days – even if we are outside – is unsafe. So is gathering in our homes where the layers of protection, like physical barriers and masks, are not used. 

Social connections and the sharing of a meal or a hug is important for us all, yet we must be vigilant that our need for those connections doesn’t put ourselves or those we care about in harm’s way. Rather, step away from our screens and step outside with our small core group of close contacts. 

Equally important in staying informed about what has been an ever-changing pandedmisd There is myriad misinformation, especially on social media, that fuels our apprehension and anxiety. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution or go to a credible, reliable information source, like the BC Centre for Disease Control, for the latest updates."

Further notes on  Friday's report can be reviewed here

BC CDC Data for BC For March 26 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern Health Region For March 26 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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