Monday, March 29, 2021

Rising curve of COVID detailed in weekend results, a push which is closing in on 100,000 cases since January 2020

A  surge of cases for review from the weekend, a press conference with the Premier in attendance and a range of new measures to address concerning times all made for some of the narrative to today's COVID-19 update.

In addition to the measures introduced or reinforced for the next three weeks, Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also provide for the regular data release for Monday afternoon.

“Today, we are reporting three periods: from March 26 to 27, we had 936 new cases; from March 27 to 28, we had 805 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 777 new cases. 

This results in a total of 2,518 new cases, and a total of 98,195 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 6,902 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 10,377 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. 

A further 89,722 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 299 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 79 of whom are in intensive care. 

The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.  

There have been six new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,455 deaths in British Columbia."

Across British Columbian the weekend totals from each Health Authority were as follows: 816 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,280 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 142 in the Island Health region, 156 in the Interior Health region, 

There were 121 new cases of COVID recorded  in the Northern Health region, that brings the Northern Region total to 5,898 since January of 2020. 

Three new cases of COVID-19 were listed in BC from  people who reside outside of Canada. 

Variants remain a concern in the province and with today's notes there have been 321 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 2,233 cases. 

Of the total cases, 413 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,915 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 48 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 270 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant. 

The vaccine rollout continues on, though with some new guidelines to come for the AstraZeneca vaccine distribution.  To date, 699,092 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,289 of which are second doses.

Three new outbreaks of COVID were announced for health care facilities in the province, including COVID cases for four patients at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

As we outlined earlier today, Premier John Horgan, Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minster Adrian Dix hosted an afternoon press conference, with the Doctor Henry releasing some noted on addition measures to be put in place in the province as the response to ongoing surge of COVID in British Columbia.

Those themes were addressed as part of today's wrap up on the data release as well.

“In the last few days, we have seen the start of exponential growth in new cases, hospitalizations and more people requiring critical care support. 

A circuit breaker is now required to break the chains of transmission in our province and allow us to safely move forward. “Gathering indoors is too a great of a risk for us right now. 

As a result, for the next three weeks, from midnight tonight through to April 19, 2021, the provincial health officer's orders have been amended.

Further notes on  Monday's  report can be reviewed here.

BC CDC Data for BC For March 29 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern Health region For March 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

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