Wednesday, April 21, 2021

BC holds the COVID count in the mid 800's but continues to realize high hospitalization rate and hears of seven deaths from todays report

Another day of keeping the COVID count in the 800's though one tempered with news of seven more passings from the coronavirus, as well as the the impact  facing the province's health care professionals and front line workers made for the themes of today's statement from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. 

“Today, we are reporting 862 new cases, for a total of 121,751 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 8,906 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 13,135 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 111,039 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 483 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 163 of whom are in intensive care. 

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

There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,546 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19. “

Across the province the regional Health totals are as follows: 200 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 557 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 25 in the Island Health region, and 54 in the Interior Health region.

There were 26 new cases reported  in the Northern Health region which brings the Northern total to 6,895 cases of COVID since January of 2020.

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

 Doctor Henry and Minister Dix had no new update on the variants of concern for the day. 

The vaccination count in the province has now reached 1,456,946 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines administered in B.C., 88,335 of which are second doses.

Today's statement wrapped up with a note on the ongoing impact of COVID on those on the front lines of health care in the province

“Our front-line health-care workers are under intense pressure and the number of people requiring specialized care in our critical and intensive care units continues to increase. This is the result of our individual and collective actions from two weeks ago. What we do today will determine how we fare two weeks from now. 

It is the small, simple things we do every day that make a difference – washing our hands, wearing a mask, staying away from others and not travelling if we do not need to. And, the time to do that is now. 

We can slow COVID-19, and we can bend our curve back down. Let’s all do our part today to make that happen.”

The full COVID statement for Wednesday  can be reviewed here 

BC CDC data for British Columbia for April 20, 2021

BC CDC data for the Northern Health Region for April 20, 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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