After health workers identified another 429 infections across the province, British Columbia’s COVID-19 caseload has reached a new record high. Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, in their first virus briefing after the Labour Day long weekend, stated that the province had hit 1,386 active cases of COVID-19 – up from 1,233 on Friday. They also announced that two residents of long-term care homes in the Lower Mainland have died from the disease bringing B.C.’s death toll to 213.
Henry said on Tuesday that their condolences go to the bereaved families and communities, and care providers. Henry added that they all feel their loss. The latest update on B.C.’s covers four reporting periods. These are: 123 of the new infections were reported from Friday to Saturday, followed by 116 from Saturday to Sunday, 107 from Sunday to Monday, and 83 from Monday to Tuesday. Henry said the total includes 12 epidemiologically linked cases.
Though that wasn’t enough to keep the province from breaking its record for active cases yet again, the latest infections were offset by the 272 people who recovered from COVID-19 since Friday. This brought B.C.’s total number of recoveries to 4,978. Increasing by just one patient from Friday, the number of hospitalizations stayed fairly steady. As of Tuesday afternoon, officials said there were 32 people hospitalized from COVID-19, together with 12 in ICU.
Nightclubs ordered to close
B.C.’s increasing caseload compelled Henry to rework once again her orders associated with bars, nightclubs, and banquet halls. With immediate effect, nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls have been ordered to shut down. At the same time, bars and restaurants were asked to desist from serving alcohol at 10 PM and close by 11 PM, except when they are providing full meal service. Henry noted that nightclubs and halls remain a “major source of transmission.” The provincial health officer added that “Issuing orders is not something that we do lightly; it is our last resort.”
More health care outbreaks
Henry indicated that there were three more health care outbreaks over the weekend, one being in Holy Family Hospital. Up to now, the second outbreak has only given rise to one confirmed infection. Henry indicated that they are hopeful with all of the precautions in place that will remain a single case. Officials said everyone in B.C. needs to curb their social interactions while returning to work and children going back to school after the long holiday weekend. Henry asked people to limit the amount of time they spend socializing with others – particularly when face to face and indoors and to spend more time with their household bubble.