On Wednesday, B.C. health officials reported 100 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the provinces’ total cases to 6,691.
The province’s death toll remains at 213 as no new deaths linked to the virus were reported over the past 24 hours.
Currently, there are now 1,378 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. This includes 37 people who are in hospital for treatment, where 15 are in ICU. In the meantime, because of exposure to known coronavirus cases, 3,101 people are now under public health monitoring.
Over the last day, almost 100 more people have recuperated from COVID-19 in B.C. About 5,086 people who had tested positive for the virus have now fully recovered. In the province, two new coronavirus outbreaks have been reported at health-care facilities. One outbreak is at the Milieu Children and Family Services Society community living facility in the Fraser Health region and another at the Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
The province’s health-care system has 15 outbreaks in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health region.
Community exposure events continue to occur even though no new community outbreaks have appeared since Tuesday.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint written statement said, “Alerts are posted on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether you need to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.”
Henry, Dix and B.C. Premier John Horgan on Wednesday highlighted the province’s strategy to control the COVID-19 pandemic during the flu and cold season. Health officials continue to ask British Columbians to practice basic health measures even as changes are coming to the health-care system to brace for the influenza season. Henry and Dix stated that following these health guidelines will assist in reducing the spread of both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu, which will then minimize health-care strains at hospitals.
Dix and Henry said people would be facing two health challenges during this fall and winter. These are the usual respiratory season and COVID-19. They stated that this means that people have to enhance measures to make sure our health-care centres, communities, and everyone is ready for what may be ahead. If possible, health officials are also urging people to get a flu shot this year. Besides, the two said that the steps everyone takes today and in the coming weeks, together with taking a few minutes to get influenza immunization, would make a difference in the coming days.
Many of the B.C. COVID-19 cases can be located in the Lower Mainland. A total of 2,285 have been confirmed in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and 3,482 cases have been found in the Fraser Health region. The Island Health region in the province has reported 185 cases. The Northern Health region has discovered 193 while the Interior Health region has confirmed 462 cases.