Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are reporting on three periods. From Jan. 8 to 9, we had 538 new cases. From Jan. 9 to 10, we had 507 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 430 new cases.
“This results in a total of 1,475 new cases of COVID-19 over the three-day period, for a total of 58,107 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 5,220 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 358 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 72 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Currently, 7,313 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 50,541 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Since we last reported, we have had 287 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 736 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 59 in the Island Health region, 217 in the Interior Health region, 173 in the Northern Health region and three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“To date, 59,902 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to communities across the province, using all available supply.
“There have been 22 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,010 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the pandemic.
“We have had five new health-care facility outbreaks at long-term care facilities Guildford Seniors Village, Suncreek Village, KinVillage West Court, Hart House and independent-living residence Avalon Gardens. The outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Lakeshore Care Centre, and Baillie House are over.
“There has been a new community outbreak in the community of Canim Lake. The outbreak at LNG Canada diversified transportation in Kitimat is over.
“Much thought and consideration have gone into our province’s approach and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
“This approach is founded on the scientific evidence available to us, in addition to our available supply, where the highest risks are in our community and who would be most severely impacted by the virus.
“What is important to know is everyone in the province who wants them will have access to vaccines.
“COVID-19 is our shared challenge and one we will only get through by supporting each other.
“There is no place in the pandemic for intolerance. Rather, we will get through this pandemic by helping those in need, giving a wave and showing you care with kindness, compassion, tolerance and understanding for each other.”
Mental health support:
Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
For the latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19 and where to get tested:
The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
Provincial health officer orders and guidance:
Non-health related information:
Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:
BC Centre for Disease Control (flights, work sites, etc.): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures
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