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 536 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 59,608 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 4,624 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 362 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Currently, 7,303 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 52,605 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Since we last reported, we have had 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 253 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 115 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“To date, 69,746 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
“There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,038 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have had two new health-care facility outbreaks at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre and Maple Ridge Senior Village. The outbreaks at Langley Memorial Hospital long term care - Cedar Hill, Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum and Veterans Memorial Lodge are over.
“We now have four confirmed cases of the U.K. variant in British Columbia. The latest case is in a returning traveler in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. We have also identified one case of the South African variant. This person, also in Vancouver Coastal Health region, has not recently travelled and an investigation is ongoing.
“These variants have been shown in other countries to spread more easily. This means that if left unchecked, they could quickly cause a surge in cases. This is why it is so important to closely monitor our personal health and follow all public health orders and precautions.
“During this pandemic, our strength as a province has been all of us working together with a common purpose – to do all we can to keep our loved ones, our communities and ourselves safe – and to do that with kindness and compassion, tolerance and understanding.
“We have far more in common than what separates us when it comes to COVID-19. Each of our experiences may be unique, but we are all susceptible to getting ill from this virus. We all have a choice about our daily activities and how we treat those around us.
“Racism and discrimination hurt us all and have no place in our society. The health challenges that come with this virus are difficult enough without also having to face stigma from those around us.
“Now is the time for us to speak up and speak out. Using your layers of protection helps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Your individual efforts and actions help to stop racism and discrimination. That needs to start today.
“COVID-19 is our shared challenge and one we will only get through by supporting each other. There is an end, and doing the right thing, every day, will ensure we get there sooner.”
Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website and: https://www.nccih.ca/485/NCCIH_in_the_News.nccih?id=464
For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
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
For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
A backgrounder follows.