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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001851
Sept. 24, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

VICTORIA – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are announcing 148 new cases, including 12 epi-linked cases, for a total of 8,543 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,371 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,417 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 6,917 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 61 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,094 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,361 in the Fraser Health region, 203 in the Island Health region, 520 in the Interior Health region, 278 in the Northern Health region and 87 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 229 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Banfield Pavilion and the outbreak at OPAL by Element assisted-living facility has been declared over. In total, nine long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.

“Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the BC 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 to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.

“How we make out this fall and winter is in our control. To ensure we are ready for the challenging respiratory season, now is the time to get back to basics with our COVID-19 safety precautions to allow us to push the curve back down.

“We can reduce our personal COVID-19 risks by using our layers of protection every day and remembering that the more people we see, the higher our risk will be.

“When deciding where to go and who to see, take a moment to think about both the risks you’re going into and the risks you will be taking with you when you leave. This will help you determine what is safe for you and your family to do right now.

“We know that our elders, our seniors and anyone with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of severe illness, so if this is the case for you or someone in your household, taking a step back from social interactions at this time is even more important.

“For all of us, it is about knowing ourselves and our families, and finding the balance that will keep our communities strong and everyone – whether at school, work or home – as safe as possible.

“Show you care for your community, neighbours, friends and loved ones by doing your part today.”

Quick Facts:

  • Assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are as follows:
    • Vancouver Coastal Health
      • Banfield Pavilion long-term care facility
      • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility
      • Yaletown House long-term care facility
    • Fraser Health
      • Cherington Place long-term care facility
      • Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility
      • Kin Village assisted-living facility
      • Milieu Children and Family Services Society community-living facility
      • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
      • Rideau Retirement Centre independent-living facility

Learn More:

To find the provincial health officer’s orders, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

If you are experiencing symptoms, find a collection centre near you to get tested:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to:
BCCDC (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: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: 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.

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

Two backgrounders follow.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001851
Sept. 24, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Surgical renewal commitment – weekly update

From March 16 to May 17, non-urgent surgeries — surgeries that have a target wait time of greater than six weeks — were postponed as part of the initial COVID-19 pandemic response. Urgent and emergency surgeries continued to be performed during this period.

On May 7, health authorities began calling all patients waiting for surgery to confirm that they were ready, willing and able to proceed with their surgery in a COVID-19 environment. To date 93,052 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 109,693 surgeries as of Sept. 20, 2020, of which 84,126 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 25,567 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 30,461 in Fraser Health;
  • 20,409 in Interior Health;
  • 6,359 in Northern Health;
  • 25,620 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 22,282 in Vancouver Island Health; and,
  • 4,562 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13:

Last week, health authorities reported 5,503 surgeries completed from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13. Health authorities have now verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 5,830.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20:

This week, health authorities completed 6,691 surgeries.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001851
Sept. 24, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Contact tracing hiring – weekly update
  • 88 positions have been filled this week, for a total of 235.
  • 197 individuals are currently in the interview stage, with 24 in the offer process.
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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