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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001871
Oct. 8, 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 110 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 10,066 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,394 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,139 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 8,398 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 76 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 17 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 3,693 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,174 in the Fraser Health region, 223 in the Island Health region, 557 in the Interior Health region, 330 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 245 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Milieu Children and Family Services Society has been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at Teck Coal has been declared over. There continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“We have the tools and resources to protect ourselves and our loved ones while COVID-19 is with us this winter and fall.

“We know what to do at home, at work and in our communities each day. We also have the information we need to ensure our social connections and celebrations are safe.

“Let’s make this Thanksgiving weekend one of gratitude and kindness by staying local and connecting with each other in a way that doesn’t put those we care about at risk.

“Support your family by keeping your celebration dinner small, support your friends and neighbours by always giving them the space to stay safe, and support our public health teams by paying attention to how you are feeling and always staying home if you are feeling ill.

“What we do today and every day makes a difference, so let’s continue to all do our part.”

Learn More:

BCCDC’s safer celebrations guidance: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/safer-celebrations

To learn more about the Oct. 5 modelling presentation, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Going_Forward_Oct_2020.pdf

Guidance for Halloween during COVID-19: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/halloween

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

Three backgrounders follow.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001871
Oct. 8, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Banfield Pavilion long-term care facility
  • Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility

Fraser Health

  • Chartwell Crescent Gardens long-term care facility
  • Cherington Place long-term care facility
  • Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility
  • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
  • Harrison West at Elim Village long-term care facility
  • Kin Village assisted-living facility
  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility (third occurrence)
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility
  • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • White Rock Seniors Village long-term care facility
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001871
Oct. 8, 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 99,030 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 124,071 surgeries as of Oct. 4, 2020. Of these, 95,666 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 28,405 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 34,289 in Fraser Health;
  • 23,050 in Interior Health;
  • 7,240 in Northern Health;
  • 29,113 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 25,256 in Island Health; and
  • 5,123 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27:

Last week, health authorities reported 6,811 surgeries completed. Health authorities have now verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 7,229.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4:

This week, health authorities completed 6,817 surgeries.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 3
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0053-001871
Oct. 8, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Contact tracing hiring – weekly update

Snapshot of progress:

There continues to be interest in the contact tracing positions through both Health Match BC (HMBC) and health authority mechanisms. All health authorities are moving candidates through the recruitment process.

  • 4,587 individuals have expressed interest, with 2,077 expressing interest to HMBC and 2,510 expressing interest directly to health authorities. 
  • HMBC has referred 1,196 individuals to regional health authorities and the Provincial Health Services Authority as appropriate.
  • In the past week, 52 positions have been filled across all health authorities.
  • To date, there have been 379 total hires. In addition, 262 individuals are currently in the interview stage; with 62 in the offer process.
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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