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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0054-001879
Oct. 15, 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 142 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 11,034 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,494 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,683 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 9,257 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 74 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,974 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,800 in the Fraser Health region, 239 in the Island Health region, 587 in the Interior Health region, 345 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 250 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. In total, 16 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There has been one new community outbreak at the FedEx office adjacent to the Kelowna airport. 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.

“Today we are reporting B.C.’s first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in a child under the age of five years. The child was under investigation after showing symptoms of the syndrome and was confirmed with MIS-C when a COVID-19 serology test returned positive. The child has fully recovered and is at home.

“An additional 16 children in B.C. have been investigated for possible MIS-C and did not meet the case definition, as none of them have been positive or had links to COVID-19.

“Washing our hands regularly is one of easiest and best ways for us to protect ourselves from COVID-19, influenza and common colds. Today, on International Handwashing Day, take the time to refresh your good handwashing habits.

“When you come home, arrive at work or school, pause to wash your hands before doing anything else. And remember, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly.

“Another important preventive measure is to get an influenza vaccine this fall. Vaccines are arriving in B.C. now and over the coming weeks.

“Make this a part of your fall activities and be sure to get your vaccine before the end of November. To find a clinic and book your appointment, visit: www.immunizebc.ca

“Everyone in B.C. has a role to play in our COVID-19 response. Through simple steps, like washing our hands regularly and getting our influenza vaccine, we can all make a difference. Do your part today and help to protect our communities this fall and winter.”

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
2020HLTH0054-001879
Oct. 15, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

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
    • Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
    • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility
    • Weinberg Residence long-term care facility
    • Yaletown House long-term care facility
  • Fraser Health
    • Chartwell Carrington House assisted- and independent-living facility
    • Chartwell Crescent Gardens long-term care facility
    • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
    • Good Samaritan Delta View Care 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)
    • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
    • PICS assisted-living facility
    • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living 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
2020HLTH0054-001879
Oct. 15, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Surgical renewal commitment - weekly update

From March 16 to May 17, 2020, 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, 100,950 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and as of Oct. 11, 2020, have completed a combined total of 131,152 surgeries, of which 101,370 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 29,782 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authorities since May 18:

  • 36,210 in Fraser Health;
  • 24,319 in Interior Health;
  • 7,653 in Northern Health;
  • 30,875 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 26,689 in Island Health; and
  • 5,406 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed Sept. 28 to Oct. 5:

  • Last week, health authorities reported 6,817 surgeries completed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Health authorities have now verified their data. The total number of surgeries completed was 7,127.

Weekly total surgeries completed Oct. 5-11:

  • This week health authorities completed 6,765 surgeries. 
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 3
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0054-001879
Oct. 15, 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. The Provincial Health Services Authority, in particular, has had significant interest expressed in the contact tracer aide role in the past two weeks.

In total:

  • 5,447 individuals have expressed interest in total, with 2,084 individuals expressing interest to HMBC and 3,330 expressing interest directly to health authorities. In the past week, 860 people have expressed interest.
  • HMBC has referred 1,243 individuals to regional health authorities and PHSA as appropriate.
  • In the past week, 25 positions have been filled across all health authorities. To date, there have been 404 total hires.
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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