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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0054-001888
Oct. 22, 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 reporting 274 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 12,331 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,920 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 4,425 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 10,114 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 71 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 4,260 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,725 in the Fraser Health region, 249 in the Island Health region, 644 in the Interior Health region, 365 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 256 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 the Al Hogg Pavilion long-term care facility. The outbreak at Weinberg Residence has been declared over. In total, 18 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There have been no new community outbreaks. 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.

“Social gatherings are where we are seeing significant transmission of COVID-19 in our province. Many of the new cases are linked to weddings, funerals and other important life occasions, and the impact is far reaching.

“The new cases stemming from social gatherings are now spilling over and causing clusters and outbreaks in long-term care facilities, workplaces and schools right across our province.

“Let’s remember that when we come together with family and friends, we bring our risks with us and, in turn, they take those risks back home with them.

“This means that right now, every gathering, event or occasion needs to be small. We need to stick with our immediate household and safe six only.

“Now is the time to slow down, stay small and plan the party for next year; to show we care by keeping our friends and family off the invite list this fall and winter.

“Your choices make a difference. Let’s choose to protect our communities and the ones we care for most.”

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, visit:

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
2020HLTH0054-001888
Oct. 22, 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

  • Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility

Fraser Health

  • Al Hogg Pavilion long-term care facility
  • Baillie House long-term care facility
  • Chartwell Carrington House assisted and independent living facility
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society long-term care facility
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community long-term care facility
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Good Samaritan Victoria Heights assisted-living facility
  • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • PICS assisted-living facility
  • Rosemary Heights Seniors Village independent, assisted and long-term care facility
  • Sunset Manor assisted-living facility
  • The Village assisted living and long-term care facility
  • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility
  • Zion Park Manor long-term care facility
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0054-001888
Oct. 22, 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, 103,183 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 137,197 surgeries as of Oct. 18, 2020, of which 105,977 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 31,220 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 37,877 in Fraser Health;
  • 25,390 in Interior Health;
  • 7,928 in Northern Health;
  • 32,407 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 27,968 in Island Health; and
  • 5,627 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 5-11:

Last week, health authorities reported 6,765 surgeries completed from Oct. 5-11, 2020. Health authorities have now verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 7,077.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 12-18:

This week health authorities completed 5,643 surgeries.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 3
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0054-001888
Oct. 22, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Contact tracing hiring: weekly update

Progress snapshot:

Health authorities continue to work through a large number of interested candidates and there are a number of employment offers out to them. It is expected this will be reflected in hiring numbers next week.

  • 7,399 individuals have expressed interest, with 2,093 individuals expressing interest to Health Match BC (HMBC) and 5,306 expressing interest directly to health authorities.
  • In the past week, 1,967 people have expressed interest; this includes a number of contact tracer aide applicants to the Fraser Health region from previous weeks who had not previously been included in the counts.
  • In the past week, 56 positions have been filled across all health authorities. To date, there have been 460 total hires.
  • HMBC has referred 1,302 individuals to regional health authorities and the Provincial Health Services Authority as appropriate.
  • 322 candidates are in the interview stage.
  • 96 candidates are in the offer process.
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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