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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0059-001915
Nov. 5, 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 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 425 new cases, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 16,560 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 3,389 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 7,519 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 12,806 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 97 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.

“There have been 126 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 268 in the Fraser Health region, seven in the Island Health region, 18 in the Interior Health region, six in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 273 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Tabor Home and Pinegrove Place. The outbreak at Queen’s Park Care Centre has been declared over. In total, 28 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

“There have been no new community outbreaks. The outbreak at École de L’Anse-au-Sable in Kelowna has been declared over. There also 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.

“As we learn more about COVID-19, we have adapted and can continue our daily activities in a safe way, and we will continue to modify our approach as we move forward.

“As cases rise, our greatest impact will be made through the small actions we take each day. Now, fewer faces make for safer spaces. By staying small, we can protect our well-being.

“We need everyone to help slow the spread of the virus by staying local, only spending time with our household or at most, our safe six and by following the safety basics – at work, at school and at home.

“The foundational layers of protection and provincewide orders in place throughout B.C. are our steady guideposts to help chart our path forward.

“If you need some encouragement, look to the many children and teens who have quickly adapted to the protective measures in schools. They have learned how to safely play sports and were also able to dress up and have fun while still being careful last weekend.

“Let’s remember as the days get darker, there is lightness ahead. We will get through the challenges of COVID-19 by all of us doing our part, while staying apart.”

Learn More:

BCCDC’s national and international COVID-19 epidemiological data: https://bccdc.shinyapps.io/covid19_global_epi_app/

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

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

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
2020HLTH0059-001915
Nov. 5, 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
  • Haro Park Centre (second occurrence)
  • Hamilton Village Care Centre
  • Lakeview Care Centre
  • Louis Brier Home & Hospital
  • Pinegrove Place
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home (second occurrence)
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Yaletown House

Fraser Health:

  • Agassiz Seniors Community
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • CareLife Fleetwood
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society
  • Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Laurel Place
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
  • Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence
  • PICS (second occurrence)
  • Rosemary Heights Seniors Village
  • St. Michael’s Centre
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)

Northern Health:

  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health:

  • Village at Mill Creek
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0059-001915
Nov. 5, 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 they were ready, willing and able to proceed with their surgery in a COVID-19 environment. To date, 106,112 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 152,351 surgeries as of Nov. 1, 2020. Of these, 118,125 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 34,226 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 41,781 in Fraser Health;
  • 27,920 in Interior Health;
  • 8,891 in Northern Health;
  • 35,805 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 31,780 in Island Health; and
  • 6,174 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25:

Last week, health authorities reported 6,925 surgeries completed. Health authorities have verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 7,213.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1:

Health authorities completed 6,894 surgeries.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 3
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0059-001915
Nov. 5, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Contact-tracing hiring: weekly update

Snapshot of progress:

There are a significant number of contact-tracing job candidates. It is expected that these will be reflected in hiring numbers next week.

  • 309 candidates are in the interview stage
  • 78 candidates are in the offer process

There continues to be interest in the contact-tracing positions, primarily through health-authority mechanisms.

In total:

  • 8,421 individuals have expressed interest, with 2,111 individuals expressing interest to Health Match BC (HMBC) and 6,310 expressing interest directly to health authorities. 
    • In the past week, 468 people have expressed interest.
  • HMBC has referred 1,341 individuals to regional health authorities and the Provincial Health Services Authority as appropriate.
    • In the past week, 57 positions have been filled across all health authorities. To date, there have been 580 total hires. This surpasses the initial target (500 first announced in August) and represents 95.3% of the increased target of 608 positions (updated in September).
  • In the past week, several health authorities have received approval to increase the total number of contact tracers to approximately 800 positions.
  • In addition, the ministry has provided approval to the First Nations Health Authority to hire 76 community health representative positions to support culturally safe contact tracing efforts within First Nations communities.
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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