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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0060-001927
Nov. 9, 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 on two 24-hour periods. From Nov. 7 to 8, we had 536 new cases. In the last 24 hours, we had a further 462 new cases.

“This represents 998 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 18,714 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,891 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Currently, 133 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 43 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 9,179 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 13,425 people who tested positive have recovered.

“There have been 210 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 737 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 28 in the Interior Health region, 11 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 281 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 Harrison Pointe and Normanna. The outbreaks at Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge, at PICs and at The Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors have been declared over. In total, 32 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“On Saturday, new regional provincial health officer (PHO) orders were put in place in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and health-care outbreaks. The orders will be in place for the next two weeks until Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at noon.

“The purpose of the new orders is to break the chains of transmission connected to social gatherings occurring at a rapid rate in this part of the province.

“We have seen the virus spread in people’s homes, in a number of workplaces and with indoor group physical activities. This is increasing the risk across the entire province and we need to do all we can to stop this – now.

“This latest action in our COVID-19 response is about putting a short-term pause on non-essential activities and travel to ensure our essential activities – like school and work – can safely continue.

“For those regions included in the PHO orders, we ask that you prioritize ‘critical’ over ‘optional’ for the next two weeks. As we have done before, socialize virtually, plan parties and celebrations when it is safe to get together and support your neighbours at a distance.

“If you are in doubt about whether to travel or see someone, do not do it. If you can adjust your usual routine to see fewer people, then now is the time.

“We ask every business in the province to revisit its COVID-19 safety plans to ensure you are doing all you can to protect your employees and customers.

“Businesses operating within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health authority regions must now ensure all employees conduct daily health symptom checks to ensure everyone coming into your workplace is healthy. For those locations providing indoor group physical activities, new guidance and safety requirements are under development to help ensure you can continue to operate safely.

“We recognize taking a step back now has an impact on our mental, emotional and financial well-being. Especially with Remembrance Day ahead, let’s all look to our veterans who have shown us how important it is to persevere when there seems to be more darkness than light.”

Learn More:

To find the PHO'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

Guidance on new restrictions for those in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health regions:
gov.bc.ca/regionalrestrictions

Businesses in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions with group physical activities can submit their plans to: ehvc@vch.ca or worksitefitnessplans@fraserhealth.ca

BCCDC's safer celebrations guidance, including for Remembrance Day:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/safer-celebrations

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

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
2020HLTH0060-001927
Nov. 9, 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 – nine facilities:

  • 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 – 21 facilities

  • Agassiz Seniors Community
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • CareLife Fleetwood
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Harrison Pointe
  • Laurel Place
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community – long-term care
  • Hawthorne Senior Care Community – assisted living
  • Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence
  • Normanna (second occurrence)
  • Northcrest Care Centre
  • Rosemary Heights Seniors Village
  • St. Michael’s Centre
  • Suncreek Village
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Residence in Mission
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health – one facility

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0060-001927
Nov. 9, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
PPE update - Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

To recap B.C.’s cumulative totals from March to last week’s report on Monday, Nov. 2, the following personal protective equipment (PPE) has arrived in B.C.:

  • Just over 7.3 million N95 or equivalent respirators
  • Almost 124.5 million surgical or procedure masks
  • Almost 2.8 million pieces of eye protection, including goggles and face shields
  • Almost 192 million pairs of gloves
  • Just over 12.5 million gowns

Many of the items listed above, and other supplies and equipment that have recently arrived, are in the testing process to make sure the products meet or exceed safety requirements before being used in B.C.’s health-care system.

Over the last week (since the update last week until yesterday), the following PPE has arrived in B.C.:

  • 69,631 N95 or equivalent respirators
  • 1,763,850 surgical or procedure masks
  • 111,845 pieces of eye protection
  • 30,641,325 pairs of gloves
  • 629,140 gowns

B.C. continues to source and test PPE. It is working to pursue any and all credible leads for safe and effective products for its health-care system.

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

 
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