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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0062-001980
Nov. 30, 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 three 24-hour periods. From Nov. 27 to 28, we had 750 new cases. From Nov. 28 to 29, we had 731 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 596 new cases.

“We are also reporting 277 historical cases from the Fraser Health region, reconciling a data lag from earlier this month. This represents 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 33,238 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 8,855 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 316 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 75 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 10,139 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 23,111 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 368 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,365 in the Fraser Health region, 58 in the Island Health region, 212 in the Interior Health region, 73 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

“There have been 46 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 441 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had five new health-care facility outbreaks at Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, St. Judes Anglican Home, Lakeview Care Centre, Fleetwood Villa and Mountainview Village. The outbreak at Louis Brier Home is over.

“There has been one new community outbreak at Newton Elementary school.

“This has been a challenging pandemic for all of us, with so many of the usual ways that we connect with those we care about – our families, friends and communities – paused or significantly changed as a result of COVID-19.

“For the many occasions and daily life activities that we would normally do together, we must stay apart. And despite how difficult this may be, most people in B.C. are doing the right thing.

“People have followed the orders and used the important layers of protection because it is a responsibility we have to each other and our fellow citizens, and is how we show we care.

“If you are thinking that it may be okay for you to bend the rules, remember that COVID-19 is a serious, life-threatening illness.

“By choosing to make the exception for yourself, you are not only going against all that we are doing to slow this virus down and putting yourself at risk, but you are also endangering the lives of others.

“We are facing a significant storm surge, which is why, with the start of vaccine availability only a few short weeks away, it is so important for all of us to work together to keep our wall strong, to push back on COVID-19 united and together.

“Remember that you are not alone in your sacrifice; it is our collective effort that makes the difference and will see us through.

“We have done this before and we can do it again. Let’s do our part today to slow community transmission, to slow COVID-19 and protect everyone in our province.”

Learn More:

For weekly health service delivery area case rates, visit page three of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) situation report, updated each Friday: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

For information on overdoses, visit: https://www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca

People in B.C. experiencing violence can access VictimLink, a toll-free, confidential multilingual service available 24/7 by calling or texting 1 800 563-0808 or emailing: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

For more details on the provincial health officer’s (PHO) Nov. 19 orders, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

Nov. 12, 2020, modeling update:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/modelling-projections

For 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

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
2020HLTH0062-001980
Nov. 30, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings:

Vancouver Coastal Health – 16 facilities

  • Arbutus Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Banfield Pavilion
  • Capilano Care Centre
  • Columbus Residence
  • German Canadian Benevolent Society Home (second occurrence)
  • Holy Family Hospital (fourth occurrence)
  • Lakeview Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Little Mountain Place (second occurrence)
  • Renfrew Care Centre
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home (second occurrence)
  • Royal Ascot Care Centre
  • St. Judes Anglican Home
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Windermere Care Centre
  • Youville Residence
  • Villa Cathay (second occurrence)

Fraser Health – 33 facilities

  • Agassiz Seniors Community
  • Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre
  • Agecare Harmony Court Estates
  • Al Hogg Pavilion (second occurrence)
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Amica White Rock (third occurrence)
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • Care Life Fleetwood (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Langley Gardens (second occurrence)
  • Cottage-Worthington Pavilion
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Finnish Manor
  • Fleetwood Villa
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Harrison Pointe
  • Hawthorne Senior Care Community – assisted living
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community – long-term care
  • Holyrood Manor
  • Jackman Manor
  • Laurel Place
  • Menno Home
  • Morgan Place Care
  • Northcrest Care Centre
  • PICS Assisted Living (third occurrence)
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Sunset Manor (second occurrence)
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Residence at Clayton Heights
  • The Residence in Mission
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)
  • Valley Haven Care Home

Northern Health – two facilities

  • North Peace Seniors Housing Society
  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health – three facilities

  • Mountainview Village
  • Orchard Manor
  • Sun Pointe Village

Island Health – three facilities

  • Discovery Harbour Care
  • Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens
  • Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead

Acute-care facilities:

  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0062-001980
Nov. 30, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
PPE update - Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

To recap B.C.’s cumulative totals from March to last week’s report on Nov. 23, the following personal protective equipment (PPE) has arrived in B.C.:

  • Just over 7.7 million N95 or equivalent respirators
  • Almost 130.7 million surgical or procedure masks
  • Almost 2.9 million pieces of eye protection, including goggles and face shields
  • Almost 235.4 million pairs of gloves
  • Just over 15 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.:

  • 30,586 N95 or equivalent respirators
  • 1,863,700 surgical or procedure masks
  • 8,782 pieces of eye protection
  • 21,448,030 pairs of gloves
  • 1,963,780 gowns

These numbers do not yet include the deliveries that arrived at Vancouver International Airport, as these items are still being processed into inventory. This includes:

  • 43.2 million pairs of gloves
  • 105,540 gowns
  • 24 million procedure masks
  • 21,600 procedure masks with visors

B.C. continues to source and test PPE. It is working hard 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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