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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0065-002036
Dec. 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 619 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 39,337 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 9,329 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 338 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 75 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 11,526 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 28,448 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 121 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 384 new cases in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 81 in the Interior Health region, 27 in the Northern Health region and one new case with people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been 16 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 559 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had one new health-care facility outbreak at Courtyard Terrace Assisted Living. The outbreak at Royal Ascot Care Centre is over. There have been no new community outbreaks.

“Today, we shared our COVID-19 vaccine strategy in step with federal approval of the first safe and effective vaccine available in Canada. Next week, British Columbians will begin to receive the Pfizer vaccine, launching our provincewide immunization program.

“This is a significant turning point in our B.C. COVID-19 response that, simply put, will save lives.

“As we recognize this milestone and look ahead, let's remember the importance of continuing to work together, to follow the public health orders and to use our layers of protection until the vaccine is available for all of us."

Learn More:

For the latest PHO orders and guidance, visit:

For updated provincial health officer's (PHO) orders and new guidance:

For details on new restrictions, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

For updated PHO 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

Find out where to get tested:

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, anxiety and other supports:

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com 
Or visit the BCCDC for further supports: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19

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

People in BC 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 (mailto:VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca)

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.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

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 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

A backgrounder follows.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0065-002036
Dec. 9, 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, seniors' rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks:

Vancouver Coastal Health – 13 facilities

  • Arbutus Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Banfield Pavilion
  • Capilano Care Centre
  • Columbus Residence
  • Crofton Manor
  • German Canadian Benevolent Society Home (second occurrence)
  • Little Mountain Place (second occurrence)
  • Renfrew Care Centre
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home (second occurrence)
  • St. Judes Anglican Home
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Windermere Care Centre
  • Villa Cathay (second occurrence)

Fraser Health – 36 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)
  • Baillie House (second occurrence)
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • Bradley Centre
  • Care Life Fleetwood (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Langley Gardens (second occurrence)
  • Chilliwack Lifestyles
  • Courtyard Terrace
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Finnish Manor
  • Fleetwood Villa
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Harrison Pointe
  • Holyrood Manor
  • Lakeshore Care Centre
  • Laurel Place
  • Menno Home
  • Morgan Place Care
  • Northcrest Care Centre
  • Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge
  • PICS Assisted Living (third occurrence)
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Royal City Manor
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Harrison at Elim Village (third occurrence)
  • The Residence at Clayton Heights
  • The Residence in Mission
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)

Northern Health – three facilities

  • Gateway Lodge
  • North Peace Seniors Housing Society
  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health – four facilities

  • McKinney Place
  • Mountainview Village
  • Sun Pointe Village
  • Village by the Station (second occurrence)

Island Health – two facilities

  • Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens
  • Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead

Acute Care Facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks

  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Richmond Hospital
  • Saanich Peninsula Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • West Coast General Hospital
  • University Hospital of Northern BC
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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