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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0068-002107
Dec. 17, 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 673 new cases of COVID-19, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 44,776 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 10,009 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 358 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 10,388 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 32,963 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 145 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 403 new cases in the Fraser Health region, four in the Island Health region, 66 in the Interior Health region, 47 in the Northern Health region and eight new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“Yesterday, 806 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers, for a total of 1,215 doses to date. Starting next week, the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for clinics in every health region across the province.

“There have been 21 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 713 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had no new health-care facility outbreaks. There have been two new community outbreaks at Wingtat Game Bird Packers and at the LNG Canada site involving Diversified Transportation employees.

“If there is one thing that we have learned about the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that to keep our wall strong, we have to work together.

“Here in B.C., our team is made up of front-line workers, health-care providers, contact tracers and the hundreds of thousands of other people across B.C. who are doing their part – at work, school and home.

“Together, we are making a difference by using our layers of protection and following all of the public health orders.

“Many people have already committed to celebrate safely, stay small and keep their families and communities safe. We can all make this commitment to make our holiday celebrations safe celebrations.

“Just as important, as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities, is to pay attention to how we are feeling and be aware of the symptoms of the virus.

“Here in B.C., the majority of new cases continue to be directly connected to known, confirmed cases of COVID-19. As a result, if you are a close contact of someone with the virus or of someone who is part of a cluster or outbreak and you develop any symptoms, you should arrange to get tested immediately.

“If you have not been around anyone that has COVID-19 that you are aware of, the guidance for when to get a test has been updated to make it clearer for everyone. This is because we know many COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza or colds.

“There are four symptoms that are highly predictive of the virus: fever or chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, and difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get tested right away.

“If you have one or two of any of the other symptoms, you can wait 24 hours. These symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you feel the same or worse after 24 hours, then you should also get tested. As always, if you are uncertain, contact your health provider or call 811.

“The days may be dark, the rain and snow may be upon us, but there is light ahead, and with each of us doing our part it gets brighter every day.”

Learn More:

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

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
2020HLTH0068-002107
Dec. 17, 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 – 15 facilities

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

Fraser Health – 35 facilities

  • Agassiz Seniors Community (second occurrence)
  • Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre
  • Agecare Harmony Court Estates
  • Al Hogg Pavilion (second occurrence)
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Baillie House (second occurrence)
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • Bradley Centre
  • Care Life Fleetwood (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Langley Gardens (second occurrence)
  • Chilliwack Lifestyles
  • Courtyard Terrace
  • Felburn Care Centre
  • Finnish Manor
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Harrison Pointe
  • Hilton Villa Seniors Community
  • Holyrood Manor
  • Lakeshore Care Centre
  • Langley Gardens
  • 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
  • St. Michael’s Centre
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Harrison at Elim Village (third occurrence)
  • The Residence at Clayton Heights
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)

Northern Health – three facilities

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

Interior Health – three facilities

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

Acute-care facilities:

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

 
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