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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0068-002149
Dec. 29, 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 new cases of COVID-19 from Dec. 24 through to Dec. 29.

“From Dec. 24 to 25, we had 512 new cases. From Dec. 25 to 26, we had 447 new cases. From Dec. 26 to 27, we had 424 new cases. From Dec. 27 to 28, we had 441 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had 382 new cases.

“This represents 2,206 new cases over the five-day period, including 25 epi-linked cases, for a total of 50,815 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 7,580 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 373 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 80 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 9,414 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 41,175 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 378 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,375 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 44 in the Island Health region, 238 in the Interior Health region, 171 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“Since the start of immunizations, 11,930 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. The Moderna vaccine, the second approved vaccine in Canada, will arrive in British Columbia this week, with the first doses targeted for remote and isolated First Nations communities and residents of long-term care.

“There have been 74 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 882 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had eight new health-care facility outbreaks at Brookside Lodge, Rideau Retirement Residence, The Emerald at Elim Village, Heritage Square, Noric House, Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence, University Hospital of Northern British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital. The outbreaks at PICS Assisted Living, Courtyard Terrace, Agassiz Seniors Community and Fort Langley Seniors Community are over.

“The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has identified the first case of a person in B.C. infected with the COVID-19 U.K. variant. The person and their close contacts are isolating and receiving care from public health teams. The case was identified as part of the ongoing whole genome sequencing that has been done since the start of the pandemic.

“What we know is this variant spreads more quickly than the other mutations we have had here in B.C. This is why adhering to the public health orders and restrictions, particularly abiding by the federal quarantine order and avoiding all non-essential travel, is so important.

“The majority of people in B.C. are following the public health orders we have in place. This meant that for most of us, this past weekend was a quiet weekend, with our immediate household only.

“To give our front-line health-care workers the reprieve they deserve, we need to make this entire holiday season a quiet holiday season, including our New Year’s celebrations.

“The turning of the calendar to 2021 is something we are all looking forward to. The way to ensure we are in the best possible position going into January 2021 is to make it a safe New Year for everyone.

“Every time you follow the rules, you save people’s lives. Every time you make the choice to bend the rules to make them work for you, you put yourself and your loved ones at risk.

“Staying local, staying small and staying apart protects the people we care about most and ensures the coming year will be better, brighter and safer for everyone.”

Learn More:

For updated 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
2020HLTH0068-002149
Dec. 29, 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 – 14 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 Cathay (second occurrence)

Fraser Health – 31 facilities

  • Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre
  • Al Hogg Pavilion (second occurrence)
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Baillie House (second occurrence)
  • Brookside Lodge
  • Care Life Fleetwood (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Langley Gardens (second occurrence)
  • Chilliwack Lifestyles
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society (second occurrence)
  • Finnish Manor
  • Fleetwood Villa
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Hilton Villa Seniors Community
  • Holyrood Manor
  • Lakeshore Care Centre
  • Laurel Place
  • Menno Home
  • Minoru Residence
  • Morgan Place Care
  • Nicola Lodge (second occurrence)
  • Northcrest Care Centre
  • Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Rideau Retirement Residence
  • St. Michael’s Centre
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Emerald at Elim Village
  • The Harrison at Elim Village (third occurrence)
  • The Mayfair Seniors Living & Care
  • The Residence at Clayton Heights

Northern Health – three facilities

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

Interior Health – six facilities

  • Heritage Retirement Residence
  • Heritage Square
  • McKinney Place
  • Mountainview Village
  • Noric House
  • Village by the Station (second occurrence)

Island Health – two facilities

  • Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence
  • The Gardens at Qualicum Beach

Acute-care facilities:

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

 
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