125 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; no new deaths

DR. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister of Health, on Wednesday announced 125 new cases, including one epi-linked cases, of COVID-19. The total number of cases in British Columbia is now 9,138.

There were no new COVID-19-related deaths and the total number of deaths in the province remains at 234.

There are 1,284 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,202 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 7,591 people who tested positive have recovered.

Currently, 72 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 21 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,340 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,658 in the Fraser Health region, 208 in the Island Health region, 533 in the Interior Health region, 312 in the Northern Health region and 87 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events around the province.

Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, and on all health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.

Henry and Brown said: “COVID-19 has required all of us to change how we work, go to school and spend time with friends and family. This has put an emotional and mental strain on everyone.

“Despite this added obstacle, people across B.C. have risen to the challenge with compassion and determination to help keep our curve where we need it to be.

“While the ongoing focus is not always easy to maintain, now is the time to keep going – to continue to support and care for each other through the efforts we make.

“Take a moment to thank the people at your local grocery store, reach out to your elderly neighbour to help with their garden cleanup or send a note to a friend that you haven’t seen for a while. A small kindness is good for us all.

“Let’s protect our communities by choosing to do our part every day. This is what will keep us strong and allow us to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are as follows:

Vancouver Coastal Health

Banfield Pavilion long-term care facility

Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)

Holy Family Hospital long-term care facility (second occurrence)

Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility

Yaletown House long-term care facility

Fraser Health

Cherington Place long-term care facility

Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility

Harrison West at Elim Village long-term care facility

Kin Village assisted-living facility

Milieu Children and Family Services Society community-living facility

New Vista Care Home long-term care facility

Rideau Retirement Centre independent-living facility

Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility

Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility