[This story originally appeared on The North Coast Review, a blog based in Prince Rupert that contains “items of interest to those living on the North Coast of BC.”]
Eighty-one more British Columbians are reported to have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, including an additional person included with the community outbreak on Haida Gwaii that was announced last Friday.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian relayed the news from the weekend at their Monday afternoon information session.
“Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period, from July 24 to July 25, we had 36 new cases. From July 25 to July 26, we had 21 new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 24 new cases.
This represents 81 new cases, including seven epi-linked cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 3,500 cases in British Columbia.
There are 264 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,043 people who tested positive have recovered.
Of the total COVID-19 cases, 11 people are hospitalized, three of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.”
Across the province, the totals look as follows:
1,064 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,800 in the Fraser Health region, 143 in the Island Health region, 353 in the Interior Health region, 80 in the Northern Health region, an increase of one from Friday.
There are 60 cases of people who reside outside of Canada listed in the BC numbers.
Dr. Henry and the Minister also announced two more passings from the Vancouver region related to COVID this weekend.
“There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 193 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Fraser Valley Packers Inc., a fruit packing plant in Abbotsford, after 15 staff working at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. Public-health teams are on site to investigate and case and contact management is ongoing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.
The outbreak on Haida Gwaii has a total of 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
There also continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province. A full listing of community exposure events for each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.”
Dr. Henry also amended her guidelines and required measures for public gatherings and events, much of the focus for the new measures is related to vacation accommodations and community gatherings.
The full report from Monday can be reviewed here.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:
The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.
More from Northern Health can be reviewed here.
You can review The North Coast Review’s archive of past statements and local information here.
Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.