[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.”]
There was a bit of progress in BC’s Tuesday COVID-19 report, with less than 100 cases announced and no new deaths to relay, making for some relief from the spiking numbers of the last few weeks.
The need to scale back on our public exposures and to limit our circles from those outside of our social bubbles was reinforced as part of today’s information statement, however, with Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking about the upcoming colder weather and how it will make for more time indoors where more risk may be found.
“Today, we are announcing 96 new cases, including seven epi-linked cases, for a total of 8,304 cases in British Columbia. There are 1,465 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,314 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 6,589 people who tested positive have recovered. Currently, 61 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 22 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation,” she said.
Across British Columbia, the total to-date case reports from all Provincial Health Services Authorities were as follows: 2,984 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,254 in the Fraser Health region, 203 in the Island Health region, 511 in the Interior Health region, 266 in the Northern Health region, another eleven since the Monday report.
Eighty-six cases of Covid have been recorded in people who reside outside of Canada.
With Tuesday marking the start of Fall, Dr. Henry turned our attention to the need to reel in our social activity and add to the layers of protection for our families as we deal with the flu and other respiratory issues of the upcoming seasons.
“The start of fall is the time for all of us to regroup and reset our COVID-19 routines, and ready ourselves for the colder, wetter months ahead. As we move inside, the activities we choose to do and the layers of protection we use need to be adjusted to ensure we are protecting ourselves, our friends and family – especially those who are most vulnerable to severe illness,” she said.
Henry added, “This means spending less time with others outside of our household bubble right now. “We need to push our COVID-19 curve back down and keep the virus low and slow, so we can manage the many challenges that will come with the respiratory season.”
You can review the COVID-19 report for Tuesday here.