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- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 15 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,330 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 871 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,098 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region, 180 are in the Interior Health region and 56 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 129 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 15 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have been declared over at 19 care facilities, including at Cedarbrook Chateau.

"Public health teams are also providing support for community outbreaks in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,659 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 69 individuals are hospitalized and 21 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 15

Total Cases – 2,330 (2,315)

Patients in Hospital – 69 (73)

Patients in ICU – 21 (20)

Recovered – 1,659 (1,579)

New Deaths – 2

Totals Deaths – 129 (127)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 871 (866)

Fraser – 1,098 (1,089)

Island – 125 (125)

Interior – 180 (180)

Northern – 56 (55)

More to come.

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today we are announcing 29 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,315 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 866 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,089 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region (note: two cases were removed from yesterday's Island Health total due to a data error), 180 are in the Interior Health region and 55 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 127 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 16 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have now been declared over at 18 care facilities.

"Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, actively contact tracing those who may be directly affected and their close contacts.

"There has been no change in the number of confirmed positive cases at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, United Poultry in Vancouver or at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre.

"There are now 61 positive cases at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 17 connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,579 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 73 individuals are hospitalized and 20 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"We must continue with what we have been doing, because it is working. We have flattened our curve and must keep it there.

"Until we move into Phase 2, the orders, restrictions and guidance remain in place.

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This week, BC Premier John Horgan outlined the province’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions and return to a new normal.

One sector that has been completely shutdown is organized sports and recreation. Locally gyms are closed, youth leagues are postponed, and fields are laying empty. 

Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown addressed summer sports and if we’ll see them return this year.

“We’re asking for daily routine symptom screening for all participants. We’re asking that people focus on low contact sports, especially outdoors, that will be considered safer and with less risk of transmission. We want to actively engage in a discussion around higher contact sports, whether they should be taking place at all during the pandemic,” said Brown.

Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated that gyms will likely not be reopening until phase 3 of the restart plan.

Henry also addressed the future of spectators at sporting events.

“I don’t see it happening this year. I hope that when we have a vaccine and we learn more about this virus we’ll be able to get back to that type of contact as soon as we can,” added Henry.

Additional Guidelines Sports/Recreation and Camps

•Routine daily symptom screening for all participants.

•Low contact sports especially those outdoors are considered safer. Identify high contact sports that should not take place during the pandemic.

•Clear policy for participants and staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, with any coughing or sneezing not participating.

•Staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness should not take part in recreational, sporting, or camp activities.

 

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The BC Coroners Service has released its latest report of illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province, covering up to March.

Across BC in March, there were 113 suspected drug toxicity deaths. It’s the first time that the number has exceeded 100 since March 2019. The number is also a 61% increase over February 2020.

As in years past, men account for the majority of drug deaths in BC with 76% of all deaths being men.

To date, the Interior Health Authority has recorded 46 deaths in 2020. For comparison, in all of 2019, there were 139 deaths.

Broken down further, the Thompson Cariboo is reporting 17 deaths so far this year, compared with 42 in all of 2019.

The report did not provide specific statistics for Merritt.

The entire report from the coroner's service can be found - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death/coroners-service/statistical-reports

 

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Update-

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 33 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,288 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 865 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,064 are in the Fraser Health region, 126 are in the Island Health region, 179 are in the Interior Health region and 54 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Fraser Health region and one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 126 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 16 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have now been declared over at 18 care facilities, including the Swedish Canadian Manor.

"Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, actively contact tracing those who may be directly affected and their close contacts.

"There are seven confirmed positive cases at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, 56 at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 35 at United Poultry in Vancouver.

"There are also 134 inmates and staff confirmed positive at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre, as well as 16 positive cases of COVID-19 connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,512 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 76 individuals are hospitalized, 20 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"We are in Phase 1 of our four-part COVID-19 B.C. Restart Plan, which means we must continue doing what we have been doing since the orders and restrictions were put in place a few weeks ago.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 33

Total Cases – 2,288 (2,255)

Patients in Hospital – 76 (74)

Patients in ICU – 20 (19)

Recovered – 1,512 (1,494)

New Deaths – 2

Totals Deaths – 126 (124)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 865 (852)

Fraser – 1,064 (1,046)

Island – 126 (124)

Interior – 179 (179)

Northern – 54 (54)

More to come.

 

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