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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 761 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 56,015 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 6,349 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 372 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 8,849 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 47,374 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 484 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 23 in the Island Health region, 96 in the Interior Health region, 64 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"To date, 41,064 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to communities throughout the province, using all available supply.

"There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 970 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 761

Total Cases – 56,015 (55,254)

Active Cases – 6,349 (6,343)

Patients in Hospital – 372 (381)

Patients in ICU – 74 (78)

New Deaths – 8 *1 in the Interior

Totals Deaths – 970 (962)

Vaccines Administrated – 41,064 (33,665)

Health region breakdown of new cases

Vancouver Coastal – +94

Fraser – +484

Island – +23

Interior – +96

Northern – +64

Outside Canada – +0

More to come.

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CFJC Counselling

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KAMLOOPS — It was a slow spring for Corrinna Douglas’ counselling schedule but, by the time fall arrived, therapy bookings began to fill up.

“I’d say September-to-October, there was a huge increase in people reaching out for support,” she tells CFJC Today. “I think now we are definitely seeing a lot more people opening up and reaching out — which is beautiful because we all have mental wellness and at times we struggle with it.”

While many people have been able to spend more time with family or re-organize their priorities, Douglas says others have found the lack of in-person contact extremely difficult.

“I think a lot of people are also in this position where they’re actually realizing that they’ve maybe been impacted with some sadness or some worries for a long time, and it’s just becomes a greater concern for them with the isolation.”

Douglas says the end of summer brought an influx of clients to her practice, CorDiscovery Counselling — the largest demographic being young adults who felt overwhelmed with loneliness. Given the global health crisis, it’s normal to have those feelings, but Douglas says there are ways to keep your mind and spirit from getting stuck in a depressed state.

“We want people to stay physically distant but we want people to stay socially connected. So reach out to people. And when we reach out to people not only does it help that person we’re reaching out to, but it actually also makes us feel good.”

According to Douglas, an effective strategy to avoid prolonged periods of depression is to find ways to feel gratitude and focus on what you have instead of what was lost.

Now ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, she says the feelings of isolation are joined by a level of acceptance of the situation and curiosity about the future.

“I think people are feeling hopeful,” she notes. “Still working through some of the struggles of the worry though. The thought process of, ‘What if it doesn’t work out? What happens if it fails? Am I going to get it? What’s the impact going to be if I do get the vaccination?'”

Whether it be therapy, video calls with friends and family or a physically distanced visit, Douglas says social interactions can make a huge difference for those feeling alone.

“One of the things for myself that I always like to remind people is whatever you’re going through, it’s not forever. It’s not a place that you have to be in always.”

 

 

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Murray United Church

The second anniversary of the fire that burned the historic Murray Church to the ground is just days away, and with it comes a fundraising deadline.

Back in December, a generous, anonymous donor offered a challenge to the fundraising team; Raise half the remaining $15,000 and they would match the total.

“January 11 is two years since the arson fire at the Murray Church. So that’s our goal to raise this $15,000 by then,” said Richie Gage.

Richie also provided an update on the construction process, saying the foundation has been laid, and the team hopes to begin building upwards in the days ahead.

Anybody looking to donate to the cause can do so at any CIBC location, or by sending a cheque payable to Murray Church Project to Box 175, Merritt, BC, V1K1B8.

 

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Merritt COVID Jan 6

The BC Centre for Disease Control has updated its community-specific COVID-19 data for the week of December 27 – January 2.

The Merritt area recorded a weekly record of nine new cases over the seven-day span. The influx of new cases follows just three cases over the entire month of December leading up to the 27th.

The spike also increased the total number of cases in the Merritt area to 43.

Kamloops recorded 68 new cases, while the area encompassing Kelowna registered 139 cases last week.

Overall, there are currently 785 active cases of the virus in the Interior Health Authority with 33 people in the hospital and nine in the ICU.

 

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Update on IH numbers: 

  • IH is reporting 71 new cases overnight for a total of 4,310.
  • 785 cases are active and on isolation.
  • Thirty-three people are in hospital; nine of them in ICU.
  • Total number of deaths in IH has risen to 34.*
    • 1 additional death at Heritage Square in Vernon.

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 625 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 55,254 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 6,343 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 381 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 78 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 8,719 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and a further 46,728 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 178 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 305 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 28 in the Island Health region, 71 in the Interior Health region, 43 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"To date, 33,665 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to communities across the province, using all available supply.

"There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 962 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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