The overdose crisis “is not forgotten” during a pandemic


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Staff of Osoyoos Times

The province is not slowing the response to the overdose crisis in the context of the global pandemic, as Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of British Columbia. declare a public health emergency.

Three deaths in the past 24 hours from long-term care homes in the Lower Mainland bring the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in British Columbia. to 72.

There have been 27 new cases of COVID-19 tested positive in British Columbia. Tuesday, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix who gave their daily update from Victoria on Tuesday.

A total of 141 positive COVID-19 tests have been performed in the domestic health region, including three new epidemic-related cases among a group of temporary foreign workers now quarantined in on-site housing at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. in West Kelowna, total number of positive tests related to the epidemic at 23.

BC. has a total of 1,517 cases province-wide, with 942 fully recovered.

Henry was pleased to see the federal government follow the example of British Columbia demanding self-isolation plans for those arriving at Canada’s borders, noting that 2,337 people have arrived in British Columbia. in the past few days, with 24 of those using the accommodation offered to isolate themselves.

There are 134 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in British Columbia. today, including 11 in the domestic health region.

COVID-19 is not the only public health emergency in British Columbia. right now, said Henry, noting the fourth anniversary of the ongoing overdose crisis and the declared public health emergency in British Columbia.

People with addictions have not been forgotten, said Henry, recognizing that there are challenges in providing provincial services like supervised consumption sites.

“I want you to know that you are not alone. We are not slowing down our response and moving away from the importance of being able to support people who use drugs and their families and communities. We are not letting this crisis prevail over the importance of our response to our overdose crisis here, “said Henry.

“There have already been a number of movements around emergency housing options and we are continuing to work to ensure that those who need these housing options can access them in the coming days.”

Responding to traffic reports on BC Ferries and rural vacation spots in British Columbia, Dix said the data may not match anecdotal evidence. People in British Columbia are “massively” following provincial health orders, said Dix.

“Like everything else, when it happens, when people don’t, it amplifies its meaning because everyone does it and a lot of people sacrifice themselves,” said Dix. “There was a feeling I know in some places that was much stronger than the BC Ferries data was.”

Henry said there was no benefit in “trying to stop people from coming into an area”.

“This will not necessarily prevent the transmission of this virus. That said, what we want is for everyone to go to bed and stay at home, but you need essential services, “said Henry. “For example, we know that there is a group of students last weekend who have finished university and are returning home. There are legitimate reasons why people should check family and friends. “

The province will update the media and the public on COVID-19 modeling on Friday.


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