COVID-19 in British Columbia: New Travel Rental Guidelines, Blueberry Outbreak and More Theft With Cases

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As the number of new cases rose on Friday, the numbers for the following days fell.

Meanwhile, there are cases in the BC food industry, and a few other domestic and international flights have been confirmed with cases.

In the daily COVID-19 update from C.

Dr Henry has provided updates for the last three periods since the last update on July 24.

From July 24 to 25, there were 36 new cases, the highest number since July 17.

Then from July 25 to 26, there were 21 new cases, followed by 24 new cases from July 26 to 27.

This represents a total of 81 new cases over three days (including seven cases linked to the ear).

The cumulative provincial total is now 3,500 cases (during the pandemic), which includes:

  • 1,064 to Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 1,800 to Fraser Health;
  • 143 in Island Health;
  • 353 in internal health;
  • 80 dans Northern Health;
  • 60 among people residing outside Canada.

There are currently 264 active cases, including 11 patients in hospital (three of these people are in intensive care units). Ten said there were four at Vancouver Coastal Health, five at Fraser Health and two at Interior Health.

Without a new health care outbreak, there remains one active outbreak in one long-term care facility and two in acute care units. 260 employees and 404 residents have tested positive in these outbreaks, for a total of 664 cases in healthcare.

Sadly, there are two new deaths – both are long-term care residents at Vancouver Coastal Health. The total number of deaths is now 193 people dead.

A total of 3,043 people have recovered.

British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix
Province of British Columbia

Dr Henry said there was a new outbreak in the community at Fraser Valley Packing, a blueberry packing plant in Abbotsford.

According to Fraser Health, 15 employees have tested positive to date. The first case tested positive on July 23. All cases and close contacts have been ordered to self-isolate.

The plant remains in service but at reduced capacity and Fraser Health has inspected the facility.

According to Loblaw, an employee of a Real Canadian Superstore in Surrey (14650 104th Avenue) has tested positive for the virus. The last date the employee worked at the store was July 15, and all employees who have worked closely with the person are advised to self-isolate while performing self-monitoring for symptoms.

Additionally, Loblaw has also confirmed that a Shopper Drug Mart staff member in Orchard Park (2271 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna has also tested positive. The individual last worked at the site on July 20.

Meanwhile, there are now 14 confirmed cases linked to the Haida Gwaii outbreak.

Dr Henry said more than 1,010 people are self-isolating after being identified as being exposed to COVID-19 and are considered “at high risk”. She stressed that self-isolation is a requirement and “is not optional” during the incubation period.

“I understand that it’s difficult, especially now in the summer,” she said. “Nobody wants this. “

However, she explained that it is imperative to stay away from family, friends and workplaces to avoid transmission.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia
Province of British Columbia

Following the revised guidelines for nightlife venues, Dr. Henry announced the changes she had made to travel rentals in response to parties held at these venues.

Order on mass gatherings now limits the number of people in short-term vacation rentals, including home, boat, cabins, yurts, and hotel rooms, to space capacity plus up to a maximum of five visitors.

The owner will be responsible for ensuring that guidelines are followed and that contact information is collected for all concerned (including guests and visitors).

Dr Henry clarified that the maximum number of 50 people for an event does not apply to workplaces and schools.

When asked about people who said they saw license plates from outside British Columbia, Dr. Henry reiterated what she said before, adding, “I know that’s a fact.”

She said that many Canadians are returning from living in the United States. “And who would blame them, given what is happening now,” she added.

Some have returned to care for elderly family members.

“We have to respect that,” she said. “We don’t know everyone’s story and I think we have to be careful that we’re all in the same boat, whether our license plate is from somewhere else, whether it’s from Alberta, from California or from here. . “

Once again, other flights have been confirmed with cases of the coronavirus.

Among international flights, a fourth flight from Mexico City to Vancouver has been confirmed to be linked to a case of COVID-19.

Those in rows 19 to 25 on Aeromexico flight 696 on July 22 should monitor themselves for 14 days after the flight and limit contact with others.

Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately self-isolate and contact 811 for a test.

Previous Aeromexico flights on the same route with coronavirus cases took place on July 8, 15 and 17.

Meanwhile, among domestic flights, two Air Canada flights between Montreal and Vancouver have had confirmed cases.

One was Flight 311 on July 13 while the second was Flight 305 on July 20.

The affected lines have not been specified. Anyone on these flights should watch themselves for 14 days after the flight while reducing contact with others. Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately self-isolate and contact 811 for a test.

Additionally, anyone in rows 11-17 on WestJet flight 3312 from Kelowna to Edmonton, who also had a confirmed case, should do the same.

British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix with Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator
Province of British Columbia

Asked again about BC’s screening strategy, Dr Henry said testing has already been expanded and that includes screening asymptomatic people, but only in specific situations such as long-term care facilities. duration (where all residents and staff are tested) and work locations.

She said they are also testing close contacts in all COVID-19 exposure events that are asymptomatic.

As she noted previously, generalized asymptomatic testing can be problematic.

“It has been shown around the world that testing very low risk asymptomatic people means you get many more false positives than anyone who actually has the disease, it puts a strain on our system and uses unnecessary resources. She said to me.

Instead, she said they were doing testing where it could make the biggest difference.

“We strive to make sure that the tests are available to the people who need them and we can do large scale tests when necessary,” she says.

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