Dr Henry appeals to British Columbians to help flatten the curve

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Health officials called on British Columbians on Thursday to help flatten the curve again and be more responsible on the BC Day long weekend than many do. ‘were on Canada Day.In recent weeks, new cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in the province have increased. And Dr. Bonnie Henry says the increase may be linked to Canada Day activities in and around the central Okanagan – particularly around the city of Kelowna.

However, Henry says she is grateful British Columbians have heard the concerns of health experts and made changes.

“Thank you for resetting and joining our efforts to push our COVID-19 curve down and keep it low and slow in British Columbia so that we can handle this outbreak and continue to open our society to have the important social connections that we need, like as well as to increase our economic activities, ”she said.

“Let’s make this long weekend different from what we saw at the beginning of July. Whether you are 15, 25 or 55, celebrate our amazing province by socializing in a safe way. The actions you take are making a difference and we’ve seen that over the past few weeks what you do this weekend will determine how we’re going to be able to manage in the weeks and months to come.

Update on cases and outbreaks in British Columbia

More than 70 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded and more than 1,000 people have had to self-isolate following a community exposure in Kelowna over the Canada Day long weekend.

Just three times in the past three weeks, the province has recorded fewer than 20 new cases.

Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry reported 29 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, but no new deaths.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in British Columbia remains at 194.

The majority of the new cases are again linked to the Abbotsford blueberry packing plant, which had 31 cases on Wednesday.

“There are now 59 cases associated with Fraser Valley Packers,” Henry said.

The new cases follow a day of 41 reports and bring the total to 3,591 in the province.

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British Columbia has not seen any new health facilities or outbreaks in the community. However, the outbreaks remain active in a long-term care home – the Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver – and in an acute care facility.

Henry also did not report any new cases and Haida Gwaii, which had 20 as of Wednesday.

“We continue to monitor, however, and there are a number of people who remain during the incubation period. Thus, new cases are certainly possible, ”she added.

Of 242 active cases in British Columbia, five people are hospitalized, including two in intensive care. The provincial collection rate remains at approximately 88%.

Cases by health region since the start of the pandemic: 1,076 in the Vancouver coastal region; 1,865 to Fraser; 143 people on Vancouver Island; 360, inside; 86 in the north; and 61 people who reside outside of Canada.

Henry recalled that there were no health issues related to the consumption of fruits and vegetables and from a location where people were confirmed to have COVID-19,

“And that’s something we’re pretty confident about now, having had a number of outbreaks around the world. But I will also remind you that it is important to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them, especially if you are going to eat them raw.



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