“We offer our condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health official, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a joint written statement.
There are now around 900 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, including 21 people hospitalized for treatment, seven of whom require intensive care.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,730 people are currently under public health surveillance due to exposure to known cases of COVID-19.
No new health care outbreaks were recorded on Wednesday, although 12 outbreaks continue to be active in the health system. Ten of the outbreaks are in long-term or assisted care facilities and two of the outbreaks are in acute care facilities.
Likewise, no new community outbreaks have been observed in the past 24 hours, although community exposure events continue to be observed in British Columbia, as well as on flights to and from the province. .
“When health regions issue community exposure alerts, the alerts are specific to the location, date and time of the potential exposure,” Dix and Henry said.
“If you or your family have been exposed, follow the public health advice. Otherwise, no action is required, ”the pair said.
Community exhibit events can be found on the BC Center for Disease Control website and on the websites of local health authorities.
Health officials noted on Wednesday that many families could still be concerned about the next school year.
Henry and Dix say everyone will have to learn to adjust to the new school environment as British Columbians have adjusted to similar changes in businesses, grocery stores and social gatherings.
“School will be new to everyone this year – just like the way we spend time with friends and the way we run our businesses has demanded a different way of doing things than we ever have. before, ”both said.
“With COVID-19 in our communities for many months to come, new routines will be needed to support families throughout the school year,” Dix and Henry said.
British Columbia Education Minister Rob Fleming outlined back-to-school plans on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke about the “cohort” or “learning group” structure as well as the multiple contingencies if restrictions were needed in schools due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Students are expected to return to schools in British Columbia on September 10 for two days of health and safety orientation.
Most of the COVID-19 cases have been found in the province’s Lower Mainland, with 2,795 recorded in the Fraser Health Region and 1,699 confirmed in the Coastal Health Region of Vancouver since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the island’s health region has recorded 170 cases, the interior health region has confirmed 429, and the northern health region has reported 133.
A total of 78 people residing outside of Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia
4,199 recovered from the virus in British Columbia on Wednesday