COVID-19 in British Columbia: more than 60 new cases, 12 flights with confirmed cases, test centers are developing, etc.

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Although the number of new cases today is lower than yesterday (83 cases), the number of active cases continues to rise to new highs for a third consecutive day.

In addition, 12 new flights and some shopping malls in Metro Vancouver have had confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, assessment and testing centers in the Lower Mainland are expanding, and new locations are being established as demand increases.

British Columbia Assistant Health Administrator Dr. Réka Gustafson and Health Minister Adrian Dix have issued a press release for today’s update.

Today, British Columbia has had 68 new cases. Currently, there are 798 active cases, with 2,452 people under public health surveillance due to exposure to confirmed cases. This is an increase of 126 cases from yesterday’s number of 2,326 people.

After several weeks of low number of hospitalized cases, the number of hospitalized cases increased from 4 to 10 patients, including 4 in intensive care unit.

The cumulative provincial total during the pandemic is now 4,745 cases. This total includes 488 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health; 2,493 to Fraser Health; 158 in Island Health; 411 in internal health; 120 in Northern Health; and 75 cases of people living outside of Canada.

There is no new health outbreak and the outbreak at Richmond Lions Manor has been declared over. Active outbreaks remain in eight long-term care facilities and one acute care facility. In addition, there are no new community epidemics.

The good news is that there are no new deaths. The total number of deaths remains at 198 people who have died.

A total of 3,749 people are now considered recovered.

Dr. Réka Gustafson, Assistant Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia
British Columbia Center for Disease Control

The British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added 12 thefts – one of the most in recent months – to its list of potential sites for public exposure to COVID-19.

Flights include:

  • August 2: Air Canada Flight 210 from Vancouver to Calgary
  • August 3: Air Canada flight 561, from San Francisco to Vancouver
  • August 3: KLM flight 682, from Vancouver to Amsterdam
  • August 5: Air Canada Flight 296, Vancouver to Winnipeg
  • August 5: Lufthansa flight 492, from Frankfurt to Vancouver
  • August 6: Flair Flight 8101, from Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 7: Air Canada Flight 128, Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 8: Air Canada flight 128, Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 9: Air Canada flight 8328, Vancouver to Winnipeg
  • August 10: WestJet Flight 720, Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 10: Air Canada Flight 116, Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 11: WestJet Flight 720, Vancouver to Toronto
  • August 11: Air Canada Flight 116, Vancouver to Toronto

For affected lines, please visit the BCCDC COVID-19 Public Exhibits webpage.

Elsewhere in the city, two shopping centers have reported confirmed cases but did not provide specific details.

CTV News reported today that an employee at Guildford Town Center shopping center in Surrey has tested positive. The mall said on Twitter that it did not provide specific details, such as the store the employee was from, “for the sake of confidentiality,” but said the individual was last on venues August 11.

Burnaby now reported on August 18 that the Metropolis Stay Fresh shoe store at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby had temporarily closed due to COVID-19 protocols. Stay Fresh said a member of staff tested positive and last visited the site on August 10.

The company also said all staff are being tested and are in isolation.

Previously, a memo was reportedly issued to tenants at the mall on August 7 after a member of the mall staff was confirmed positive. However, the center said on social media that it could not disclose any specific details, including which store or location the person worked at or on any date, “for the sake of confidentiality.”

British Columbia Minister of Health Adrian Dix
Province of British Columbia

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health, which cover the hardest-hit areas of the province, today announced the creation or expansion of assessment and testing centers due to increased demand.

VCH has opened a new assessment and testing site in the North Vancouver Community College parking lot (East 7th Avenue, between Keith and Glen Drive), which operates 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily for walk-in tours. you and the drive-thru.

While VCH will also be opening a new center in North Vancouver in the coming weeks, it will also increase hours of operation in Richmond and other centers.

Fraser Health, which has 10 assessment and testing centers (in Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack), is expanding the hours of operation for three centers. The Burnaby Assessment and Testing Center will have extended hours of operation (noon to 8:30 p.m. daily all week). Meanwhile, the Delta Center will have new extended hours of operation from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The Chilliwack center will have an additional operating day: Saturday 8 am to noon.

At centers in Langley and Burnaby, caregivers will help manage queues and ensure that only people with symptoms are present for an assessment or test.

A dedicated testing lane is being introduced at the Surrey-Whalley Emergency and Primary Care Center (for those referred by doctors to undergo testing without evaluation), and traffic control will be used at the Langley center.

Other additions to be introduced over the next few weeks will include:

  • two other lanes of traffic in central Burnaby;
  • more employees in central Langley and new extended hours of operation from 8 am to 6 pm all week;
  • new extended hours of operation at the Abbotsford center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. all week;
  • new temporary high-volume centers in Surrey and the Fraser Northwest;
  • Pre-booking and pre-registration online and by phone for the evaluation and the tests to be centralized.

Gustafson and Dix said British Columbia is currently able to perform about 8,000 tests each day.

Video showing how COVID-19 tests are processed in British Columbia labs

The City of Vancouver is seeking comment and comment on the temporary route changes that were made during the pandemic lockdown period.

Among the changes were the approval of 360 temporary patios in restaurants, the creation of ephemeral plazas and parklets, using traffic calming measures to create “slow streets” to allow more pedestrians. and cyclists, by expanding queue spaces at bus stops, providing street space on Beach Avenue for pedestrians and cyclists, and making more room on narrow sidewalks.

Anyone interested in giving their opinion on these changes, which will be taken into account for future decision-making and whether these measures need to be changed or maintained, can do so online until September 6.

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