British Columbia Confirms 96 More COVID-19 Cases, Including New Outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital

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Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry on Tuesday confirmed 96 new cases of COVID-19, including an outbreak in the urban health department at St. Paul’s Hospital.Sixty-one people are currently hospitalized, including 22 in intensive care.

Public health is also monitoring 3,314 people who have been exposed to the virus.

Since the start of the pandemic, 6,589 people who have tested positive for the virus have now recovered. No new deaths were announced on Tuesday, leaving the provincial total at 227.

There are 12 other outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities and four outbreaks in acute care facilities, including the one in St Paul’s, Henry said.

Saint-Paul Hospital outbreak

The outbreak – first discovered on September 21 – involves the hospital’s urban health unit, where COVID-19 transmission has been identified, according to the hospital’s website.

The unit has since been closed to new admissions, while the rest of the hospital remains open and safe.

“Upon the outbreak of the outbreak, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care immediately implemented precautions, including improved cleaning, as well as contact tracing to protect the health of all staff, medical staff and patients. patients, ”he said.

Henry says that when we move indoors, we need to reduce our social interactions. (Chad Hipolito / The Canadian Press)

Prepare for fall

In his written statement, Henry also reminded the audience to prepare as the weather begins to change.

“The onset of fall is a time for all of us to regroup and reset our COVID-19 routines, and prepare for the colder, wetter months to come,” she said.

“As we move indoors, the activities we choose to do and the levels of protection we use need to be adjusted to ensure that we are protecting ourselves, our friends and family, especially those who are most vulnerable to serious illnesses.

She said that includes spending less time with people outside of your home bubble.

Since the students and staff returned to school, a number of exhibits have popped up across the province.

Henry says all school exhibits are posted online on each regional health authority’s website.

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