British Columbia has taken another milestone, with the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections surpassing the 9,000 case mark.
Although the number of new cases today is higher than yesterday, the number of active and monitored cases continues to decline and hospitalizations remain the same.
There is a new health epidemic; nine schools with exposure incidents; and a cafe, four shops and four thefts with confirmed cases.
Additionally, the government of British Columbia announced today that, once again, the provincial state of emergency has been extended, this time until October 13.
The new number of cases is again greater than 100.
In today’s joint statement from BC provincial health worker Dr.Bonnie Henry and Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown, they confirmed 105 new cases (including three cases linked on the cob) in British Columbia.
However, active cases continue to decline – 34 cases falling from 1,302 cases yesterday to 1,268 active cases today.
The number of hospitalized cases – 69 people – remains the same as yesterday, and 20 of these patients (two fewer than yesterday) are in intensive care unit.
Public health is monitoring 3,337 people, or 35 people less than yesterday.
No new community epidemic has been declared, but a new epidemic Centre Haro Park (1233 Haro Street) in Vancouver’s West End. This long-term care facility was among the first healthcare facilities to experience an epidemic at the start of the pandemic.
Sadly, one person died at Fraser Health, bringing the total number of deaths to 234 people who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A cumulative total of 9,013 cases have been confirmed in British Columbia during the pandemic, including:
- 4,594 cases in Fraser Health;
- 3,286 at Vancouver Coastal Health;
- 206 in Island Health;
- 531 in internal health;
- 309 dans Northern Health;
- 87 people who live outside of Canada.
A total of 7,485 people in British Columbia have recovered from COVID-19.
Several other schools were added to the exhibition event lists by three health authorities. Interior Health hasn’t added any new schools to its list, and Island Health still hasn’t had any exposure incidents at its schools.
Vancouver Coastal Health added four more schools with exposure incidents:
- Vancouver Technical Secondary (2600 East Broadway) in Vancouver on September 21;
- Elsie Roy Elementary (150 Drake Street) in Vancouver, September 22-24;
- British Columbia Muslim School (12300 Blundell Road) in Richmond, September 11-18;
- Secondary rockridge (5350 Headland Drive) in West Vancouver, September 23-24;
- Howe Sound Secondaire (38430 Buckley Avenue) in Squamish, September 21-25.
Fraser Health has added two New Westminster schools to its list:
• Lord Tweedsmuir Primary School (1714 8th Avenue) from September 24 to 25;
• Queensborough High School (833 rue Salter) from September 21 to 22.
Northern Health also added two schools:
- Quesnel Junior Secondary, which already had an exposure incident from September 10 to 11, in Quesnel had a second exposure event from September 15 to 18;
- David Hoy Elementary School (Birch Street West to 4th Avenue West) in Fort St. James had an exhibition incident from September 17-18.
Vancouver Coastal Health has listed Abruzzo cappuccino bar (1321 Commercial Drive) in Vancouver as having a potential exposure incident to COVID-19 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from September 23 to 26.
Loblaw announced that employees have tested positive at the following locations:
- Genuine Canadian supermarket (333 Seymour Boulevard) in North Vancouver, September 24 being the employee’s last working date;
- Shoppers Drug Mart at the Mission Hills shops (32530 Lougheed Hwy) in Mission, September 16 being the last date the employee worked;
- Dave’s No Frills (1401 Alaska Avenue) in Dawson Creek, September 18 being the employee’s last working date;
- Hector is your independent grocer (1900 Garibaldi Way) in Squamish, September 23 being the employee’s last working date;
The BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has confirmed the following flights with COVID-19:
• September 18: Air Canada 122, from Vancouver to Toronto;
• September 19: Air Canada 303, from Montreal to Vancouver;
• September 22: Air Canada 304, from Vancouver to Montreal;
• September 24: Air Canada 123, from Toronto to Vancouver;
For information on the lines affected, visit the BCCDC website.
Anyone in these locations or on these flights should watch for symptoms for 14 days after the date of the visit or the date of the flight.
If you do develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and call 811 to learn more about testing.