Two other COVID-19 related deaths were also reported on Wednesday. The death toll from COVID-19 in British Columbia is now 261.
British Columbia provincial health administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy health minister Stephen Brown released the figures Wednesday in a joint statement.
British Columbia has now had a total of 13,875 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 253 in the Island Health region (three more than October 27), 4,545 cases in the Vancouver Coastal region Health (69 more than October 27), 7,863 in Fraser health region (189 more than October 27), 727 in indoor health region (10 more than October 27), 399 in northern health (16 more than October 27) and 88 cases of people residing outside Canada (visitors and temporary foreign workers).
There are 2,316 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (six fewer than October 27), 5,358 people under active public health surveillance due to identified exposure to known cases (257 more than October 27). October) and 11,244 people who tested positive have recovered.
British Columbia performed 9,568 new tests in the past 24 hours. British Columbia’s screening rate is 114,724 per 100,000 population.
There is a new outbreak in a health care facility in the assisted living facility PICS. Outbreaks at Dr Al Hogg Lodge and Delta Hospital have been declared over. A total of 21 assisted living or long-term care facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks. They are:
- Haro Park Center Long-Term Care Facility (second occurrence) in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Royal Arch Masonic Home Long-Term Care Facility (second occurrence) at Vancouver Coastal Health
- Three Links Care Center Long-Term Care Facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Banfield Pavilion 4 West Long-Term Care Facility in Vancouver Coastal Health
- Agassiz Seniors Community à Fraser Health
- Amenida Seniors Community at Fraser Health
- Baillie House Long Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
- Evergreen Baptist Care Society Long-Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
- Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge à Fraser Health
- Fort Langley Community Long-Term Care Facility for Seniors at Fraser Health
- Good Samaritan Victoria Heights Assisted Living Center at Fraser Health
- Laurel Place Long Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
- Peace Portal Seniors Village Long Term Care Facility in Fraser Health
- PICS assisted living facility installation at Fraser Health
- Queen’s Park Care Center at Fraser Health
- Rosemary Heights Seniors Village Long-Term and Self-Assisted Care Facility at Fraser Health
- Sunset Manor Assisted Living at Fraser Health
- Fraser Health Village Independent Living and Long Term Care Center
- Zion Park Manor Long Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
- Fellburn Care Center Long Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
- St. Michael’s Center Long Term Care Facility at Fraser Health
And there has been a new community outbreak at the Okanagan Men’s Center.
“Our COVID-19 security efforts are starting at home, and recently we have seen a number of new cases and clusters directly related to social events in private homes. That is why there is now a provincial health worker order in place limiting the number of people who can be safely in our homes, ”Henry and Brown said in Wednesday’s statement.
“The new order is to make sure that what is happening in our homes is in sync with what we are doing elsewhere. Just as we need to limit our groups to a maximum of six when we go to restaurants, we also need to keep our small groups at home.
“We can still hang out with our friends and family, but right now we all have to stick to our ‘security six’ only or take our events outside, where it’s much easier to maintain a physical safety distance.
“Let’s save the holidays for when it’s safe for everyone to celebrate. If you are planning a wedding in your home, make it your immediate family only and save the celebration for next year. If you are having a birthday party for your kids, invite only the few friends in your close social circle, not the whole class or sports team. The things we do at parties and celebrations including talking, kissing, eating, and drinking together indoors are much riskier than our normal activities at school or at work.
“And unlike our schools and workplaces, most homes don’t have space for everyone to keep a safe distance from others, and our homes don’t have the layers of protection either – physical barriers, one-way lanes and the use of masks – which are part of COVID-19 safety plans at school and at work.
“Now is the time for us to take a step back from our social events and in-person gatherings, and connect virtually instead. It will help protect our loved ones, our seniors, our seniors and our communities as we move forward.
Henry is due to provide an update on COVID-19 in Surrey tomorrow (October 29) with Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr Victoria Lee, President and CEO of Fraser Health.
Island Health has nine active cases: three in southern Vancouver Island, three in central Vancouver Island, and three in northern Vancouver Island.
There is no COVID-19 hospitalization at Island Health and 238 people have recovered.
Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria area, the southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.
Central Vancouver Island includes the regions of Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino.
Northern Vancouver Island goes from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy, but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.
More information on COVID-19
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school, public health contacts affected directly to members of the school community. Regional health authorities also post school notifications on their websites, indicating the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster, or exposure) for affected schools.
Island Health has a school exhibit listed as of October 22. The exhibit takes place at Wood Elementary in Port Alberni on October 19.
According to Island Health, if your child’s school has been notified of an exposure, no action is required unless you are contacted by public health or school officials direct you otherwise.
The Island Health school website can be found here.
British Columbia has released detailed information on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases from January to September 2020. This map will be updated monthly, according to British Columbia health officials.
Island Health’s COVID-19 data breaks down the number of cases in the north, center and south of the island and lists the number of days since any new laboratory diagnosed cases. You can find the data here with all public exhibits.
To see British Columbia’s COVID-19 numbers by day and health authorities, as well as test and recovery numbers, visit the BC COVID-19 dashboard. The figures are updated at 4:30 p.m. PT each day of the week.
To view a list of all provincial public COVID-19 exhibits in the province, including links to exhibits listed on health authority websites, visit the BC Center for Disease Control (BC CDC) website here.
According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide is over 44.3 million. More than 1.1 million deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded.