A day after British Columbia’s provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry warned that further restrictions could arise due to increased cases of marriages and workplaces, regional authorities in the health have issued notifications of public exposure incidents or outbreaks related to these two situations.
Meanwhile, the number of new cases remains above the 200-case mark, active and monitored cases continue to rise, there are two new health care outbreaks and new exposure events in 14 schools of the Lower Mainland.
While today’s number is lower than yesterday’s record of 274 new cases, it is higher than the previous record of 203 new cases set a day before October 21.
Henry and British Columbia Deputy Minister of Health Stephen Brown announced in a joint statement that there were 223 new cases today (including five cases linked to the cob).
For another day in a row, active cases increased, this time to 89 cases against 2,009 active cases.
Hospitalized cases have increased from four people to 75 patients, including 24 (the same number as yesterday) in intensive care units.
The number of people monitored by public health continues to rise – an increase from 212 people yesterday to 4,637 people today.
Unfortunately, Fraser Health has declared outbreaks at two healthcare facilities after staff tested positive in these locations:
• Laurel Place (9688 137a Street) à Surrey;
• Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge (7557 Sussex Avenue) in Burnaby.
The good news is that Fraser Health has said outbreaks at the following facilities are over:
• PICS nursing home;
• Good Samaritan Delta View Health Center;
• Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence;
• Thornebridge Gardens Retirement Residence.
Active outbreaks persist in 18 health facilities – 16 long-term or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities.
During yesterday’s briefing, Henry had warned that there had been a noticeable increase in the number of workplace cases. Today, Fraser Health announced that there are two new community outbreaks at two facilities (both of which have been closed):
• Coastal spa manufacturing (6315 202nd Street) in Langley, where 12 employees have tested positive;
• Rhythm processing, a food processing plant (19495, 55th Avenue) in Surrey, where 10 employees tested positive.
Fortunately, no new deaths have been announced. The total number of deaths remains at 256 people who died during the pandemic.
A total of 10,247 people have now recovered.
A cumulative total of 12,554 cases have been confirmed in British Columbia during the pandemic, including:
• 6,864 cases in Fraser Health;
• 4,319 to Vancouver Coastal Health;
• 662 in internal health;
• 371 dans Northern Health;
• 250 in Island Health;
• 88 people from outside Canada.
During yesterday’s briefing, Henry also expressed concerns about an increased number of cases linked to social gatherings such as weddings, celebrations and funerals.
Today Fraser Health added an exhibit event that took place at wedding events held at Errock Lake and Saint St. Grill (2514 St Johns Street) in Port Moody from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on October 10. In a statement on social media, the restaurant said it was told three people had tested positive.
Loblaw announced that two of its stores had employees who tested positive:
- Genuine Canadian supermarket (19800 Lougheed Hwy) at Pitt Meadows – employee last worked there on October 19;
- Shoppers Drug Mart (2121 Trans-Canada Highway) in Kamloops – employee last worked there on October 18.
The BC Center for Disease Control added just one confirmed flight with COVID-19 to its list today: Air Canada Flight 8187 from Vancouver to Fort St. John on October 15.
If you were in rows 2-6 on this flight, you need to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days. If you do develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and call 811 (if you are in British Columbia) or your local health care provider for information on testing.
Vancouver Coastal Health has added new exhibit events at six schools to its list.
In Vancouver, new exhibitions were held in three schools:
- Point Gray High School (5350 boulevard Est) had an exhibition on October 16;
- Ideal mini school (855 West 59th Avenue) also on October 16;
- Sir James Douglas Primary School (2150 Brigadoon Avenue) on October 20.
In North Vancouver, Handsworth High School (1044 Edgewood Road), which previously had exhibits October 13-14, added October 20 as the exhibit date.
In Richmond, two schools had new exhibitions:
- HJ Cambie High School (4151 Jacombs Road) had exhibitions October 13-16 and October 19;
- Pythagorean Academy (8671 Odlin Crescent) October 13-14.
Meanwhile, Fraser Health has had new exposure incidents at eight schools.
In Coquitlam, Secondary centenary (570 rue Poirier) had exhibitions from October 15 to 16.
In Langley, Belmont Elementary School (20390 40th Avenue) had an exhibition event October 13-15.
In Surrey there were new exhibit events at six schools all of which had previous exhibit events:
• Khalsa Secondary — Old Yale Road the campus (10589, 124th Street) had previous exhibition events from September 9-10 and from September 30 to October 2, had its third exhibition event from October 13-15;
• Princess Margaret Secondary (12870 72nd Avenue), which previously had an exhibit on September 11, had additional exhibits on October 12, 15, and 16;
• Queen Elizabeth Primary School (4102 West 16th Avenue West), which previously had exhibits on September 14 and October 13, added exhibit dates of October 14-16, 19, 21, and 22;
• Tamanawis High School (12600 66 Avenue), which had already had incidents on September 17 and 30 and October 2 and 6, suffered further exposure from October 13 to 14;
• Elementary WE Kinvig (13266 70b Avenue), which previously had exhibits October 6-9, added the additional dates October 14-16;
• Westerman Elementary School (7626 122 Street), which previously had an exhibition event October 5-7, had another exhibition event October 15-16.
Island, Interior and Northern Health added no new exposure incidents to their lists.