It’s International Handwashing Day, which everyone should know by now.
if not or if you need a reminder, you can find information on the BC Center for Disease Control website.
British Columbia provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry took the opportunity to remind people of the importance of maintaining good hand hygiene to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Although the number of new cases remains high, active, monitored and hospitalized cases were the same as yesterday or have declined.
Henry said 9,016 tests were done, with a 1.5% positivity rate (Henry previously explained that the goal was to stay below 2%).
There were also eight other schools with exhibition incidents, and five thefts, two vehicle dealerships, and a dispatch center with exhibition events.
Henry said there were 142 new cases (including three cases linked to the cob) today.
Currently, there are 1,494 active cases, just two fewer than yesterday.
Hospitalized cases fell to 74 people in hospital, 10 fewer than yesterday, but the number of those patients in intensive care units – 24 people – remains the same for the third day in a row.
The number of people under medical surveillance continues to decline – public health is currently monitoring 3,683 people (due to exposure to confirmed cases), 75 people fewer than yesterday.
The good news is that there are no new epidemics in health care. Active health care outbreaks remain in 19 facilities – 17 long-term care facilities and two acute care units. There have been a cumulative total of 929 cases (533 residents and 388 staff) involved in health outbreaks.
Another good news is that, again, no new deaths have been announced – a total of 250 people have died during the pandemic.
A cumulative total of 11,034 cases have been reported in British Columbia during the pandemic, including:
- 5,800 cases in Fraser Health;
- 3,974 to Vancouver Coastal Health;
- 587 in internal health;
- 345 dans Northern Health;
- 239 in Island Health;
- 89 cases among people living outside of Canada.
A total of 9,257 people have recovered.
Henry said that today, British Columbia is reporting its first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in a child under the age of five.
A health investigation began after the child started showing symptoms of the syndrome and was confirmed by MIS-C when a COVID-19 serologic test was positive.
Henry said the child has since recovered and is at home.
During the pandemic, 16 children in British Columbia were investigated for a possible MIS-C, but none of them met the case definition because they did not test positive or had links to COVID-19.
Interior Health announced the creation of a new community group at FedEx shipping center (6191 Airport Way) adjacent to Kelowna International Airport. Global News reported that three employees have tested positive and six other employees are in isolation.
Fraser Health added two car dealerships with show incidents, both of which include test drives from the sale lot.
One is Willowbrook Motors (19611 Langley Bypass) in Langley with potential exhibits 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 3 and 4 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 5, 6, 7 and 8.
The second was at Willowbrook used (19561 Langley Bypass) in Surrey with potential exhibits from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Regional herald authorities have added exposure incidents or extended exhibition dates at eight schools.
Fraser Health has extended exhibition dates at one school.
Frank Hurt Secondary (13940 77th Avenue) in Surrey, which had previously had an exhibition incident from October 1-2, had added the dates October 5 to 9 as exhibits.
Vancouver Coastal Health has added or extended exhibition dates at seven schools.
In Vancouver, five schools were added or had longer dates.
Secondary Gladstone (4105 Gladstone Street) was on display September 16-18 and September 21-22.
Britannia High School (1001 Cotton Drive) had exhibits from September 30 to October 2 and October 5.
Lord Kitchener Elementary School (3455 West King Edward Avenue) has an exhibition event on October 5-7.
Sir Charles Tupper High School (419 East 24th Avenue) already had an exhibition incident from October 1-2 and has the added dates of September 30 and October 7-9.
Notre-Dame Regional High School (2880 Venables Street) had potential exposure on October 9.
In West Vancouver, Mulgrave School (2330 Cypress Bowl Lane), which previously had an exhibit event October 7-9, has extended the dates to now include October 5-6.
In Richmond, Richmond High School (7171 Boulevard Minoru) had exhibitions from October 7 to 9.
Meanwhile, the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added these five confirmed flights with COVID-19 to its list:
- October 1st: Air Transat flight 770, from Montreal to Vancouver;
- October 7: Air Canada flight 127, from Toronto to Vancouver;
- October 8: Air Canada flight 242, from Vancouver to Edmonton;
- October 8: Air Canada / Jazz flight 8241, from Terrace to Vancouver;
- October 10: WestJet flight 195, from Calgary to Victoria.
Anyone in the affected lines (see the BCCDC website for details) or on these flights should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after the date of the flight. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and call 811 for evaluation and testing information.