COVID-19 in British Columbia: three schools and six flights with new exposures, oil sands outbreak and more

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The number of new cases remains high today and the numbers in other categories continue to climb.

But an exception is the number of people hospitalized, which has decreased since yesterday.

Additionally, after a high number of schools with reported COVID-19 exposure events in the past few days, the number of schools with new exposures today was significantly lower.

During this time, there are three health outbreaks; a community outbreak in Alberta that could affect British Columbians; and a restaurant, store and six thefts had potential exposure incidents.

For those hoping to celebrate Halloween tomorrow (October 31), the British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has provided guidelines and advice, as has Canada’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Theresa Tam .

In a joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator for British Columbia, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix today announced 272 new cases (including five cases related to the ear).

Currently, there are 78 people hospitalized (eight less than yesterday), including 25 in intensive care (one less than yesterday).

Active cases continue to rise – with 46 more people since yesterday, there are now 2,390 active cases.

The number of people monitored by public health also continues to rise – from 289 people yesterday to 6,003 people today.

Unfortunately, there are three new health outbreaks:

Hawthorne Seniors Care Community (2111 Hawthorne Avenue) à Port Coquitlam;

CareLife Fleetwood (8265 159 Street) in Surrey;

Queen’s Park Hospital unit 3C NMSK 2 (315 McBride Boulevard) in New Westminster.

However, health outbreaks at four health facilities have now been declared over:

Good Samaritan Victoria Heights in New Westminster;

Fort Langley Elders Community in Langley;

The village in Langley;

Sunset Manor in Chilliwack.

Active outbreaks are occurring in 26 health facilities, including 24 long-term or assisted living facilities and two acute care facilities.

A new community epidemic is at Suncor Oil Sands Firebag in Athabasca, Alberta, which can affect workers traveling to and from British Columbia

Sadly, there is one new death, bringing the total number of deaths to 263 people who died during the pandemic.

A total of 11,670 people who tested positive have now recovered.

A cumulative total of 14,381 cases have been confirmed in British Columbia during the pandemic, including:

• 8,219 to Fraser Health;

• 4,664 to Vancouver Coastal Health;

• 741 in internal health;

• 412 dans Northern Health;

• 256 in Island Health;

• 89 people from outside Canada.

Hanaya Japanese Restaurant

Fraser Health announced that there had been an incident of exposure to Hanaya Japanese Restaurant (106-2828 152nd Street) in Surrey from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on October 16 and 17 and from 4 to 9 p.m. on October 19.

Loblaw announced today that an employee who last worked at the Kitsilano facility in Shoppers Drug Mart at 3020 West Broadway in Vancouver on Oct. 25 tested positive.

Meanwhile, the BCCDC has added these six confirmed flights with COVID-19 to its list:

• October 23 Air Canada Flight 123, From Toronto to Vancouver;

• October 24 Air Canada Flight 215, From Calgary to Vancouver;

• October 24 Air Canada Flight 8198, From Vancouver to Kamloops;

• October 25 Air Canada Flight 248, From Vancouver to Edmonton;

• October 25 Air Canada Flight 855, From London to Vancouver;

• October 28 Air Canada Flight 551, From Los Angeles to Vancouver.

Information on the lines concerned is available on the BCCDC website.

Anyone in the affected rows 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 (if in British Columbia) or your local health care provider for information on testing.

John Norquay Elementary School

Today the number of schools with new exhibition events was much less than in previous days – a total of three schools in the Lower Mainland have been added.

Vancouver Coastal Health added a school: John Norquay Elementary School (4710 Slocan Street) in Vancouver, which had an exposure incident on October 22.

Fraser Health added two schools with new exhibition dates.

In Coquitlam, Mundy Elementary School (2200 Austin Avenue), which previously had an exposure incident on October 6, was on display on October 16 and October 20-22.

In Surrey, Khalsa School Elementary Newton (6933 124th Street), which previously had exhibition dates of September 22-25, had another exhibition event from October 20-22.

Island Health, Interior Health, and Northern Health had no schools with new exhibition events.

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