COVID-19 update for October 28: here’s the latest on the coronavirus in British Columbia

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4 p.m. – Outbreak at drug treatment facility near Kelowna as British Columbia reports 287 new cases

There have been 287 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past day and two deaths.

Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said there were now 2,316 active cases of the disease, with 87 cases being treated in hospital – including 25 in intensive care.

Henry said there were 5,358 people isolated after being potentially exposed to the virus and 11,244 people who had been cured.

There have been 261 deaths from COVID-19 in British Columbia

There are 22 active outbreaks in healthcare settings, including a new one at the PICS Society Assisted Living Center in Surrey. Outbreaks at Dr Al Hogg Lodge and Delta Hospital have been declared over.

Henry said there has been a new outbreak in the community at the Okanagan Men’s Center addiction treatment north of Kelowna.

Alan and Lisa Kabatoff with Alan’s Halloween tribute to Dr Bonnie Henry in front of their Port Moody home on October 28, 2020. Alan said the couple put on a unique Halloween show every year and this one “comes together”. felt right ”with how Henry is helping the province fight COVID-19. Note his shoes. Photo de Mike Bell /PNG

3 p.m. – He woke up to a pandemic that nearly killed him, and the Langley man now faces a long road to recovery

On March 17 Roger Pinette was feeling chills and coughing, so he asked his wife for a hot water bottle and lay down for a nap. Forty days later, he woke up in the middle of a pandemic.

At the time, COVID-19 had only slowly started to creep into public consciousness. As of March 11, there were 21 cases in British Columbia; two weeks later there were 792 and Pinette – unbeknownst to him – was one of them.

Roger Pinette was on a ventilator in hospital for 40 days as he battled COVID-19, and his recovery will take months, if not years, to come.
By the time he worked in the intensive care unit at Royal Columbian Hospital, after being ventilated for 40 days – one of the first patients in British Columbia to be in intensive care on a ventilator – the first flare was over and the curve flattened.

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