17 people die from COVID-19 in BC over weekend, 1,933 new confirmed cases

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British Columbia health officials have confirmed 1,933 more cases of COVID-19 in the past three days, a weekend that also saw 17 other people die of the disease.The number of patients hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus is 277, another new record, with 59 people in intensive care. There are now 7,360 active cases of the virus in British Columbia

Provincial health administrator Dr.Bonnie Henry became emotional during Monday’s briefing as she spoke about the growing spread of the virus in long-term care and assisted living facilities, saying the Majority of those who died over the weekend were the elderly and the elderly living in long-term care. .

She said there was an urgent need for everyone to do their part to reduce their social interactions and contain the spread of this virus, but also offered reassurance to health officials and members of the public. have the tools and knowledge to do it.

“I say this to fuel that fire of determination and resilience that I have seen in people across the province,” said Henry.

Monday’s update included six new outbreaks in the healthcare system. There are now 54 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities and six in acute care units in hospitals.

The majority of new cases announced Monday – about 89% – continue to occur in areas covered by Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

To date, 27,407 people in British Columbia have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 348 people have died. There are now 10,200 people isolated and under active surveillance by public health workers due to exposure to the disease.

The weekend was the first in British Columbia to be the subject of a long list of public health orders and recommendations that took effect Thursday.

The orders, which include mandatory masks in indoor public spaces and restricted social gatherings, will be in effect until at least December 7.

Initially, the more stringent orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 included only the areas of Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, which were seeing a disproportionate increase in the number of cases.

Monday marks 16 days since Henry promulgated these first regional orders. It takes at least 14 days, the incubation period for COVID-19, to be able to determine if these measures are working.

During Monday’s briefing, Henry compared the pandemic to an Iron Man triathlon competition, with “three different and tiring legs.

“We managed to swim – barely. And now we’re on our bikes and we have some big hills to climb, ”she said.

“At the moment, we have a distance to go. The next step is not in sight. “

New measures and restrictions

Social gatherings in British Columbia are now restricted to household members only. This means that no one should meet for social reasons anyone outside of their immediate household, even if a physically distant walk with a friend or having grandparents pick up the children from school is always. acceptable.

People who live alone can create a small, exclusive “bubble” with one or two other people, Henry said.

The new mandatory mask mandate is a requirement for workers and members of the public to wear a face mask in all retail environments, restaurants and indoor public spaces, including common areas of workplaces, except when they eat or drink.

The order of mandatory masks does not include schools.

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