COVID-19 hospitalizations approach peak levels as British Columbia reports 525 new cases and 3 more deaths

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British Columbia health officials on Tuesday announced 525 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, with the number of hospitalizations reaching levels not seen since the spring.In a written statement, Provincial Health Administrator Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix said there were 5,133 active cases of people infected with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.

There are currently 142 people in the hospital, 50 more than last Tuesday, including 46 in intensive care. This rapid increase – over 50% in just one week – pushes the numbers close to the record of 149 COVID-19 patients who were in hospital on April 2.

Figures from Tuesday continue to show that this phase of the pandemic is largely concentrated in the Lower Mainland, where strict new guidelines are now in place. Of the new cases, 92% were in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.

“We need to break the chains of transmission and slow the surge in COVID-19 cases – especially in the most prevalent regions and locations,” Henry and Dix said.

“The regional health authority restrictions are a short-term pause on non-core activities to ensure that we can maintain the capacity of our health care system and continue important critical activities.

Public health is actively monitoring 9,781 people across the province, who are in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19.

The province’s statement says there are two new outbreaks at health care facilities at Holyrood Manor in Maple Ridge and at Burnaby Hospital.

A total of 33 assisted living or long-term care facilities and six acute care facilities have active outbreaks.

“We can reverse this trend”

Officials on Saturday announced new general COVID-19 restrictions for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas to prevent the number of cases from continuing to rise. The new ordinances focus on social gatherings, travel, indoor group exercises and workplaces and are in effect until noon on November 23.

Residents of these areas are told not to have social interactions with anyone outside of their immediate home. The ban on gatherings of persons outside the household includes outdoor gatherings and gatherings in restaurants.

Travel within and outside the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions should be limited to essential travel only.

Businesses and recreation centers that organize indoor group physical activities – like spin, yoga and exercise classes – have been asked to suspend these activities.

“A growing number of people in British Columbia are now isolating themselves at home, away from work, school, friends and family, creating unnecessary financial and emotional strain for far too many people.” Henry and Dix said.

“We can reverse this trend and now is the time to do it. ”

They said Remembrance Day Wednesday should serve as a reminder of the sacrifices veterans have made in the past, hardships the rest of us can honor by making smaller sacrifices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. .

“Although the ceremonies are far away, the virtual poppies and our legions have brought this Remembrance Day to a close, we can still show our gratitude, in a safe and respectful manner, to the men and women who have proudly served our nation,” said Henry and Dix told me.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan on Monday expressed concern over the “dangerous increase” in cases seen in recent weeks, warning the province could revert to the maximum restrictions seen in March if the number of cases continues to increase as it has been.

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