British Columbia reports deadliest day of COVID-19 with 28 deaths

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Twenty-eight British Columbians lost their lives to COVID-19 in a single day.
In Thursday’s provincial update, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, called it one of the “most tragic days” of the pandemic. She explained that all of the people who died but two were long-term care residents.

“They are friends. These are people who have interesting and stimulating lives and who have spent the past 10 months dealing with the challenges that we all face with this pandemic, ”she said.

Long-term care residents will be one of the first groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when possible.

Another 723 infections have also been reported, with the province surpassing 40,000 confirmed cases.

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus remains high at 346. Eighty-three people are in intensive care. However, for the second time this week, there have been no new outbreaks in healthcare facilities.

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Next week, the first set of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in British Columbia and will be distributed in two locations. But Henry only said the doses will go to one location in the Fraser Health area and another in the Vancouver Coast area.

There has been some concern around the world about plans to sabotage vaccination programs, Henry said.

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“So that’s part of it, and we all have to make sure that we take the proper precautions to make sure it’s safe and we can make sure it’s not tampered with,” she said.

She added that the vaccine also needs very low temperature freezers and therefore doses will be sent to facilities that can accommodate it.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Adrian Dix also touched on the fact that fake text messages sent to people about positive COVID-19 tests.

“It’s happening all over the world, and [is] not unique to BC If you are not tested, the message is obviously false. If you have a positive test result, you will be contacted by public health, ”he said.

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