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With 1,933 new cases and 17 deaths over the weekend in BC, restrictions remain in place

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting on three 24-hour periods. From Nov. 20 to 21, we had 713 new cases. From Nov. 21 to 22 we had 626 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 594 new cases.

“This represents 1,933 new cases of COVID-19, including 11 epi-linked cases, for a total of 27,407 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 7,360 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 277 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 58 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 10,200 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 19,069 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 414 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,304 in the Fraser Health region, 48 in the Island Health region, 104 in the Interior Health region, 61 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been 17 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 348 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have six new health-care facility outbreaks at North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Queen’s Park CareLife Fleetwood, Sunset Manor, Renfrew Care Centre and Lions Gate Hospital. The outbreaks at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, The Harrison at Elim Village, Dania Home, Suncreek Village and the Evergreen Baptist Care Society are over. There have been no new community outbreaks.

“We’re in a very challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are asking for everyone’s help to slow the spread of the virus in our province.

“As we have seen, this virus doesn’t pause when we are tired and doesn’t wait for us to catch up.

“This means that right now, we all need slow down our social interactions and increase our layers of protection to get over this next hurdle together. Over the next two weeks, we need to reduce the level of transmission in our province to relieve the stress on our health-care system and keep our schools and workplaces open.

“It is about putting our social gatherings with anyone outside of our immediate household on hold and only doing those things that are essential and safe right now.

“We’re asking you to put the safety measures at the top of your list and focus on making a difference, rather than thinking about shortcuts or workarounds.

“We recognize you may have questions and we have provided further details of how the orders apply to our homes, workplaces and businesses, and where the exceptions may be. This information is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

“Let’s remember that by focussing on today and doing what we can to make a difference, we will see this pandemic through.”

UPDATE on IH numbers:

·         IH is reporting 104 new cases since Friday, for a total of 1,307.

·         272 cases are active and on isolation

·         Three people are in hospital. None in ICU.

UPDATE: RIH Patient Care Tower construction site outbreak in Kamloops

·         Thirteen cases are directly linked to this outbreak. The additional cases are not new, but identified through ongoing contact tracing.

UPDATE: Outbreaks at long term care sites

·         No new numbers or outbreaks to announce.

UPDATE: Community cluster in Salmo

·         Interior Health has identified one additional case in the Salmo community cluster of cases within the Salmo area extending south from Nelson – an increase from 23 to 24 in this area since our last report. This case is a contact identified from earlier cases. There remains no evidence of widespread transmission and overall cases in the region remain stable from last week, which shows public health measures and the fact residents are taking precautions is limiting further spread. We’d like to thank the village, schools, businesses and residents for supporting efforts to contain this cluster.

Learn More:

For more details on the provincial health officer’s (PHO) Nov. 19 orders, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

Nov. 12 modeling update:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/modelling-projections

For the PHO’s orders, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

If you are experiencing symptoms, find a collection centre near you to get tested: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC