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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: October 20, 2020

Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia. Read the full statement here.

– 167 new cases, including one epi-linked case, total of 11,854 cases in British Columbia.
– 1,688 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 4,156 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, 9,871 people who tested positive have recovered, 69 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 18 are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Since the start of the pandemic, there have been

  • 4,175 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 6,366 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 244 in the Island Health region,
  • 624 in the Interior Health region,
  • 357 in the Northern Health region and
  • 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

– one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 254 deaths in British Columbia.
– three new health-care facility outbreaks and no new community outbreaks. There continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.
– We have the ability to decide what our COVID-19 wave looks like in B.C. by continuing to take personal precautions and using our layers of protection, no matter where we may be.
– Let’s continue to support our neighbours, local businesses and communities, who are doing their part. Take the time to reach out to friends and neighbours – in a safe way – to show them you care and remind them that while you may be keeping a safe distance right now, they are not alone.
– Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, your efforts are making a difference and helping to slow the spread of the virus. Let’s continue to work together – while staying apart.