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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: September 22, 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.

– 96 new cases, including seven epi-linked cases, total of 8,304 cases in British Columbia.
– 1,465 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,314 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, 6,589 people who tested positive have recovered, 61 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 22 of whom are in intensive care and the remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Since the start of the pandemic, there have been

  • 2,984 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 4,254 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 203 in the Island Health region,
  • 511 in the Interior Health region,
  • 266 in the Northern Health region and
  • 86 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

– no new COVID-19 related deaths, total of 227 deaths in British Columbia.
– outbreak in one unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.
– Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.
– The start of fall is the time for all of us to regroup and reset our COVID-19 routines, and ready ourselves for the colder, wetter months ahead.
– As we move inside, the activities we choose to do and the layers of protection we use need to be adjusted to ensure we are protecting ourselves, our friends and family – especially those who are most vulnerable to severe illness.
– This means spending less time with others outside of our household bubble right now.
– We need to push our COVID-19 curve back down and keep the virus low and slow, so we can manage the many challenges that will come with the respiratory season.