B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Oct. 9
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, today (Oct. 9) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.
Today, we are announcing 119 new cases, including four epi-linked case, for a total of 10,185 cases in British Columbia.
There are 1,406 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,180 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 8,502 people who tested positive have recovered.
Currently, 68 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 19 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,728 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,253 in the Fraser Health region, 225 in the Island Health region, 559 in the Interior Health region, 331 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 245 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
There have been 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.
Let’s do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 by ensuring we always use our layers of protection this long weekend.
The care we show each other today will help protect all of us tomorrow, so let’s make this Thanksgiving about safe connections and safe celebrations.
We offer our thanks and gratitude to everyone throughout the province and in particular, our front-line essential workers, for doing so much to keep our communities safe and strong.
Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health echoed Dr. Henry in a statement today.
“The provincial health officer’s recent COVID-19 modelling shows B.C. is starting to bend the curve back down; however, now is a fragile time as we move into the fall. As we approach another long weekend, our celebrations must look different this year and the best way to show thanks is through protecting the ones we love from COVID-19.
“If you do gather with others, keep your groups small, sit apart from one another, don’t share food or drinks, and absolutely stay home if you feel sick. People in the Interior are working hard to protect the community from COVID-19 transmission in order to protect our health-care system, schools, and long-term care homes.
“On behalf of everyone at Interior Health, we are thankful this year for the community’s unending commitment in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.”