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COVID-19 Update: July 31, 2020

50 new cases in BC (total: 3641; Δ 1.4%)
1088 VCH (prev: 1076; Δ 12; 1.1%; 29.9% of all)
1889 FHA (prev: 1865; Δ 24; 1.3%; 51.9% of all)
369 IHA (prev: 360; Δ 9; 2.5%; 10.1% of all)
144 VIHA (prev: 143; Δ 1; 0.7%; 4.0% of all)
88 NHA (prev: 86; Δ 2; 2.3%; 2.4% of all)
63 Outside Canada (prev: 61; Δ 2; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 278; 7.6% of total
Δ 36 (0.9%)

5 Hospitalized (prev: 5; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
2 ICU (prev: 2; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
3168 recovered (prev: 3155; Δ 13; 0.4%; 87.0% of total)
195 deaths to date (prev: 194; Δ 1; 0.5%; 5.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 87.0% Δ -0.8%

“There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Dania Home in the Fraser Health region. There are now two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

“There are no new community outbreaks. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

“There continues to be additional community exposure events across the province. A full listing of community exposure events related to flights and others within each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.

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COVID-19 Update: July 30, 2020

29 new cases in BC (total: 3591; Δ 0.8%)
1076 VCH (prev: 1071; Δ 5; 0.5%; 30.0% of all)
1865 FHA (prev: 1846; Δ 19; 1.0%; 51.9% of all)
360 IHA (prev: 356; Δ 4; 1.1%; 10.0% of all)
143 VIHA (prev: 143; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.0% of all)
86 NHA (prev: 86; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.4% of all)
61 Outside Canada (prev: 60; Δ 1; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 242; 6.7% of total
Δ -17 (-0.5%)

5 Hospitalized (prev: 6; Δ -1; -16.7%; 0.1% of total)
2 ICU (prev: 2; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
3155 recovered (prev: 3109; Δ 46; 1.5%; 87.9% of total)
194 deaths to date (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 87.9% Δ 0.6%

1 LTC care facility outbreak and 1 acute care facility outbreak; 664 affected.

No new cases in Haida Gwaii

No new community outbreaks.

59 cases associated with the Fraser Valley Packers.

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COVID-19 Update: July 29, 2020

41 new cases in BC (total: 3562; Δ 1.2%)
1071 VCH (prev: 1067; Δ 4; 0.4%; 30.1% of all)
1846 FHA (prev: 1815; Δ 31; 1.7%; 51.8% of all)
356 IHA (prev: 356; Δ 0; 0.0%; 10.0% of all)
143 VIHA (prev: 143; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.0% of all)
86 NHA (prev: 80; Δ 6; 7.5%; 2.4% of all)
60 Outside Canada (prev: 60; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 259; 7.3% of total
Δ 8 (0.1%)

6 Hospitalized (prev: 9; Δ -3; -33.3%; 0.2% of total)
2 ICU (prev: 3; Δ -1; -33.3%; 0.1% of total)
3109 recovered (prev: 3076; Δ 33; 1.1%; 87.3% of total)
194 deaths to date (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 87.3% Δ -0.1%

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital neonatal instensive care unit has now been declared over. In total, one long-term care facility and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

“There are no new community outbreaks. Currently, there are 20 cases on Haida Gwaii and 31 cases connected to Fraser Valley Packers Inc. Public health teams continue to support these active outbreaks. Of note, there are no health concerns related to the consumption of fruit from Fraser Valley Packers Inc. However, people are reminded to always wash fruit and vegetables before eating them.

“There continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province. An alert has been issued for Liquid Zoo in Kelowna. Anyone who may have been at the night club from July 15 to 18 is asked to monitor themselves closely, limit their contact with others and contact 811 to get tested, if symptoms develop.

“A full listing of community exposure events related to flights and others within each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.

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COVID-19 Update: July 28, 2020

23 new cases in BC (total: 3523; Δ 0.7%)
1067 VCH (prev: 1064; Δ 3; 0.3%; 30.3% of all)
1815 FHA (prev: 1800; Δ 15; 0.8%; 51.5% of all)
358 IHA (prev: 353; Δ 5; 1.4%; 10.2% of all)
143 VIHA (prev: 143; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.1% of all)
80 NHA (prev: 80; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.3% of all)
60 Outside Canada (prev: 60; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 253; 7.2% of total
Δ -11 (-0.4%)

9 Hospitalized (prev: 11; Δ -2; -18.2%; 0.3% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
3076 recovered (prev: 3043; Δ 33; 1.1%; 87.3% of total)
194 deaths to date (prev: 193; Δ 1; 0.5%; 5.5% of total)
Recovery Rate: 87.3% Δ 0.4%

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 194 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There are no new community outbreaks and public-health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

“There continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province. A full listing of community exposure events for each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health-authority websites.

“As we all look ahead to the upcoming B.C. Day long weekend, let’s ensure it is a safe weekend for all of us. Whether it is enjoying the local parks, staying at a vacation rental or out for dinner, keeping our groups small and maintaining safe distances will protect ourselves and those around us. And if you are in a vacation rental accommodation, whether a hotel room or houseboat, new provincial health officer orders mean you can have a maximum of five visitors and you must take down their contact information.

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COVID-19 Update: July 27, 2020

Over the weekend, 81 new cases have been reported in British Columbia.

  • 36 new cases between Friday and Saturday
  • 21 new cases between Saturday and Sunday
  • 24 new cases between Sunday and Monday
  • 7 epidemiologically linked cases

81 new cases in BC (total: 3500; Δ 2.4%)
1064 VCH (prev: 1057; Δ 7; 0.7%; 30.4% of all)
1800 FHA (prev: 1764; Δ 36; 2.0%; 51.4% of all)
353 IHA (prev: 319; Δ 34; 10.7%; 10.1% of all)
143 VIHA (prev: 142; Δ 1; 0.7%; 4.1% of all)
80 NHA (prev: 79; Δ 1; 1.3%; 2.3% of all)
60 Outside Canada (prev: 58; Δ 2; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 264; 7.5% of total
Δ -30 (-1.1%)

11 Hospitalized (prev: 12; Δ -1; -8.3%; 0.3% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
3043 recovered (prev: 2934; Δ 109; 3.7%; 86.9% of total)
193 deaths to date (prev: 191; Δ 2; 1.0%; 5.5% of total)
Recovery Rate: 86.9% Δ 1.1%

1010 individuals in BC are self-isolating as they have been identified as close-contact to an active COVID-19 case. Bonnie Henry stresses that this self-isolation order is mandatory, not optional.

Fraser Valley Packing is a new outbreak in Fraser Health. 15 cases associated with the plant.

Haida Gwaii has 14 active confirmed cases.

There is still 1 long-term care outbreak and 2 acute care outbreaks. There has been an increase of two staff members over the last three days.

There were two deaths in long-term care in Vancouver Coastal Health.

The surveillance report will come out on Thursday, July 30, 2020 for regional breakdowns.

Report tomorrow will be provided in a written format at around 3pm.

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COVID-19 Update: July 24, 2020

27 new cases in BC (total: 3419; Δ 0.8%)
1057 VCH (prev: 1051; Δ 6; 0.6%; 30.9% of all)
1764 FHA (prev: 1750; Δ 14; 0.8%; 51.6% of all)
319 IHA (prev: 315; Δ 4; 1.3%; 9.3% of all)
142 VIHA (prev: 142; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.2% of all)
79 NHA (prev: 77; Δ 2; 2.6%; 2.3% of all)
58 Outside Canada (prev: 57; Δ 1; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 294; 8.6% of total
Δ -10 (-0.4%)

12 Hospitalized (prev: 16; Δ -4; -25.0%; 0.4% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
2934 recovered (prev: 2898; Δ 36; 1.2%; 85.8% of total)
191 deaths to date (prev: 190; Δ 1; 0.5%; 5.6% of total)
Recovery Rate: 85.8% Δ 0.4%

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There is one new community outbreak on Haida Gwaii, with 13 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. Of the 13 people who have tested positive, one person has recovered and 12 are active cases. At this time cases are all local residents. While the initial source of transmission is still being investigated, the cases are all epidemiologically linked. Some are related residents who had recently travelled off island, and others are from exposure to known cases.

“There also continues to be additional community exposure events throughout the province, including at Fossello’s clothing store in Kelowna. A full listing of community exposure events for each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.

“Public health teams are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have been exposed through community exposure to monitor themselves closely for symptoms, minimize time spent with others and get tested promptly if any symptoms arise.

“As we all enjoy our summer, we can reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread by taking the time to assess the risks before spending time with others.

“In the coming days, a new provincial health officer order will be in place to limit the number of people who can stay at and visit short-term rental accommodations and boat rentals. Whether at home or renting, keeping our groups small will keep all of us safe.

“Similar to the case in restaurants, the number of people will be determined by the size of the space to ensure safe social interactions for everyone.

“This weekend, be mindful of where you are going and who you are seeing, assess your own risks and take steps to protect yourself and those you care for most. Let’s keep our firewall strong and bend our curve back down.”

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COVID-19 Surveillance: Week of July 23, 2020

Over the past week, there has been an increase of 222 cases in the province (216 cases in British Columbia and an increase of 6 cases from outside Canada). Every Thursday, the BC Centre for Disease Control releases weekly surveillance reports on COVID-19 in the province.

Summary of Findings

This week, the BC CDC concluded that:

  • New reported cases have increased but hospital admissions and deaths remain low
  • Cumulative incidence remains highest in the Lower Mainland; however the largest number of new cases in the last week was reported by Interior Health.
  • Likely source of infection for most cases was contact with a local case or cluster.
  • The number of reported cases among children remains low. The age group with the largest number of new cases in the last week (83/222 new cases; 37%) were 20-29 year olds
  • One new outbreak has been declared and another declared over since the last report
  • The number of cases in hospital and in critical care remains low
  • The BC outbreak trajectory remains favourable compared to other provinces and countries

Breakdown by Health Authorities

Health AuthorityVCHFHAIHAVIHANHANon-Can
Cases This Week2383926126
Active Cases68123869108
– Community62113849107
– Hospital672001
– – Intensive Care03000
Recovered8791,5482271286749
Deaths104792500
Total Cases1,0511,7503151427757
Cases per 100K84.891.239.316.725.7
Median Case Age554638504643
– Hospitalized696962724449
– Death87837385

For the full surveillance report from BC CDC, please click here.

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COVID-19 Update: July 23, 2020

30 new cases in BC (total: 3392; Δ 0.9%)
1051 VCH (prev: 1049; Δ 2; 0.2%; 31.0% of all)
1750 FHA (prev: 1742; Δ 8; 0.5%; 51.6% of all)
315 IHA (prev: 304; Δ 11; 3.6%; 9.3% of all)
142 VIHA (prev: 141; Δ 1; 0.7%; 4.2% of all)
77 NHA (prev: 69; Δ 8; 11.6%; 2.3% of all)
57 Outside Canada (prev: 57; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 304; 9.0% of total
Δ 19 (0.5%)

16 Hospitalized (prev: 17; Δ -1; -5.9%; 0.5% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
2898 recovered (prev: 2888; Δ 10; 0.3%; 85.4% of total)
190 deaths to date (prev: 189; Δ 1; 0.5%; 5.6% of total)
Recovery Rate: 85.4% Δ -0.5%

Bonnie Henry said that there are no plans to make masks mandatory unless we see a surge of new positive COVID-19 cases in the province. There’s a lawsuit by the doctors to make masks mandatory and both Henry and Dix said it’s not the best approach as they prefer people to voluntarily wear masks when they cannot maintain 2 metres apart.

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COVID-19 Update: July 22, 2020

34 new cases in BC (total: 3362; Δ 1.0%)
1049 VCH (prev: 1043; Δ 6; 0.6%; 31.2% of all)
1742 FHA (prev: 1731; Δ 11; 0.6%; 51.8% of all)
304 IHA (prev: 291; Δ 13; 4.5%; 9.0% of all)
141 VIHA (prev: 140; Δ 1; 0.7%; 4.2% of all)
69 NHA (prev: 69; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.1% of all)
57 Outside Canada (prev: 54; Δ 3; 0.0%; 1.7% of all)
Total Active Cases: 285; 8.5% of total
Δ 19 (0.5%)

17 Hospitalized (prev: 15; Δ 2; 13.3%; 0.5% of total)
3 ICU (prev: 3; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.1% of total)
2888 recovered (prev: 2873; Δ 15; 0.5%; 85.9% of total)
189 deaths to date (prev: 189; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.6% of total)
Recovery Rate: 85.9% Δ -0.4%

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry says new restrictions targeting bars and clubs include no self-serve. Everyone in restaurants must stay seated.

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BC Provincial Parks COVID-19 Updates

BC Parks Day-Use Pass

The Province of British Columbia has just announced the introduction of day-use passes for six provincial parks. Although parks have wide open spaces, most visitors are often confined to trails that can become crowded in certain areas like viewpoints.

Beginning Monday, July 27, 2020, people can get a free BC Parks day-use pass and visit certain areas in six of the busiest parks, including:

  • Mount Robson Park: Berg Lake Trail
  • Stawamus Chief Park: Chief Peaks Trail
  • Cypress Park: upper mountain trails, including the Howe Sound Crest Trail, Hollyburn Mountain Trails and the Black Mountain Plateau trails
  • Mount Seymour Park: upper mountain trails including the Seymour Main Trail, Dog Mountain Trail and Mystery Lake Trail
  • Garibaldi Park: trailheads at Diamond Head, Rubble Creek and Cheakamus
  • Golden Ears Park: all trails and day-use areas

To attain a day-use pass, visit: www.discovercamping.ca

A few months ago, I put together a map and list of provincial parks in British Columbia.