British Columbia reported a total of 96 new cases in the last 24 hours, including seven epi-links cases. Vancouver Island had no new cases to report.
This brings the number of active cases across the province to 1,465. There are 3,314 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
“Currently, 61 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 22 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, in a joint statement to the media today.
There were no new COVID-19 related deaths to report today. The province has seen 227 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
“There has been an outbreak in one unit at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In total, 12 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and four acute-care facilities have active outbreaks,” the statement said.
There have been no new community outbreaks in the past day, although the statement did say there have been community exposure events. Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the B.C. 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,” the statement said.