Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are reporting 564 new cases, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 62,976 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 4,450 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 309 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Currently, 6,816 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and a further 56,010 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Since we last reported, we have had 111 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 234 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 95 in the Interior Health region, 76 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
"To date, 104,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 1,680 of which are second doses.
"There have been 15 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,119 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Merritt City Council has approved a motion to borrow approximately $2.2 million from the Municipal Finance Authority of BC.
The borrowing will take place over a 20-year term and cover the cost of the nearly completed fire hall expansion project.
“This loan authorization Bylaw allowed the City to borrow a sum not to exceed $2,209,000 over a term not to exceed twenty-five (25) years, in order to expand the fire hall, with the debt servicing costs to be covered through taxation,” said Director of Finance Wayne Anderson.
“The Fire Hall Expansion is nearing completion with occupancy expected in the spring. The City has been self-financing the construction to date using surplus funds,” added Anderson.
Anderson stated that the current ten-year rate is about 1.46%.
Speaking with Q101 earlier this month, Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson stated that the department expects to take occupancy of the expansion in late March.
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KAMLOOPS — Interior Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer held a COVID-19 update on Wednesday (Jan. 20), shedding light on the pandemic situation within the health authority.
As of Wednesday, IH has declared outbreaks over at Mountainview Village in Kelowna and the Village by the Station in Penticton. Meantime, Dr. Albert De Villiers says others in the region continue to fight virus spread including Gemstone Care Centre in Kamloops.
“Brocklehurst Gemstone long-term care in Kamloops has got 21 cases. Sixteen residents, five staff, and one death is connected to that outbreak as well.”
At the same time, the health authority is trying to make use of vaccine supplies to innoculate as many staff and residents as possible. As of Tuesday, there have been 14,211 immunizations within the Interior’s first priority group.
De Villiers says IH is on track to have long-term care residents vaccinated by next week and all staff who want the shot by the end of January. He notes that, like the flu shot, not everyone opts to receive the vaccine.
“We do strongly encourage the staff, and most of the staff actually do take the vaccine but there are also people who, due to some kind of an allergy or other issues, cannot take it. And there are some people, as with the general public, who choose not to take it.”
The B.C. Seniors Advocate and B.C. Care Providers Association have both called for the use of rapid tests as screening procedures for unvaccinated long-term care staff and visitors. When asked about the possibility of that practice, Dr. De Villiers says the tests do have potential.
“They have done some rapid testing pilots in Vancouver Coastal Health, and they were just sharing the information. They’re working on a protocol as to how to actually do this and what’s the best way to do this. So there will be some more information later on.”
Once people in the first priority group have been vaccinated, Interior Health will begin looking into Group Two vaccinations sometime in February.
The BC Centre of Disease Control has released the latest Merritt specific COVID-19 data, announcing a record weekly increase of 15 new cases of the virus.
The latest figures cover the week of January 10-16, 2021.
It’s the second week in a row that a weekly increase record has been set in the area following ten new cases last week.
Already in January 25 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the region by health officials, compared to just 12 cases in all of December.
For comparison, the Kamloops area saw 97 new cases last week, while Kelowna registered 139.
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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are reporting 500 new cases, for a total of 62,412 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 4,345 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 320 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 66 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Currently, 6,905 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 55,564 people who tested positive have recovered.
"Since we last reported, we have had 125 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 216 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 32 in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 35 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
"To date, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.
"There have been 14 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,104 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.