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Interior Health

The Interior Health Authority has reported 180 cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

Of those cases;

- Two are currently in hospital, 29 have been hospitalized to date
- Zero are currently in the ICU
- Two people have passed away
- 165 people have recovered, leaving 15 active cases

The Interior also runs counter to the province in demographics of those infected with the virus.

Provincially the most affected age group is 50-59, followed by 30-39. In the Interior, 30-39 is the most affected age-range followed by 40-49 and then 50-59.

Provincially COVID-19 has infected more women than men, (1,206-1,103). Here in the Interior, those figures are flipped with more men contracting the virus (92-88).

*Stats last updated on Friday, May 8.

 

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Recently Education Minister Rob Fleming sent out a thread of tweets highlighting the plan to have students return to classrooms. Fleming’s plan is phased out into five sections with the province currently in phase-4, phase-1 being back to normal.

School provides not only education but huge social and emotional benefits for children. By working with Dr. Bonnie Henry and all of our #bced partners, our government has built a staged approach to safely increase in-class instruction already happening in B.C. schools, tweeted Minister Fleming.

Phase 5- Suspend all in-class instruction for all grades and students. Remote and online learning for all students.

*Phase 4- In-class learning for children of essential service workers and vulnerable students. Remote and online learning continues for most students.

Phase 3- In-class learning for students in kindergarten to grade 5 on a part-time basis. Access to in-class learning as needed for grades 6-12 on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for students.

Fleming tweeted that the goal is to move into phase 3 by June.

Phase 2- In-class learning for all students in elementary school (K-7) on a full-time basis. In-class learning for secondary students (8-12) on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for secondary students.

Phase 1- A return to full in-class instructions.

Fleming also tweeted; At any stage, parents and caregivers will continue to choose whether to send their child to school. Health and safety protocols will continue to be in place to ensure schools remain a safe place for children, teachers, and support staff.

 

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Update-

- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 15 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,330 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 871 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,098 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region, 180 are in the Interior Health region and 56 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 129 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 15 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have been declared over at 19 care facilities, including at Cedarbrook Chateau.

"Public health teams are also providing support for community outbreaks in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,659 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 69 individuals are hospitalized and 21 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 15

Total Cases – 2,330 (2,315)

Patients in Hospital – 69 (73)

Patients in ICU – 21 (20)

Recovered – 1,659 (1,579)

New Deaths – 2

Totals Deaths – 129 (127)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 871 (866)

Fraser – 1,098 (1,089)

Island – 125 (125)

Interior – 180 (180)

Northern – 56 (55)

More to come.

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today we are announcing 29 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,315 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 866 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,089 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region (note: two cases were removed from yesterday's Island Health total due to a data error), 180 are in the Interior Health region and 55 are in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 127 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"In the last day, there have been no new long-term care or assisted-living facility outbreaks. In total, 16 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases. Outbreaks have now been declared over at 18 care facilities.

"Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, actively contact tracing those who may be directly affected and their close contacts.

"There has been no change in the number of confirmed positive cases at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, United Poultry in Vancouver or at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre.

"There are now 61 positive cases at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 17 connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"To date, 1,579 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 73 individuals are hospitalized and 20 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"We must continue with what we have been doing, because it is working. We have flattened our curve and must keep it there.

"Until we move into Phase 2, the orders, restrictions and guidance remain in place.

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This week, BC Premier John Horgan outlined the province’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions and return to a new normal.

One sector that has been completely shutdown is organized sports and recreation. Locally gyms are closed, youth leagues are postponed, and fields are laying empty. 

Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown addressed summer sports and if we’ll see them return this year.

“We’re asking for daily routine symptom screening for all participants. We’re asking that people focus on low contact sports, especially outdoors, that will be considered safer and with less risk of transmission. We want to actively engage in a discussion around higher contact sports, whether they should be taking place at all during the pandemic,” said Brown.

Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated that gyms will likely not be reopening until phase 3 of the restart plan.

Henry also addressed the future of spectators at sporting events.

“I don’t see it happening this year. I hope that when we have a vaccine and we learn more about this virus we’ll be able to get back to that type of contact as soon as we can,” added Henry.

Additional Guidelines Sports/Recreation and Camps

•Routine daily symptom screening for all participants.

•Low contact sports especially those outdoors are considered safer. Identify high contact sports that should not take place during the pandemic.

•Clear policy for participants and staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, with any coughing or sneezing not participating.

•Staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness should not take part in recreational, sporting, or camp activities.

 

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