Cases continue to increase in all categories, but no new outbreaks have been announced.
However, incidents of exposure to COVID-19 have been reported at a number of locations, including five other schools, a beach, a shop and two flights.
In a joint statement today to update BC COVID-19, British Columbia Regional Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Secretary Adrian Dix said, “The cases we’re seeing today are a direct result of the way we spent the long Labor Day weekend.”
Meanwhile, Vancouver Park Board announced today that it is completely reopening vehicle access to Stanley Park. Also, Vancouver and the British Columbia government are extending licenses for temporary yards until October 2021. In addition, the county government is extending permission to deliver alcoholic beverages with meals until March.
Henry and Dicks announced 139 new cases in British Columbia today, which include seven cases associated with epi. (That number matches the previous record on September 10 before the 165 new cases set a new record.)
Additionally, British Columbia also reported 40 previous cases that were tested between August 11 and September 16 of people without personal health numbers. Henry Dicks explained that although these cases were investigated, they were not entered into the data system.
Active cases did not stop increasing for several days. Once again, the number increased, this time from the number of 1,705 active cases yesterday to 1,803 active cases today of COVID-19 – an increase of 98 people.
The number of cases in the hospital rose from two to 59 patients, 20 of whom were in intensive care.
After a few days of declines, the number of people being monitored by public health (due to exposure to confirmed cases) increased from 2,949 to 3,075 (an increase of 126 people).
The cumulative total number of cases during the pandemic now stands at 7,842. It includes:
- 4007 in Fraser Health;
- 2,817 Coastal Health Vancouver;
- 492 in internal health;
- 244 in the Northern Health District;
- 196 in the healthy island district;
- 86 people live outside of Canada.
A total of 5,797 people who tested positive during the pandemic have now recovered.
Unfortunately, three new deaths have been linked to COVID-19 – the total number of deaths in British Columbia is now 223.
There are no new healthcare outbreaks. The second outbreak in Masonic royal arch home Vancouver long-term care has been announced.
Active outbreaks remain in 10 long-term care facilities and five acute care facilities.
Also, there is no new community outbreak.
According to the weekly report from the BCCDC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC), the number of new cases increased from 789 during the previous weekly report (4-10 September) to 833 new cases this week (11-17 September).
Active cases increased from 1,412 in the previous week to 1,705 this week.
The average lifespan of cases continues to decline, this time from 55 years to 38 years.
The BCCDC reported that the number of new hospital admissions has increased over the past few weeks and now matches levels in early May. However, the number of ICU patients, although increasing, remains well below Phase I levels.
Fraser Health has reported more school exposure incidents in Surrey, in addition to the eight incidents in Delta and Surrey listed as of yesterday:
• Latimer Elementary On September 10th
• Lord Twidsmoyer High School From September 14 to 15;
• Morgan Elementary School From September 8 to 10;
• North Surrey High School On September 14th
• T Scott Elementary From September 14 to 15;
Inland Health and Northern Health have not had any new exposures to report.
Vancouver Coastal Health and Island Health remain without any cases of COVID-19 exposures to report.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has added two potential COVID-19 exposure events.
One fell into the optional clothing Beach Wreck Between 1 and 8:30 pm on September 7th. VCH stated that this is a low risk incident.
This is the second incident in Wreck Beach – the previous one happened on August 15th.
Meanwhile, an exposure accident occurred from 4 to 7 September during business hours in King’s Head Public House (1618 U Street) in Kitsilano.
Sobeys reported that the last employee worked in Frugal foods (102-15745 Croydon Drive) in Surrey on September 5 they tested positive.
The BCCDC has added two international flights that have been confirmed with the COVID-19 virus to its list.
Was one Air India Flight 1143 From Delhi, India, to Vancouver on September 13th. The affected classes were not reported.
The second was in Korean Air Lines Flight 72 From Vancouver to Incheon, South Korea, on September 15th. The affected rows include rows 36 to 42.
Anyone on these sites or on these trips on the specified dates should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after the date of the visit or the date of the trip. Anyone showing symptoms should isolate immediately and call 811 about the test.
Fraser Health announced that it will move the Surrey Test Center to a new location that will allow the test to be expanded threefold.
The new site at 14577 66th Avenue, which opened today and will open its doors daily from 10 am-6pm, can perform up to 800 tests per day, 550 more tests than the previous site.
The new center also has four pass lanes and open test stations. The tests are available for adults, children and teenagers ages 3 to 17.
The online booking tool takes appointments for September 19 onwards.