- Health officials will be providing their daily update at a live briefing at 3 PM PDT.
- There were 887 new cases of COVID-19 announced on Thursday, along with 13 more deaths.
- There have been 29,973 confirmed cases in the province so far.
- There are 7,899 people with active cases of the disease across British Columbia
- There are 294 patients in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 64 are in intensive care.
- 384 people have died so far from the disease.
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia is showing no signs of slowing down, with another 887 new cases confirmed on Thursday and 13 more deaths.
This brings the number of active cases in the province to 7,899. A total of 294 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 64 in intensive care.
The coastal regions of Fraser Health and Vancouver continue to drive this stage of the pandemic, accounting for 88 percent of the new cases announced Thursday.
In a written statement, County Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix urged everyone to adhere to public health measures aimed at stopping the spread of the disease.
And they said, “Slowness and steadiness is what we need with COVID-19, and that’s how we’re going to get past this second wave. The efforts we make every day make a difference.”
Henry and Dix are due to deliver an update on the epidemic response at a live briefing at 3 PM PDT.
It comes just over a week after strict new restrictions and rules are in place in British Columbia, including widespread requests for masks for indoor retail and public environments.
Health officials have asked British Colombians to stop all social interactions and to exercise caution when applying various layers of protection, including physical spacing, hand washing and the use of masks.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
There are now more than 353,097 cases of COVID-19 in Canada.
On Thursday, federal officials sought to reassure Canadians that they had a plan to purchase and distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021. Dr. Howard Ngo, Canada’s vice president of public health, said that up to six million doses could be deployed in the first three months of the year. the new.
Canada is expected to receive at least 194 million doses of vaccine, with contractual options for another 220 million doses.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19 disease?
Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of sense of taste or smell.
But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What do I do if I feel sick?
Use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool at the BC Center for Disease Control. The test is recommended for anyone with cold or flu symptoms, even mild ones. People who have severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up, or severe symptoms should call 911.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
- Keep your distance from patients.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask in indoor public places.
- Be aware of the development of travel advisories to different regions.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.